How often do you go somewhere to take photos and much to your delight there's a tangential subject worth shooting? Well, that's what happened here. I made a point to visit the old Sarasota High School to take some photos of a new, unique art project which is being created on the front lawn to draw attention to the now empty building which one day, when enough funds are raised, will be transformed into the Sarasota Museum of Art. I snapped some photos and then I discovered an artist painting en pleine aire the subject I had been photographing. This is Susan Covert. She's been an artist all her life and now teaches at Art Center Manatee in neighboring Bradenton. (Check out her website here.)
She's been out here several times painting the new art installation as it has morphed. We both agreed lighting is critical and that afternoon it just wasn't in the right position (at least not for yours truly wielding a camera). The project is generating lots of interest and excitement. So, what is that brown cluster? And, why would a photographer, a painter and oodles of people be drawn to it? It's stick art...and I'll show and explain it tomorrow.