Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Prairie Sketch

Spent another day sketching Paynes Prairie through the trees a few weeks ago. I had such a great day. The prairies reflect so many colors and set the mood for painting and trying to capture that moment with a quick sketch.

Charles Dickinson

A Day at Tuscawilla Prairie

Charles Dickinson Hard at Work

Mary Jane Volkmann With a Lovely Painting in Progress

Linda Blondheim Enjoys the Prairie View

Steve Andrews, Mary JaneVolkmann and Charles Dickinson Take a Break

We had a nice adventure on Tuscawilla Prairie today thanks to the Alachua Conservation Trust who graciously provides us with the Prairie Creek Lodge and the Tuscawilla Cabin, both with spectacular views. We are making an effort to get out on Tuesdays when time permits. Scott Hiestand is out of state traveling for awhile, so cannot join us regularly but keeps up with the goings on, checking in and posting his paintings to the blog.  Mary Jane and I took a tour around the praire in the car early in the morning through narrow paths which have been mowed. That was a wonderful treat.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Socked In

"Socked In"

At last my favorite time of year! There is nothing I enjoy more than sitting in a thick fog while painting. The colors are muted and soft and the landscape just becomes flat patterns. Its amazing the calm that fog can provide.

Scott Hiestand

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Fall Look at Tuscawilla Prairie

Notes From the Prairie

Today Mary Jane Volkmann and I took a quick look at fall on the Tuscawilla Prairie. It is spectacular right now with layers on layers of texture and color. The trees in the distance look smoky blue and make a fantastic backdrop for the many subtle grays, greens, rusts, and wheats showing in the plants. It is a feast for the eyes and we can't wait to get back there soon to paint again. 

Save the date for our next event at Prairie Creek Lodge with the Alachua Conservation Trust on February 25, 2012.

Linda Blondheim

Monday, November 7, 2011

Fun at the Fall Round Up

CTF Fall Round Up was perfect!!

Thanks so much to Conservation Trust for Florida for hosting and featuring the Six Artists Six Prairies at their wonderful event on November 6,2011. Thanks to Hans and Deborah Tansler for providing their fantastic FARM for the event. The food was outstanding, the music wonderful and there was a huge turn out. I ran into many old friends and made new ones there. Six Artists Six Prairies was represented by Mary jane Volkmann, Charles Dickinson and myself. We arrived early in the afternoon and painted until the light was gone. Sales were made which will benefit the organization and the artists. It was a great experience for all and CTF did a fantastic job!!