Canal view

The sky was turbulent over Sanibel Island today, but that always makes for a wonderful dark background against the terracotta-tiled roofs. These are often my favourite views to paint here, looking across the narrow canal at the houses and trees across the way. I often have company while I sketch. One year there was a little Blue Heron that spent some time on the dock next to me. I’ve also been in the company of dolphins darting in between the dock supports below me. And today I noticed a rounded shiny shape in the canal which turned out to be a manatee.

It’s a busy week in Sanibel. Today I spent a bit of time in Fort Myers doing a live radio interview with the very funny Ed Ryan of Beach Talk Radio. And tomorrow I’ll be doing a demo at 1 pm for the Fort Myers Beach Art Association. If you are in the area, stop in to say hi.

22 Comments on “Canal view”

  1. De says:

    Your beautiful sketch captures the tropical feel. Welcome to Florida! If you come to the northeast coast, please contact me. Enjoy your time down there.


  2. sandidureice says:

    Totally gorgeous; very fresh. Love the rendition of the different types of tree foliage.

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  3. Denise says:

    Would love to be there right now, such a pretty picture! Enjoy!


  4. Gretchen Flesher says:

    You can almost hear and smell this scene, it draws you in with every stroke and gesture.


  5. Bernadette says:

    You’ve painted a wonderfully warm and inviting scene. Wish I could slip away, with my art supplies of course and settle nearby to paint. I can feel the warm so well depicted. Enjoy as long as you can. Winter awaits your return in Canada.


  6. TonyU says:

    Beautiful place, beautiful painting …. and now you’re a local celebrity too!


  7. Donna says:

    The greens are so lush…..and the sky is threatening…I can feel the humidity. Thanks for the warmth while I look at the frost on my car.


  8. Gail Jones says:

    This is so beautiful!


  9. Laurie Murray says:

    This is really beautiful!


  10. Mansi Tibude says:



  11. The turbulent sky gives this a lot of drama and contrast! Beautiful job!!


  12. Northern Traveller says:

    Oh wow – this is fantastic!!!!! So complicated – a Florida “alleyway!”


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