“Spring Surf” is a larger 48×36″x 1.5 gallery wrap. My intent for this painting was to have a central cameo of the surf which faded away to soft pastels and ivory.
It started with painting with flexible modeling paste and a palette knife. Then I made a glaze of raw umber and covered the dried plasters, making surf the details of the plaster were enhanced with the 3D textures. Then I made up a jar of unbleached titanium white, zinc white and very light blues and painted over the dried brown undertones.
This painting is available and would look great with your beach decor.
“Teal Octopus” is a large fanciful impressionistic painting. 48×36″ gallery wrap. I embedded gold leaf details and some 3D elements for interest. Using large brushes and bold strokes along with twisted medium brush details teaches me to be deliberate with my strokes and to not overwork.
As much as I like to paint, commissions are generally much harder and more stressful since its really hard to understand someone’s idea visually. The top triptych is three panels, each 24×48″ and the collector wanted a serene ocean view. This one is not quite done but close. The horizon needs to be straightened.
This 20×16″ landscape is for a photography client. She wanted a painting for her mom for Christmas that gives homage to her father who passed. The family had a memorial at the Jacksonville Beach Pier where they threw flowers into the water. He was a fisherman so I put the boat into the scene. I was nervous about the abstract impressionistic styling because you never know…but yay, she loved it.
A couple months ago, Dales Art Originals Gallery in Christophe Harbour in St. Kitts asked me to be part of a three woman show in February of 2019 and requested to have large paintings early so the high season may produce some sales. Dale needed three for the show but since shipping is so expensive to the islands, I decided to do a fourth. It was pretty intense for the last three weeks trying to make the deadline for shipping to south Florida. I sometimes worked into the nights. All paintings are 60×48″ (except one is 66×36″) and I had purchased a roll of primed canvas which came in a tube…perfect for shipping. I cut the canvas into the sizes I needed, stapled them to stretcher bars and painted away. Then I unstapled and rolled them together into the tube. There is a art gallery frame shop on the islands who can re-stretch them as she needs them for a hundred dollars each. The tube was sent yesterday to a friend who was flying to St. Kitts in a week and could take it for just the airlines baggage fees (115.) plus 37.00 to ship to her in South Florida. I made a rope handle on the cumbersome heavy cardboard 61×5″ tube. It weighed nearly 18 lbs. with the four paintings inside. I am so appreciative because if I shipped directly, there is a 50-52% duty (and 17% VAT for Dale) fee which basically would negate the possibility of having an international gallery.
Mermaid Neighbors 66×36″
Water Nympth 60×48″
Siren Attitude 60×48″
Close to the Surface 60×48″
SO those of you who know me, Halloween is my favorite holiday and my imagination runs amuk! I usually start thinking about my big Halloween Party early in October and start decorating mid October. This year I added to my collection of homemade and bought scary items with floating candles made from paper towel rolls, decorated my studio like a gypsy caravan, and the photo studio looked like a living room in a scary house. I also put up the floating severed heads (made from styrofoam wig holders) from last year and skeleton mobiles and cool lights. As soon as the boxes of Halloween decor came down from the attic, I started having fun posing my three 5 foot skeletons, taking photos and posting them. The party was a success and 48 guests danced and visited until the wee hours.
After photographing everyone in my portrait studio, I went to the outside painting studio, sat myself down and read fortunes for an hour. I had bought fortune telling cards and read the book on the meanings of each symbol and placement so I could read the fortunes. The guests chose the cards and put them face down in the positions and it was amazing how accurate and telling the cards turned up. It was fun plus I got to sit for a bit and visit with my guests individually.
Here are some of the crazy skeleton poses I did over the weeks.
On November 10, I am having a private show and cocktail reception in a friend’s lovely home in Ponte Vedra, Florida. I wanted to have a lot of smaller paintings since it is getting close to the holiday season ready fo the show which inspired these four new paintings. They range in sizes of 14×11, 20×16 and 20×10″. Affordable.
If any are of interest to you, contact me. I can ship anywhere.
Commissions are tough since an artist can never really guess completely on what a client truly will love. I had an art collector ask me to paint 2 seahorse paintings as a set to accent her room. I went ahead and painted four or two sets so she would have a choice. Each painting is 20×10″.
“Close to the Surface” is a very large mermaid painting requested by Dales Original Art Gallery in Christophe Harbour on the island of St. Kitts. It is 60×48″ so will be stunning in a large room. I worked from dark to light in acrylics, starting with black gesso on the raw canvas.
Shipping is a big issue when shipping internationally so I purchased a large roll of primed premium canvas and stapled it to an existing stretched canvas for stability. Once completed, I pulled the staples out and rolled it on the large tube that the canvas came in with archival paper. Then, I discovered that tubes are a hard thing to obtain. I had gone to many stores trying to find a shipping roll that would house a 50″ canvas. UPS, UHAUL boxes, Box &Movers, Staples, Office Depot, Target, Home Depot….no luck. You can purchase them online but have to get quantities of 5.
After showing the gallery this painting, I was invited to share an international show in February with two other women artists: One from London and one from ST. Kitts. Its a show celebrating women and will be highlighting nudes. Then I thought since its so expensive to ship anything internationally and so difficult to find long shipping tubes, that I had better get going to complete two other large canvases to ship within the same tube. At this posting, one of the new ones is nearly completed and the third one is started.