Southern bird with metallic golds

“Preening” was started as a rather small (for me) canvas 24×24″. My senior students wanted to have a class on birds so we all did similar subjects as I painted the tutorial and they followed along with me. Again, I wanted to leave modern, gestural brush strokes and not try to go for realism. Many layers of different gold acrylic paints were used in the background as well as several coats of glazes of transparent colors like red iron oxide. This photo does not reflect the metallic golds…which shine.

Preening 24x24

Rocks

Recently, I completed three canvases of rocks in a stream. I also did a demonstration at the Atlantic Beach Arts Market. One already sold but I have these two available. I liked the simplicity of the scenes and the reflections in the water. Every year, my painting style evolves and I find it more interesting to keep the emotion and the gestural brush strokes rather than working out the realism.

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Rock Reflections 36×24″ gallery wrap.

Rock Reflections 36x24

Rocks 24×24″ gallery wrap

Rocks II 24x24

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.

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Southern Landscape with Fisherman

“Highway” is a diptych with each panel 24×36″. Living in the southern part of the country, I have seen this scene many times where the marsh lands and intracoastal waterways meander through the landscape. A lone fisherman stands at the side of the grasslands as pelicans fly over in this peaceful landscape. Roads and railway bridges keep the traffic moving. This painting would take up 36×50″ on a wall.

Paintings that go on a stairwell

This commission was done for a client who wanted some paintings on the wall on their stairwell. I had done this series several years ago but then recently they repainted their home so the colors needed to be updated. Also, since the original paintings were done, they hired me to add 3 additional paintings for the bottom part of the tall staircase. There is a break between the top four paintings and the 3 bottom paintings (underwater scene, see past blog post below). I added a lot more colors to the older four paintings, added clouds and more reflections.

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This is the older versions. Making the changes meant that all areas of the painting were affected. Actually nearly painting from scratch…

Cummings wall layout sold

Southern Landscape

“Sunday on the River” is 24×24″

A week ago while teaching seniors to paint, I chose a southern landscape for everyone to paint. I was teaching my students to use their brushes in different ways, scrapping and smooshing at times rather than “brushing” the paint on. Sometimes brushing the paint on with brushstrokes is too harsh so I twist my brush as I am adding the paint on giving a more natural effect. This technique would probably not work at all for portraits or still life paintings. While the paint is wet, try blending and rubbing out any sharp edges.

This painting is available for sale.

Palms!!!

Finished the tweaking of these three palm paintings. First one is “Island Sail” is 16×20, next is Palm Golds 4×12″, and the last one is a very calming painting, 24×48″ called Magical Evening. It is part of the Palm Reflections series started a decade ago.