Beach painting with baby sea turtle

It’s been a good week !!…as I’m working on a paintings in my studio, I got a notice that my “first plunge baby sea turtle VI ” painting was sold though one of the online art galleries that represent me. So I need to package it up and ship it this coming Friday.

It is always exciting to make a sale and know that somebody is enjoying what you’ve created enough to display in their homes.

New sassy mermaid painting

As part of the mermaid card commission that I’m working on, the client wants more diversity so I am creating mermaids and mermen of all ethnicities and body shapes. This painting was done of a plus sized mer-babe recently. The company will only be getting the digital files so the original painting is for sale. I will also be able to print custom giclees and art prints.

I am calling this mermaid “Mimi” and she is 48×30″.

Sketches for upcoming commission

Earlier this year I landed a nice commission with a company in England producing collectible mermaid oracle cards that will sell internationally. For the last several months I’ve been working on the paintings for the cards and I’m down to the last 10. First, I have to sketch from the authors ideas and send to the agent, Publisher, marketing etc to be approved.

Sometimes this process takes a while and meanwhile the clock is ticking. I tried to do a couple paintings while my agent was on vacation without the sketch being approved first and now I have to redo. The marketing group and author added 6 additional cards last week and my deadline was stretched only by a couple weeks. Pressure to create 10 completed large paintings in 6 weeks is a bit intense to say the least. since I do have a marketing background myself I do understand how it works when there’s approvals by committees. on top of this I’m having my master bathroom rehabbed this month. Fortunately, my studio is a separate building in the back yard so I can escape the dust and construction noise.

Hurricane Dorian becomes a lesson in patience

for over a week the main concern in my household was getting prepared for hurricane Dorian. For a while it was a category four and five and was destined to hit our coast pretty hard. My son came out from Melbourne Florida to help and to be here for the weekend. All my yard mobiles, flower baskets, yard furniture, generator primed, food and water stocked….all checked off my list.

on the good side, my husband and my son and I had a good time playing scrabble, dominoes, cooking together, and taking walks in the beach in between rains. I found that being in my studio calmed me down from being so darn antsy. …it was a week of ultra nerve-racking stress and highly creative hours in the studio. Mandatory evacuation ordered but very few friends left the island. i’m on a 20 foot oak hammock and have never had any issues with flooding.

Three Muses

This is my version of the famous Three Muses. Of course my muses have tails and beautiful black skin and curves. I wanted to keep the painting more expressionistic with funky patterns and broad strokes and even used some hand cut templates for the kelp.

Details show paint brush strokes and layers of stenciled paint designs.

Dorian

While waiting for hurricane Dorian to hit our beaches we’ve had nearly a week to prepare. It’s very nerve-racking and since painting seems to call me down I’ve spent a lot of time painting in my studio between the hurricane prep . I have a lot of commissions to do for the mermaid oracle cards from the house of England. They’ve requested that I do some ethnic mermaids so I’ve done this Asian mermaid and also a paintings of some black mermaids

Here is one if the completed mermaid paintings. “Dorian” is 48×36″ gallery wrap. I like her white skin against the dark sea.

An Artists Studio

My studio space is also my happy place. It is filled with some of my favorite antiques and art books. I have my desk that originally belonged to my grandmother and that I used during high school and college, photos of my sons and family, my great grandmothers sewing basket  table and my old drafting table from when I was a Graphic Designer. There is just enough space for two large easels and all of my art supplies. I have organized them in labeled baskets and bins for easy access. It’s even more special to me since my husband built this studio in the backyard a decade ago. It is 10 x 14 feet with two skylights letting the natural light come in, four windows and a door with window light. I can look outside into my garden and listen to the birds as I paint.
I feel strongly that every artist embeds a bit of themselves into each painting so it’s important to be in a good mood since happy energy shows in the artwork. Music is also a big influence in my painting experience…a little rock, country, opera, indy and reggae add to the atmosphere.
As a full time artist, I paint at least 5 days a week so its important to have a space that is comfortable and inspiring. I am so thankful to have my little “She Shed” art studio. 

Years ago I painted the cracked cement pad in my backyard. Every few years I freshen it up a bit.

Art projects, candles and family pictures add to my visual enjoyment.

How to package paintings for shipping.

As an artist, I have been fortunate to be selling my paintings and shipping them internationally and so, thought I’d pass along tips for safely shipping artwork.

1. Wrap your painting in archival paper or brown craft paper($12) giving extra paper to the edges. I use strong packing tape ($5) to secure.

2. At a hardware store like Home Depot that doesn’t mind cutting boards complementary, I have 1/8 inch temperament hard wood ($11) cut to the size of the painting or slightly larger. Then I put the hardwood over the wrapped painting on the canvas side facing the wood. This protects your painting from any dents made in shipping.

3. Then, I get the larger bubble wrap ($12) and do at least two or three layers of bubblewrap around the board with the art in it. I secure it with heavy duty wrapping tape.

4. If the painting is large, I use cardboard or foam corners that are made just for mirrors and artwork and put those corners on before I put the bubblewrap around.

5. I usually save boxes from when I purchased canvas but I also find them at Home Depot ($23) and U-Haul as mirror or large TV boxes. The large TV boxes come as two boxes together that slide in for extra support and also come with the foam corners and a barrier bag. When shipping overseas, I even add a moisture bag and an additional wood sheet. For larger boxes, secure the outside box with rope and make handles of rope for the courier ( my days as a sailor and learning to tie knots have paid off).

I hope this helps. Since I’ve been packing this way, I have had no damage to my artwork.