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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 30, 2012

Mini-Residency at Fair Oaks September 30,2012

Live Oak

Notes From My Residency Journal

Fair Oaks is always beautiful no matter the climate. Having said that, I long for fall at Fair Oaks. The wet season has made it difficult to get around the fields and through the woods. The mosquitoes are swarming so it is impossible to paint in the shade. I've not seen the prairie in months. I'm anxious for the cool dry air and the seasonal color of fall and winter in north Florida. 

I always enjoy my time there and today was grand. I managed to get through the woods and around the fields without getting stuck. I'm sure the staff was happy about that as they are always very busy. Shane went for a little ride with me today and Buddy came out for a pet and some attention. 

The staff cooked up a tasty lunch of chicken salad, yellow rice and quesadillas and famous Fair Oaks tea. All yummy. After lunch I spent some time taking reference photos. I am teaching a couple of tree painting workshops in the next few months and I want to study some of the Fair Oaks Trees first. There is no place that offers better trees than Fair Oaks in this part of the world. By 2:30 it was pretty hot so I headed for my air conditioned studio. Another great day.


  1. I had a chance to combine my two loves in life recently and had a two weeks' holiday in wonderful France, to which I had been before, and had loved so much. I took a little Renault rental car and headed off from Paris, to the Palace of Versailles, to Chartres then southward to sunny Provence, via the Auvergne region, with the Songs of the Auvergne playing repeated on the CD player.
    Magnifique, comme toujours. I saw many art galleries and followed the footsteps of artists, like poor Vincent Van Gogh.
    Back home all too soon, I ordered a canvas print from wahooart.com, choosing this painting by Cézanne, http://EN.WahooArt.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8EWNWL, to remember my trip by.

  2. Scott,
    I'm so glad you enjoyed your trip to France. I enjoyed traveling in Europe when I was a young college student.