Even though my paintings are getting larger these days, I still enjoy working on smaller accent paintings. Still I paint what I am drawn to…ocean related. These are all 12×12″ except for the Octopus which is 14″. The shell paintings are a series of three, sold together for 295.00. I also think that the shells would make nice images printed on fabric for pillows.
“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.
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.
This is the older versions. Making the changes meant that all areas of the painting were affected. Actually nearly painting from scratch…
“Palm Reflections with Bridge” was painted to reflect a scene form a boat on the Intracoastal Waterway in Jacksonville. It is 48×24″ and would look great in a living room with taller ceilings. I had done a series of a half dozen similar paintings in the series “Palm Reflections”. Most were more abstract and I wanted this one to bear more reflections and details.
This is a decor idea.
Details: As you can see, the brush strokes are deliberate and gestural.
I have been working on several paintings and making changes to reflect what I have learned of light hitting objects and water. Sometimes, paintings get worked on off and on for years and sometimes, it all comes together rather quickly in days. Impressionistic stylings and expressions take much more experience to create strokes that are deliberate and solid. As an artist, I have been exploring my own style that is constantly changing and being refined.
“Bodysurfing at Sunset” is 36×24″ and is available.
“Paddling Out at Sunset” is a smaller piece. 30×25″
“Saturday Morning” is 36×18″ and reflects a coastal scene with sailboats along the shore.
As I have been still inspired by the beauty of the tropical island of St. Kitts for weeks, I went over a few of my photos and enhanced them to reflect the stunning colors. Some of these did not require a lot of enhancements and some I went a bit wild. I usually use Photoshop and a few additional filters to achieve the effects you see here. Also I do like to add borders on some. Printed on archival art papers makes for a stunning display. Enjoy!
Last weekend we went camping on our local Dutton Island in Atlantic Beach. The weather was perfect and the bugs were only bothersome at dusk (when we were eating of course). We hiked around and some friends kayaked. A big bon fire at night and guitar strumming make the evening more magical. There were about 7 or 8 tents in our group, same amount of dogs. I had forgotten that we have all this beauty in our back yard.
Prints available on demand.
I just returned from an amazing artist retreat with 3 other women artists. Not only was it amazingly gorgeous, I learned a lot from working with other painters and we were able to offer helpful critique. Everyday, Beth Haizlip, Debbie Pounders, Julie Garcia and I would get up early and set up on a different part of the island. Painted all day and then enjoyed the people and beauty of the island.
The first day, we painted at an iconic hot spot; bar, snorkel and restaurant which happened to be its last day in existence since a large hotel is slated to be built. Setting up to paint plein aire is so difficult with the breeze and people milling about. My easel blew down a few times. The first photo here is of a woman and I at the gallery where she purchased my painting of that day. She had watched me paint two days before and dreamed of owning it. SO honored!!
Other locations during the week included spending the day up in the hills at a Batik manufacturing and tourist attraction. Too many looker-ons for me. But it was really pretty. Then one day we went up to a sugar cane plantation on the northern end of the island where the famous painter graciously allowed us in her home to paint. Everything was so inspiring and beautiful that it took me an hour to get my jaw off the ground before I could even set up. Kate Spencer is amazing.
More later… got to go paint with my Artistic Chicks club.
This next weekend I will be traveling with some artist friends to the beautiful island of St. Kitts in the West Indies. We plan on painting plein air daily, enjoying the island and its residents. Last year we had so much fun and produced many fun tropical paintings.
Last week, I started a grouping of rather small paintings 12×24 and 10×20″ with a base of modeling plaster. I then added heavy strokes of acrylic paints with brushes and palette knives. The quick light strokes brushing over the raised plaster is actually fun. Try it!!
Since these little landscapes were made up from memories, I had the freedom to invent and imagine.