Thursday, 31 January 2013

PALM ON THE CANAL By Cecelia Lyden

Another beautiful day at the Savannas Recreational Park. This was our 3rd trip to this peaceful haven. I haven't seen any alligators yet [thank Heavens], but many different varieties of birds have appeared and up close , too. As far as this painting is concerned, I can't quite get the intensity of the natural colors right. The sky shouhd be much lighter, but lowering its intensity or its color saturation level, washes out the colors of the grasses, water and palm tree. I'll work on it a little more.

Thursday, 24 January 2013



Our plein air group went back to the Savannas Area Park to paint this week. It was extremly windy, so much so, my paint was drying on the brush before I could apply it to the canvas. Of course, I forgot to pack my retarder.
There were loads of birds feeding at the park this time. Two huge cranes crept up behind me as I was painting. I, also, had forgotten my camera, but I was too frightened to take their picture, anyway. Luckily, they had no interest in me. I had no food to offer them; so they high-stepped it away from me, much to my relief. There were scores of egrets prowling the area for food as well. The one in the painting had separated himself from his friends and paraded around across the canal from me.
The high winds shortened my painting time, but this park has so many lovely areas to paint, I  plan to return next week. 

Friday, 18 January 2013


The Florida weather has been so beautifully warm and balmy-fabulous for painting outdoors.This painting was done on my first paintout here--Savannas Area Recreational Park. There are lots of palms, gnarly oaks, a canal and fields, with the backdrop of blue skies and white, puffy clouds. In this section of the canal the water was shaded heavily and the reflections were dark blue-green, creating stunning contrasts.We will be returning next Tuesday. Hopefully, Madeline Reilly will make it up from Stuart to paint with us. It will be fun to see her.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

CEDAR RIDGE, 9x12, oil by Sharon Benner

I painted this with a pallet knife and tried to capture the back lighting and cold morning air.