Thursday, April 02, 2009
Hither and Yon
Wekiva River in Spring
acrylic on Birch panel
wired and ready to hang unframed
North Carolina View
acrylic on archival canvas board
Fish Shop at Epcot
Walt Disney World
acrylic on Masonite panel
All paintings can be purchased at my web site HERE
As you can see above, I've been on several adventures during the month of March. It all started on a freezing cold, windy day at Wekiva State Park in Apopka Florida, just north of Orlando and it's sprawling development. This is an oasis tucked into the city. It is peaceful and serene with bears, deer, turkeys, otters, and beautiful water fowl of all kinds to see. There are about 25 painters who move into the youth camp for a week. We live communally in cabins, painting from first light to dusk. We are sponsored by Wekiva Island, a beautiful marina right on the Wekiva River a few blocks from the state park. They provided us with a large pontoon boat for river painting as well as canoes whenever we like. There is a nice bar at the marina, so it is a lovely place to go and watch the sun go down over the river. At the end of the eek our paintings are sold to collectors and part of the revenue goes to maintain and keep the river in pristine condition. Come next year and enjoy this beautiful event, always the first week of March.
My second journey in March took me to the John Campbell Folk School in Western North Carolina, here I teach painting once a year. This is a wonderful place and truly takes you back in time to a gentler age. The school provides and wonderful gentle learning experience for all. You can study everything including blacksmithing, book arts,painting,quilting,rug making,cooking,nature studies,dancing,music and musical instruments,wood working and pottery. There are too many classes to mention here. The meals are superb, all homemade and with many fresh fruits and vegetables. To discover more, visit their web site here
My final journey for the month took me to Epcot, at Walt Disney World for the annual Flower and Garden Festival. This was my 6th year at the park for the artists weekend at the Garden. Naturally it was grand and perfect. The flowers this year were spectacular. The highlight in my opinion were the topiaries. I've never seen them more stunning. I have been told that the Fish and Chips restaurant in the UK is one of the best meals you will find in the park. Each year I say I will eat there, but Disney takes such good care of us, I never need to go to a restaurant. Perhaps next year!!
Yesterday I ate at a little cafe' in High Springs Florida called The Mad Hatter. It is a block from Main Street on US 27. It looks like an old house, which it was at one time. It is quirky and cute and combines the cafe with a little gift shop. Very charming. They serve breakfast on Sunday, and lunch Monday- Saturday. The breakfast bar as quite nice, with yogurt, granola,cereal and fruit as well as the more common items. I had the bacon, home fries and egg breakfast and it was cooked to perfection. The next time you are going through High Springs, stop for a bite there.Tell Wendy the owner I sent you.