Florida painter, Everglades, Marco Island, artist Jo-Ann Sanborn


Pick of the Garden, daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Pick of the Garden, 2015, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on canvas, 7"x 5"

If you are reading this, you are reading my blog.  The word blog means "web log," This blog has been mine since I started writing it in 2007.  It's like an artist's diary.  If you look back at the earlier posts you will see many of my earlier paintings and what was important to me on certain days in the past.  You have to sign up to receive my blog by putting your email in the box at the top right. 

I usually write two blog posts a week. The subject can be whatever comes to mind.  Early on I did quite a few teaching-type posts, and sometimes get back to that when I have a class scheduled.  Sometimes I write about the fabulous Everglades landscape--every time I visit, I feel like I've received a great gift from nature.  Some posts are about places visited or art exhibitions  attended, or a new tool I've discovered. It's a pretty mixed bag!  

My newsletter is a little different, published once a month.  I post my three newest fine art paintings and let you know about my schedule and any upcoming classes along with an article of interest. If you sign up to receive my newsletter either from the sign-up in the studio or through the website, you become eligible to win a daily painting, drawn randomly three times a year. 

Thanks, as always, for your interest in my work!


NAWA, and Summer Sparkle by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Summer Sparkle, 2015, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on canvas, 11"x 14"

Today's painting is my entry for the National Association of Women Artist's (NAWA) 126th National Member's Show.  It's portrays a bit of coastline off Everglades City where are there is some tall palms.

The NAWA exhibition will be held at the Sylvia Wald and Kim Po Gallery, 417 Lafayette Street, 4th Floor, NYC 10003, from August 24th thru September 23. There will be a reception on Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6-8 p.m. 

The National exhibitions are always exciting since the mixed media show includes the work of some of the best women artists in the country. You will not be disappointed!

If you are in New York during that time period, please make a visit to the gallery.  If you take a photo of yourself with my painting, I'll be sure and post it! 


Palms, daily painting by Everglades Artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Palms, 2015, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 5"x7"

Small paintings are a great way to start collecting an artist that you love.  Choosing a small work gives you a chance to live with a painting, see how you like it, and whether or not you might like a larger painting by that artist.  

A small painting can be hung on those sliver of walls where nothing else fits.  If you like, you can hang two, one over another or side by side to liven up a narrow space.  Many small paintings look terrific sitting on an easel on your dresser or coffee table.  

The small paintings that I post on this blog are just $150.  When you see one you love, just click on the link to "Daily Paintworks" to see if it's available.  If it is, you can purchase right from the site and I'll ship it to you within a week.


Seaworthy, daily painting by Jo-Ann Sanborn

At one point in my life I did quite a bit of sailing.  I didn't particularly care about going out for an afternoon sail, but I loved being aboard for a week or two at a time.  Life became smaller and richer by being confined.  Time slowed down, and became marked by the sun and the moon, wind and waves, currents and bridges. 

In good weather, the smallest diversions became important--sighting of a seal or turtle or special cloud could be the most important event of the day.  Sometimes plans would have to change with the weather.   Really bad weather could mean holing up in a safe harbor for a day or two with little to do except ensuring the anchor was secure. 

Just last week I caught sight of the Marco Island Micky fleet.  It was comprised of a group of children learning to sail. I always donate a painting for their annual auction in the hopes that sailing lessons will instill a love of being on the water that will stay with those the kids through the years. 


Artist Inspiration Month, and Evergreen, by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Everglades View, 2015, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 5" x 7" 

August is Artistic Inspiration month.  I'm not sure if it's a formal designation, but it seems generally accepted  among my artist friends.  Artists are responding by writing posts and articles about their own artistic inspiration.  

Here's my inspiration story:

Although I have painted since my youth and always loved the natural world, it was really my encounter with the Everglades Landscape that changed my life. Suddenly, I fell in love.  After more than 20 years my delight with the Florida Landscape continues.  I'm still inspired by the simple form of the clouds, palms, water, and ever-changing light of the Florida Everglades.  

We can all be inspired by the work of the very special Marjorie Stoneman Douglas.  She fell in love with the Everglades, too, and fought until the last year of her life (at 108!) to ensure Everglades protection. 

There are many artists I admire and have learned from as my artistic explorations continue.  For contemporary artists Wolf Kahn first comes to mind. I love his book Pastels.  Even though I'm not a pastel painter, I can open that book to any page and find an idea about painting to ponder to greater depths or to move me to get going at the easel.  His colors are fabulous, and his knowledge of how they work together admirable.  Wolf Kahn's paintings inspire me to continue to explore color, and to find new ways to both see and interpret the landscape I love.  

more to come...Who inspires you this month? 


