Bali Hi

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      At the Beach on Captiva Island

   Saturday my painting buddy, Eileen, and I traveled to Captiva Island to paint another beach house on the ocean. What a beautiful spot! The owner has kindly allowed us to paint on his three island properties. How lucky is that?  It's just one of the perquisites of being a plein air painter.

An Afternoon at Boca Grande

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   An Afternoon at Boca Grande

     After a hard morning of painting in Placida a week ago, Eileen and I decided to cross the bridge into Boca Grande to see what we might paint in the afternoon.

     First we had a nice lunch at one of the villages bistros, then we headed out to the lighthouse.  

    We only had a dollar between us to put in the parking box, but we took a chance and painted for several hours.  Fortunately, we didn't get a ticket.



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Check this post for upcoming art fairs and other events where you can buy my work.


  • July 18.  Glen Arbor Woman's Club Art Fair. Glen Arbor Town Hall, 6394 W. Western Avenue/M-22 in Glen Arbor.  10 am to 4 pm.
  • August 3, 2018 Wet paint sale. Glen Arbor Art Association Plein Air Weekend.  Paintings done at the  Thursday night Sundowner and the Friday quick draw will be sold at this Friday evening event.  Free admission. Glen Arbor Town Hall, 6394 W. Western Avenue/M-22 in Glen Arbor, 5-6:30 pm.  Sales are on a first-come basis.
  • August 4.  Wet paint sale.  Glen Arbor Art Association Plein Air Weekend.  Paintings done during the day will be for sale at this gala evening event.  This is the main weekend event and is limited to 65 painters. Glen Arbor Town Hall, 6394 W. Western Avenue/M-22. The evening viewing and sale runs from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  The paintings are complemented by an appetizer/wine reception. Over 100 works of art will be exhibited, and offered for sale on a first-come basis (at the sound of the gong at 5:45). $15 advance tickets of $20 at the door.
  • August 18.  Paint Grand Traverse.  This is a six-day painting competition culminating in a wet paint sale Saturday, Aug. 18, at 6 pm.  The schedule is available on the Paint Grand Traverse web site:

Pottery Express & Bamboo Farm

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A Buddha at Pottery Express

   I joined the Peace River Painters Monday at the Pottery Express & Bamboo Farm south of Punta Gorda.
   The grounds are shaded with tall bamboo, some for sale, others for providing a background for the colorful pottery.   Every imaginable size and style of pots are on display there.
   It took a while to select a good painting spot, but a Buddha's head planted on the top of a tall pot caught my eye.
    I've painted at the Pottery Express before, last time selecting a serene view of a gazebo reflected in a lovely pond.

A Day at the Farmer’s Market

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Punta Gorda Farmer’s Market

I went to Punta Gorda last week planning on painting a scene of historic homes, but ended up at the Farmer's Market instead.

It was a busy place on Saturday morning, so I set up my painting gear in a drainage ditch that was out of the way and thankfully dry.

The majestic columns of the city hall made for a nice backdrop to the activities going on at the market.

Maybe next time I'll go there to shop.

A gallery in Placida

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Painting in Placida

Last week, my painting buddy, Eileen, and I traveled to Placida to paint with the Peace River Painters, most of whom hail from Punta Gorda.
It was quite a trek from our homes in Cape Coral but worth it for the variety of scenes from a half-sunken boat to colorful art galleries.
I was attracted to the bright colors of the Albritton Gallery. It was a windy day and the gallery view allowed me to avoid the wind by setting up next to my van.

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