“Late Afternoon Swim” is completed. Each panel is 30x40x1″ and when displayed is 92×40″ . Being so large was an issue since I have a small 10×14 foot studio with only two easels. I arranged two of the canvases in the studio side by side so I could make a nice transition when placed together. I would paint for a while and then, switch them out to work on the next one. Also I am experimenting with tinted gessoes and other mediums, rough brushes, palette knives. When you view this up close you can see the layers and the large brush strokes done in an energetic expressionistic manner. From further away, it looks more representational.
“Paddling Out” is 48x36x1.5″ gallery wrap original. Lately I have been studying, bodysurfing and trying to figure out the angle of the ocean from the surface like you are swimming or paddling a surfboard out.
Here is a tutorial of my thought process, trying to work out the effects and the translucent feeling of water.
“Peace” by Linda Olsen 30×40″ Original Painting
While evacuated from my island home in Neptune Beach because of Hurricane Irma, I found some time to paint. I had brought a bag of paints and brushes, and small 4, 5 and 6″ gallery wrap canvases. These canvases have a 1-1/2″ gallery wrap so the sides are also painted. Prices are 45.00-65.00. They are darling as an accent on a wall or sitting on a shelf.
I also painted electrical outlet covers for some of the shops that sell my works.
This week was happily filled with many hours in my studio, listening to music, chilling, studying and working on this beach scene. I am so thankful for living near the ocean and this painting is a scene from my walks over the dunes to the beach. Before Hurricane Matthew destroyed our dunes last fall, the sea oats were much fuller. I did take some creative room to make the new sea oats thicker. Also with so much tragedy in the world and in Texas from the latest storms, I needed to focus on something peaceful and calming. “Peace” is 30×40″ and has a lot of that rosy peach colors of the sunset as we see it on the EAST COAST.
I experimented with adding really bright colors to the shadows and mixed some colors with florescent paint with unbleached titanium whites. Amazing colors were created and enhanced the emotion that I was trying to achieve. Hope you enjoy. The painting is for sale so inquire if interested.
After returning from my trip to California in August to visit family in San Diego, Los Angeles and Santa Cruz, I worked on this landscape. It started with a highly plastered canvas with lots of texture. The scene was made up from several images in my head of Santa Cruz coast. My sons live there and since I am originally a Californian, I named this “Find My Way Home”. It is 24×36″. My sons and I would hike to the beaches to watch the sun set. Many days were foggy with the marine layer but when the sun did peak out, it was glorious.