Collins Field in Winter Rye
acrylic on birch panel
acrylic on canvas
Rim of the Dry Pond
Henry surveys his world of Fair Oaks
Notes From my Residency Journal
I was lucky to get back to Fair Oaks today to have another mini residency. I painted in two locations today and enjoyed it so much. Henry rides in the golf cart with me. We explore Fair oaks first and then decide where to paint. This morning I painted the winter rye at Collins Field. It is just starting to green up the field with the impossible winter color of emerald green. It is so startling to see it with the back drop of gray, smoky blue and rust colors of winter. We broke for lunch with the team that runs Fair Oaks. It was a nice day so we ate alfresco, my favorite way to lunch there. Mark made deer burgers and rosemary cheese sausage which were so delicious!!
The Knellinger dogs played with Henry and we all had a wonderful visit. There is always lots of fun teasing back and forth and I'm so happy to be there. It is a luxury to spend the day at my favorite place in the world. After lunch I went up to the house to see new paintings by Mr Jake Glisson, who is a well known painter in Florida. He has also written several books about his adventures in Florida. He is an interesting man and a very fine painter. I met him once at Fair Oaks and found him to be gracious and entertaining. Rick knows the most interesting people. I never know what interesting opportunity will show itself at Fair Oaks. It is not simply a place as much as it is a state of mind. I'm trying to convince the Fair Oaks gang to do a play on the stage there in February, while Mary Jane and I have our week long residency. Wouldn't that be great fun? As much as I love the other residencies I do, it is always my greatest joy to return to Fair Oaks.