Welcome to My Project!

I was born and raised in Florida. After many years of travel, attending plein air paint outs, I discovered that residencies are the best way to explore the natural world I love. Working for an extended period from seven to ten days really enhances my painting experience. I am lucky to have friends and collectors who make it possible to explore the exciting and interesting locations I love to paint. Supporters provide their unoccupied vacation homes or hotel lodging for my residencies throughout the year. I am always delighted to leave an original framed painting for them as my thanks for their generous gift. If you would like to sponsor a residency, I would love to hear from you.
Contact me at: linda@lindablondheim.com

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Our Next Residency

Notes From my Residency Journal

We will soon be on our way to New Smyrna Beach for a week's residency thanks to our generous host Louann Hall. We will be using her beach house for the week of January 9-14, 2012. What a great way to start the new year with a week in my favorite beach town. Mary Jane and I will be painting around town in various locations. I love to paint the waves down on Flagler Avenue under the pavilion, stopping to have breakfast at the Beacon Restaurant. We will explore the National Seashore as well and a place she likes to go. I will spend a fair amount of time painting at Spruce Creek and at JB's Fish Camp too. I'm looking forward to our time there and I expect we will visit with friends who live there as well. I am really looking forward to this opportunity. I'll be posting photos and stories from our adventure so stay tuned.

Linda Blondheim

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Our February Residency House

I like to show the houses we stay in for residencies. This photo was taken by Fair Oaks resident photographer, Magda. This old house is wonderful. The huge porches on both stories are much used by guests. The floors are wide wood planking and the rooms are very tall. There is a room upstairs with easels for artists to use. It will soon be under construction for restoration, though I love it as it is. Mary Jane and I are looking forward to our next week long residency there from February 19-27th, 2012.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Linda's Mini Residency 12/04/2011

The Orchard

Fair Oaks has an impressive orchard with a variety of citrus fruits. Rick helped me gather a crate full to take home.

As Henry and I drove around the farm in our golf cart, we found these young cows. The neighbor's cattle invaded. Who can blame them? I want to live there too.

Rick keeps the bonfire under control. Each time I go, there is a new activity. It's always fun to discover the plan for the day. A place this big needs constant care and it is lovingly provided by Rick and his team of college boys who put in long hours of labor there.

Today's plein air painting. It's always fun to study painting at Fair Oaks. Henry naps beside me in the cart and I listen to the Sandhill Cranes and the crows as they fly overhead. Today I saw a paint of Bald Eagles. They are much bigger than they look in the sky. Beautiful and majestic.

For lunch we had Venison Italian sausage, hunted and made by farm manager Mark. It was really delish!! What a treat. We ate alfresco and enjoyed looking at the trees and watching the clouds go by. There is nothing I would rather do than be at Fair Oaks. I am so lucky that they put up with me.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Linda's Mini Residency 11/27/2011

Dry Pond
9x12 inches
acrylic on birch panel

Field Three at Fair Oaks

Henry Blondheim and Shane Knellinger

Notes From My Fair Oaks Residency

I am one of the lucky people in life who have the privilege of having a permanent residency at a wonderful and beautiful place. I can come and go as I please and I never take that for granted. I am an artist in residence at Fair Oaks, a hundred and sixty acre estate in Evinston Florida. It is a true luxury to work there and I have been painting there for about four years. I have done a significant body of work and much of my current painting process has been developed at Fair Oaks.

Today was a perfect day to take Henry, my French bulldog, and enjoy a day at Fair Oaks. I am provided with a golf cart to explore and paint, so Henry and I often head out to explore and paint together. He is an exceptional companion with great patience. He usually snoozes on the seat while I paint. Sometimes we are joined by our friend Shane, one of three Border Collies who own the place with their dad Rick.

I did the above painting today of one of my favorite spots, the big pond. It's dry now but in wet season it is full of beautiful mint green lily pads and all kinds of aquatic birds.

I spent some time taking photos today. There is a giant tree in the new field that I have my eye on to paint and I got several reference photos for a studio painting. It is huge but the canopy is so low that it's hard to get a good distant view, so it will need to be a close up. I'll probably want to do more than one painting. It is an exceptional tree. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

This Week's Mini Residency-Tuscawilla Prairie

 Mary Jane Works Fast

Linda in the Shade

Today Mary Jane and I adventured to Tuscawilla Prairie, about 15 miles from Gainesville. This is a magical place to paint in the fall and winter. We are lucky to be involved with Alachua Conservation Trust who owns vast acreage on this prairie and a wonderful log cabin on the prairie rim. We have been watching it through the brutal summer months, patiently waiting for the right season to paint. At last it is cool enough. The color is spectacular and luscious. Full of patterns of smoky blue, ochre, chocolate brown, wheat, rust and mauve purple.

We took an early drive through the prairie on narrow paths that have been mowed. Up close and personal, it is truly amazing. Here are a couple of example photos. I can't wait to use these to do some paintings.

We try to have a mini residency on Tuesdays with time permitting. Sometimes we paint with friends and other times alone.  The mini residencies help us to gather reference materials in between our longer out of area residencies.

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Little House

Our Frequent Residence

Notes From the Residence File

I have a fondness for many of the vacation homes and condos we stay in. It is like returning to an old friend. The above "Little House" is a favorite. It has quite a history. It was originally a Montgomery Ward kit house, the original manufactured housing. My friends Milan and Pat bought it as a young couple with children. Over the years they have restored it to its original glory. It has original hardwood floors, two bedrooms and a bath and a kitchen. The best part is the nice screened porch in front where I love to lounge in the evening. it is about two blocks from the beach and my favorite breakfast restaurant is around the corner. how can ya beat that? They generously provide a residency for us whenever we want it. They live nearby so it is a great adventure each time.

Linda Blondheim

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A "Mini" Residency

Today, Mary Jane and I headed for my favorite place, Fair Oaks, to check out the fall glory. The cypress trees are turning a dark orange and rust now and other hardwoods are turning a rainbow of fall colors. From now through March, Florida offers it's most beautiful climate and that is why we suffer through the brutal summers as full time residents. It is worth the wait. We spent our morning exploring the fields and taking photos. We stopped for lunch at Pearl Country Store in Micanopy for some excellent BBQ chicken, collard greens and beans. Then we were back to Fair Oaks to do a study of the dry pond area. It was a splendid adventure and we ended it by cruising along looking at Tuscawilla Prairie on our way back to the city. Our week long residency at Fair Oaks will be the last week in February, so the color will be winter gray,wheat, blue and purple by then.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Our First Residency

Our first residency will be in beautiful New Smyrna Beach, Florida. We will explore the National Seashore, Spruce Creek, The Loop and other pockets of beauty in Volusia County. Look for us out and about from January 9-16, 2012. You will find us painting at the beach on Flagler Avenue and having the best breakfast in town at The Beacon. Thank you Louann Hall for this generous residency. Stay tuned for posts during and after this residency.

Linda Blondheim