Thursday, October 15, 2009
Linda Blondheim Studio Newsletter October 14, 2009
acrylic on birch panel
wired and ready to hang unframed
Landscapes of the South
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October 14, 2009
It's time for my
Annual Books Inc Studio Sale
November 1-30, 2009
at Books Inc in Gainesville
Corner of NW 5th Avenue and NW 13th Street
5 blocks from UF
I have the following for sale:
I always have a lot of paintings in the sale, including studies and older paintings.
This year I'll bring the older frames and the drying boxes too.
This is your chance to own a Blondheim painting if you have been waiting.
My next E-class is Virtual Plein Air, I - November 10, 2009 Sign up HERE
Along the Bartram Trail
My paint Out Adventure
I've been away at a paint out in northeast Florida between Jacksonville and St Augustine
on State Road 13
Belulahatchee is an interesting area of that drive. it is a creek/pond which is
a tributary of the St John's River. it is very old Florida in every way. A swamp
with Cypress trees, palms and lots of beauty. In other circumstances, magnificent.
We were privileged to paint on the property of well known writer Stetson Kennedy
and I met him. He is in his 90's but is as spry as can be and very active. The painting
above is of one of his cottages on the river.
On the day I painted there it rained on and off all day long. We would paint for
an hour and then have to retreat to our cars during the current storm. I felt lucky
to have completed this painting at all. There were patches of good light despite
I do believe this was the hottest most miserable weather I've ever painted in. I'm
not much of a plein air summer painter, preferring the cool dry climate and color
of Florida in Fall through Spring.
It averaged from 90-96 each day with 80-100% humidity throughout the week we were
there. It is very still along the river, with little air circulation.
I spent a lot of time at Alpine Grove Park. It was the location for the wet room for paintings
and where all of our meals were served. It is a lovely park which fronts the river,
with many oaks, palms and cypress trees, along with a few old Magnolia trees. I
decided that I wanted to spend the day on a painting, so I chose this beautiful
scene. I was really tired by the end of that day after standing in one spot for
about 6 hours. It was worth the effort to have gotten a good sized painting in an
event where most paintings are small.
The park has several old buildings and the old house is lovely, in the 1800's vernacular
of Florida homes. There is a long new dock, which is covered for shade and protection
from the rain. Naturally, with so many artists participating, the dock was always
full of painters, so I only got one study there on the first day before everyone
arrived. I tend to avoid the most popular locations in order to seek quiet for
my painting time. Avoiding chatter is very difficult at paint outs, unless you
have a smaller number of painters with many locations to choose from.
The Bailey Ranch was one of the great locations along the Bartram Trail. it is
a working cattle ranch along the river and very interesting. There are lots of old
oaks and tall pines there with cracker cows, donkeys, and horses. it's not beautiful
like the farms in Evinston, but it is quite interesting.
In spite of the wretched weather I enjoyed painting along the Bartram trail. The
committee members could not have been more helpful to the artists. I am grateful
for the excellent food and hosting I received while there. Thanks to North Florida
Land Trust for an excellent experience.
How About a Recipe?
I had the chance to eat very good food, while I was painting the Bartram Trail.
Two of the best places where I ate was Shannon's Pub on Racetrack Road and SR 13,
and at Beach Diner on SR 13 in Mandarin. We also tried DonJuans Mexican Restaurant
which was also good, on 13 in Mandarin.
At Shannons, I tried one of my favorites, Shepherd's Pie . Here is my recipe, similar
1 pound ground round, crumbled and pried with one chopped onion, a bag of mixed
vegetables, a can of crushed tomatoes, beef stock mixed with bit of red wine and
corn starch. Fry and drain meat and veges. Pour in stock mixture and simmer until
thick and yummy. Season with salt, pepper,thyme and parsley.
Make a batch of mashed potatoes, keep them spreadable but pretty thick.
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded.
Put meat/gravy mixture in a deep pan to bake in oven. Spread mashed potatoes over
the mixture like cake icing. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and bake until golden
Back to What I Love
I'm almost through with my obligations for fall now. I have worked hard and I'm
ready to get back to my first love, of painting the farms and ranches here in north
Central Florida. I can think of nothing I would rather do with my time. I will
shortly be through with a small commission, a day trip to the Epcot Food and Wine
festival on this Saturday and a couple of small day events, scattered through the
I'll be giving up my painting location at Paddiwhack for awhile, switching to Evinston
instead. I want to take advantage of the beauty there for a few months.
Since I will be out and about painting out of my studio for the rest of fall, let
me know if you wish to pay a studio visit, or use my web site instead to purchase
I'll be checking in with news, but not quite as much as summer, when I have more
time to write.
There are plans for another Evinston paint Out for 2010. if you would like to be
a sponsor for another Evinston paint out, or to sponsor one of the artists with
hosting, meals, or patron purchasing, please let me know.The paint out is not a
reality yet, but we hope it will be.
(Artists, This will be an Invitational paint out only, so don't write to me to get
applications. There are none.)
I'll be painting for the next few months in beloved Evinston Florida, moving there
for the fall to paint. Come by the Wood Swink Post Office to step back in time to
a more pleasant world. Freddie has the best produce, fresh every day for sale. Located
between Micanopy and McIntosh off US 441 on County road 225. I'll see you there.
This Week's Ebay Paintings
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