Painting my patio cement

Years ago I painted my patio cement and even though it gets a protective varnish when completed, the elements seem to fade and chip off some of the paint. SO ….every few years, I clean and retouch all of the colors and even add additional colors. I used exterior enamel paints from the hardware store and have the guy mix custom colors in those 4.99 sample jars. Living in Florida its very humid and it took me two days to retouch all the colors. Then I let it dry for a couple days before putting a cement top coat.

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Southern Landscape painting

Last month, I had my senior students (Senior Activity Center in Neptune Beach for the elderly), work on this scene. We had 2 lessons at 2 hours each where they worked on their canvases along with my tutorial. They did a wonderful job on their paintings. Mine is 16×20″ and called “Sunset Southern Waterway”. Adding a frame would make this smaller painting appear larger. 

Recent Photographic Illustrations of Northern California

Since my two boys live in the Santa Cruz Bay area in California, I take a couple vacations a year to visit them. The beauty of northern California is so different from where I live now in Florida. Since I grew up in California (Los Angeles, Newport Beach, San Diego and Carmel), I have such a sweet spot for the Pacific Ocean.
Recently, a collector asked if I had any photographic illustrations of the area and I put this collection together for her.
Prints range from 26.00-125.00 (to 16×20″) and can also do very large custom prints on archival papers, canvas and Metal.

Family in California
California 2016
California 2016

California 2016
California 2016

Large ocean painting done in three panels

Late Afternoon Swim Triptyc

“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.

New tropical mini paintings

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.

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