Tropical fantasies

Since I am just about to depart on a painting retreat for a week in St. Kitts, organized by my dear friend and fellow artist, Beth Haizlip…I have been in a tropical island mood. The scene was entirely made up but have glints of other island paintings that I have done recently. It takes many paintings to work out an idea and then coming up with plans for execution of the idea. Painting is not just “willy nilly” dabbing paint on a canvas. Each layer must be strategized and analyzed. I am trying to have each stroke of the brush be deliberate. There are layers of glazes in various colors between the wet brush strokes.

“Perfect Evening” is 40x16x1.5″ gallery wrap

Perfect Evening 40x16Perfect Evening detail

“Sunset Moonrise” is 40x30x1.5″ and expands on the idea of the previous work. I find the scene quite romantic as lovers stand on the porch of a little island cottage, watching the moon rise as the sun sets.

Sunset Moonrise 40x30

Details

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Small accent paintings

Even though my paintings are getting larger these days, I still enjoy working on smaller accent paintings. Still I paint what I am drawn to…ocean related. These are all 12×12″ except for the Octopus which is 14″. The shell paintings are a series of three, sold together for 295.00. I also think that the shells would make nice images printed on fabric for pillows.

Mermaid triptych completed

“Reef Rhapsody” is a very large mermaid painting that I started several years ago. I had never been completely happy about the work so decided to continue the work. An entire week went by working and make improvements until I finally reached a point where I felt like she was done. The triptych consists of three 48×24″ panels so this painting would be a focal point in a room at 74×48″.

My website offers prints on various decor items, canvas and fine art prints with framing and nice finishing touches. Printing three gallery wrap canvases a larger or smaller size to fit your particular room is a nice option.  http://linda-olsen.pixels.com

An older painting given a new life

“Fish in My Pond” is a 48×24″ painting that I created several years ago but I wanted to update it. Every year, I feel that I am a better artist having exploring different techniques and  working on many paintings. I really think it is more true to the original idea and more vibrant. What do you think?

fish in my pond 48x24

Here is the original which is much more abstract. I brushed clear gesso on the entire painting and actually re-painted every inch.

fish in my pond 24x48 2015

Detail of new painting.

fish in my pond detail

First Plunge for a Baby Sea Turtle

“First Plunge Baby VI” is a new 36″ square heavy gallery wrap, ready to hang. I am intrigued by how as soon as they hatch, the little sea turtles climb out of a mound of sand and instinctively make their way to the surf. Such brave little ones. I have been exploring making my brush strokes more impressionistic but deliberate.

first plunge baby vi 36x36

A Painting as a gift

“Happy Dog” is a painting I created for some very good friends who are going thru a hard ordeal concerning their 6 year old boxer. Their “Honey” has been diagnosed with cancer and has had surgery and now possibly chemo. we are all so sad and concerned.

I have been working larger lately and hadn’t thought about my friend’s condo being quite small with very little wall space. The painting original is 40×30″ so I photographed it and had a 16×20 canvas giclee made for them as a gift. They were pleasantly surprised when I gave it to them this afternoon.

happy dog 40x30

details

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I did a photoshoot this morning of HoneyChild in my photography studio. Such a sweet dog!!

Underwater scene on a grand scale

For a year after painting a manta and sting ray collection of underwater paintings, I had in my mind to do a very large painting with all kinds of rays gliding through the water. Working on a 60×48″ canvas is never easy since my studio is rather small. I had to put most of the canvas on my larger easel and rest the other end of the canvas on a small table. I do find that painting large is much more energetic and after several hours, my muscles are sore so I try to work on other smaller pieces for awhile.

“Gathering Rays” is completed and looking for a nice large wall to enhance a room. I figure it would be like being in an aquarium, right?

gathering rays 60x48

details of impressionistic paint strokes and decor idea

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Tropical Paradise painting

“Nearly Home” is a 24×48″ gallery wrap just completed. I was inspired by another painting I had completed recently. I cannot post the other one yet because it is a gift.

My goal was to use fluid and broad strokes and keep the landscape more impressionistic. Even though there are a lot of paint strokes, they are not entirely random. Making each stroke finite and not working into it and blending takes a lot of self control.

nearly home 48x24

Details of some of the brush strokes.

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