Painted yesterday on a ranch outside of Punta Gorda, FL. Waterlillies were closed when I started and fully open when I finished. A joy to watch. Meanwhile, I was watched by a baby gator (its head painted bottom left). I wondered where the mother was. And someone warned me the area was known as "Rattlesnake Ridge." Sometimes, plein air painting can be scary!
Just entered this painting in the First Annual October Facebook Painting Competition. Not many autumn leaves down here. Thought I'd paint a blue Michigan license plate as a sign of snowbirds returning, but discovered the blue plate isn't made anymore. What a loss! This umbrella was outside a seedy little motel near Englewood Beach. I added the flower-filled pumpkin from my imagination to illustrate October.
End of demo. Feel like I could paint the whole thing over again, but need to stop. Think I captured the ghost-ship feeling of this rusting hulk. Soon will be an artificial reef or sold for scrap. The cost of refitting this boat would be more than it's worth. At the end of its life, rusting away in an upscale marina... the only boat with character. I will research its history and report later. Really love the name...TRIUMPH!!!
Roughed in with thin wash of paint. Can already see many changes that need to be made. This is a large scale studio painting I'm doing after many days painting plein air on site. Will be using small paintings and photos for reference.
Rusty old tug painted at Laishley Marina, Punta Gorda. Overheard someone say, "and he only paid one dollar for it." Has lots of character, tons of rust. Plein air finished on spot except for lettering.