Lettuce Lake, Tampa, FL - 5" x 7" oil on canvas panel
This is a view from a small tower set out over the edge of Lettuce Lake, a beautiful state park in north Tamps, FL. I was there visiting my brother for his birthday in February - we had wonderful, spring-like weather, and the azaleas were out in full force at the park entrance. I took dozens of photos, but this one scene really spoke to me. I did this with a palette knife - no brushes, so there's lots of thick, juicy paint on this one.
My sister-in-law home schools their son, and he's been interested in photography for quite a long time. She brings him here each month to photograph the changes in the lake and foliage. What a wonderful idea! Many daily painters I've seen paint the same scene they see from their home or studio each day to capture the changing weather, etc. I hope they keep it up. It would make great art for a calendar for 2013. I would want one for sure!