Welcome to My Project!

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.
Contact me at: linda@lindablondheim.com

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Mini Residency at Fair Oaks April 20, 2014

Mark Anna and James talk about the upcoming wedding at Fair Oaks

The flowers are blooming under the trees this week.

Mentor student Margaret painted one of the fine old trees.

Mentor student Pat was ready to paint the pond roses.

Notes From My Residency Journal

I spent the morning painting in the East Hay Field. I am working on a painting in stages, so this was my second session. I have one more to go and then I'll show it to you finished. Just as I was about ready to clean up, Anna and friend James arrived in time for lunch. 

We wandered over to the big Live Oak with the swing where the wedding will be. I have never had a ride on the swing though it has always been there. Today I decided it was a good day to swing! Oh what a thrill it was! It is the best kind of swing. A single strong rope on a board, so you wrap your legs around the rope as you straddle the board. It goes in every direction. Mark, the strong man, pushed me high up into the tree. I've never enjoyed anything more. What freedom to be like a bird! Marvelous!

We enjoyed lunch of spaghetti with wonderful sausage and sauce with broccoli, fresh fruit and carrot cake. Chef Chris did a wonderful job. Just as I finished my slice of cake my two students arrived for an afternoon of painting. 

It was truly a swell day in paradise!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mini Residency at Cellon Oak Park

Cellon Oak
9x12 inches
Oil on panel

My painting for the day.
9x12 inches
Oil on panel

My friend Tim Malles with his painting

Mrs Tim with their dog. She was our support system for the day.

Notes From My Residency Journal

I paint in this park now and then with my friend Tim. He is a terrific person and a fine painter. We enjoy the time to talk shop as we seldom have time together. It is a relaxed morning and we do one painting before we go our separate ways, he to picnic with his wife and I to head for my studio right down the road. The park is only about 3 miles from my painting studio. 

I've been painting this champion live oak for many years and it challenges me every time. It is so massive that I have difficulty fitting it into a small format. It screams for a large surface. I did a studio painting of it once in 30x36 inch format and it was pretty accurate. I do love the challenge of painting it.

A fun day painting with a friend always hits the spot!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Bird Island Day 4

Marshes at Bird Island
9x12 inches
Oil on panel

8x10 inches
Oil on panel

The boardwalk beside the marshes

Horseshoe crab

View from the dock

Notes From My Residency Journal

Today's weather is too rough to be out. The wind is howling and the sea is up with lots of foam and broken waves. I've not seen a single boat. It is quite cozy in the house and I'm enjoying reading a Travis McGee adventure. This morning wasn't bad on the porch so I was able to finish 2 paintings, the first started yesterday. I have 6 paintings and expect to get at least one more tomorrow. 

You haven't lived until you have tried tuna salad on Lays potato chips instead of bread. It is really delicious! I have had that for lunch every day this week. Just scoop up the tuna with a spoon and carefully put it on a big chip like an appetizer. 

Last evening I had a great walk over the marshes in the boardwalk. It is a lovely view late in the day with everything warm and rich in color. I found a Horseshoe crab shell and saw tiny little crabs scuttling along the path. I watched a pair of Dolphins feeding, scattering Mullet as they swam along.

This is a foreign world for me. I am a landlubber having lived all of my life in forests and fields. My visits to the coast are always educational. I know nothing about boats or the sea. I am always amazed by the startling changes in the weather when I visit the coasts and Bird Island. It can change in just a few moments. 

With good luck this storm will be gone tomorrow, giving me another day in Bird Island paradise!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Bird Island Day 3

Bird Island Palms
8x10 inches
Oil on panel

The Old Birdhouse
5x7 inches
Oil on panel

Patsy's Sculpture

Native American Artifacts

Notes From My Residency Journal

The weather at BI changes very quickly. It started sunny this morning, quickly becoming overcast and windy. By 1 PM it was sunny again with calm sea. This is the perfect time each year to be at BI. No bugs, warm, with low humidity. Just marvelous!

I enjoyed the process of both paintings, listening to Eta,Ella, Billie, Frank and Louis on the IPad radio. There are no better specimens of cabbage palms than are growing here on the island. Palms are tricky. I've painted them all my life, yet they are still a complex mystery.  There are several bird houses here, after all, it IS Bird Island. My favorite is the old two hole one I painted today. It leans a bit and there are cracks in the wood, making it all the more charming. 

Patsy is a very talented sculptress, using all kinds of found objects to create whimsical pieces, placed around the house. I look forward to seeing them each time. The above is my favorite. She is also a fine painter. There are lots of good paintings scattered around the house, done by well known Florida painters who come here from time to time. The family has a fine collection by Ellie Blair, Kate Barnes and Elisabeth Ferber to name a few. 

The family has an interest in archeology and anthropology, having teamed up with the University of Florida's departments for occasional digs. There are numerous display of interesting artifacts throughout the house and on the porches. 

I look forward to seeing the red ball drop into the sea again at days end, after another day of Bird Island paradise. 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Bird Island Residency Day 2

Notes From My Residency Journal

Just before sunset

Looking toward Horseshoe Beach

This morning I started my day with bacon and eggs for breakfast. I took my coffee out on the porch to enjoy the boats passing by.

I decided to start my first painting around 9 AM. No rush as I am on no schedule. The morning was lovely and I enjoyed doing this palm.

8x10 inches
Oil on canvas

After the painting, I took my first stroll of the day around the perimeter of the island. For lunch I made tuna salad and dipped it up with potato chips. Yummy.

After a bit of time, reading my Travis McGee novel, I got busy with this second painting of the day.
9x12 inches
Oil on panel

I love this view from the east end of the boardwalk toward other barrier islands distant. As I painted, the front began to move in, turning the weather cooler and overcast with a nippy wind. I moved to the porch to continue the painting. 

After I finished, I took another walk and now it is chilly and dark. I don't think I will get to watch the red ball fall into the sea tonight, but last night it was spectacular. That is one of the big highlights of a day at Bird Island. The sun looks huge and scarlet red as it quickly dips into the sea. 
Another wonderful day at Bird Island, thanks to the Nelms family.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Bird Island Residency Day 1

The Cafe

BI from Captain Rob's house.

The front porch at BI

Notes from my Residency Journal

Here I am on the big screened porch at Bird Island having just arrived by boat. My boat captain Rob delivers me to the island and opens the house for me. It is sunny and warm and I'm watching the fishing boats go by.  This is a large island house and as comfortable as an old cotton shirt, washed many times. It is affectionately called the Hilton. I will set up my easel tomorrow morning to start painting.

I started my trip at the Horseshoe Beach Cafe with a delicious fried shrimp sandwich. The shrimp were large and fried to perfection with a light crispy batter. A glass of tea helped to hit the spot.  Rob stores my car for me under his home in the huge shaded carport for my stay, and ferries me and my supplies over to BI as we all call it. 

The island is owned by the Nelms family who generously give me this painting residency in early April. I look forward to it all year. What a life to live on an island. Tonight after it cools down, I will do some exploring and take some photos. I like to explore late and then early in the morning for the best light. 

BI is my second favorite place in the world with Fair Oaks being the first. I am so lucky to have wonderful generous friends who share with me.