Wednesday, 26 February 2014


Our plein air group travelled to the small, local Brown Family Farm west of Fort Pierce, Florida. I was attracted to the hand-lettered signs in the shade of the cabbage palm and decideous trees.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Snowy Creek by Julie Riker

Here's a better photo of the painting I did a week ago during an outing with Beth Bathe.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

FLORIDA PALMS By Cecelia Lyden

All are acrylic on boards
Of course there are multiple varieties of palms here in Florida. The trees in the center are Cabbage Palms and are the state palm. The rust colored-foliage in between them is a sea grape plant. I recently learned that natives, years ago, would strip the bark to find edible cabbage. This process killed the tree and is not allowed anymore.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Rockville Bridge After The Snow by Julie Riker

9x12 oil
Last Tuesday's storm left a heavy snow clinging to everything, creating a winter wonderland of lacy branches.  I set up at Fort Hunter to paint this plein air scene.  I made it a goal to not use any pure white in this painting.
This is one of 3 new pieces that I have just delivered to Art & Soul gallery, above the West Shore Farmer's Market.
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Saturday, 1 February 2014

Painting in the Snow with Julie by Beth Bathe

My painting on the easel

 Our babbling brook

 Julie Riker at her easel

"February Brook", 8" x 10", oil on panel painted en plein air
Julie and I ventured out this cold Saturday for a plein air painting adventure. We went in search of a babbling brook, with snow and ice. Julie picked out a great spot!  It was great to stand side by side and watch eachother work on the same subject matter. We kept pretty warm except for our feet. We stood on an open wooden slat bridge as the creek ran beneath us. The cold coming from the water was really hard on the toes!!!!

Painting in the snow, 2/1/14 by Julie Riker

Two artists interpretations of the same scene.

Beth Bathe and I met to paint in the snow.
We set up on this walking bridge that crosses a stream.
We painted for two hours and then went out for some hot soup.