Florida, Part 3

It has been almost a month since my last entry. Sigh! I’ve got to give up this distracting tax law practice. But everyone’s return (except my own) has now been filed, and I am once again consumed with painting projects. Note that I said “projects” rather than simply “painting”. That’s because I have been busy pulling together an exhibit of 40-50 of my landscapes in a “one-man” (hoping that covers women too) show at the Conservation Center in Concord. It started weeks ago–choosing, varnishing, framing, labeling, inventorying, and packing. Almost ready. Tomorrow is Hanging Day. There is no reception, and the hours during which you may visit are limited to weekday business hours. But I hope you, faithful reader, will find an opportunity to visit the exhibit before I take it down on June 14. The address is 54 Portsmouth Rd, Concord, New Hampshire.

Florida has now become so long ago, it’s almost history. But I have a few more of paintings and bird photos to show off.

The lead photo up there is titled “Fish are Jumping” because they were. Not that any of them posed for me–I had to use a mental snapshot, and was kind of surprised that the fish turned out looking like a real jumping fish. Thus emboldened, I tried the same trick with the canoe and canoers. Harder.

The location was the Collier Seminole State Part, which is more famous as the home of the “Walking Dredge” that was used to build the road into the Everglades. I went there to paint the Dredge, but I couldn’t get far enough away from it, the thing is so huge! And I realized that once I had painted it, no one would know what the heck it was. Sort of a losing proposition, at least until I switch to abstract painting. So instead, here is a photo of the dredge. That is my friend, hostess, and fellow artist Mary Crawford there in the lower left. She dresses better than I do for painting outside.

This next painting is one of the last–boats again but it was the pilings and reflections of pilings that caught my interest.

And now to keep my promise of more birds–I’m not even going to show you any pelican photos. Pelicans are so common in Florida that you could say they are like our pigeons. Cuter though. No, I will show you only the rare birds–ones I had never seen before and whom I had to get help in identifying from the WhatBird website. Enjoy!

Black headed Gull

Pie-billed Grebes

Roseate Spoonbill (sleeping)

Juvenile Yellow-Crowned Night Heron


Tri-colored Heron?

Red-shouldered Hawk

Juvenile Great Blue Heron?

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