Botanical Series

i’ve been thinking about this botanical series for quite a long time and had developed a technique about a decade ago with flexible modeling paste and carving to create interesting detail. After I carve and let the plaster dry for a couple days then I can start painting on it. It’s quite fun.

The B paintings are 36 x 36 and the dragonfly paintings are 24 x 24″ gallery wraps. The top two have sold.

i’ve been working on a large mermaid commissions from Hayhouse in England most of the summer so I needed to take a break every once in a while and go from the sea to the land. I am so concerned about the state of the honeybees and the health of our planet. The bees and insects assist in plant pollination, crops and food which give us life.

Dragonflies also are a favorite subject because they are deemed lucky. They dont live very long but are important in spreading pollen.

Octopus Paintings

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

Octopus Crawl 36x48

“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.

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“Octopus Golds” is 36×36″ gallery wrap which is at the Grand Bohemian Gallery in St. Augustine.

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Commission of fantasy paintings

A lovely couple from the St. Petersburg area of Florida commissioned two very large paintings with Maria as a mermaid and Poseidon as her husband. As I had not met them, I painted from head shots that were provided. The scenes were designs that I created. On the Poseidon painting, I drew several scenes up with Poseidon in different poses and different underwater landscapes. One sketch was chosen and then I proceeded. They gave me several months to complete them because they were moving into a new home.

It was so nice to finally meet them when they arrived to pick up their paintings and also to have them ooh and aahhh over the completed works. Fortunately they had a giant truck which could fit these 60×36″ paintings.

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They agreed that I could make prints of their original paintings so if anyone is interested, go to my website:

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Oil paint vs Acrylic paint

Coral Reflections 36x36

As you may know that I took a week long oil painting workshop in Kiawah Island (near Charleston, South Carolina) in April. Our instructor, Bill Inman really impressed on me the value of oils and how different they are from my regular acrylic paints.

SO when I got back into my studio, I decided to do two tests and practice some of the skills I learned at the workshop. Below is the 36 x 36″ acrylic ocean scene that I did first:

Pink Clouds 36x36

On the two similar paintings, this is what I learned.

The Oil (top painting) is creamier and colors appear richer. As the paint rests on another color and blends in the wet stage, there are no sharp edges. I really liked how I could brush through a wet area and create beautiful drags that picked up the underlying color as it traveled. You could take your finger to smooth out an edge that needed to trail off to blend with the background. Here is a detail shot of the oil painting.

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Here is the acrylic painting detail:

Pink Clouds detail

The oil paints take so long to dry that I was frustrated at the process but feel that its worth the wait at times.

I plan on keep working in both mediums so keep following to catch up on more results. Thanks. Happy painting!!

Small paintings can help with art sales plus are fun to paint

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?

Happy Earth Day

Not only is it my wedding anniversary (16 years) tomorrow, this weekend I am celebrating Earth Day. Not only am I working hard in my garden, planting flowers and scrubbing furniture, I had completed these older paintings in the last few months. All are available except for the Mother Earth painting which resides outside in my garden.

“Bird of Paradise” 36×24″

Bird of Paradise 36x24

“Koi and Lilipads”  is 15×30″ and makes a nice colorful accent on a wall.

Koi and Carp 15x30

“Leanne’s Bouquet” is 30 x 22″. Happy Spring!!

Leannes Flowers 30x22

 

Earth Day

Mother Earth

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

A Painting as a gift

“Happy Dog” is a painting I created for some very good friends who are going thru a hard ordeal concerning their 6 year old boxer. Their “Honey” has been diagnosed with cancer and has had surgery and now possibly chemo. we are all so sad and concerned.

I have been working larger lately and hadn’t thought about my friend’s condo being quite small with very little wall space. The painting original is 40×30″ so I photographed it and had a 16×20 canvas giclee made for them as a gift. They were pleasantly surprised when I gave it to them this afternoon.

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details

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I did a photoshoot this morning of HoneyChild in my photography studio. Such a sweet dog!!

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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