Palms with metallic gold paints

This painting called “Palm by Waterway” is 16x40x1.5″. I tried some experimental techniques and mediums and to my dismay, it was a disaster. First I gessoes the painting with warm colored gesso. Then I added a heavy metallic gold paint and then some crackling gel medium. I found a new brand at the hardware store meant for furniture. Let that dry for two days then added acrylic paint of a palm on the water. AT first I was excited because a beautiful crackling occurred. I let it dry for a week….Then realized the crackling patina was not drying which was beneath the acrylic. It was sticky and felt like honey. Don’t use this.
Since it would not dry even though it was water based like the acrylics. SO I scrubbed it all of with rubbing alcohol and water. I scrubbed all of the paint off down to the first gesso. Basically I repainted the painting and finally its a thing of beauty. The metallic golds and mediums with red iron oxide as a glaze helped with the feeling of a golden sunset that I was trying to convey.

A larger painting of Island Monkeys completed

Continuing with my recent passion for these darling green monkeys, I painted a larger fantasy. While in Nevis and St. Kitts, the monkeys were quite skittish and constantly moved so I made up this scene from various photos.
“Three Green Monkeys” is 36×36″ gallery canvas. I wanted to keep this impressionistic in styling.

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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