I continue to paint the Florida landscape, as I experienced it this last January. Our four day vacation is providing me with months of entertainment and challenges. The above painting came out of a road trip into the Everglades and Big Cypress National Reserve. We took a road that loops south of the (former) Monroe Station and stopped frequently to observe the birds and alligators, lounging in the wetlands. It was an amazing journey. This type of watery landscape was all over the place.
We made a long day of it and also visited the Corkscrew Swamp, which has a fabulous, two plus mile boardwalk that seemed to be older than some of the other boardwalks we walked. The wood had more wear to it and even lichen is spots, which to my eye, made it part of its environment.
We were on the gulf side of Florida. The painting below is viewing the gulf through bunches of grasses, coming up through drifts of sand. I’m drawn to horizons where water and sky meet, visually melding into each other.