Painting at Paul Baliker's

Our group had the privilege back in October, to visit and paint at Paul Baliker's Museum off A1A!!
He was very easy going about having us there, and made us feel right at home! His museum is an amazing place to see, and anyone living in Florida should make the time to go! Many of his sculptures are inspired by the huge pieces of driftwood he sculpts into fantastic underwater scenes, sea creatures, mermaids etc. His 'Ocean Exodus' sculpture, a tremendous work of art sits in the middle of his parking lot like some incredible centerpiece. The interior of the museum is packed with amazing wall pieces, beautiful sculptures and outrageous furniture also from driftwood. He shares the space with other artists like Trip Harrison and his mom, whose religious pieces are very unique!
  My rendition of the 'Ocean Exodus' sculpture

 We enjoyed our visit and want tothank Paul Baliker
for his hospitality towards our plein air group!


A Hot Breezy Day at Waterfront Park in November!

Early morning rain, thunder and lightning gave way to warm sunshine for 
our painting day at Waterfront Park. Dakota and I came down around 11 and parked ourselves at our usual bench
where Mary Lee had set up shop along the Intracoastal. A delightfully warm breeze reaffirmed my reasons for living in Florida as we admired the view. We snapped a few perfect pictures of  passing sailboats when a family of dolphins surfaced several times, and then disappeared out of view. Darn, my camera was a little slow on the draw that time!
Deciding to paint something small, Mary Lee chose a few pretty fall leaves, simple and colorful for her composition.
And just look at this watercolor!!!!
I brought just a pen and sketch pad with me, and found some pine cones and an interesting shell, home for some little critter that never completely emerged, except for poking it's claw out now and then. With our found objects from the woods and water, we settled down and worked on our still-lifes until the wind picked up and finally chased us away.
'Winchester' the Golden Retriever, one of many friendly dogs being walked along Waterfront Park's paths.