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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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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Big Talbot Island Residency - Day 4

Dead Tree Beach Park
9x12 inches
Oil on panel

High Tide
Big Talbot Island

Notes From My Residency Journal

Today was a great adventure. At last a sunny day! I started with a wonderful breakfast at Marche Burrett Market and Deli. It is located in the shops of Amelia which look like quaint cottages. Very sweet. The Marche is charming, well lit, with a lovely deli, fresh produce and wines. The dining room is spacious. They provide table service and the staff is friendly and efficient. I met a reporter for the local paper. She and her companion were friendly and welcoming. The have a variety of breakfast offerings, including biscuits with gravy, smoked salmon with bagel and cream cheese, oatmeal, daily quiche, and my favorite, bacon eggs, home fries and toast. The coffee was delicious. My server brought ice water with fresh lemon and coffee in a large cup, right away. The breakfast arrived shortly, perfectly cooked. The homefries were crispy and flavored with herbs, delicious. The bread was full of flavor. A tiny jar of lovely sealed Orange Marmalade was delivered and I was able to take it with me, a nice touch. Coffee refills were plentiful. The server was outstanding. This is definitely the place to eat breakfast! 

I headed for Fernandina Beach and somehow ended up in a town called Yulee. Anyone who knows me will laugh, knowing that I have no sense of direction and constantly find myself in strange places, not knowing how I got there. After a false start, I made it to Fernandina. It is a lovely town, catering to tourists and a shoppers paradise. I toured a couple of the local galleries and studios, enjoying the fine day. I allow myself one day of tourist pursuits when I go to residencies. 

I will set up my easel at 4 PM to attempt to paint the lovely sunset hour here in the back yard at the Big Talbot Island house. The view here is marvelous. No need to go anywhere.

Another Day in paradise, thanks to North Florida Land Trust.


  1. Thank you Sheila. I plan to do a larger studio painting of this tree.