Lately, I have been working on more octopus paintings. I realized that since I came from a family with eight children and octopus have eight legs, there may be a connection. Over the years I have painted them with various techniques. These new pieces have a playful and colorful look.
“Octopus Crawl” is 48×36
“Slithering” is 36x24x1.5″ gallery wrap. Currently viewable at the Atlantic Beach Arts Market in Atlantic Beach. This is a smaller version of a 28×49″ painting on wood panel that will go outside in my garden gazebo.
“Octopus Golds” is 36×36″ gallery wrap which is at the Grand Bohemian Gallery in St. Augustine.
It is always so reaffirming to sell my paintings and to have three originals sell in a week was amazing. Thank you Nugget and Debbie.
“Sunbathing in Cove” is 40×30″ standard gallery wrap painted in more of an illustrative style. I wanted it to be impressionistic and rather abstract. This mermaid is resting in the rocky shore of a cove. There are dolphins swimming in the distance in this fantasy.
Sometimes, as artists we want to paint but do not have a lot of space to work in or time to tackle a larger project. When I travel, I like to bring smaller canvases (under 12″) and a small set of paints and brushes. Being able to have some quiet time to paint is so precious.
I usually have a dozen small paintings at the galleries and shops that represent me and find that they sell quite well because of their affordability, they take up less space on a wall and also make nice gifts. Here are some recent “smalls”. They sell for $45-125. depending on size and complexity. Check out Village Arts in Ponte Vedra; Atlantic Beach Arts Market in Atlantic Beach, FL., McIntosh Art Gallery, Darien, Georgia; Gallery 725 in Atlantic Beach; MOS in Jacksonville Beach, FL. Find a small jewel?
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.
“Reef Rhapsody” is a very large mermaid painting that I started several years ago. I had never been completely happy about the work so decided to continue the work. An entire week went by working and make improvements until I finally reached a point where I felt like she was done. The triptych consists of three 48×24″ panels so this painting would be a focal point in a room at 74×48″.
My website offers prints on various decor items, canvas and fine art prints with framing and nice finishing touches. Printing three gallery wrap canvases a larger or smaller size to fit your particular room is a nice option. http://linda-olsen.pixels.com
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.
detail of house
I had this idea in my head of painting a mermaid interacting with a sea turtle. After numerous sketches, I came up with this idea. This siren is in the shallow waters near a reef so there are fish and seaweeds. when I was younger, I did quite a bit of diving with a snorkel and also dive tank and gear. I had to pull my memories of how the highlights hit the water and make patterns on the sea floor and everything else. Since this scene was totally made up, I also had to figure out how the light would hit certain parts of the mermaids body and how the shadows played with the highlights. I wanted to keep it my expressionistic/impressionistic stylings so didn’t try for realism. For instance the little fish are made from three quick brushstrokes.
The objective is to distill more emotion with luminous colorings and the sweep of the brushstrokes showing movement of the water. The seaweed fanning with the currents and bubbles floating up along with her hair give the feeling of being underwater.
“Silent Conversation” is 48′ tall and 36″ wide.
Her face took the most time, She took on many faces until she finally appeared.
SO those of you who know me, Halloween is my favorite holiday and my imagination runs amuk! I usually start thinking about my big Halloween Party early in October and start decorating mid October. This year I added to my collection of homemade and bought scary items with floating candles made from paper towel rolls, decorated my studio like a gypsy caravan, and the photo studio looked like a living room in a scary house. I also put up the floating severed heads (made from styrofoam wig holders) from last year and skeleton mobiles and cool lights. As soon as the boxes of Halloween decor came down from the attic, I started having fun posing my three 5 foot skeletons, taking photos and posting them. The party was a success and 48 guests danced and visited until the wee hours.
After photographing everyone in my portrait studio, I went to the outside painting studio, sat myself down and read fortunes for an hour. I had bought fortune telling cards and read the book on the meanings of each symbol and placement so I could read the fortunes. The guests chose the cards and put them face down in the positions and it was amazing how accurate and telling the cards turned up. It was fun plus I got to sit for a bit and visit with my guests individually.
Here are some of the crazy skeleton poses I did over the weeks.
“Close to the Surface” is a very large mermaid painting requested by Dales Original Art Gallery in Christophe Harbour on the island of St. Kitts. It is 60×48″ so will be stunning in a large room. I worked from dark to light in acrylics, starting with black gesso on the raw canvas.
Shipping is a big issue when shipping internationally so I purchased a large roll of primed premium canvas and stapled it to an existing stretched canvas for stability. Once completed, I pulled the staples out and rolled it on the large tube that the canvas came in with archival paper. Then, I discovered that tubes are a hard thing to obtain. I had gone to many stores trying to find a shipping roll that would house a 50″ canvas. UPS, UHAUL boxes, Box &Movers, Staples, Office Depot, Target, Home Depot….no luck. You can purchase them online but have to get quantities of 5.
After showing the gallery this painting, I was invited to share an international show in February with two other women artists: One from London and one from ST. Kitts. Its a show celebrating women and will be highlighting nudes. Then I thought since its so expensive to ship anything internationally and so difficult to find long shipping tubes, that I had better get going to complete two other large canvases to ship within the same tube. At this posting, one of the new ones is nearly completed and the third one is started.