Painting the Region: Day One (Monday)

"Miss Rosa's Naptime", by Robert Leedy, watercolor on Arches 140 lb. Cold Press paper, 12" x 18". Painting available for sale at The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach.


There could not have been a more perfect day for painting in Mayport, Florida than Monday!

I am painting all this week with 40 other artists as part of “Painting the Region” which is an annual plein air painting event to benefit The North Florida Land Trust and The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach.

After checking in at the Cultural Center, I drove to Mayport to scout a location. Painters and their easels already dotted Ocean Street in Mayport.  I found an interesting location which turned out to be the property of the St. Johns River Ferry Service. As I got out of my car, I saw that Russ Wilson and Randy Pitts were looking at the same shrimp boat I had seen.  I studied the rigging and lines on the boat and wondered if this was going to be too big of a bite for a one-day session. Russ decided to move on to another location – in search of something more of a landscape – and Randy suddenly realized he had left his panels at the Cultural Center. He drove back to Ponte Vedra to retrieve them.

I stayed and set up my easel after taking a few photographs. It was a beautiful morning and before I realized it, I was deep into a painting…



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I think I’ll use sunscreen for the rest of the week!

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