In the Heart of Florida, on its most scenic backroads, near the little town of Evinston, there is place called Fair Oaks. A world apart and lost in time. A welcoming and inspiring muse for a group of Florida's seasoned plein air painters. Linda Blondheim, co-founder of Plein Air Florida organized the exclusive retreat that Rick Knellinger hosted on his beautiful property covered with scenic vistas, live oaks, palms and old fields. Linda gave each of us a tour around the property on a golf cart. The inspiration for years of her work was all around us. At every turn was a Linda Blondheim painting!
She pointed out her favorite spots and shared some wonderful stories.
I am so blessed to count myself as one of the twelve who were honored to be a part of it. Charles Dickinson from St. Augustine, Tom Sadler, Sally Evans and Cynthia Edmonds from Winter Park, Scott Hiestead from Ormond Beach, Steve Andrews from Tallahassee, Randy Pitts from Jacksonville, Elisabeth Ferber from Micanopy with Linda, Mary Jane Volkmann and myself from G'ville.
Rick hosted a delicious dinner for us Saturday evening as we watched the sunset, then afterwards, sat around a bonfire, enjoying each other's company under the stars. The next day, Chuck Sapp and his wife delivered a beautiful homemade lunch to us. All of that amazing support and good energy goes directly into our work. There are many hands together that raise the brush in one artist's hand.
- Tim Malles Art Studio
- Gainesville, Florida, United States
- Astronomy themes, landscapes and public art are some of the targets of my work. These are the best of times as we stand on the threshold of unprecedented discovery in space. As a space artist, I am grateful for and inspired by the amazing images of faraway places that the great telescopes of our generation have given us. As a plein air painter, I am inspired to quickly capture light, color and movement with the focus on our rapidly changing environment. As an artist within the live public art venue I am inspired by the opportunity for creativity, spontaneity and exchange.