Saturday, March 23, 2013
Thursday, March 21, I attended a Gallery Opening at The Esplanade. Judy Chinski and Betty Newman own this new gallery, The Artist Gallery Marco Island, and invited Karen Swanker to be a Guest Artist there. The new gallery is around the corner (to the right) from the Jo-Ann Sanborn Gallery. A beautiful, sparkling spot on the water of Smokehouse Harbor, we wish them all the best of luck!
On Wednesday, March 20, the Vernal Equinox...aka first day of spring...we had a wonderful opportunity! We painted at the estate of Lavon and Glenn Johnson, our most gracious hosts, at the north end of Polynesia Court, which I now call the Johnson Botanical Garden! A large compound developed by talented and perceptive landscape architects working with the design aesthetic of the home owners, the property includes a lovely home, many paths and structures, plants of all sorts with many beautiful sculptures tucked here and there, pools, docks, an orchid house, and even a pocket-sized butterfly garden. Overcast skies gave way to full sunshine and clear blue above, while the flowers and plants below were the subjects of many paintings...and many photographs were taken for future artworks. Warm thank-yous to the Johnsons for sharing their paradise with us!
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The morning of March 13 was sunny but pretty chilly, especially in the shady areas of the Shops of Olde Marco. We all had sweatshirts or jackets on, but pealed the layers as the sun warmed the day. As the day went on, more artists joined the session, encouraged by the warmer air.
Monday, March 18, 2013
March third found artists gathering at The Naples Botanical Garden. Two artists arrived before the 9 AM opening time, and started on paintings of the colorful entry area. Soon after we entered the extensive and intriguing gardens, the dark clouds brought the threatened rain, so a couple of us sought the shelter of the Asian Garden’s Thai Pavilion. Perfect for studying the small lily ponds! After nearly 2 hours of steady rain, as we were finishing, the sun came out and the sky cleared completely. Great timing for exploration!
On February 27, an intrepid few of us (it was chilly and threatened rain) gathered at Plummer Park on Barfield to paint the scenery or some still life elements we brought. I took some photos of focused artists, and then went to my set-up…and as the rain came, I left!
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Saturday, March 16, 2013
On February 20, we headed to the 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge, down Route 41 a bit. A very sunny day (great shadows!), but with stifling humidity and heat! Most of us sought the cover of the viewing platform. Those out on the path, including Phyllis and Joan, were nearly overcome by the intensity, although they did enjoy some awesome alligator action! Lots of bird life too, including a great flock of Roseate Spoonbills, who gradually came closer to the platform, and even treated us to a bathing display! Quite lovely! Lots of wildlife photographers worked around us on the two-storied platform, bearing amazing camera equipment.