Sunday, May 29, 2011

Painting at the Ballard's

The Palletteers' weather-luck prevailed as we were greeted by sunny skies and soft breezes when we met to paint at Laura's. To top it off, the mosquitos that had plagued all our various households for the past few weeks were nowhere to be found! Bliss! In addition to her home offering having many unique "scenes" to paint, it commands a fantastic panaramic view of Christiansted and beyond! As you can tell, despite the early arrival of the Sahara sands, several of us attempted to paint that view. For others, the bright yellows, oranges, and blues caught their eye resulting in some wonderful art. Thanks to Laura's great hostessing skills, we felt very "at home" in her home so it was a very pleasant morning for all of us.

Friday, May 20, 2011

A rainy morning at the Garden

Grant just sent me 7 of his photos of Botanical Garden sights that are so good I have to add them to our blog! Now I can see what captured Elizabeth's fancy for her waterfall paintings!

It's been raining all week, but as plein air painters, rainy weather doesn't deter us from painting on location. This week's site was the St. George Village Botanical Garden. It was drizzling when we arrived and, aside from a few minutes here and there, the morning continued to be a wet one. One big surprise was that the week's rains had created a gorgeous, gushing waterfall under the Japanese bridge! This so captivated Elizabeth that she braved the raindrops to do a few paintings of it. The rest of us.. Sondra, Elwin, and I, stayed sheltered on the Great Hall's covered West veranda and enjoyed a really peaceful morning doing what we love to do!


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Bob White's Green Cay Home

Friday, May 13th, was a lucky day for us as we'd been invited to paint at another of Bob White's architectural creations, this one a private home on the waterfront in Green Cay. Once our group had all arrived, Bob took us on a short but informative tour of the residence. After our walk-through we chose our spots and proceeded to paint. The morning was a gorgeous one and it was very tranquil to be painting beside the sea. This was especially great because we'd been besieged by thunderous rainstorms the previous night! Bob rejoined our group for our "show and tell" during which he commented on the architectural qualities and color choices in some of the paintings. Lunch at the Deep End provided the perfect finale to our perfect painting morning.