Thursday, April 29, 2010

Spruce Creek Paint Out

An unseasonably cool day in April made for a perfect plein air painting session to try out some new paints I mixed from pigment using natural cold-pressed California walnut oil as the drying binder.  My palette consisted of a cool cobalt blue, sienna, ochre, oxide green and turkey umber… with a pronounced greenish tone.

And, off we were to Spruce Creek, a river system that hosts a variety of endangered species and special wildlife areas. A rather scenic and rare undisturbed pristine environment in central Florida that begins in a swamp, eventually coursing its way as a narrow stream to gradually broaden downstream on its way towards the Atlantic coast.

The connected aquatic habitats steadily change from a typical freshwater hardwood forest to freshwater marsh to mangrove shorelines and salt marshes in a classic estuarine ecosystem; as well as vast nesting areas for great birds to paint such as the Snowy Egret, American Oyster Catcher, the Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, the Florida Sandhill Crane, a variety of raptors, Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers, and the endangered wood stork.