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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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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Mini Residency at Fair Oaks - March 22, 2014

Demonstration Painting

Painters from Oak Hammock Plein Air Group

Blacksmiths with Magda Solski, the Fair Oaks photographer.

Breakfast al fresco under the pavilion. 

Notes from my Residency Journal

Today is usually a studio day for me but I took the day off to join in the fun at Fair Oaks. The friends from the Oak Hammock community joined us for a day of fun activities. We started with breakfast in the pavilion, with a Q&A session for painters, and them moved out in every direction to paint. 

Around 11 AM a bus arrived from Oak Hammock with more guests. We were joined by several photographers as well. The staff set up several lawn games around the yard and much time was spent strolling around the beautiful yard and pond at the pavilion. 

Soon the lunch bell rang and the line formed up for a huge BBQ feast, catered by Pearl Country Store. We feasted on pulled smoked pork, chicken, park ribs, collard greens, cole slaw baked beans, corn bread and a variety of pies with ice cream.  It was superb. I opted for extra BBQ rather than dessert. The collards were especially good. 

After lunch the hay ride cranked up which toured the tiny town of Evinston and the Wood and Swink, Florida's oldest working post office and country store. The tour was led by Freddie Wood, owner of one of the big farms in this area and owner of the Wood and Swink with his son Fred.

Meanwhile, Rick took on the tour guide job with the six seater cart, giving the history of the estate to our visitors. 

A perfect day in paradise.

Linda, Rick and Shane at the Serenity Oak. 

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