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
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Marshy” was a commission for a gift to send to New York.
“Abbey” was painted as a gift to a dear friend. This is her beloved dog and I thought I would surprise her.
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.
I have been having so much fun with this series of beneficial insects. I find that there are more free-form ideas and color combinations. Each time I do a small one, I tried a different technique… so they’re rather fun and good opportunity for exploration.￼
“Butterfly Life” is 30×30″ with a lot of carved sculptural elements. It will be advertised on my website.
Also doing some small 6″ gallery wrap paintings. They make great gifts.
I dont advertise my little gallery wrap paintings but have them for sale at various shops and galleries. If you are ever interested in any work that you see in my blog, please feel free to chat with me about it.
I have been working on a project commission by a company in England all summer and creating new works . Each needed be approved by the author and the publisher￼. The author would give me ideas on what she wanted in the scene and I created several sketches before starting any work. For instance, she wanted a Jamaican mermaid sitting next to a treasure chest with coins floating and jewels all around…representing abundance. She wanted pearls in her hair and golden light shining down the water around her. ￼￼
This is the sketch that was approved.
Here is the final painting 48×36″ and will be available for sale during the international launching of the collectible cards in Spring of 2020.
Its been a very intense summer as I had many paintings to complete by an October date. It actually consumed me as I worked long hours and sometimes even evenings. Its good to have the project nearly completed.