“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.
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.
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.
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.
Details of heavy paint and metallic gold:
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.
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.
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.
“Water Reflections” is a 36×36′ thick gallery wrap. None of these paintings need framing since I paint the edges as well.
“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.
Here are some details:
Rachel loves her jewelry and shell bra…
Various stages from sketches to final on this acrylic painting.
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.
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.
Its hard to tell by this photograph but metallic golds are predominant and really shine nicely on a wall. I actually started this painting in March of 2017 and it was changed many times over the summer. The palette knife strokes were thickly applied along with modeling paste for canvas (Flexible). It is called “Tidal Reflections” and is 30×40″
“Baby Sea Turtle in Shallows” is 24×36″ gallery wrap. I had been working on this for a week and then saw the fabulous film “Loving Vincent”, an animated movie about Vincent Van Gogh’s life. The brush strokes and colors were so inspirational that I do believe that there is a Van Gogh influence. Impressionistic with many layers of color.