Bodysurfing

As an older woman I still like to swim in the ocean and do a little boogie boarding. When you were out past the waves you see the ocean little bit differently as the light hits the crest of the waves changing the colors. In the reflections on the top of the water are different colors in the water itself. Noticing these little differences and then trying to capture that with paint is definitely a challenge. I worked in acrylic which does not blend as well as the oils but I think it works…anyway I am happy with the results.

“Uplifting” is 30×30″ gallery wrap 1.5″ width requires no frame. 

Mermaid with Baby

“Underwater Madonna” is 48 x 30″ gallery wrap acrylic painting. I actually started this painting last fall but set it aside until I could complete the painting. Sometimes as days go by working on areas of a large canvas, one may get lost in the details and not even notice issues that need corrections. Giving some space allows you to analyze freshly. Since I made the entire scene up, there were issues with light and also her form.

Tropical Island Landscapes

Recently I’ve been taking some of my old travel photography and painting from them. After the last hurricane destroyed much of the Abaco islands… Elbow Key, Hopetown, I was rather heartbroken because I had shot several weddings there and fell in love with a little bay.

Here are some of the paintings done of the bungalows at the Hopetown Lodge.

They are 24 x12″ and 20×10″. Affordable, small (for me) accent paintings. Inquire for more information.

The vibrancy of the Caribbean emulated with my deliberate, lively brush strokes.

Revising Older Paintings

The longer you work at your craft the better every painting becomes. Of course, you learn something with each work and so a painting you did several years ago, may use a fresh look and revisions. Recently I made revisions on for older paintings and I’m much happier with the results now. Here’s the before

and now:

Creating a series… Surf

Over the years of painting I’ve discovered that working on a series really helps with exploration and taking risks. I like to do several very similar paintings in different sizes and different shapes while exploring an idea. This allows for experimentation and going beyond your comfort level …since you’ve already worked on your original idea.

After being immersed in my highly texture fish series, which were done on very horizontal skinny gallery wraps and also being inspired by watching the surf when i get to the beach, I thought that these long skinny panels would work well.

36×12″ canvases worked perfectly. Also on this series i wanted to use heavy metallic golds and thick modeling plaster fir drama and interest.

I also did some smalls and mini surf paintings.

Holiday paintings for Gifts

This small 8×8 cow painting was requested by a friend to paint for her niece. 3 days before Christmas. No pressure? I painted two cows for her.

Calf 8x8

This is a painting of my grandson who is 19 months old and resides in England. I surprised the kids with this painting inspired by a photo they shot of him at the Dover Shore, splashing in his yellow wellies.

Cole at the ShoreCow in field 8x8

My friends, the Cummings, who have three awesome dogs will be moving in a year and I wanted to create a painting of their fur babies on the beach.

Madison Bucky Ernestine 20x16

“Marshy” was a commission for a gift to send to New York.

Marshy 18x12

“Abbey” was painted as a gift to a dear friend. This is her beloved dog and I thought I would surprise her.

Pam puppy

Going Fishing?

I have been working on this Gone Fishing series this month. They are fun works with heavy texture and gestural brush strokes. Most are 20 x10″ gallery wraps but some are 24×12″ or 36×12″.

A perfect gift for that fisherman in your life.

Holiday Gifts with Artwork

Christmas is upon us and the stress of shopping and getting ready for the big day is sometimes a little much. I thought I would let you know about various products you could order with my artwork printed on them from my website. They can print towels and tapestries, tote bags, cell phone covers, pillows, shower curtains and various other products. linda-olsen.pixels.com

Ocean fish paintings

After my botanical series, I wanted to get back into the sea and work on an ocean fishes series. (also including other fishing landscapes). Possibly there are fishermen in your life that would love to have a painting with fish?

These are small accent paintings with texture, thick paints, splatters and impressionistic styling. Because of the semi abstract nature of the work, I can really stretch my imagination and add colors as i create…..Fun!!! Most gallery wraps are 10×20″ and 12×24″ in this series.

Hook one up before they swim away.