Polo Story

Yes, I know — these are not polo ponies. However, there is a polo connection.

As we go to the matches early to get the good seats, we have some time to use before the match. Hubby reads the Sunday paper and I will sketch and paint from photos taken the week before.

Lots of people stop and chat. If they seem really interested, I will give them a business card. Occasionally, I have sold a sketch right out of my sketchbook.

The couple who own these cuties were one of those who stopped by to flip through my sketchbook. They took a card and the next day reached out to me telling me they loved my paintings of dogs. Attaching a wonderful photo, a commission was quickly on the books.

Thank you to SW & EW. This painting now resides it’s in Paducah, KY.

Just a reminder. Supporting the arts is supporting someone’s dream come true, and all artists truly appreciate it.

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Five Day Challenge – Day 5

After two false starts with acrylics, I went back to my watercolors today….this was the toughest day of all.

Maybe what I learned from this 20 minute painting challenge is that I really do enjoy my watercolors.

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Five Day Challenge Day 4

Watercolor, approximately 4″ x 7″

Done in 15 minutes on South Lido with the actual shell in hand.

Challenge is a good word for day 4. I had actually painted a disaster of a pelican on Day 3, as I knew we would be going to the beach on Day 4. You can see below, that didn’t work out too well.

Pelican, acrylic approximately 5″ x 8″ Done in 20 minutes

So I took my beloved traveling watercolor set to the beach. Lots of warm sunshine and a bit of a breeze didn’t allow for many soft edges. That paint dried almost when it hit the paper.

Posting both as a reminder they are not all masterpieces. And that’s fine in this journey of the creative soul.

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Florida Bird – Number Four

The fourth in my series of Florida birds. Everyone’s favorite….the Roseate Spoonbill.

Not sure the thrill of seeing this bird in the wild will ever wear off. Always delightful,whether scooping dinner through it’s strangely shaped beak, or on the wing in a Florida sunset.

I have a commission to do next, but I’m considering the following Florida birds for my next in the series: Swallow-tailed Kite, Sandhill Cranes, Scrub Jay, or Crested Caracara. Any votes?

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Florida Birds – Number 3

Number 3 in my series, the striking Purple Gallinule.

These birds are often seen on the boardwalks at the Celery Fields in Sarasota, Florida. Definitely a fan favorite, and a life bird for many who are visiting the area. They are often seen straddling the Alligator flags and definitely enjoy the flowers produced by this plant.

This painting will be at Sarasota Audubon’s Nature Center, 999 Center Road, Sarasota, Florida, from now until the end of May. The Center is open 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. daily.

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Florida Bird – Number Two

While not the rarest of birds that can be seen in the Sarasota area, it’s certainly enjoyable to watch their antics as they catch their dinner or try to beg scraps from the men cleaning fish at the docks. And, the last two paintings I sold were Pelicans.

This painting can currently be seen live and in person at Sarasota Audubon’s Nature Center, 999 Center Road in Sarasota fro 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m daily.

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Florida Birds

Florida Limpkin, Florida Pelican, Florida Purple Gallinule, all approximately 10″ x 13″.

One of the good things about signing on to the gallery (even though my paintings are now out of there) was the kick start it gave me to begin a series I had been contemplating since shortly after we moved to Florida. These paintings were done sometime before the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. The fourth one is about 1/3 finished and it be a Roseate Spoonbill. Planning on a Crested Caracara, Sandhill Cranes, a Scrub Jay, Loggerhead Shrike, Swallow Tailed Kite, maybe a wood stork (their heads are just so dang ugly) Purple Martin and whatever else strikes my fancy. Or whatever else will give me some good photo ops.

Trying to keep the background shape of Florida filled with vegetation which supports the birds depicted. It’s been quite odd to have so much white paper in the background. But I feel it works for these pieces.

These paintings, along with six others are currently hanging at Sarasota Audubon’s Nature Center at 999 Center Road, Sarasota, Florida, and will be until the end of May. The center is open daily from 9:00 a.m until 1:00 p.m.

If you have any other suggestions for Florida birds you’d like to see, reach out and I’ll see what I can put together.

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