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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, 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.

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