The ICW at Herschel King was Kinda Orange!!

   
But the view from the dock was magnificent!! 


     .and there were lively schools of fish darting back and forth along the waters edge below. I was so startled by the scene, I just forgot to snap a picture...but the water really was orange...a sort of murky orange, and I assumed it might have been the red tide you hear about from time to time. Not that it bothered the fishing though, according to a couple of locals who were able to catch a few.

      Dale and I set up camp at the dock and focused on the scene to our west. It looked almost prehistoric I thought..with craggy palms reaching up thru the tangle of jungle growth to the clouds, some missing their tops
my pallet knife and brush experiment
probably a result of some past hurricane from years gone by. I had wanted to paint that view in oils for a while now, and this was the day!
  
Dale's pallet knife sharpened the scene before us!
  Georgia and Audrey painted in the pavilion and produced some nice pieces!

 Georgia's pallet knife cuts thru the woods with style!!

Audrey's enchanting tree study! ...

   Flo came out to check on us, and we before we knew it, we were gabbing away about all sorts of things unrelated to our mission! We also met a fisherman...er fisherwoman, and her husband,..so Alice, we enjoyed your company and hope someday you'll join us!!

Wooden Ships..no-'fiberglass' ships on the water..very free.... . found a very nice dreamy clip of that song below !!
     Also, we wanted to say hi to Mary Lee! We miss you! Have fun over there and keep painting!!

Plein Air at Bing's Landing 2013

  We arrived (no, not by kayak!) at Bings with our painting paraphernalia at around 9:45.  With temps in the 90's all week, we were expecting a brutally hot day, but were surprised by a nice breeze blowing thru the pavilion! We had shade, scenery, cool air, picnic tables and a BBQ Chicken aroma from next door! There were just three of us, but it's always nice to have company when you paint, and that was just fine!
Packing for plein air is always a challenge for me, and it changes with the medium of choice! So today, I decided on oils, as did Dale, and Flo travels light with an enviable small package for her watercolor painting...doesn't even use an easel!! Well, for some reason I remembered most of what I needed that day..water...camera....something to snack on. I remember being so thankful once when Dale had an extra rag on hand..Another time I forgot my brushes!!! Well, I guess it happens to the best of us, and Dale came well prepared with her oil painting luggage, but forgot to pack something to paint on!...so now I don't feel so bad..She did bring her bicycle painting though! and all I can say is...it rocks!!! take a look!
Brush strokes packed with movement! Can you feel the energy?!


Love the subtle water reflections in Flo's WC!


Well no, it wasn't the paint fumes!!

And we weren't giddy from exhaustion!!


Nothing but H2O in this bottle!! Just no explanation!

Inspired by the color in Dale's bicycle painting, I had to add some interest in mine!
Here's one walkway I've yet to explore! Maybe next time! There's just no end to perfect locations! The hidden treasure is in the wooded scenes like this..just waiting for a paintbrush!


Who's that behind those Foster Grants!! 
Flo travels light, with just the bare essentials!  We're thinking Herschel King next time??any other suggestions are welcome.!!!