Sunday, March 13, 2016

By Bucks Lake Florida

By Bucks Lake Florida
Slash pines (Pinus elliottii) in the Ocala National Forest,
Central Florida on February 21, 2016, sketched on March 13, 2016
9" x 7.5", Winsor & Newton and Holbein watercolors, and
Uniball waterproof fade proof ink on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico
cold press rough 100% cotton watercolor paper
framed, $170 + $9.35 sales tax + $15.65 S&H = $195.00

Inland Florida Fine Art
of the Masters in Watercolor

Florida Swamp
Andrew Wyeth, 1917-2009
Watercolor on paper, 29" x 21", 1939
Gift of Stephanie Etnier Doane, daughter of artist Stephan Etnier
Portland (Maine) Museum of Art
Art in Museum HERE

N.C. Wyeth taught his son Andrew how to paint watercolors. He and Andrew, twenty-one at the time, went to Florida in 1939. Andrew was still studying. They stayed at the Baskin's hotel, near Ocala for three weeks. They sketched and painted around Cross Creek and the Big Scrub. This is the area where Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings wrote The Yearling. They visited many sites connected to the novel and met the author.
    In a February 22, 1939 letter, Rawlings wrote how "Young Wyeth did some stunning water colors while he was here with his father." She mentioned that two years before his Florida visit Andrew had his first one-man watercolor show in New York City, and that he "works very fast, direct from the landscape, without sketching, and does not work on the pieces again. He has the genius to get away with it." The author hoped she might purchase one of the watercolors, a marsh scene he did just up the road from her farmhouse. But it was too expensive, $150. "The Scotch in me rebelled against that price."

Palmettos, Florida
John Singer Sargent, 1856-1925
Watercolor, graphite, and wax crayon
on white wove paper, 21" x 14", 1917
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Art in Museum HERE

Born in Florence, Italy to American parents, John Singer Sargent grew up on two continents. He traveled throughout his adult life, living in or visiting England, Italy, Tangiers, Syria, Palestine, Spain, Portugal, Greece, the Alps, Norway and the US, including Niagara Falls, Maine and Florida. When travel to John Singer Sargent's favorite European locales proved difficult during World War I, he spent some time living and painting in Florida. These two Florida paintings were done in 1917.

Landscape with Palmettos
John Singer Sargent, 1856-1925
Watercolor and graphite on white wove paper,
53" x 35", 1917
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond, 1950
Art in Museum HERE

In the Jungle, Florida
Winslow Homer, 1836-1910
Transparent watercolor with touches
of opaque watercolor over graphite on off-white,
moderately thick, moderately textured wove paper, 1904
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Art in Museum HERE

Winslow Homer often combined his hunting and painting excursions, traveling to remote destinations in the Adirondacks and Canada in summer, Florida and Bermuda in winter. Using wet and dry washes, Homer also utilized additional techniques, blotting areas of pigment and rubbing the paper rough.

Homosassa jungle (Florida)
Winslow Homer, 1836-1910
Watercolor, 22" x 14", 1904
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University,
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Gift of Mrs. Charles S. Homer, in memory of
the late Charles S. Homer and his brother, Winslow Homer
Art in Museum HERE

1 comment:

Ruth Kaldor said...

Such an inspiring collection of watercolors. In your painting the peeks of pink and warm blushes of color on the bark complement the cool blues and greens in the rest of the painting.