Tropical fantasies

Since I am just about to depart on a painting retreat for a week in St. Kitts, organized by my dear friend and fellow artist, Beth Haizlip…I have been in a tropical island mood. The scene was entirely made up but have glints of other island paintings that I have done recently. It takes many paintings to work out an idea and then coming up with plans for execution of the idea. Painting is not just “willy nilly” dabbing paint on a canvas. Each layer must be strategized and analyzed. I am trying to have each stroke of the brush be deliberate. There are layers of glazes in various colors between the wet brush strokes.

“Perfect Evening” is 40x16x1.5″ gallery wrap

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“Sunset Moonrise” is 40x30x1.5″ and expands on the idea of the previous work. I find the scene quite romantic as lovers stand on the porch of a little island cottage, watching the moon rise as the sun sets.

Sunset Moonrise 40x30

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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.

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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.

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Commissions completed

As much as I like to paint, commissions are generally much harder and more stressful since its really hard to understand someone’s idea visually. The top triptych is three panels, each 24×48″ and the collector wanted a serene ocean view. This one is not quite done but close. The horizon needs to be straightened.

Brenda Triptych

This 20×16″ landscape is for a photography client. She wanted a painting for her mom for Christmas that gives homage to her father who passed. The family had a memorial at the Jacksonville Beach Pier where they threw flowers into the water. He was a fisherman so I put the boat into the scene. I was nervous about the abstract impressionistic styling because you never know…but yay, she loved it.

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Accent paintings with Beach theme

On November 10, I am having a private show and cocktail reception in a friend’s lovely home in Ponte Vedra, Florida. I wanted to have a lot of smaller paintings since it is getting close to the holiday season ready fo the show which inspired these four new paintings. They range in sizes of 14×11, 20×16 and 20×10″. Affordable.

If any are of interest to you, contact me. I can ship anywhere.

Surf’s Up!

Finally completed this large beach painting, “Golden Reflection” is 60×48″ and a great size for a larger wall. The golden highlights shimmer a bit while you walk by it since the golds are metallic paints. This painting is currently available.

Golden Reflection 60x48

Golden Reflection- 60×48″

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Baby Sea Turtles ~ first trek to the sea

“First Plunge Babies”  measures 40x30x1.5″. This is part of a series of sea turtle paintings illustrating these baby sea turtles as they take their first trek to the tide immediately after hatching. Their amazing sense of finding the sea and bravely plunging into the salty water captured in an impressionistic piece.

First Plunge Babies 40x30

First Plunge Babies

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“First Plunge Baby Sea Turtles” is a fun beach painting that measures 36x36x1.5″. As a gallery wrap, no frame is needed. After swimming in the ocean a lot this summer, I have been working on capturing the colors and movements of the tide in an impressionistic style. Being a larger painting, I could physically paint in a similar rhythm of the waves with large fluid strokes. Also I wanted to enhance the color of the water which has more greens.

First Plunge Baby Sea Turtles 36x36

First Plunge Baby Sea Turtles

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Sea Turtle and Red Coral

“Sea Turtle and Red Coral” was started a month ago and I shared my progress with my students. Even when I wasn’t in class, I took cell photos and emailed the progress to the class with what was done during that particular session. It went through a lot of changes and I still wanted to keep is more abstract and fun with bright colors and a happy expression. This painting is 36×18″ and is available for sale. I am having a summer sale on my paintings so inquire if interested.

Sea Turtle & Red Coral 36x18