Michelle Nicole Lowe Snorkeling in the Keys
I LOVE to study, sketch and paint life underwater, but I think I love doing research for my paintings just as much! Snorkeling and diving, getting to see all the tiny details and vibrant colors of the reef, never knowing what you’re going to run into next- it’s awesome.
Yesterday I had two favorite finds- a very big, friendly midnight blue parrotfish who’s deep blue colors rivaled the gorgeous color of the deep blue Keys water, and a filefish who followed us around for 45 minutes. I’ll post a picture of the filefish soon- a pretty weird looking fish with lots of color, pattern and small details.. my favorite things! He is definitely going to get painted…
Thank you Palm Beach County for a successful second year at ArtiGras! Great to see returning customers, friends and family- thank you all for coming out in the chilly weather to support the arts
I have adorned the walls at the Fishing Club in Islamorada with my artwork! The Club is located next door to Lorelei at Mile Marker 82 Bayside. They serve lunch, dinner and a great happy hour on Friday’s- it is a private club, but please let me know if you are interested in dining there, or just checking out my artwork and I can make you a reservation as my guest. Call 305.981.6424 if you are interested in visiting the Club!
“Nestled in the fishing capital of the world, the IFC offers novice and expert fishermen alike a place to experience camaraderie like no other. Whether you are enjoying a drink at the bar with one of the pioneers of fly fishing, or relaxing on the patio overlooking the water, with the newest world record holder, or simply attending one of our fishing seminars led by the experts in their field; if you like fishing and care about the future of our fisheries and environment, you are bound to meet like-minded people from all walks of life brought together by their passion for fishing and conservation. Recognizing that that the youth of this country are the future stewards of our marine environment the IFC and its members are partners in, and the leading fundraisers for the Islamorada Fishing and Conservation Trust (IFACT), a 501(c)(3) charity that fosters youth fishing, and seeks to instill the importance of an environmental ethic in future generations.” - http://www.theislamoradafishingclub.com
Fantastic show in Islamorada, thank you to everyone who came out to see me! What an awesome group of art patrons and marine lovers I met this weekend.
I was also the “artist liason” for the show- I spent all year recruiting artists for the Expo, then managed the application, jurying and artist set up process over the weekend. I really loved getting to meet all the artists I’ve been corresponding with, and seeing their artwork in person as well. What amazing talent!
I love this photo Andy Newman took of me at the Expo with my newly framed and newly for sale “Great Tarpon”. I painted this while at University of Florida my senior year, and have been sentimentally attached to it for six years… But for now it’s up for grabs!
Here are some pictures of the staghorn coral I adopted back in August, and it’s progression as of today, thanks to the Coral Restoration Foundation. The coral was planted in August 2012 in a nursery in the Atlantic off of Key Largo. The foundation plants pieces of coral in a nursery, allows them to grow, and then they attach these adopted pieces to reefs to allow them to grow in a natural environment.
Thickets of reef building staghorn corals that used to cover acres of area in the Florida Keys have dwindled to occasional isolated colonies. With multiple stressors including disease, climate change, water quality, episodic events, changes in community composition, and anthropogenic impacts, Florida’s imperiled reefs are shifting from coral dominated communities toward algae dominated hardbottom communities. These shifts are creating increasingly difficult conditions for natural recovery of once healthy coral reef communities.
These acroporid corals are fast growing, framework building corals that play a key role in reef building throughout the Caribbean and Tropical Western Atlantic. They provide shelter and structure for many species of reef inhabitants, and are visually stunning representatives of coral reef systems.
The Coral Restoration Foundation sent me a photo of my fragment this month and it has grown quite a bit since August! What a cool organization. You can check them out at http://www.coralrestoration.org/.
My past three shows this month in Estero, Boca Raton and Sarasota have been very enjoyable. We’ve been blessed with great weather in all three cities on all three weekends!
There has obviously been a lot of driving in my life the past three weeks, but it’s totally worth it. I truly love meeting so many friendly art lovers, and ocean lovers like myself.
My set of nine “Fish Faces” have been particularly rewarding to me at these shows as most people walk up to look at them with a big smile on their face- the biggest compliment I could ever expect:)
This past weekend I landed my first bonefish, right here in Islamorada. We spotted this guy swimming along in about 12 inches of water. I made my cast, jiggled my bait around, and prayed it would look tasty to this handsome fellow. Sure enough, he took it and ZOOM, he sped off, spooked by the hook now set in his upper lip. He fought a good fight- bonefish are known for being, pound for pound, the strongest and fastest moving fish, and I believe it! The sound of my reel when he took off was one of the best sounds I’ve ever heard while fishing! We think he was about 12 pounds, a good size for a bonefish. FUN times!
It was a beautiful weekend in Miami!
Thank you for stopping by to see me and my artwork- it’s always great seeing so many old friends, teachers, high school peers and neighbors while in Miami.
Muchas gracias and I’ll see you again in the springtime, Miami!