Plein Air Painting at Nehrling Gardens Owl Prowl Art Event Oct. 2023

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Nehrling Gardensin Gotha, west of Orlando, had an art event in October, 2023, called Owl Prowl, Art and Wander, it may be a yearly thing, where art work is auctioned with a percentage of the sale goes to benefit the gardens. My work was accepted for auction plus I was accepted to be one of the five artists to paint live during the event.  

The “gardens” are a shady dense jungle of mostly native trees and shrubbery and some bamboo of different sizes. A historic two story wood house stands on high ground which slopes down to a small lake. I had painted there before and enjoy the jungle feel.

Besides auctioning art, with a ticket, patrons can walk the grounds where food and drink is served by local businesses, plus the five artists are there painting for anyone to approach. Near me was a very popular showing of rescued owls, by their keepers.  

I painted a 12 x 16 inch linen panel a view looking down toward a grassy lakefront. The main focus of the composition is this sun drenched grassy area at the lakeshore edge beyond a bamboo arch pathway. A mulch path with a bench on the left and large trees on the right lead the viewer to this arch and beyond. The painting was painted completely on site during the event. I am happy with the composition and the feeling of light.

See the product post for this painting.