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.
“Fifteenth Street Access” is 24×24′ gallery wrap that I painted a year ago. For some reason, I had the urge to change it…
This is the original:
This is the revised: Broader strokes and more color!! I find the result more interesting as a painting and shows more emotion.
“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.
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.
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.
Detail shots. Prints are now available on demand.
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″
“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.
Last year I entered some of my work in a Miami Art Basel and New York events through SeeMe. One of my paintings was shown publicly.
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
Since I live in the South, near Jacksonville Florida, the landscapes are always unique. Southern landscapes are filled with grasslands and salt marsh vegetation with Intracoastal waterways and rivers that run throughout the city. My house in on an island peninsula hitting the Atlantic Ocean so I have the best of both ocean and salt marsh scenes. This 24×30″ painting celebrates the beauty of this serene painting and highlights the reflections of the moon on the Intracoastal.
“Moonlight Over Waterway”.
“Sunbathing in Cove” is 40×30″ standard gallery wrap painted in more of an illustrative style. I wanted it to be impressionistic and rather abstract. This mermaid is resting in the rocky shore of a cove. There are dolphins swimming in the distance in this fantasy.