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Leesburg FL to Panama City Beach FL

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Leesburg FL to Panama City Beach FL

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Well it was a long drive from Leesburg to Panama City Beach but it is always an adventure and full of fun scenery.Texas_Loui..ppi_561.jpg
As I arrived in PCB I stopped in this great Italian place that just hit the spot! And below is a picture of their ocean view from the front and patio dinning area. Just Gorgeous~
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As you drive into Alys Beach it has quite an entrance of white white buildings, entry collums and tons of palm trees.
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There's lots of water everywhere you go and beautiful picture opts!

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The Main square had lots of activity and fun vintage "Tin Can" Trailers lined up selling food & drinks. A great atmosphere just steps from the water.

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This was Alys Beach area where the Workshops were held, quite a resort like atmosphere.

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The Beach town full of narrow tall getaway homes and the lovely ocean. The water was warm, and the sand was pristine! I could hardly believe it. Clean and silty fine sand, So different from Santa Monica and Long Beach Ca. There was no seaweed washed ashore or anything! So I enjoyed an afternoon on the beach as a reward for canvassing the town putting up flyers for the workshops. Yes there was a bit of frustertion involved but lets not go into that!
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Here's the place all set up and ready for some workshops! Tuesday night I gave a free technical lecture on how to approch portrait sculpting and the figure. Lots of great questions and interest on how sculpting will enhance their painting skills.Texas_Loui..ppi_641.jpgTexas_Loui..ppi_646.jpg
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So the first workshop on Wednesday night was a great success! We had 13 Sculptors diving into the clay for a Quick Sculpt Figure Workshop. Those Sculptors really went at it and they really did remarkably well. We all worked right around 1/4 life-size and they quickly picked up on the Box(pelvis) and Egg(ribcage) I was telling them about. Once that was established then the rest just flowed~ What a fun group who loved sculpting!

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The Results...
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The Noble Scuptors!

I got to see a Whalen Wall too at this massive building that sold boats!
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I checked out the local community college's art center and they are located right a this beautiful bay~
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Near this awesome Tree~
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Where this crab came rigth up to my flip flop
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Tons of wildlife around and watched this bird go fishing for his lunch~

There was lots to see at every turn...
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Especially this Museum of Man of the Sea
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And was saved by Santa Rosa Pottery's Deborah Orr who sold me some much needed clay when more students signed up last minute. What a lovely property and studio where she works and teaches. Thank YOU Again Deb!
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So The 2 Day Figure Workshop was that Saturday and Sunday. It was a solid group of absolute beginners. So the Good news was they had no bad habits! WooHoo! They were great listeners and bold sculptors. All did very well and I lectured before they started to give them an overall idea of the process and the vocabulary I'd be using. It was a beautiful reclining pose that required no armature. Great for beginners!
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Didon tackled the portrait that day. Here's she's startin with the profile.Texas_Loui..ppi_770.jpgTexas_Loui..ppi_774.jpgTexas_Loui..ppi_775.jpgTexas_Loui..ppi_778.jpgTexas_Loui..ppi_780.jpgTexas_Loui..ppi_781.jpg
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Day two went well, check out the level of focus and intensity as they worked.Texas_Loui..ppi_790.jpg9Texas_Loui..ppi_787.jpgTexas_Loui..ppi_785.jpg5Texas_Loui..ppi_765.jpg5Texas_Loui..ppi_753.jpgTexas_Loui..ppi_791.jpg

I had just packed up all my stands, clay, tools and armatures and loaded it all in the trailer on my last day in FL I was exhaused. I rolled into my hotel parking lot and amazingly enough thats when my trailer decides to brake off from the tounge! Thank goodness it wasnt minutes earlier when I was zipping down the highway. Yes I went over a speed bump and hear a huge CRACK! YIKES that didnt sound good. I go out and inspect and there's the entire trailer tilted and hanging on by a thread. Litteraly. So the next day I found a welder only 7 businesses down from where I broke down. I crept down the street praying that it would stay attached for those painstaking minutes, and it did. I was so thank ful for these guys and it only took them 2 hours to fix, reattach and reinforce the tounge and structure bar. PHEW! That could have been the end of the trip but once again, I was saved by angels~ Two burly angels
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This shows it pretty well how the center of where those bars meet is hanging down and twisted and broken off.Texas_Loui..ppi_796.jpgTexas_Loui..ppi_795.jpg
What an Adventure!
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Thank you Panama City Beach... now I'm off to Savannah GA!

Posted by Karen Cope 20:04

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