i’ve been thinking about this botanical series for quite a long time and had developed a technique about a decade ago with flexible modeling paste and carving to create interesting detail. After I carve and let the plaster dry for a couple days then I can start painting on it. It’s quite fun.
The B paintings are 36 x 36 and the dragonfly paintings are 24 x 24″ gallery wraps. The top two have sold.￼￼
i’ve been working on a large mermaid commissions from Hayhouse in England most of the summer so I needed to take a break every once in a while and go from the sea to the land. I am so concerned about the state of the honeybees and the health of our planet. The bees and insects assist in plant pollination, crops and food which give us life.
Dragonflies also are a favorite subject because they are deemed lucky. They dont live very long but are important in spreading pollen.￼
When not working on commissions and works for themed shows, I love painting beach and ocean themed paintings. Some are only 8″ and some 36″. All are available.
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” 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.
“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.
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.
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.
They agreed that I could make prints of their original paintings so if anyone is interested, go to my website:
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.
Details of heavy paint and metallic gold:
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.
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.
“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.
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!
Three Palms at Sunset 24×24″ canvas. This one also has thick paint with no whites.