Not one soul passed by the afternoon I started this. So the next day I enlisted the landscape guy as photographer since the homeowner requested a picture of me painting it. If I look a bit frightened, it's because I just had to ask, "I wonder what lives in these Palmettos behind me?". "Oh, you don't even want to know! --- Rattle Snakes, bla-bla snakes... snakes... lizards...". After hearing a lot of dry rattly sounds of movement, I knew there was something living in there so I occasionally tapped my brush against the easel in an attempt to claim my space. I saw a lizard, which I am not afraid of, in the light of day. But I didn't feel up to fighting a rattler with only an umbrella for a weapon. I was at the end of a delightful stay here at this charming vacation home, but after standing in the Florida sun for the last few days, my freshness-date was expired. As the sun set, this survivor packed up her palette full of pine-needles and headed west on I-10. I left the no-see-ums in the painting for texture. (click painting to count them)
Now let me tell you how this came about. One of the first people to leave a comment on my new website was Leisa Tobler, the WINNER of this Summer Dream Vacation Home in Windmark Village. The same Windmark Village that hosts part of the Plein Air Paint-Out that I wanted to attend last May. I was happy to read- I like your work, do you ever come to Port St. Joe? I would like for you to paint my home. I answered - If I do, I will let you know. So I did. And that's how I got to stay at the Summer Dream for 5 nights! Go to the website and read her side of the story. Thank you Leisa for welcoming me so graciously.
This house has a large breezeway in the middle leading to a courtyard in the back. My intent of this composition is to draw you up and into the house. But once you have had the tour, come back out on the porch with your coffee and enjoy the huge porch swing (porch swings rank high on my list of favorite things). This one is like a swinging bed. Stay tuned for that painting.