Dorothy has had a tremendous year full of painting her beloved Florida, attending exhibitions and art shows, traveling to new wilderness areas to paint and gather her subject. Also there has been a big demand for Starbuck’s Painting Workshops this year; she teaches her artist techniques and her philosophy about painting.
Paintings, Events and Thoughts by Artist Dorothy Starbuck 2013
“I just finished the Mattie Kelly Art Festival in Destin Florida in last month. It was very close to home so I created a large painting of a local spot that I love. I loved it so much I didn’t even take it to the show!”
“I won 2nd Place this year for my painting at the Melbourne show. So I am automatically accepted for next year.”
About a year ago I went to Lake Woodruff Wildlife Refuge to get some reference photos and got started on a 30 x 36 painting of cabbage palms along a flooded path.
My grandson took me to Deer Lake State Park here in Walton County recently and I got some really good photos, and I also went on a boat ride down the Intracoastal Waterway and got some beautiful sunset photos. Now I hardly know what to paint first!
Today I joined a group of Plein Air painters. We meet once a week at various locations and paint all morning. Afterwards we have a critique. Today we painted at a lovely garden spot in Grayton Beach. I did two 8 x 10s, one of a flower and one of the top of a pine tree. It was a lot of fun.
Sept 2, 2013
I just got back from a boat trip going from the Choctawhatchee Bay to the Choctawhatchee River. The creek that connects them is so gorgeous. On the way back the sun had started to go down and I got some really great photos. I can hardly wait to get started on a new painting. I’ve been working on the sand dune series, and have finished seven small ones so far.
I am starting a small private painting workshop class at a beach condo in Panama City Beach. I’m sure I’ll get a lot of beach photos while there. This will be for a couple of months while the “snowbirds” are here.
Last Friday I got started on a large painting of sand dunes and pine trees. I’ve nearly finished an 8 x 10 of the dunes which I will donate to Grayton Beach State Park as a thank you for allowing me to walk all over the dunes taking pictures.
It was a cold and windy Sunday afternoon my grandson, Evan, who is a park ranger, got permission to take me deep into State Park to take photographs of the dunes. I took 138 pictures. Every where I looked was beauty that only a few are privileged to see, as the public is not allowed on the dunes. What a wonderful experience. Evan knows his way around or I would have gotten lost. I wasn’t paying much attention to our route because I was so busy clicking away. You’ll probably be seeing quite a few dune paintings in the future as I am really excited to get started on a series.
Tomorrow I’ll be working on the large painting for this adventure Can’t wait to get back to it!
January was a busy and fun month for sure. I drove down to Vero Beach Artists’ Guild Gallery and helped hang all the work for my show title “My Florida Dorothy Starbuck”.While in the area I gave a 2-day oil painting workshop at the Sebastian Art Club. My friend and fellow artist, Judy Burgarella got it all arranged and let me stay at her lovely home. There were 18 in the workshop and we had a great time.
I feel the cooler weather and the colors are changing a long with my palette. I am finishing up several 16 x 12′s that were waiting for me. Today I put the finishing touches on two of them. One is “St. John’s River” from a canoe trip 2 years ago that got very scary…… That’s another story !
Dorothy Starbuck November 2013
Today I went to Deer Lake State Park. It has a long boardwalk over the dunes and finally comes to the beautiful white beach at the gulf. It was very windy and cold. But the sun was shining and I think I got some good photos.
Went to Grayton Beach Park and stopped along the way to photograph one of our beautiful lakes that was ringed with windblown grasses and filled with lily pads. The tall pines as a back drop will one day make a lovely painting.
Canoeing the Chipola River was a delightful experience. The river has an aura of remoteness about it that appeals to me as an artist.
With my daughter Kit and granddaughter Summer along, we began our 8 mile trip about a mile from Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna. It took us about 4 ½ hours to of fairly leisurely paddling as we were going with the current.
The river is really beautiful, lined with Oaks, Magnolias, Cypress, and Dogwood to name a few of the trees. Plus all sorts of shrubs and bushes. Some of the trees were turning the colors of fall, which added a bit of excitement to the scenery. About halfway, we came upon some caves which were tempting us to explore, but we had no flashlight so we left that for another time. And I do hope to canoe this river again, maybe in the spring when the trees have budded out.
Outdoorswoman Dorothy Starbuck and friend Jackie Lynch out collecting reference material and generally having a good time canoeing on Florida’s wild Wekiva river earlier this month.
The art of beloved Central Florida artist Dorothy Starbuck will be featured at the Winter Park Autumn Art Festival in Winter Park, Florida.
The 35th Annual Winter Park Autumn Art Festival will be held October 11-12, 2008, in CENTRAL PARK on PARK AVENUE in Winter Park. The festival is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on both days and admission is FREE. Central Park, located north of Fairbanks on Park Avenue, offers a spacious venue for artists, food vendors and entertainment.
Live music will be heard from the Main Stage throughout the festival, including the Robert Harris Band from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Jackie Jones from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.