Father’s Day Sale Event

My father has been gone for two decades now and his birthday is this month. I have been thinking about him a lot and wanted to do something special in his honor. He loved sailing and being on islands. SO for weeks, I created a new series of “RETIREMENT” paintings.

How many times have you heard “When I retire I want to live on an island and do nothing” So I created these 20×10″ paintings to celebrate that idea.

Also check out the special prices: These were 295. but until the end of the month, I have reduced them to $165.   I can ship but if you are local, you can pick one up for your husband or dad at the Atlantic Beach Arts Market in Atlantic Beach, FLPlus all of my work is 20% off originals and also for prints and decor items from my website; http://www.linda-olsen.pixels.com. Coupon code on check out: SUYFYR

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Fathers day code

Mermaid finds a new home

I had a vision of what I wanted to paint when I started this 24×48″ mermaid painting. Sometimes, the process goes more smoothly than other times where I struggle and re-evaluate constantly. ” Finding a Black Pearl” was totally made up and poured out onto the canvas in a few days. Then the strangest thing happened…it was sold the first day I posted a photo of it, before the varnish was even dry. The collector fell in love and is waiting to install  after framing in her home when her remodeling is complete.

I am so thankful and thrilled.

Paint what you love

“Ocean Sail” is a new painting that was recently completed after setting it aside for a year. It is 48×30″ and would remind you of the beauty of the sea hung on a wall. Most of my paintings are ocean related: mermaids, beach landscapes, tropical and islands, underwater, fish, and reefs. Growing up near the Pacific ocean and then living near the Atlantic for nearly 40 years, I feel that I have salt water in my veins. As a child, my family spent a lot of time sailing around the coast of Southern California and the islands from Santa Barbara to Ensenada Mexico. We dove, fished, sailed, and explored the islands.

AS an artist, I paint what I love. Last summer, I started body surfing again and noticed all the colors and reflections in and on the water. After working out problems with how to paint water so it appears liquid and also incorporating the reflection of the sky on the top of the water, I feel that I am finally figuring out how to create that feeling. Since I make the scenes up from memories, each painting is a challenge. I ponder for many hours in the struggle to mix the correct colors for the underpainting and all of the layers. You have to make a plan for how to do each layer in order to create the vision from your head.

Ocean Sail 48x36

Local Beach Scene

Our local beaches face the Atlantic Ocean and have such a beautiful sunrises and sunset afternoons with a myriad of gorgeous colors. I feel so fortunate to live 5 blocks from the ocean in a little ranch house from the early 70s.

“Neptune Lifeguard Chair” is 36×24″ x1.5″ gallery wraps. I prefer this shape canvas and like the thickness so no framing is needed. Its a more modern look. I paint the sides of the canvas as part of the painting that wraps around.

Neptune Lifeguard Chair 36x24

Oil Painting Workshop in South Carolina

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.

One Fish 20x16

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.

Plantation Path 20x16

“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.

Salt Marsh Sunset 24x24

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!

Sunflower Bouquet 24x24

Three Palms at Sunset   24×24″ canvas. This one also has thick paint with no whites.

Three Palms at SUnset 24x24

Inspiration:

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Flamingo Preening

Tonight is the opening but the show will be up all month. Hope to meet you.

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“Flamingo Preening” was started while teaching seniors to paint. We are working on southern birds as a theme this month.  It is 30 x 24″ standard gallery wrap. It will be in the art show in Atlantic Beach.

Flamingo Preening 30x24

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

Mermaids!

For a commissioned project from a company in the UK, I needed mermaids that were more rectangular. The three original mermaids were tall and slender so I had three canvas giclees printed and then I painted more underwater landscape on the sides.  After I finished painting, I varnished each canvas and will sell as hand embellished giclee prints. Each are 20×16″.

This one I am calling “Bubble Bath”.

Bubble Bath

Highland Mermaid

Highland Mermaid

Siren Turnaround

Turnaround 2

Here are the original paintings that were too narrow for the project.

Before mermaids