Day 14 - Annie Oakley Mural

 Here's Dakota, our vigilant mural painting companion
on this our 14th day! He stays put, unleashed, well 
mannered and friendly to everyone who comes by! What 
did we do to deserve such a dog!!      
     Well, a few moments after this picture was taken,
 the scaffolding lost a wheel and tipped over!! 
Thankfully we weren't on it, and it fell upright 
against the wall! It was a little too heavy for Ed and 
I to right it and replace the wheel..Just then, as we
 were wondering what to do, a young man, who had stopped
 earlier to admire our work came walking by again, and 
with his help, Ed was able to lift the corner up high 
enough for me to insert the wheel into its place!!  We
 thanked him, and learned that his day was spent all 
morning walking from his home to a job interview there 
in town. Ed offered to give him a lift home and he 
gratefully accepted...we're hoping he gets the job!  
 Here's my day's progress, a real challenge getting 
those windows to look right! This in addition to Ed 
laying on a second layer of white to the two white horses,
 and the rodeo rider's shirt! So far, we've put a few 
hundred $ worth of paint on the wall, spilled some of 
it on the parking lot, and of course we take home quite 
a bit on our clothes and hands!  It seems the further 
along we get, the more I see needs to be done, but I'm
guessing now, it might be really close to the end in
 about 12-13 more visits!
          And speaking of visits, thanks for yours!!

Annie Mural: Day 12

photo of Annie ( real name: Phoebe Ann Moses) go to link for info on her life

Annie's husband Frank Butler ( see the cowboy's face)
 Annie gets her gun, and Ed & I get our paintbrushes!! Into our 3rd week, and 12th visit to Palatka. We're using our old '95 Cavalier, so as not to get paint in the Nissan, and all that extra mileage...Only a few more miles left on that warranty! But our old faithful is an amazing vehicle. It may not go into 'Park' anymore but works just fine in 'Drive' and 'Reverse'! Once on the road, it's decent, and doubles every night as a little delivery truck! We usually leave the house at around 7am to be set up and painting 50 miles away at 8! We're using the amazing 'Modern Masters Theme Paints' from Starscenic in Orlando...the same company that supplies Disney World! You just can't buy a blue like that from any paint store!! I would recommend these paints to anyone doing mural work!
Ed's progress on the Framing on either side, Annie's gun painted in and some portraiture as well! Special thanks to Tomoyuki.Uchida for his permission to use one of his photos for a reference in the painting of Annie's horse
One of the rough riders gets a face! With a different hat, could this be a Frank Butler lookalike?
Frank Butler? maybe?

And still working on the buggy and figure on the corner

Looking closely, you can see it's not an easy wall surface for portraiture! The Conlee Snyder Mural Committee Chairman, a jaunty John Alexander perhaps?

And another portrait attempt on this rough wall!   And I hope this does justice to Clint Snyder, a founding member of the  Conlee Snyder Mural Committee!

 We're painting into the afternoon now that it has dropped into the 70-85 temps and hoping to finish in a few weeks! It was exciting to see ourselves on the front page of the Palatka Daily News, and look forward to the commemoration ceremony in December! I'm told they throw a big celebration for each mural completed! 

Palatka Mural Painting of Annie Oakley

Our tenth day with Annie in Palatka! While this technically doesn't qualify as 'plein air', we sure have been getting a lot of fresh air, and altitude too!! Our 56' mural is well underway, with most of the wall covered in bright 'Modern Masters Theme paint.. Come visit and see this mural taking shape on the Atomic Tee's west side wall in McKinnon's Furniture Outlet parking lot!
Special thanks to Tomoyuki.Uchida for his permission to use one of his photos for a reference in the painting of Annie's horse

Flagler down by Blue

No rain so far today!! We decided to take Dakota and my paints as well. Turning right on A1A, we noticed a few emergency vehicles around the pier area, but kept driving to find a spot where we could bring the dog.  I decided since we had an hour or so, before Ed's eyeglasses would be ready, I'd start my sketch right away. As usual, at the beach there never seems to be much to paint at first glance, so instead of doing the usual half hour search, I plopped down to sketch the stairs, which turned out to be a lot of fun! Ed took Dakota down a ways for a walk, while I went into my own little world once again trying my hand at watercolor!

Being of Irish decent, I've always had a soft spot in my heart for anything from that part of the world, and when I found this plein air ( Plein eire) blog from the Emerald Isle, I looked into it, and joined. They have a 'Yanks' group, representing Irish painters from the States, of which I became a part. Anyway, this link is a charming little video which I thought I'd post here, showing some wonderful footage of a place called Connemara.  I would imagine it's a favorite painting spot and if I lived within a hundred mile radius, I might spend a considerable amount of time there.  Check it out, and take a look at some of the art from this site. Enjoy!

Flo Under the Pier

So Thursday at 6 PM, we set up shop under the Flagler Beach Pier. Let's see, the yellow kayaks next to the turtle nest looked colorful...a possible still life for Dale, who positioned herself accordingly, and if it weren't for the incoming tide, she might have stayed there!
Here's Dale a minute before the tide rushed in!

Here's Mary Lee's first spot, tackling that old pier, one more time! And what a nice job too! In her unfinished watercolor you can see plans to add a fisherman about halfway out. Wonder if she'll keep  the purple hue in the pilings. Nice touch!
I like it already!!
 Dale and I changed our minds about the kayaks as soon as Flo offered to model!
 and she held that pose like a pro! 
my watercolor attempt at portraiture!
After an hour or so, the storm kicked in, and provided a nice light show all the way home!
I snapped away, trying to catch the lightning strikes without much success!

But the effects were interesting anyway!

 Come join us next time! Don't let dark clouds scare you away! It was an awesome evening!

Heavy Traffic at Princess Place

 Got up late for our July 26th painting day, but determined to make it this time, I followed the detour signs to Princess Place.  Bumping slowly along,  I noticed some
'Heavy Traffic' signs here & there. 
 Very funny!.. a deserted road in the middle of nowhere with signs like that... 


  Finally the detour 
ended at the Princess
Place Lodge where
Dale, Cindy and Mary
Lee were busy painting away.

Dale's Oil! wow! Love that sky!
Mary Lee does something soft and beautiful to a familiar scene!
  my watercolor and marker  

 Cindy captures Dakota's personality !
What a great portrait! 


 My plein air doggy!
The tentative plan for Thursday next week is late in the day at Bing's Landing til sunset! 

Sketching Neptune at Marineland

 It was breezy, cool and beautiful today: a perfect plein air painting day...what to paint, decisons, decisions...
A group of Sabal Palms conceal Marineland's beautiful garden.

The possibilities were endless here in this place...vegetation, statues, ocean, palms and  each other. But we took advantage of a certain model, who promised to stay very still for us for hours!

  In studying our subject's features, Rita noticed a slight resemblance to Kirk Douglas! Can't argue with that!!
Like a stately apparition, he assumed a commanding pose in his garden of green!
Could it be an interesting cloud formation?

my version of Mary Lee at home among the palms
and it was so nice to see Dale back in the swing of things! 
My 1st sketch; a nice King N. but a 2nd attempt definitely took on an evil look ! Yikes!
Along with a few love bugs, an exotic visitor kept us company! We'll be back !