Live Oak above all

liveoakaThere is literally nothing that has as much presence and majesty in northern Florida than the Live Oak trees. In the glittering sunshine they stand tall, with their upper leaves touching the clouds and their limbs an inky black. Surely in the days before air conditioning, sitting under one of these would save your life. I continued to do studies on a tree near where I was staying, this is the most recent. It’s a 5 x 7″ painting and is for sale. $50.00 buys this.

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Tulip Fields – commission

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Used to be, from time to time, Donald would send me a photo. You should paint this, he said. Or he’d just post it to my wall, knowing full well I’d have to try and paint it. It’s been almost three years since he could have done that, so I was kind of surprised when I gazed upon my facebook wall one morning, that his nephew Vic had done the same thing. Felt very comfortable to paint it for him. Thanks Vic, I needed a challenge like that.

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Sawtooth Palmetto on a postcard

sawtoothThis is the pretty fan-leaved shrubby tree that most people think of as a Palmetto. With a casual glance, they are hard to tell from the Sabal, but the Sabal’s leaves are not so round. I am really loving painting these trees in misty vague landscapes. I hope you are enjoying them too.

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North Adams Street, Tallahassee

adamsstreetOne of the nicest things about Florida (besides the alligators) are the ubiquitous live oak trees. These immense trees dominate the landscape and provide soothing shade with their massive umbrellas of leaves. This is a view I see almost every day; walking, bicycling and even driving in the car, it is near to where I am staying in Tallahassee. These trees feel like old friends to me already; although to them I am probably no more significant than a gnat. This painting measures 8″ x 11″ and is for sale for $125.00. All proceeds go towards endangered species conservation.

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In the shade of the old oak tree

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Next to alligators, one of the most amazing things about Florida are their live oak trees. They are immense, sheltering an entire ecosystem in each tree, and apparently can be found all over the state. In a place where it gets to be too hot to be out in the sun even early in the day, a tree like this in a park is very welcome. This painting measures 8″ x 11″ and is for sale for $125.00. It was painted on hand made Indian Village paper. All proceeds from the sale of this painting go towards endangered species conservation.

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