Jim and I had the opportunity to visit Florida in January. We crammed as much sightseeing as we could into four days, with me snapping photographs by the hundreds. Besides being a wonderful break from the bitter Minnesota cold, it presented different plants, animals, colors for me to tackle in my art. Since then I’ve immersed myself in painting the landscape we saw and have finished the first five paintings of the trip. Coconut, above, was a view at the Edison Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers.
These above two paintings are from a walk at the Six Mile Cypress Slough, also in Fort Myers. This was an incredible place, five miles from our motel, with a wonderful boardwalk that wove through the swamps, lakes and ponds. We got to see an enormous alligator on Gator Lake, great blue herons, egrets and cormorants. And enchanting walk.
So many of the areas had boardwalks to walk on, which helped us feel safe with all those alligators around. I’m sure they also protected the delicate wetlands. This was a shorter boardwalk through mangroves at Ding Darling National Reserve on Sanibel Island, another great place to go if you are a bird watcher.
Finally, this painting sprung from our visit to Naples and it’s botanical garden, a truly amazing place. I’ve got another painting in the works from visiting the gardens, but it won’t be done for another month.