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I believe that art enriches and informs our lives everyday in many positive ways. Sharing those experiences, whether as an artist or as an appreciator, is part of the pleasure. I welcome your comments and hope you find something of value: a laugh, an insight, a new idea or just a happy moment. Enjoy art!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Day #17 - Fun in the Sun

Day # 17 was so special that I almost did not notice that I was having to paint with my left hand.  My friend Kelly Medford from Rome, was coming over to spend the day with me (while visiting Orlando for holidays).  I could hardly wait.  Kelly makes her living painting plein air in Italy so guess what we would be doing?  Like a kid before school I got my supplies ready early ---the plein air nerves I took to Italy four months ago were gone.

We chatted, brainstormed, caught up, traded stories, and brainstormed some more.  Kelly is so fun to bounce ideas off of, she is positive, thoughtful and energetic.  I can feel the sparks fly when we start down
a path to developing a new idea.  So after a lovely lunch on the river we headed to the harbor to paint. We settled on a sunny spot along the river and assumed the easy pace of plein air painters everywhere: paint, enjoy the surroundings, chat sparingly and was a picture perfect day.

Kelly offers painting workshops and retreats in Italy

I decided to paint the mangroves at the edge of the river where we were perched.  I took a blue ink pen with me today instead of the usual black and decided to use it to define some of the water.  I smile when I see this page of the sketch book because it was such a perfect (painting) day.  It might be hard to part with this piece.

Mangrove at Front Street
5" x 5", watercolor on paper
during the 30 in 30 off-hand challenge only $30.00

The fact that I can look at this small painting and recall the entire day is just one of the valuable powers that art holds...for someone else this piece may tell an entirely different story, maybe about a day on the river kayaking or a spot once visited....regardless, the ability of a painting to hold many truths is just another reason I am so passionate about the role of art in our lives.

Enjoy your day...whatever # it is!


  1. What a special treat! I know you must've had a fantabulous day reuniting with Kelly! This painting shouts sheet joy from its very depth. Love that! Go blue!

  2. really beautiful.

  3. Thanks Cheri and Guin, it was a perfect day to be outside, perhaps that translated into a decent piece!

  4. Sounds like a great outing. And I love the painting.

  5. Thanks for the great post Cindy. Most importantly your painting is gorgeous! More of those please. Thanks for being such a great host and see you on the other side of the Atlantic next time.


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