Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sarasota Workshop - Day 3

Today, the heat reached 80 with a stiff breeze off the bay. After a critique in our studio and a discussion of the perils hidden in the compound curves of boats, we decided to go down to the bay to paint one. On a hot day, there's nothing like a breeze to make things pleasant. But a visit to the marina showed the wind would be too much to deal with. Not only would it be hard to keep our hands steady for painting masts, the boats were rocking like carousel ponies on the wind-tossed water. So, we took our next best option - Selby Gardens.

From the tree-sheltered parking lot of the Gardens, I was able to see a little cove where the wind was less and a boat sat quietly docked. It was an easy boat, seen broadside and with nary a compound curve showing. Here's my demonstration painting:

"Selby Gardens Boat"
5x7, oil - SOLD

Later, I took a brief tour of the gardens. It's a real treat to see tropical plants in a place where they can flourish. I found a nice bench in the shade of a banyan tree.

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