Ocean sail painting is more about the ocean than the sailboats

“Ocean Sail” is a large 48×36″ standard gallery wrap completed. I would recommend a frame on this work because of the size and the thinner stretched canvas.

As it is summer, I have been drawn to the ocean and try to swim at least a couple times a week. While emersing myself in the salty water, I notice the colors and reflections of the water. The light blues are really only on the surface of the water reflecting off the clouds and sky. The gaff rigged sailboat sail toward the mainland in the distance.

Ocean Sail 48x36

The last couple years, I have painted many ocean scenes as I work out how to make water look like the liquid it is. Repetitive subject matter is not a bad thing. The more I work out my ideas, the closer I get to the feeling I am trying to express.

Ocean wave decor

Highly Textural painting of ocean

Recently I started to work on a textured semi abstract 36″ x 36″ gallery wrap. First I knifed in the modeling plaster with the shapes of the waves and bubbles sculpted into the plaster. Then after two days of drying I painted the entire canvas with a mixture of Micus oxide and burnt sienna. The following day, I was able to start painting and after many evolutions and tints and painting decisions, I finally completed this after a week.

This painting is available and would make a great piece over a fireplace or dining room.

Egret in Flight

While teaching my students I came up with a more graphic approach to the theme of Southern Birds. We all had photo references to work from but I wanted mine to be more abstract and impressionistic. “Egret in Flight” is 30×40″ and has some surprises. You will notice while viewing in person that the paints change a bit because of the various layers of subtle colors and then, bang! the metallic gold sun over the misty lake, hits you.

Egret in Flight 40x30

 

Details of heavy paint and metallic gold:

Egret in Flight detail

Water Reflections on the Ocean

Recently, I worked on a series of water reflections on the ocean. Trying to achieve the fluidity of water and the color of the reflections from the sky on the top of the water.

“Message in a Bottle” a 40×30″ gallery wrap painting. There is a bottle floating on the surface with a note that says “I Love You”. Originally, I had way too much detail and decided to smooth out more highlights, especially the golden reflections.  Available.

Message in a Bottle 40x30

Pink Clouds” is 36×36″ gallery wrap with a more abstract approach. I wanted to keep it with bold strokes and not overwork it. There is a little sailboat on the horizon and subtle pastels throughout.  I think this would look great above a fireplace or a room where a vision of the ocean brings you calm thoughts.  Available.

Pink Clouds 36x36

This is one of my favorites. “Surface Reflections” is 30×40″. The coloring is more greenish as I discovered while bodysurfing. Its abstractness yet visually still a bit realistic was the vision I had. Always, when I have an inspiration or working in a series, the challenges of how to accomplish the final painting. Its rather like drawing up a story board in layers. When starting, I use very large brushes and energetically add to the canvas broad shapes of colors. Each color is custom mixed for each painting and guessing how warm or cool I want the color to be. I like putting warm tinted gessoes and acrylic over areas that will eventually be cool.  Each phase needs to be pondered and then the steps to mix colors that give me the details that will eventually emerge. The use of transparent colors mixed with a glazing medium are what make the more realistic effect.Each layer has to dry before the next. It is part of the challenges that make being an artist so rewarding.

Surface Reflection 40x30

“Water Reflections” is a 36×36′ thick gallery wrap. None of these paintings need framing since I paint the edges as well.

Water Reflections 36x36

Underwater Fantasy

“Rachel” was completed this week finally. She is 48×36″ thick gallery wrap. Since I made the scene up, there were many challenges. I wanted to show how light hits objects under the water and included the reflections of the water on her skin and the coral rocks that she is perched on. A red octopus slithers up through the crevas to visit.

Rachel 48x36

 

Here are some details:Rachel detailRachel edge

Rachel loves her jewelry and shell bra…

Rachel face

Various stages from sketches to final on this acrylic painting.

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Sunset on Water

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.

Bodysurfing at Sunset 36x24bodysurf decorBodysurfing at Sunset detail

 

“Paddling Out at Sunset” is a smaller piece. 30×25″

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“Saturday Morning” is 36×18″ and reflects a coastal scene with sailboats along the shore.

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Siren and Coral Reef

This mermaid painting was started nearly 2 months ago and I have been working on it off and on. Finally last week, I made some progress and reached a place where she spoke ” Here I am”.  When first I started sketching in her face, it was too large for her body so several days of alterations and adding fish and elements was necessary. I liked the areas of very little detail mixed with smaller areas of detail. Its still soft and semi impressionistic.

“Siren Lounge” is 40x30x1.5″ and is available at this time.

Siren Lounge 40x30

Decor idea

siren decor

Face detail

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