"Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh."

John Singer Sargent

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Frederick's Fountain

10 x 8 Oil

This plein air painting shows the fountain in the courtyard at the Bonnet House. The painting is currently on exhibit at the Welcome Center at Bonnet House.(June 7 - June 26, 2010) The exhibition includes the works of four Bonnet House Fine Artists: Gregory Little, Tricia Rutsis, Jane Washburn and myself.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Evelyn's Retreat / Bonnet House

8 x10 Oil

This is the chicki hut bridge over the slough at the Bonnet House. It offers a cool and shady respite from the south Florida sun. Water fowl can be seen from the bridge as well as the graceful swans that reside here. This painting was donated to Bonnet House and sold in the auction at the Entirely Entertaining Luncheon in the spring of 2009.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Evelyn's Monkeys

14 x 11 Oil

During a day of painting at the Bonnet House, I encountered a troop of monkeys high in the Seagrape trees and they truly put on a show! I took many pictures and used one as a reference photo for this studio painting. I think the two monkeys are mother and baby.

Painting the monkeys with their unusual facial features was a challenge for me, but I found the overlapping, backlit Seagrape leaves an exciting exercise. The painting was not completely finished when photographed. It was accepted in the Views of the Bonnet House exhibition, January 16 - February 28, 2010.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Down the Lane

8 x 10 Oil

This was painted en plein air on a cool spring day, near Las Olas Boulevard. The shadows were so dark in contrast to the bright sunlight on the pavement. The sunlight and shadows on the green umbrella at the end of the street were interesting, too. Can you find it?

Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Red Gate

8 x 10 Oil

I paint with a wonderful group of Plein Air artists on Saturday mornings. We enjoy each other's company, critiques and learning from one another. The day I was working on this painting, two terrific things happened. First, one of my plein air buddies, Greg Little, taught me a more painterly way to create bushes. Next, my son, Charlie stopped by to say hello and check on the painting progress. Charlie does this fairly often and it always makes my day!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

"Affair En Plein Air" at the Deering Estate

Last weekend I participated in the two-day en plein air competition at the Deering Estate in Miami. There are two houses on the property. On Saturday, I set up my easel by Richmond Cottage. The sun came out only for a few short moments, but long enough to define some shadows. The wind gusts made navigating the brush a challenge!

Showers on Sunday didn't stop the artists. We found refuge on the many screened porches and got to work. The porches of Richmond Cottage and the Stone House offered breathtaking views of the Royal Palm Grove, the lawn and Biscayne Bay. Many thanks to the Grove House Artists who sponsored this event.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Rio Vista Cottage

14 x 11 Acrylic

While outdoors one afternoon, the sunlight on a spot of red between the green shutters caught my eye....the tomatoes I'd placed there earlier in the day. I ran in to get my camera and captured the moment. Years later, while studying painting with Larry Gerber, I painted the scene. Now, it's the backlit bushes that grab my attention.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Winter Sun at Bonnet House

8 x 6 Oil

This little painting was started en plein air on a very chilly winter morning the last week in December, when the South Florida temperatures dropped into the low 50's. The polka dots of sunlight dancing on the Bonnet House wall captured my attention. The work was finished in the studio.

This painting is currently on exhibit in the gallery at the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The exhibition is called, "Impressions of Florida" (March 5 - May 2) and was a juried competition. Opening night was a festive affair, a dinner/auction on the Bonnet House grounds. I was thrilled to be in the show and my painting sold that night.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Morning Sunshine at Vizcaya

20 x 16 Oil

This window jumped out at me as a subject for my painting as we walked through beautiful Vizcaya, early that October morning. The painting is currently in the "Florida Scenes" Exhibition at the Windish-Hunt Gallery in Coconut Grove, April 1-April 30.

Painting at Vizcaya

What a grand experience I had painting at Vizcaya for two full days last October! I was participating in the 8th Annual Coconut Grove en Plein Air Competition. For the first time, Vizcaya allowed seven artists to paint on the property. This structure is called the Casino on the Mound. It's a glorified gazebo where they relaxed and enjoyed the view overlooking the gardens below.