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Sawtooth Palmetto on a postcard

March 6th, 2015 No comments

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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Palmettos

March 4th, 2015 1 comment

palmetto1The area of Florida which includes Tallahassee has 4 native Palmettos. They are really hard to tell apart. They all have wonderful fans and catch the light in so many different ways, I want to make a study of them. Here is an attempt at the Sabal Palmetto. This little painting is for sale, $35.00. All proceeds go to endangered species conservation.

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In the shade of the old oak tree

February 11th, 2015 1 comment

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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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Kona Kailua sunset

December 23rd, 2014 2 comments

konasunsetThis Christmas, in memory of my mother, Carmen Flak, we all went to Hawaii to enjoy the tropical sun. This is a view from the home we rented. We were treated with gorgeous sunsets, lots of sunshine, and perfect pineapple, papaya, and avocados. I think my mother would have enjoyed seeing her grandsons in the surf.

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Autumn leaves & Shino

October 24th, 2014 1 comment

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This time I combined my love of pottery with my passion for paint, and switched to postcard size. My favorite glaze is called Shino, it’s a mysterious glaze that was developed for its whiteness, but its reactions with iron make it a really colorful kind of glaze, with all kinds of creams and orange and almost red, and even black can appear. When reducing the painting size to this tiny format, a bit of the flexibility in doing the leaves is lost, so I had to depend more on composition to get an effect.

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