Art shows, and Friends in a Field, Daily Painting by Everglades Artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Friends in a Field, 2015, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 5" x 7"

Although it's a quite time of year on the island, there two new art exhibitions  going on that you might want to know about.   The Marco Island Center for the Arts is having a show called "Electric Summer Nights".  The reception will be held on Tuesday, August 11 at 5:30. Stop in to see our local artists interpretation of this interesting theme.

Another exhibition is one of 2-D and 3-D art at the Marco Island Historical Sociery.  This one includes quite a mix of media, and again supports local artists.The reception will be held Wednesday, August, 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Both can be viewed through August.  I don't have any work in either, but encourage you to enjoy each one.  Let me know your thoughts about them!


Rugged, daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn, and some news about Owlivia

Rugged, 2015, Jo-Ann Sanborn SOLD
acrylic on board, 7"x 5"

As you may know, Dr. Dolores Burton and I have collaborated on a children's book.   But You Don't Look Like Me has been quite popular among our residents and visitors, with over 400 copies sold to date.  Children especially like to hold one of our "stuffie" owls while having this delightful story read to them.


There will be a second book based on our local burrowing owl community coming out in late fall. Owlivia, the beautiful barn owl, will be back and you'll be introduced to some new characters who are still under development.

Let's keep this a little secret between us for now.....but you'll be the first to know when it's launched!  


Everglades Palm by daily painter Jo-Ann Sanborn

Everglades Palm, 2015, Jo-Ann Sanborn
Acrylic on board, 5"x7"

"Beauty arrives in the night and hovers just outside our window, shifting and shimmering, floating just beyond the reach of our strings and calipers, unwilling to fit into any box we build for her." 

Art Quote by  James Gurney


Carrot Top by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Carrot Top, 2015, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on canvas, 5"x7"

I've been on a palm-painting binge in my daily paintings the last couple of weeks, and there are a few more still to be painted.  Each one seems to have their own personality, just like people!  It was really spectacular light that made this guy glow. Red heads, just like left-handed people are less common, so this guy is pretty special!  

Honored to have Daily Paintworks pick my painting "In the Pink" as one of their auction picks. There's  few hours left if you'd like to bid.  Just click on auction.  


My studio, and By a Waterway, daily painting by Everglades Artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

By a Waterway, 2015, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 5"x7"

I primarily work out of the Esplanade studio, but am setting up a home studio in the back bedroom of my new home so that I can work there, too.  There's a nice big closet for all the materials artists love to have handy.  My materials includes several types of paint--acrylic, oil, water soluble oil, watercolors, pastels, and a few inks.  Then there's the painting supports--stretched canvas, canvas boards, all kinds of papers, notebooks, sketchbooks, colored paper.  Then something to work with--brushes, pencils, pens with brush tips or not, watercolor pencils, oil and chalk pastels.

Mostly stand at my easel while painting.  I've put in a nice big table so I can sit for drawing and sketching.  That's where I'll do the drawing for an upcoming children's book. At the moment there's a daybed, too, making a comfortable place for family to sleep when the house gets crowded.  

Unlike some artists, I prefer to work in neat surroundings.  I like to know where everything is, and to put it back when I'm finished with it. It helps me to clear my mind for the work at hand, and to focus on the painting in front of me.   I'll post some photos when it's all together!


In the Pink, 2015, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 5"x7"

Some people have been watching Shark Week on TV. For me, it's been palm Month.  I started with a large Palm portrait.  You'll see in at the Art Center in September, and I'll put it up on the website soon.  I've done a number of daily paintings of palms, experimenting with some different techniques, colors, and textures.  

My small daily paintings are almost always done on board rather than a stretched canvas.  I choose artichival, materials and usually paint on a surface of a hardboard covered with a  medium-tooth canvas or linen.  I often use panels from RayMar, but equally enjoy the Gessoboard surface. SourceTek has a beautiful linen on birch that's also a pleasure to paint on.  It's a joy to use materials that make a job easy.  


Peaceful Morning, daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Peaceful Morning, 2015, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on canvas, 5"x7"

Yesterday morning I woke up to a magnificent thunderstorm building just off the coast.  It was followed by an equally gorgeous rainbow.  This morning, the sky was filled with what I call scud--puffy gray clouds against the lighter sky,  

Summer mornings in south Florida are always a delightful surprise!   


Peonies, 2015, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 5"x7"

Coming from New England, it was a pleasure to see all the late spring- early summer flowers in full bloom on my recent trip to visit family and celebrate family milestones.  Peonies just won't grow as far south as Marco Island.  

Yes, the blog seems to have corrected it's problems, and I'm going to give it another try!  If your situation has changed and you only want a once-a-month email, please sign up at my website, here, and unsubscribe at the bottom of this email.

