Last weekend we went to Jacksonville, FL for a wedding and had the opportunity to take an hour's drive south to visit the city of St. Augustine where the beautiful college campus of Flagler College is located. This building was built to be a luxury hotel in 1888 by Henry Flagler, oil magnate and railroad pioneer. He named it The Ponce de Leon Hotel for the famous explorer who landed on the coast of Florida in 1518, claiming the land for Spain and calling it "La Florida". Now it's the main hall on Flagler College's campus. It's so beautiful inside and out!
I'm anxiously waiting to see what's brewing here! It certainly must be cozy in there. I can watch it from my kitchen window but I haven't seen anything coming or going. Last year, unfortunately, I found a snake on the pole. :(
I have been thinking about trying gouache on black paper and painting an owl in my next painting so today I worked on this small painting, just experimenting. I don't know if I want to paint this way. I have a dream to be more free with my work but maybe it's rediculous to fight against one's natural tendencies! Anyway, I suppose realism presents its own opportunites for freedom in some ways.
I like seeing the gouache paint on dark paper because it really stands out!