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Canaveral Cove

AnnaJo Vahle

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Phyllis Beiser 29 Days Ago

Pass Christian, MS - United States

Your landscapes are second to none! Ezceptional... L/F

Brooklyn, ny - United States

amazing abstract!f/v

Chicago, IL - United States

AnnaJo..this is a truly delightful painting! is so beautiful!! I love your stroke work..the sky tones similar to the sea. A peaceful and inviting scene..wish I could be there. :) v/f!!

Cornelius, NC - United States

Beautiful work!!

Long Beach, CA - United States

Very beautiful, AnnaJo! Your color palette and comp are lovely! f/v/tw

Pueblo, CO - United States

I love this. You have such a way of painting the leaves that it seems like spring, with the kind of light feeling. Beautifully done. v/f

AnnaJo Vahle replied:

Thank you, Lenore. I love your comments and appreciate your v/f

Fort Collins, CO - United States

Beautiful AnnaJo! f/v

AnnaJo Vahle replied:

Thank you, Julie.

Cambridge, ON - Canada

Lovely work, AnnaJo!!! v/f

AnnaJo Vahle replied:

Thank you, Hanne.

Prattsville, NY - United States

Beautiful. Voted.

AnnaJo Vahle replied:

Thank you, Patricia.

Reno, NV - United States

Wow! This is lovely! V/F

AnnaJo Vahle replied:

Thanks so much, Phyllis. I appreciate it.

Brunswick, Oh - United States

Awesome Scene!

AnnaJo Vahle replied:

Thank you, Martin.

Azuga, PH - Romania

Very beautiful ArtWork !

AnnaJo Vahle replied:

Thank you ever so much, Sorin.

Houston, TX - United States

Wonderful painting AnnaJo. Love the cool colors! v/f

AnnaJo Vahle replied:

Thank you, Tessa.

Sayre, PA - United States

Anna, I love this beautiful scene, the color and the abandoned boat. Lovely plen air painting. I am glad that you didn't get trouble with big bertha. Next time be carefull to pick up the place to do plein air...) F&V

AnnaJo Vahle replied:

Thanks, Melly. I am usually on the look-out for danger but you know how it is when you are engrossed in a painting, right?

Vildbjerg - Denmark

This is so inviting. Wonderful work.

AnnaJo Vahle replied:

Thank you very much, Odd.

Bay Area, CA - United States

Beautifully done landscape! What a view to do a plein air! Fantastic expression!

AnnaJo Vahle replied:

Thank you Xueling. I am lucky to have so many wonderful places to paint around my home.

Mississauga, ON - Canada

Looovely!! I really like the colours :)

AnnaJo Vahle replied:

Thank you, Yaneth. I appreciate it.

Melbourne, FL - United States

Great point of view looking inland (west). At first I thought it was like most pictures looking out to sea. I'm glad you didn't meet up with Big Bertha. Your choice of colors is very natural. Abandoned boats are an eyesore, but here the sailboat seems to be going fishing in the cove.

AnnaJo Vahle replied:

Thanks ever so much, Richard. Yes, it was kinda nice to have a land mass between the water and the sky. I liked having the bridge there. I, too, am pleased that I didn't have any problems with Big Bertha.

Bucharest, Ro - Romania

Wonderful painting, AnnaJo. Love so much the foliage framing that leads the eye to the horizon and creates such a beautiful depth in this work. f,v

AnnaJo Vahle replied:

Thanks so very much, Ana. I appreciate your stopping by to see, comment and f/v

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Canaveral Cove


AnnaJo Vahle


Painting - Acrylic On Gallery Wrapped Canvas


This was the second of three paintings I did of this little sunken sail boat. I set up my easel on the beach of the Banana River in a little cove near the Canaveral Lock. I found a nice little out of the way spot between some mangrove trees. It took me several days to paint this. It was a peaceful time. As I concentrated on my work, fishermen waded out into the water to seine bait fish. This gave me the idea to wade out in the knee deep water from time to time to better study up close the details of the boat. It also was a nice way to cool off.

One day, the master of the Lock a few hundred yards away, asked to see my painting. He gasped in horror as I told him that I had been wading out to the boat. He told me that was the home of “Big Bertha.” He further explained that I had been sitting in her nesting site. Big Bertha is the largest alligator that he has ever seen. She sometimes swims through the Lock. She hung out in and around the boat. The very same spot I had my easel was where she usually had a nest.

There are lots and lots of alligators in the area and he assured me that she was by far the largest. Plein air painting can be dangerous, I suppose! Fortunately, I was never bothered by her but as I worked on the next painting, I did see her swim up close to me every once in a while. She never actually “hauled out” near me when I was there.

You can see Merritt Island in the background. You can also see the bridge crossing the Banana River from Cape Canaveral to Merritt Island. Another sailboat sits at anchor behind the sunken one.

The Canaveral Lock, is the largest navigation lock in Florida. It is located between Port Canaveral's West turning basin and the Banana River, Canaveral Lock was constructed by the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1965 to secure safe passage of vessels from the Banana River to Port Canaveral and the Atlantic Ocean. The lock reduces tidal-current velocities in Canaveral Harbor, prevents entry of hurricane tides into the Banana River and prevents salt water intrusion. This lock was built larger than originally planned to allow passage of the Saturn rocket's first stage, used to put Apollo rockets into space.


February 11th, 2013


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