You'll be hearing from me once or twice a week.  Thanks for sticking around. I've missed you!


Construction Madness and Water Babies, a daily painting by Everglades Artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Water Babies, 2015, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 5" x7"

My studio/gallery on the Esplanade is open six days a week, Monday through Friday from 10-5, a little later on Thursdays, and till 2 on Saturdays. THis schedule will be in place until Easter.

The Smokehouse Bay bridge ajacent to the Esplanade is being reconstructed. The surrounding environment is bombarded with loud and persistant construction sounds, accompanied by the wailing sirens of emergency vehicles trying to get through almost umbearable traffic outside.

Parking has become difficult at the Esplanade, too, fueled by record numbers of visitors from colder climates.  And now, Daylight Savings, which always throws me for a loop until I adjust to the darker mornings.  

Right now, peaceful Marco isn't peaceful!  What a difference from the quiet pleaures of the Everglades.  Watching a heron slowly and patiently searching for breakfast, or a palm tree full of life and rippling in a light breeze helps to bring me back from the brink of over-stimulated madness. I'm so glad when I can spend time out there!

I've completed some new work, and placed some new large paintings on the website. If you're interested, take a look.  


Quiet Sunset, daily painting by Everglades Artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Quiet Sunset, 2015, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 5"x 7" - sold

After searching the Internet for solutions, and trying many of them over the past few weeks, I'm finally once again able to upload photos to my blog, The answer for me seems to be downloading and switching to the browser Chrome. So far, it's lovey.  With a painting to show you, I can write to you between monthly newsletters and keep you up to date on what's going on in the arts and around Marco. Remember, if it gets too much, you can always unsubscribe at the bottom of each post.

What fun it was to be able to attend the Marco Island Center for the Arts Gala last week.  It was held at the Country Club which is always a treat to visit.  I sat with some people who have been helping me out in the studio as well as some good friends.  The night was colorful, delightful, and full of surprises.  Congrats to all who made it possible. To see what else they're planning, click here.

I'll be teaching a three-day workshop through the Center for the Arts next week, so I'm deep in the specifics of teaching art again.  I've made a couple of handouts because I know how hard it is to remember everything a teacher might say.  Having some written words in front of you, and a place to take notes will help to reinforce the lessons.  We'll spent some time in the studio, I'll demo a bit, and we'll work from photos.  Then we'll go outside, and really look at the landscape.  That's where the real learning takes place as students use their eyes and palettes to interpret what's in front of them. Since you may not be able to attend, I'll post some of the information we discuss here for you, too!


Invite to a Hoot!

It's A Hoot! 

You’re Invited!  

Studio of  Everglades Artist Jo-Ann Sanborn 
At the Esplanade, 760 N.Collier, Marco Island

Friday, February 20th


Refreshments will be served 

Olive Oil

 Taste, experience, and learn about various Olive Oils with expert Michael Bohn


Meet author Dr. Dolores Burton and illustrator, Jo-Ann Sanborn and have your copy of
But You Don’t Look Like Me! personalized!


Some Upcoming Events!, and Swamp, a daily painting by Everglades artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

Swamp, 2014, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on board, 5"x7"

Here's a calendar with some upcoming events  Hope to see you!

Saturday, January 17, 2015
Member Outdoor Show
- I’ll be there!
Marco Island Center for the Arts
1010 Winterberry Avenue

10am-4 pm

Sunday, January 18, 2015
Sunshine Studio open for Left Bank Art Show

Saturday, January 24, 2015 Empty Bowls Cambier Park, Naples
11am - 2pm - Bid on my Bowl!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Art Flicks,

Marco Movies
SOMM, 10AM, refreshments, free with donation request

Sunday, February 1, 2015
Sunshine Studio open for Left Bank Art Show

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Art Flicks,

Marco Movies
Annie Leborwitz, 10AM, refreshments, free with donation request

Wednesday, February 11
Marco Island Wet Paint Live

Marco Artists paint “en plein aire” from 9-3
I’ll be outside the studio at the Esplanade
Auction, Marco Island Historical Society, 7 p.m.
Come early to view the finished paintings!

February 17, 2015
Tuesday, Art Flicks,
Marco Movies
Young at Heart, 10AM, refreshments, free with donation request

February 18, 7-2
Farmer's Market, Marco Island
Purchase "You don't Look like Me!" - a children's book about burrowing owls!
Author, Dr. Dolores Burton, Illustrator, Jo-Ann Sanborn

Wed-Fri, February 25-27
- filling up fast!
Florida In and Out
Art Center of Marco Island
239-394-4221 to register

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Art Flicks,

Marco Movies
Bottleshock, 10AM, refreshments, free with donation request
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