New Palm Painting for upcoming art show in Atlantic Beach

I had purchased some fancy “24k” gold paint and wanted to use it in my paintings. It actually had tiny glittery specks which I thought may be a bit tacky so worked in many glazes and paints alternating with additional layers of the gold. It now looks pretty nice. I wish photography could capture the metallic better. It looks better in house lights. “Golden Evening Palms” is 15×30″ gallery wrap. A great size for decor.

I will have some great deals on my smaller palm paintings like this at the ARTS IN THE PARK show, April 22 in Atlantic Beach, Florida.

Two subsequent expressions

Here are the two subsequent completed paintings. The first one is called “Infinity Pool” and is 36×48″ gallery wrap. Ready to hang.
The second is a smaller 15×30″ and called “Sail on the Bay”. On this one I did with large 1″ brush primarily. Both are envisioned as an early sunset painting and more colors used.

Anatomy of a painting

When returning from the West Indies artist retreat, I was totally inspired by the beautiful scenery and accomplished artists, that I could hardly wait to get back into my studio. I took one of my photographs as a reference and inspiration and have now completed 3 similar semi abstract expressionistic works. I am trying to break away from overworking. I used a couple very large brushes and 4 palette knives, made tubes of colored gesso mixed with plaster ground and put some island music on…. I sat there in my rocking chair for an hour and a half before even touching the white canvas. My mind was swirling with ideas and visions of what I wanted to do. Then once I started it was a passionate and energetic process. Hours and hours involved in a 2 day session of analyzing and dabbing thick paints on with knives. I actually was so thrilled by the results that I have since completed 2 similar paintings in the following week.

Paintings done after trip to West Indies

"Salt Plage Sunset" is 31x26 was painted from memories and photos from painting at Salt Plage, old salt mill north of Christophe Harbour and Marina. It was a lovely sunset and a lone sailboat rested in the bay. I did this one with palette knives.
“Salt Plage Sunset” is 31×26 was painted from memories and photos from painting at Salt Plage, old salt mill north of Christophe Harbour and Marina. It was a lovely sunset and a lone sailboat rested in the bay. I did this one with palette knives.

Palms at Sand Bay

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“Sunset Repose ST Kitts”   36×24″ gallery wrap.

Two new Whimsical Mermaids completed

A decade ago, I did a few mermaids that were more whimsical than the other mermaid studies. See the image with five older mermaids. After returning from the West Indies, I continued in that early inspiration of letting my brush lead me into more colorful and impressionistic strokes. The top image is a new original called "Ginger Dreams" which is 30x40". The second painting is called "Harmony". 30x40" gallery wrap.
A decade ago, I did a few mermaids that were more whimsical than the other mermaid studies. See the image with five older mermaids. After returning from the West Indies, I continued in that early inspiration of letting my brush lead me into more colorful and impressionistic strokes. The top image is a new original called “Ginger Dreams” which is 30×40″. The second painting is called “Harmony”. 30×40″ gallery wrap.

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Amazing Artist Retreat in St.Kitts and Nevis

My friend and fellow artist Beth Haizlip invited me to spend six days in the West Indies with Debbie Pounders and Beth's two sisters and their artist friends from South Carolina, Denver and California. This was one of the most incredible immersive painting experiences ever. Every day, we would get up, have coffee and cereal and then take off with our art supplies to paint. The first day we went to the marina at Christophe Harbour. After lunch, we went to rustic Salt Plage eatery on the carribean side of the island, which used to be a salt mill. Did a little snorkeling and then was inspired to paint an underwater scene. Second day we took a ferry to the island of Nevis where we went to the oldest sugar mill ruins to paint. The sheep meandered through the stone ruins. Pleine aire painting is not comfortable... standing on rocks with the wind blowing the paints a bit and working through speckled sunshine. But it was so beautiful. Then we grabbed our cab to go to the beach around the other side of the island and have lunch at Sunshine's, a lively tropical bar and restuarant. A delicious lunch and sample of the famous Killer Bee drink. Then we hung to paint at the beach. Some youngsters drove up right where we were working and decided to leave their car boombox music blast for 20 minutes until I figured out that they were not going to leave so moved to a quieter location. Then we went up the hill to BANANAS which was quite elegant for a view of the sunset and fun dinner. Water Taxi back to St. Kitts at 9pm. Next day, we traveled to paint in the town of Basseterre which we painted at Rosie's Art Cafe. Next day we painted locally on the beach near our hosts home. Watching other artists work was an amazing experience since I normally paint alone. I was so fortunate to meet such lovely women and accomplished artists and photographers. I want to move there.
My friend and fellow artist Beth Haizlip invited me to spend six days in the West Indies with Debbie Pounders and Beth’s two sisters and their artist friends from South Carolina, Denver and California.
This was one of the most incredible immersive painting experiences ever. Every day, we would get up, have coffee and cereal and then take off with our art supplies to paint. The first day we went to the marina at Christophe Harbour. After lunch, we went to rustic Salt Plage eatery on the carribean side of the island, which used to be a salt mill. Did a little snorkeling and then was inspired to paint an underwater scene. Second day we took a ferry to the island of Nevis where we went to the oldest sugar mill ruins to paint. The sheep meandered through the stone ruins. Pleine aire painting is not comfortable… standing on rocks with the wind blowing the paints a bit and working through speckled sunshine. But it was so beautiful. Then we grabbed our cab to go to the beach around the other side of the island and have lunch at Sunshine’s, a lively tropical bar and restuarant. A delicious lunch and sample of the famous Killer Bee drink. Then we hung to paint at the beach. Some youngsters drove up right where we were working and decided to leave their car boombox music blast for 20 minutes until I figured out that they were not going to leave so moved to a quieter location. Then we went up the hill to BANANAS which was quite elegant for a view of the sunset and fun dinner. Water Taxi back to St. Kitts at 9pm.
Next day, we traveled to paint in the town of Basseterre which we painted at Rosie’s Art Cafe.
Next day we painted locally on the beach near our hosts home.
Watching other artists work was an amazing experience since I normally paint alone. I was so fortunate to meet such lovely women and accomplished artists and photographers.Some of the gals left earlier so I was not able to photo their work to share. I want to move there.

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