This boat on MacMillan pier was all decorated for the Blessing of the Fleet in Provincetown that is now a part of the Portuguese Festival coming up in a couple of weeks. I always think of it as the start of the busy vacation season on the tip of Cape Cod.
This is my last summer in Provincetown. I'm going through my portfolio deciding which pieces to keep, which ones to brush off and reuse the paper or which ones are destined for the trash heap. This is a piece from 2005 that I did of Eddie Ritter's dory. It was unfinished so I added a few more fresher strokes and thought I'd share it. I know there are many others that miss seeing Eddies dory glowing out in Provincetown harbor. The yachts are beautiful but not the same.
I was having to wait for Verizon to come and hook up our internet so found an older pastel that I wasn't too fond of, brushed it off and did this little study of the house across the street. And the wait was worthwhile. We are connected.
Warm afternoon light at Okracoke National Seashore Campground. Always our favorite stop on the way from Gulfport, FL to Provincetown, Massachusetts. Our campsite was just behind this dune where you could fall asleep to the sounds of the waves.
A pastel pastel! I brushed of an old pastel of a conch shell and started in on these sailboats. But I liked the pink underpainting showing through so just went with pink sails. See more of my boat paintings at www.nancypoucher.com.
Soft pastel on UArt 10x8"
Available at the Brenda McMahon Gallery in Gulfport, FL
Little blue heron fishing at Sawgrass park in St Petersburg, FL. I've always been fascinated by these shorebirds slow, graceful movements. This one created some wonderful patterns while fishing in the still water.
Getting back to the basics (boats). It's just a little over a month and we will be heading back to Provincetown on Cape Cod so I better get busy pasteling some boat pieces for the summer. The flamingos will have to wait!
Okay, I guess this makes me officially a Floridian. My first flamingo pastel. Our little house was on the Gulfport Flamingo Home Tour so thought it would be appropriate to have some flamingos on the easel. Fun colors! Hope you like it!
I seem to be getting into the Florida spirit, a bit lighter and brighter than usual. I'm working a few people into my art after the commission though they still are either turned away or hidden in some other manner. Enjoying the bright colors!
I did this little piece on our camping trip down to Florida in October. Sorry, I'm a bit behind in posting my art! We had a wonderful campsite with this path leading over the dunes to the beach. I've done many pastels from the top of this dune looking down to the water but never one from this side.
This one will be for sale on Daily Paintworks tomorrow.
Here is another plein air piece from our camping stay at Okracoke National Seashore campground. We were lucky this year and got the campsite just on the other side of this dune. This was before a weakened Hurricane Michael came through and they closed the campground and sent us off to fare on our own at the Ferry terminal. Luckily Michael weakened, we just had strong winds and were back at the campsite the next day. And I made a few more pastels from this favorite spot before our week was over.
Here is a peek at one of the paintings that will be available during Art Jones Open Studio Tour in Gulfport, Florida. It's the first weekend in December and there will be 17 artists showing their work and process in 15 studios around town. It's free, family friendly and a lot of fun! Check out the artists, map and info at Art Jones Studio Tour.
This was done over an old, dark plein air piece that has been hanging out in the drawer for years. Someone once told me that I should hang onto all my work so that I could look back and see the changes over the years. Well, I've looked back and now it's time to move on.
The hammock shop was done without a drawing using only the long sides of the pastels. I enjoyed the freedom of just playing with the colors. Perhaps I'll do a series of the these.