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


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.  

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