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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Mermaid finds a new home

I had a vision of what I wanted to paint when I started this 24×48″ mermaid painting. Sometimes, the process goes more smoothly than other times where I struggle and re-evaluate constantly. ” Finding a Black Pearl” was totally made up and poured out onto the canvas in a few days. Then the strangest thing happened…it was sold the first day I posted a photo of it, before the varnish was even dry. The collector fell in love and is waiting to install  after framing in her home when her remodeling is complete.

I am so thankful and thrilled.

Ocean sail painting is more about the ocean than the sailboats

“Ocean Sail” is a large 48×36″ standard gallery wrap completed. I would recommend a frame on this work because of the size and the thinner stretched canvas.

As it is summer, I have been drawn to the ocean and try to swim at least a couple times a week. While emersing myself in the salty water, I notice the colors and reflections of the water. The light blues are really only on the surface of the water reflecting off the clouds and sky. The gaff rigged sailboat sail toward the mainland in the distance.

Ocean Sail 48x36

The last couple years, I have painted many ocean scenes as I work out how to make water look like the liquid it is. Repetitive subject matter is not a bad thing. The more I work out my ideas, the closer I get to the feeling I am trying to express.

Ocean wave decor

Christina under the Sea

Christina is finally completed. She is 48×36″ thick gallery wrap.

My sister, Sherie remarked that she reminded her of Andrew Wyeth’s painting of Christina in the fields. SO this is my version of her under the sea.

Mermaid decor

Christina 48x36s

Detail shots.   Prints are now available on demand.

christina fish

Textural paintings for added interest

There are times where I enjoy the challenges of three dimensional textures.

I use various palette knives to carve the scene into the modeling paste (plaster). After a day or two, I made a glaze of burnt siena, umber and micus oxide over the entire canvas and dried plaster. After that, I can finally expressionistly paint my idea with various techniques and metallic gold highlights.

The painting with the baby sea turtles is called “Black Sand” and is 18x24x1.5″

The “Nautilus Fossil” is 30x30x1.5″

Paint what you love

“Ocean Sail” is a new painting that was recently completed after setting it aside for a year. It is 48×30″ and would remind you of the beauty of the sea hung on a wall. Most of my paintings are ocean related: mermaids, beach landscapes, tropical and islands, underwater, fish, and reefs. Growing up near the Pacific ocean and then living near the Atlantic for nearly 40 years, I feel that I have salt water in my veins. As a child, my family spent a lot of time sailing around the coast of Southern California and the islands from Santa Barbara to Ensenada Mexico. We dove, fished, sailed, and explored the islands.

AS an artist, I paint what I love. Last summer, I started body surfing again and noticed all the colors and reflections in and on the water. After working out problems with how to paint water so it appears liquid and also incorporating the reflection of the sky on the top of the water, I feel that I am finally figuring out how to create that feeling. Since I make the scenes up from memories, each painting is a challenge. I ponder for many hours in the struggle to mix the correct colors for the underpainting and all of the layers. You have to make a plan for how to do each layer in order to create the vision from your head.

Ocean Sail 48x36

Sometimes ideas change

I started this gallery wrap with some modeling paste over their canvas and I sculpted shapes and ridges with my palette knife. The next day, I made a mixture of sienna browns, metallic micus oxide with glazing medium and brushed that over the dried three dimensional plaster. I always let the layers of my background textures and colorings dry completely.

The original idea in my head was to use these darks as an interesting texture underneath a very light abstract background with a huge Nautilis shell ghosted into the lights.

As I worked I realize that the Browns that I had put in the underpainting were quite lovely as they were ….and so my vision changed to this more robust and vibrant painting. The last stages were tweaking a few details and highlights and adding more metallic gold to certain areas. This painting is 24 x 24″

After I finally put the hanging hardware on and a final varnish it will be ready for sale. Check out my website at http://www.linda-olsen.pixels.com