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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, September 23, 2012

Mini Residency at Fair Oaks 09/23/2012

Morning Glories
I saw these on the way to Fair Oaks.

Field One Flowers
5x7

Live Oaks
5x7
Notes from my Residency Journal

After two weeks away, Henry and I enjoyed our day at Fair Oaks. It was really too hot to take him along but I feel so guilty when I don't. He loves it as much as I do. The morning was quite nice. We loaded up the golf cart and headed back into the shade trees to do a study of Live Oaks. The bugs were out but I sprayed myself and all around the cart with  bug juice so that kept them at bay. It was peaceful and lovely. We were close to the pond, which is in the expanding mode now from a very wet season. I could hear an odd bird call and never did recognize it. It was pretty loud but I never saw the bird so who knows? We started back toward Holy Ground Field, which is a huge field with lovely cabbage palm hammocks, but didn't get far. The path is deep with standing water and I barely avoided getting stuck. I got the cart turned around headed back when the lunch bell rang. Yay!! The staff has dubbed getting the carts stuck in the mud as a "Blondheiming". I can't imagine why?

Rick and farm manager Scotty had a gourmet spaghetti and meatball lunch prepared with garlic bread and mixed green salad. We tried an orange poppy seed dressing on the salad that was zingy and tasty. Lunch was served on new china,cutlery and glassware, all cheery and so pretty. Rick's wonderful attention to comfort and detail for guests makes every visit a pleasure. Going to Fair Oaks is an event. It is always a privilege, with a gracious and amusing host to make me feel welcome.

Pond Oak
11x14

After lunch we headed back out to Field 1. I was able to do a quick little painting of the subtle colors in the field that make it look like a rich tapestry. What a wonderful world in this remarkable place.
By 2:30 Henry was beginning to gasp for air from the heat, so reluctantly, I packed up Leroy and we headed for home with the happy memory of a day at Fair Oaks.

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