Late afternoon light on Gulfport palms. I used a warm sand colored LaCarte paper for this piece as I like the softness of LaCarte for movement. And speaking of warmth, I'm grateful for our little home in Gulfport, Florida that allows me to get out and pastel at this time of the year!
Still brushing off old pieces and reusing my old Wallis paper. This was a plein air piece that was very dark and dreary (a storm was blowing in while I was in the dunes). So, scrubbed it off with an old toothbrush, flipped it over and started again.
Now that it's September, I plan on making a little art everyday. Time to get back into it!
I'm out of Wallis paper! I had quite the stash but sadly now it is gone. So I'm going through my portfolio of old studies and either reworking them or brushing them off to reuse the paper. Some I have to hold on to as reminders of some extraordinary days out in the Provincelands.
This one from October 2007 with the tide in at Hatches was an unusually warm late afternoon with no wind. My walk took me through areas of yellow seaside goldenrod covered with migrating Monarchs.
My supply of Wallis paper is running out. So, I am brushing off some of my old studies using a toothbrush and working with the ghost image that remains to create an imagined scene. Trying to use a limited palette and keeping the image soft.
Nice to have dusty fingers again after a bit of a dry spell and the experimenting is good.
I went back and revisited this spoonbill pastel. I sold the first one but thought that they would make a nice pair so here it is again but slightly different, of course. Thanks to Harold Wagle and NWRA for the use of the photo. I am no longer using Paypal on Daily Painters to sell my art. Please email me for purchase inquiries. lennan02657 (at) yahoo.com
I've been told that I should write a bit more about myself on this blog so I'll give it a go.
The day began with a sunrise kayak on Boca Ciega bay. I was joined by 3 dophins. One came right up to the kayak to check it out. That was followed by yoga on Gulfport beach and a swim at Fort De Soto beach. And to top if off a message from the Julie Heller gallery that one of my truck pastels had sold. Not a bad beginning to the new year!
Wish you all much joy, love and peace in this new year!
Gulfport, FL is our new winter home. A small sleepy village with old Florida style the brick streets lead to colorful, little cottages that should provide plenty of inspiration for a new series of work this season. Though with the Boca Ciega bay just a block away I'm sure that there will still be some seascapes in my future here.
Quite the long, wet camping trip down the coast through rain, floods, hurricane threats, wind, etc. But... as you can see we did finally make it to sunny Florida! This little study will be available tomorrow, 10/21/2015 on Daily Painters.
Just a little sketch today of the path through the high dunes toward the dune shacks. I'm always grateful for these days when the town is buzzing with tourists to be able to get out in the National Seashore for some solitude.