Shrimp docks and bug beach

I’m catching up on plein air painting. This week I’ve been trying to paint one or two small (10 x 14″) watercolours every day. The results are uneven. Some are bad. I’m happy with a few of them. But the result doesn’t matter as much as the fact that I am out there, looking at stuff and moving paint around on the paper.

Yesterday morning was foggy, and I thought the fog would burn off by late morning but it stuck around all day. I painted from a tiny cove on San Carlos Bay. The distant palms and the Sanibel Fishing Pier kept appearing and disappearing in the mist, the fog horn was blowing at the lighthouse, but the most unforgettable thing for me was that I neglected to carry my bug spray and came home with dozens of bites from the famous no see ums (biting midges in scientific terms). They like me a lot.

This morning I carried by bug spray and my painting bag out to where the shrimp fleet comes in on San Carlos Bay. It’s my favourite spot in the area, and I’ve painted there many times before. I tried to paint this one quickly (big flat brushes work best for this) because the only shade was under a small tree, so I think it was done in about an hour, with a few lines of rigging and other details added when I got back home.

18 Comments on “Shrimp docks and bug beach”

  1. Northern Traveller says:

    OMG….you did the shrimp fleet bay in an hour???? You’re a genius!
    It’s lovely – the whites are gorgeous against all that colour. xo

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  2. Sharon Monson says:

    I feel like I should just throw out my brushes after looking at that gorgeous, dynamic painting done in one hour. You never cease to amaze.Also thoroughly enjoyed the zoom demo last night. Thanks all for the effort.


  3. Tina Smith says:

    Very nice. Love the shrimp boats. Like your use of color.


  4. Bernadette says:

    I especially like the second painting so full of building, boat, water with reflections and lots and lots of rigging lines. Another thing that catches my eye is your signature. Is it done in pencil or WC and a fine paint brush? I like the rhythm, up and down wavy line of your name. Nice!


    • I always sign like that Bernadette. Sometimes in paint, sometimes in pencil. Usually I scan my paintings before I sign them in case I want to make prints from them, so it’s true, my signature is rarely in my blog posts.

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  5. A fog horn in Florida!? Who knew.
    I love the contrast of reflections on calm water and the business of rigging in the second one. And the wonderful light! The spots of red are perfect.


  6. L A Freeland says:

    I like how the nets look like Christmas trees! Okay, maybe I’ve done a few too many Christmas cards …


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  8. Mary Marple says:

    I like both paintings – the water and dock is great – both of your subjects were difficult to paint. You are impressive!


  9. John 3 says:

    You never fail to amaze me with your watercolors. I am only doing colored pencil drawings for family birthday cards now. When I see your paintings I am encouraged to break out my water colors again.

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