I live in an area of unparalleled natural beauty on the Gulf Coast of Northwest Florida. Many people let the palmettos and pines grow wild in their yards; others plant the usual look for Florida – oleanders, palms, and lawns. But tucked away near Grayton Beach, behind a wonderful building called Monet Monet, is a beautiful garden with flowing fountains and statuary everywhere you turn. Cheri Peebles has opened a coffee shop there, serving delicious breakfasts and pastries, and hosting wonderful music and festivities for fundraisers and general enjoyment.
After a large cup of coffee and a breakfast of quiche with my best friend, I dosed every inch of exposed flesh with repellent to ward off the annual plague of yellow flies, set up my easel and tackled the bridge and coy pond. One of those pesky flies found its way inside the wrist of my gloved left hand, the only place the repellent had not reached. I slathered a hefty dollop of my home remedy of Preparation H on the bite (best anti-inflammatory in the world!!) and picked up the pace of my painting. Below is a progression of the 10 x 8 oil on canvas painted at Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet, www.graytgrounds.com.
Most of my paintings and images are available for purchase. Contact me if you are interested. — Joan Vienot