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.

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Details of some of the brush strokes.

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Three Mermaid Paintings tweaked

Over the holidays, I had a bit of time to review paintings I had done in 2018 and decided to make a few changes in these three paintings. Sometimes, when I think a piece is completed, later on, I will notice something that bugs the heck out of me. SO, redoing the parts that could be improved is a good thing.

“Ginger Dreams” is a 40x30x1.5″ gallery wrap.

ginger dreams 40x30ginger dreams faceginger dreams orig

“Harmony” 40×30″ had an awkward bend to her tail so I fixed that, added jewelry to this whimsical painting.

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“Twilight” is a 24×48″ painting that I had done last summer and felt that it was too dark. Repainting all of her skin and adding more light to the water was nearly like starting over. Her face changed in the process which took several days for the new personality to emerge.

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Ocean paintings with texture

Morning Surf is 36×24″ and has a lot of modeling plaster, heavy paint and layers of thin glazes mixed with acrylic glazing medium. I wanted to keep this rather abstract.

Morning Surf 36x24

Breaking Onshore is 24×24″ and has a bit less texture. This painting went through many stages and the underpainting was so abstract with some fresh blues and shapes that were pretty simple. I actually loved that stage and told myself to leave it alone. But no! I started messing with it and pretty soon it was more realistic with a lot more details and glazes. Still some simplicity remains.

Breaking Onshore 24

“From the Shore” Sailing around the islands is a larger piece 48×36″. I was bodysurfing an noticed the colors of the water being an olive green with the top of the water reflecting the sky blues. Originally it was just the waves at a low angle. Then I decided to add some islands in the distance with sailboats. Making up a scene from an original inspiration is challenging.

All of these paintings are affordable so if you know anyone interested, have them contact me. Thanks.

From the Shore- Sailing Around Island48x36

Tweaking older paintings

“Along the Shore” 40×30″ was originally done a couple years ago. After a couple more years of painting experience under my belt, I see things in my work that need improvements. Because my paintings are varnished, I cannot just paint over them unless I put a clear gesso on first. Wait a day to dry and you will notice a rather rough feeling on the surface. This allows you to revise any areas yet still keep the areas you like. After its revised, I varnish again.

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Along the Shore B 30x40

This is the older painting for comparison. I do like the changes. Thoughts?

Along the Shore original

Playing with Dry Brush Techniques

Possibly I mentioned that I have been teaching seniors painting at our town’s local Senior Activity Center for over 15 years. In November we did some projects and lessons with various painting techniques. These are from the lesson on dry brush….and started with raw umber gessoed canvas. Most of the brush strokes were done with a ragged dry brush and acrylics. The sailboat one is 18×24″ and is called “Sailing Close to the Shore” The shell painting is 20×20″. These are rather small canvases (for me) and are quite affordable. I like the abstract qualities and sorbet colors.