“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.
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.
Rock Reflections 36×24″ gallery wrap.
Rocks 24×24″ gallery wrap
“Florida Eclipse” is a new southern landscape. Two 56×22 gallery wrap panels making this 56×45″ when hung. It is a mix of impressionistic stylings, bright colors next to muted colors and swirling brushstrokes give more interest.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
While in California, I painted this semi abstract painting of palms onto a quarter inch hard wood panel. It is 12″ square and will have a box white frame that floats the panel.
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.