Brush With Nature at Adam's Ranch Plein Air Paintings
I was at Adam's Ranch Jan 24th with other plein air painters to paint this beautiful Florida ranch. My plein air paintings generally take me about 2 to 2-1/2 hours to complete, with more work needed in the studio to "tweak" them. There were two spots I wanted to paint, so I had to get in there and get right to work. In the morning, I stopped fairly close to the entrance, just around the bend from the main road to paint this nice open pasture. I especially loved the trees in the distance.
"Peaceful Pasture", 8"x10" oil on canvas panel - $150
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"Chasing Light" - 10" x 8" oil on canvas panel - $150
In the afternoon, I painted with two artists from Palm City and my friend and studio mate, Judith. We sat under hundred year old oaks that protected us from the winds that were kicking up that whole day. I decided to include one of the artists sitting in front of me on the banks of the sulfur spring in my painting. I was painting in my usual oils and she and her friend were doing watercolor. Judith was working in her favorite, acrylics. The artist in front of me did two beautiful watercolors! I wish I'd gotten a photo of them to share. What attracted me to this scene were the palms on the left. I really loved how they were intertwined, sort of like doing a dance with each other, and the way the afternoon light was hitting them, turning them a warm orange color.
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Have you ever just sat in a peaceful spot and watched the way the light moves and changes and enjoyed the colors change with it? It's a great way to spend some time in nature and enjoy creation. It's pretty awesome!