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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.
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Sunday, May 20, 2012

St Augustine beach Residency Day 7

Notes From My Residency Journal

I took these photos in front of Chad and Sarah's Condo before leaving. What a beautiful beach!!

I will have several hundred reference photos so that I will enjoy many happy hours of painting from them when I get back to the studio. What great memories to go with these images. These residencies are such a vital part of my experience as a landscape painter. Only by actually living in an area for a week or more can I really begin to understand the region and it's subtleties. Staying in an area allows me to explore the land and the culture of a region. The more I understand the area, the better the paintings will be later in the studio. I did eight paintings this week. I will do many more over the next few months. I add bits and pieces of Florida to my work as I go to these residencies and my understanding of it grows.  After more than 60 years as a Floridian, I still have so much to learn.  Thanks to my sponsors, this study continues. Chad and Sarah will enjoy selecting one of the paintings as my thanks for the residency.


  1. Thank you, Linda, for this delightful diary of your time at St. Augustine Beach. It's wonderful to hear what a restorative and productive time this was for you--plus you've provided a nice tour guide to some of the "wild places" all around--super! These residencies are a well-deserved treat for a fine person, a devoted lover of natural Florida, and a very gifted painter of the area.

  2. Mary,
    Thank you so much for reading the bog and for your very kind comments.