Monday, November 28, 2011

First Friday Art Walk

This month's First Friday Art Walk in Historic Downtown Ocala will be great fun. Stop in Sabal Palm Gallery for Punch and Cookies. The Holiday Boutique opens that night filled with miniature original paintings, note cards, post cars, Horse Fever mugs, hand painted ornaments and much more. This will be the perfect time to select gifts for the special people on your list.

Ft. King Street between Osceola and 1st Avenue will be jumping with activity:
Jim Allen will keep you entertained with his style of playing a wide range of music on his acoustic guitar.
Cindy Mikell's display of outstanding photographs are not to be missed.
Appleton Museum of Art will be there to hand out information and even sign up new members.
Lucy Tobias will be on hand to personally signed her newest book

My new Hand-Painted Ornaments will be available: Roseate Spoonbill, Tom Turkey and Great White Egret. These make great Hostess Gifts, Teacher Appreciation or for anyone on your list.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Appleton Museum Exhibit Closing

My Solo Exhibition at the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, Florida is closing this coming Sunday, November 20. Some of the paintings in the exhibit will go back into private collections, not to be on public view, and others will go to galleries and offered for sale. Paintings labeled "Artists Collection" will be available after the show closes. Contact me for details.

It has been an honor and privilege to have my work displayed in such a magnificent museum. The Appleton is certainly a "Crown Jewel" for Ocala and Marion County.

There is a great deal of behind-the-scenes work that goes into putting on a show of this type. My thanks go to Dr. John Lofgren, Director of the Appleton, Ruth Grim, Steve Specht, David Reutter and all those who helped make the show a success. You did an outstanding job.

I cordially invite all to see the exhibit before it is dismantled. Quite frankly, I don't know when I will have this many paintings together again. It has been great fun!!!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Hopkins Prairie

Hopkins Prairie in the heart of the Ocala National Forest is a perfect example of Florida's unique landscape. . . flat, filled with varying sizes of lakes, tall grasses surrounded by thick forest of pines, oaks and sabal palms.

Walking the perimeter of the prairie, exploring it for the first time was exciting. No sound other than the breeze, birds and bugs (the holy trinity of Bs for landscape painters). I didn't have time to pant on site because of a huge thunderhead rolling in from the east so I took lots of photographs to paint from in the studio.

Check back here to see the paintings as they come off my easel.