Welcome to our project blog. We will be posting regularly about the six Florida prairies we will be painting through June 2012. Each artist will have stories and images to share as we explore these essential and fragile ecosystems. Stay tuned for scheduled events.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Choosing a Painting Spot
I have learned to look very carefully before setting up near wet areas to paint. I've shared this story with some of you before, but one day when I was out painting alone and deep in concentration I noticed out of the corner of my eye that something in the landscape had changed. I turned to look and saw that one of these guys had crawled out of the brush at the edge of the water and was approaching me to check me out... I was sitting with all my paints spread around me. Not having any experience with these things I had to think quickly and remembered that somewhere I had heard that if you make yourself bigger than something it can help. (Right or wrong?). So I jumped up and roared as loudly as I could in the deepest voice I could muster, throwing my arms up in the air at the same time in a threatening manner. True as Bob, the gator flipped and went running away into the water! I was a bit shaken, so I decided to finish the painting in my studio...