Apalachicola Marsh, 5×7″ #watercolorpainting I painted this at St. Joe Peninsula State Park in brutal afternoon heat. I found a shady spot and had just started this scene when a huge SUV stopped and a little boy got out, walked over to me and asked “whatcha doing?” I showed him my painting, we chatted a bit, and he returned to his Dad’s SUV. I love how art starts conversations you would never have otherwise.
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A lovely spot in the shade to paint #pleinair along the #appalachicola #river. 9×12″ #watercolorpainting #landscape #mariapeagler #impressionist #30paintingsin30days
Can’t get enough of St. Joe Peninsula State Park. We’ve been coming here for 15 years and I never tire of it. I painted this #pleinair as soon as the park opened to avoid the heat. A heron obliged by showing up as soon as I started. 5×7″ #watercolorpainting #landscape #floridastateparks #mariapeagler #30paintingsin30days
Bay Cloudscape. I painted this #pleinair at St. Joe Peninsula State Park today. It was blazing hot and I would take breaks to cool off in the bay. When I was done I kayaked in the bay. Life. Is. Good. #watercolorpainting #landscape #mariapeagler #30paintingsin30days #beach #florida 8×10″ $97
Early Sunset. I captured this scene while the sky was still blue at the top but turning bright oranges and scarlet on the horizon. I could paint a sunset every night and no two would look the same.
5×7″ $57 #watercolorpainting on 140-lb cold-pressed paper #landscape #sunset #beach #capesanblas #mariapeagler #30paintingsin30days
Gulf Stormy Skies. Our favorite beach, Cape San Blas, has gorgeous sunsets. This one was threatening, yet still beautiful.
5×7″ $57 #watercolorpainting #landscape #gulf #beach #capesanblas #mariapeagler #30paintingsin30days
Orchard, Apples. 11×14″ #watercolorpainting on 140-lb cold-pressed paper. Colors this deep are rare in watercolor. Experimenting with expressive techniques. #30paintingsin30days #landscape #mariapeagler $127
Woodland Stream Abstract. Enjoyed doing a Tony Couch exercise on painting trees, rocks and streams. Love the bold color and simple shapes. 18×24″ #watercolorpainting on 140-lb cold-pressed paper. $197 #landscape #colormastery #mariapeagler
This weekend I participated in my first plein air event in Blue Ridge, Georgia. I took Karen Margulis’ class on plein air painting (more to come on the class later), and I painted this study quickly.
Blue Ridge has a famous train and tracks running through downtown, and historic buildings. So why did I choose a steeple?
This is the First United Methodist Church on W. Main Street in downtown Blue Ridge. It’s for sale, like so many other churches located on valuable property. This building, when sold, will likely be torn down, making way for commercial properties.
That’s why I chose it. It’s a icon that is a sign of progress in so many ways.
I also loved the light on the steeple.
I did a full painting from this study and it’s included in the month-long exhibit at The Art Center in Blue Ridge.
This is another of my paintings for #30paintingsin30days with a sky theme.
5×7″, watercolor, on Arches 140-lb cold-press paper.
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Plein Air study of old Fannin County courthouse and crepe myrtle in front. From yesterday’s class with @karenmargulis, a pastel artist from Marietta. I’ll be writing a blog post about her class next week.
Karen had just completed a demonstration of painting plein air and chose this tree as her subject. It was blazing hot, and I didn’t want to drag my supplies across town to find a new location.
So I painted in the same spot, but added the backdrop of the old courthouse, with the columns’ background bathed in orange reflected light.
5×7″ #watercolorpainting on Arches 140-lb cold-pressed paper. #blueridge #pleinair #landscape #30paintingsin30days #mariapeagler
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