Textural paintings for added interest

There are times where I enjoy the challenges of three dimensional textures.

I use various palette knives to carve the scene into the modeling paste (plaster). After a day or two, I made a glaze of burnt siena, umber and micus oxide over the entire canvas and dried plaster. After that, I can finally expressionistly paint my idea with various techniques and metallic gold highlights.

The painting with the baby sea turtles is called “Black Sand” and is 18x24x1.5″

The “Nautilus Fossil” is 30x30x1.5″

Baby Sea Turtles Exploring

“Coral Bliss” is 30x15x1.5″ gallery wrap with some of the hot new colors for 2019. (coral and teals)  Following the series called First Plunge Babies where the hatchlings scurry to the shore to have their first salty swim…now they explore the bottom and the reefs.

Coral Bliss 30x15

” Exploring the Reef” is similar to the above painting with the same fun expressionistic brush strokes and metallic touches. The gallery wrap is 40×16″ and perfect for a narrow space on a wall.  It started with a base of peach colored gesso on the white canvas so the colors peak of from the layers of pastels.

Exploring the Reef 40x16

Baby Sea Turtles ~ first trek to the sea

“First Plunge Babies”  measures 40x30x1.5″. This is part of a series of sea turtle paintings illustrating these baby sea turtles as they take their first trek to the tide immediately after hatching. Their amazing sense of finding the sea and bravely plunging into the salty water captured in an impressionistic piece.

First Plunge Babies 40x30

First Plunge Babies

First plunge decorFirst Plunge det 40x30

“First Plunge Baby Sea Turtles” is a fun beach painting that measures 36x36x1.5″. As a gallery wrap, no frame is needed. After swimming in the ocean a lot this summer, I have been working on capturing the colors and movements of the tide in an impressionistic style. Being a larger painting, I could physically paint in a similar rhythm of the waves with large fluid strokes. Also I wanted to enhance the color of the water which has more greens.

First Plunge Baby Sea Turtles 36x36

First Plunge Baby Sea Turtles

First Plunge det 36x36

detail

baby turtle decor