William Bartram wandered through this area in the late 1700's and wrote about it in his classic book "Travels...". Twenty artists had the unique opportunity to come together, and capture in their paints, the unique beauty of Little Orange Creek Nature Park in Hawthorne, FL. The event, sponsored by the Friends of Little Orange Creek and the Putnam Land Conservancy, was full of entertainments including live music, story telling, earth skills, hayrides and artists creating paintings in the live, public art venue.
With its rolling hills, heritage trees, water features and lush vistas, the park provided artists with an inspiring view to paint in any direction. Most artists were drawn to the old mill ruins but this artist found his inspiration under a massive long leaf pine, in an ancient cemetery and atop an old pine crag. I also did a painting of Little Orange Creek that was sold upon completion and before I could get a photo of it. Another one gets away!
The art works were installed for an extended exhibit at the Hawthorne Historical Museum. I'm hoping this event will return because there is so much to be inspired by and paint here. The goal is to raise more awareness and support for this unique, natural treasure, Little Orange Creek Nature Park.
- 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.