Monday, April 15, 2013

"Palm Parade at Ringling", 14x11, oil on linen Raymar panel

"Palm Parade at Ringling", 14x11, oil on linen Raymar panel

I painted this a while back but never posted it. I liked the the contrast of shadowed foreground against the brightness of the middle ground. But what initially attracted me to the scene was the varying shapes of the palm tress as they paraded from foreground to background.

The Ringling!, aka as the Ringling Museum, is located in beautiful Sarasota Florida, and the museum is a must-see for all visitors to this area of Florida. Beautiful grounds, a world class art museum and circus museum as well as a Venetian mansion are the legacy of John and Mabel Ringling. The estate passed to the state with John's death in 1936. John Ringling was one of the five original circus kings of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and blessed with entrepreneurial genius and through his success with the circus and other investments, he became wealthy enough to acquire the 20 acres of waterfront property in Sarasota, Florida in 1911.   In 1912 the couple began spending winters in Sarasota and later decided to build a home there, which was named Ca'd Zan.I have painted Ca'd Zan many times before, but this painting takes on a side view of the mansion.

To learn more about The Ringling!, please visit the website here.

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