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.