Small accent paintings

Even though my paintings are getting larger these days, I still enjoy working on smaller accent paintings. Still I paint what I am drawn to…ocean related. These are all 12×12″ except for the Octopus which is 14″. The shell paintings are a series of three, sold together for 295.00. I also think that the shells would make nice images printed on fabric for pillows.

First Plunge for a Baby Sea Turtle

“First Plunge Baby VI” is a new 36″ square heavy gallery wrap, ready to hang. I am intrigued by how as soon as they hatch, the little sea turtles climb out of a mound of sand and instinctively make their way to the surf. Such brave little ones. I have been exploring making my brush strokes more impressionistic but deliberate.

first plunge baby vi 36x36

Underwater scene on a grand scale

For a year after painting a manta and sting ray collection of underwater paintings, I had in my mind to do a very large painting with all kinds of rays gliding through the water. Working on a 60×48″ canvas is never easy since my studio is rather small. I had to put most of the canvas on my larger easel and rest the other end of the canvas on a small table. I do find that painting large is much more energetic and after several hours, my muscles are sore so I try to work on other smaller pieces for awhile.

“Gathering Rays” is completed and looking for a nice large wall to enhance a room. I figure it would be like being in an aquarium, right?

gathering rays 60x48

details of impressionistic paint strokes and decor idea

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Tropical Paradise painting

“Nearly Home” is a 24×48″ gallery wrap just completed. I was inspired by another painting I had completed recently. I cannot post the other one yet because it is a gift.

My goal was to use fluid and broad strokes and keep the landscape more impressionistic. Even though there are a lot of paint strokes, they are not entirely random. Making each stroke finite and not working into it and blending takes a lot of self control.

nearly home 48x24

Details of some of the brush strokes.

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A Peaceful Tropical Landscape

Over the holidays, I painted this 30×48″ scene. I wanted to do an abstract painting originally but the more I worked on it, the more fantasy was added. After a few days, this emerged: a small landscape of the reflections on the water and the glow of the lights in the little house. It is called “Silent Night” and I hope the feeling it gives you is a positive one. The moon at the end of December was another inspiration that was incorporated.

Enjoy!

silent night 48x30

detail of house

silent night house

Baby Sea Turtles Exploring

“Coral Bliss” is 30x15x1.5″ gallery wrap with some of the hot new colors for 2019. (coral and teals)  Following the series called First Plunge Babies where the hatchlings scurry to the shore to have their first salty swim…now they explore the bottom and the reefs.

Coral Bliss 30x15

” Exploring the Reef” is similar to the above painting with the same fun expressionistic brush strokes and metallic touches. The gallery wrap is 40×16″ and perfect for a narrow space on a wall.  It started with a base of peach colored gesso on the white canvas so the colors peak of from the layers of pastels.

Exploring the Reef 40x16

Colorful Tropical Landscape

While waiting for a collector’s final directives for a commission that they wanted to have me do, I started a landscape to work out some ideas and techniques. They said they wanted it abstract, palette knife, textural, yet still have a tropical landscape as the design. Now, what some people consider to be abstract doesn’t mean void of imagery but just looser brushstrokes and not realistic. More expressionistic? Impressionistic?  Its hard to define since it has elements of all. This painting is 60″ wide and 48″ tall.

The couple really liked this but it ended up being larger than they needed. They have decided to have me paint a 48×36″ gallery wrap and instead of a random island, they specifically wanted a landscape of the Hopetown lighthouse (in the Abacos) with their sailboat docked by the shore. I will post when completed the final painting. I have been working on it for a week and really like how it is progressing.

This larger tropical painting is available so if you have a large wall, it would be perfect…and an island life image will spark memories of past island vacations.

Island Life 60x48

Here are some details showing the impressionistic brush strokes. Deliberate strokes giving the hint of the flower shapes or palm fronds…but not detailed or realistic.

Island Life boat

Working on a painting this large is very physical. My arms and back get very sore after several hours but I love working large. Its rather bold and fun.

Family in CaliforniaIsland Life flowersIsland Life sky

Beach Landscape with Soft Abstract Sections

“Spring Surf” is a larger 48×36″x 1.5 gallery wrap. My intent for this painting was to have a central cameo of the surf which faded away to soft pastels and ivory.

It started with painting with flexible modeling paste and a palette knife. Then I made a glaze of raw umber and covered the dried plasters, making surf the details of the plaster were enhanced with the 3D textures. Then I made up a jar of unbleached titanium white, zinc white and very light blues and painted over the dried brown undertones.

This painting is available and would look great with your beach decor.

Spring Surf 48x36Spring Surf detailspring t detail

Mermaids Swimming to St. Kitts

A couple months ago, Dales Art Originals Gallery in Christophe Harbour in St. Kitts asked me to be part of a three woman show in February of 2019 and requested to have large paintings early so the high season may produce some sales. Dale needed three for the show but since shipping is so expensive to the islands, I decided to do a fourth.  It was pretty intense for the last three weeks trying to make the deadline for shipping to south Florida. I sometimes worked into the nights. All paintings are 60×48″ (except one is 66×36″) and I had purchased a roll of primed canvas which came in a tube…perfect for shipping. I cut the canvas into the sizes I needed, stapled them to stretcher bars and painted away. Then I unstapled and rolled them together into the tube. There is a art gallery frame shop on the islands who can re-stretch them as she needs them for a hundred dollars each. The tube was sent yesterday to a friend who was flying to St. Kitts in a week and could take it for just the airlines baggage fees (115.) plus 37.00 to ship to her in South Florida. I made a rope handle on the cumbersome heavy cardboard 61×5″ tube. It weighed nearly 18 lbs. with the four paintings inside.  I am so appreciative because if I shipped directly, there is a 50-52% duty (and 17% VAT for Dale) fee which basically would negate the possibility of having an international gallery.

Mermaid Neighbors 66×36″

Mermaid Neighbors 66x36

Water Nympth 60×48″

Pleasant Surprise 60x48

Siren Attitude  60×48″

Siren Attitude 60x48

Close to the Surface  60×48″

Close to the Surface 60x48