Sunday, February 08, 2009
Another Adventure at Fair Oaks Farm
Color Fields #31
Barn at Fair Oaks Farm
Acrylic on panel
Henry (Studio Dog) and I had wonderful adventure at Fair Oaks Farm today. If you recall, I featured a story about the farm with a note from Rick not long ago. I try to paint there as often as possible because I love it so much. This little painting is the second I have done of the barn.
Today we had a special treat. Rick was home, and took a break to give Henry and I a tour of the farm with Matt, his farm manager. It is a huge farm. I had no idea it is so large. He continues to add to the property slowly with acquisitions of neighboring land. There is so much variety of land on the farm. Many lovely palm hammocks are dotted around the farm along with huge Live Oaks, Magnolias and lovely Bay trees with fragrant leaves. The bay leaves you buy in a jar don't compare.
There are lovely secret gardens and wide open fields, trails along Fish Prairie,ponds and marshes. There are both rust colored fields of winter and emerald green pastures with winter rye. Rick shares this beauty with his artist friends and I feel so grateful to be included. He has golf carts which he lends to us to roam around the farm and that is a huge help with painting gear. Henry has other dogs to run and play with too, and plenty of shade to snooze in.
This is the real Florida, far away from Disney and the Interstate traffic. There is time for quiet and contemplation at these farms in North Florida. An artist can be content here.