Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Heritage Golf Tournament • Day 3

I so love the Live Oaks that separate holes 13 and 14 at Harbour Town Golf Links. Heck, I love Live Oaks period!

We arrived quite early so we could set up our chairs at this beautiful spot. I should have started to paint the view then but instead we walked down 12 to 11.

Along the way I spotted a  Sabal Palmetto that made me salute nature. Given the chance, a seed will grow... no matter that it's on a tree's trunk!  Hmmm, we humans share this same trait. We can grow and flourish no matter our circumstances :)
A fern (spleenwort?), Virginia Creeper vine and Wax Myrtle tree/shrub were sprouting from several crevices on the palms trunk. Such a wonder.

I started the painting above but then we needed to head back to holes 2,3,6 and 7 so we could catch the leaders.  I took a reference photo of the scene with my iPod. You can see the trees way off in the upper right. I love the feature of being able to enlarge an image with the touch of my fingers :)

At least this gave me a bit of reference to continue from. Between the photo, the shapes that were laid in and my memory, I was able to complete the page while sitting at our next location. Well, all but the tiny blobs (people) in the bleachers.  I needed gouache for them as I was a bit too generous with the green of the bleachers.  Not to mention the flag's pole was white! Once home, the gallery and flag stick were painted. Thank goodness for opaque paint :)

Here is a shot (again with my iPod) of the painting before we moved.  Not much there, but enough.
We normally don't attend the tournament on Sunday. The crowds are way too heavy and it gives us a chance to recover. Play can be hard work!

Congrats Brandt! You had a great round :)


  1. I love oaks too.You did a great job here. You call them LIVE Oaks are there different kinds? We have Oak trees around us. I like how you showed how you did it. Using it ipod to help you. I dont have one but what a great tool it can be. I also now understand 'gouache' and its uses.

  2. Thanks, Cris! Yes, there are many varieties of oaks - species Quercus. Our Live Oak, Quercus virginiana, is evergreen. They do lose their leaves but not all at once and they are never bare. We also have Post Oak, Water Oak, Swamp Chestnut Oak, Blackjack Oak, Sand Post Oak, Overcup Oak, Diamond leaf or Swamp Laurel Oak, Turkey Oak, Bluejack Oak, Laurel Oak, Southern Red Oak, Bluff Oak, White Oak and a few more that I've not had the chance to see. Basically, oaks fall into two groups, white and red. A neat rule of thumb I learned in Master Naturalist class is .... generally, red oaks will have leaves with points (now think pricking your finger with a point and drawing blood... red) ... thus red oak.
    Discovery is fun :)

  3. Good to hear your process, step by step. Thanks.

  4. Beautiful sketches. I particular love this one. Wonderful sense of light and elegant movement of the tree trunks and limbs. And the bit of color indicating people really sets it off.

  5. Thank you, Kris! It tugs at my heart, too :)

  6. Great work, I think that you really have something going on there. Keep it up and I love the golf course portraits.

  7. Thanks, Mill Pond Golf! I've yet to post images from 2012's tournament. Stay tuned :)

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