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.

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Octopus painting in blues

Teal Octopus 36x48

“Teal Octopus” is a large 48×36″ heavy gallery wrap. Metallic golds and some gold leaf accents make this quite stunning in person. AS you walk by, the various textures and metallic highlights peak out.

I have such a love for all things ocean! Continually designing paintings dealing with water, reflections, beaches, mermaids, tropical islands, surf and underwater scenes.

If you happen to look at my website, you will notice how many paintings I have created in my pursuit of discovering and creating pieces of art that give people joy. They hopefully can relate with my love for the sea.

Highly Textural painting of ocean

Recently I started to work on a textured semi abstract 36″ x 36″ gallery wrap. First I knifed in the modeling plaster with the shapes of the waves and bubbles sculpted into the plaster. Then after two days of drying I painted the entire canvas with a mixture of Micus oxide and burnt sienna. The following day, I was able to start painting and after many evolutions and tints and painting decisions, I finally completed this after a week.

This painting is available and would make a great piece over a fireplace or dining room.

Commission of fantasy paintings

A lovely couple from the St. Petersburg area of Florida commissioned two very large paintings with Maria as a mermaid and Poseidon as her husband. As I had not met them, I painted from head shots that were provided. The scenes were designs that I created. On the Poseidon painting, I drew several scenes up with Poseidon in different poses and different underwater landscapes. One sketch was chosen and then I proceeded. They gave me several months to complete them because they were moving into a new home.

It was so nice to finally meet them when they arrived to pick up their paintings and also to have them ooh and aahhh over the completed works. Fortunately they had a giant truck which could fit these 60×36″ paintings.

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They agreed that I could make prints of their original paintings so if anyone is interested, go to my website:

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Egret in Flight

While teaching my students I came up with a more graphic approach to the theme of Southern Birds. We all had photo references to work from but I wanted mine to be more abstract and impressionistic. “Egret in Flight” is 30×40″ and has some surprises. You will notice while viewing in person that the paints change a bit because of the various layers of subtle colors and then, bang! the metallic gold sun over the misty lake, hits you.

Egret in Flight 40x30

 

Details of heavy paint and metallic gold:

Egret in Flight detail

Oil Painting Workshop in South Carolina

I was going to blog all about the fabulous oil painting workshop in Kiawah Island in South Carolina that I attended but just read our teacher’s blog.. He really spelled out the week.  I learned so much. Since I am primarily an acrylic painter but now will be expanding to oils.  Here is his link:

My Kiawah 4-day Oil Painting Workshop Experience

Here are the final oil paintings that I created during the week:

One Fish 20×16″  I loved the creaminess and richness in color of the oil paint.

One Fish 20x16

Plantation Path  20×16″  This was the second oil painting I did trying to apply what I learned from our teacher about the warm and cool shadows. I kept it gestural rather than realism.

Plantation Path 20x16

“Salt Marsh Sunset”  24×24″ canvas  This one started as an underpainting but I really liked the energy and did not want to take away from the abstractness of the scene. Another tip I learned was that if you want very bright colors, do not use white to lighten. White will lighten a color but change it to a cooler pastel. This painting only used pure color.

Salt Marsh Sunset 24x24

Sunflower Bouquet  24×24″ canvas. There was a container with sunflowers in the dining room that I borrowed to paint this still life. The paint is rather thick and gooey. STill wet a week later!

Sunflower Bouquet 24x24

Three Palms at Sunset   24×24″ canvas. This one also has thick paint with no whites.

Three Palms at SUnset 24x24

Inspiration:

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Flamingo Preening

Tonight is the opening but the show will be up all month. Hope to meet you.

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“Flamingo Preening” was started while teaching seniors to paint. We are working on southern birds as a theme this month.  It is 30 x 24″ standard gallery wrap. It will be in the art show in Atlantic Beach.

Flamingo Preening 30x24