Vacationing in the English countryside

Happy news!!! our newest grand son was born 15 months ago to our daughter and son in law who is British. They live in the west midlands and have a dog kennel and cattery business. There were 125 dogs in equal amount of cats in the kennels. Plus they own two great Danes and a chocolate lab so we heard some barking occasionally.

The brick manor from late 1800s

and the brick kennels next to the field.

St Marys Cathedral in Warwick

Lunch at an old mill that was turned into a restaurant near Warwick.

This is Bones. He is 185 pounds of joy.

Art Show with charity in mind

Standfast Asset Management in Ponte Vedra asked me to hang a show in their office with a champagne reception opening. I will be donating a portion of any sale for this show to the new project of getting an aquarium built in downtown Jacksonville.

Of course, before the show I did some new pieces relating to underwater and Ocean themed paintings. We had a great crowd at the opening and met a lot of nice folks who are trying to get the Aquarium project off the ground. You can contact them for more information. The paintings will be up until the end of the month.

Paintings

This has been a successful week as I finished one of the commissions that I have been working on and sold four original paintings. The top two are being shipped to London on Friday. I will post my tips on shipping paintings soon.

Welcome to my studio! decade ago my sweet husband built an art studio for me in the back yard. It has air conditioning, wood floors, windows and two skylights. (Actually it is raining right now and I realized one of the skylights has a leak. Always something huh?)

It has become my favorite place to be. It is 14 x 10 feet which has room for two large easels and all of my paints and gear. While painting and listening to music, I find myself smiling. Say “happy place”!

Octopus Paintings

Lately, I have been working on more octopus paintings. I realized that since I came from a family with eight children and octopus have eight legs, there may be a connection. Over the years I have painted them with various techniques. These new pieces have a playful and colorful look.

“Octopus Crawl” is 48×36

Octopus Crawl 36x48

“Slithering” is 36x24x1.5″ gallery wrap. Currently viewable at the Atlantic Beach Arts Market in Atlantic Beach. This is a smaller version of a 28×49″ painting on wood panel that will go outside in my garden gazebo.

Slithering 36x24 s

“Octopus Golds” is 36×36″ gallery wrap which is at the Grand Bohemian Gallery in St. Augustine.

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Father’s Day Sale Event

My father has been gone for two decades now and his birthday is this month. I have been thinking about him a lot and wanted to do something special in his honor. He loved sailing and being on islands. SO for weeks, I created a new series of “RETIREMENT” paintings.

How many times have you heard “When I retire I want to live on an island and do nothing” So I created these 20×10″ paintings to celebrate that idea.

Also check out the special prices: These were 295. but until the end of the month, I have reduced them to $165.   I can ship but if you are local, you can pick one up for your husband or dad at the Atlantic Beach Arts Market in Atlantic Beach, FLPlus all of my work is 20% off originals and also for prints and decor items from my website; http://www.linda-olsen.pixels.com. Coupon code on check out: SUYFYR

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