Beautiful full moon last week inspired new painting

Last week I was fortunate to witness one of the prettiest full moons rising at the beach. SO, I painted the scene to recapture the magic I experienced. The photo is attached and as you can see, I used artistic liberties. “Pink Moon Rising” is 24×36″ gallery wrap.

Beach Tide expressions with metallic golds

Two new paintings with expressionistic stylings. I like the brushy strokes with touches of metallic gold. Of course, metallic colors do not show well in photography but in a room, look stunning. The long skinny one is 16×40″ and called “lone Star”. The larger one with the sanderlings running from the tide is 36×36″. Both are heavy gallery wraps ready for hanging.

Making some beach scene altered photography into aluminum prints

I will have a tent art booth at ARTS IN THE DARK on April 22 in Atlantic Beach, Florida. Its a beautiful park and usually a great turnout beneath the pines.
I will be selling smaller items like hand painted glasses, pillows with my artwork on them, prints and aluminum prints of some paintings and also photo artwork. I opted for 8×10 size on most of these so they will be affordable.

Recent International sales of my paintings

The first painting ” Reflections in Water” is 24x48x1.5″ is was sold to a couple in Germany.
“Tony’s Bar in Negril” was sold to a woman in Australia. The hardest thing to international sales is properly protecting and boxing up. First I wrap with archival paper. Then I add a cut piece of masonite slightly larder than the painting to protect the painting, add stryophome corners then bubble wrap. The it all goes in a larger box.

Smaller version of my recent island paradise collection

Sailing into Sunset is 12×24″. I wanted to continue exploring the subject but a way smaller version. The other paintings were 36×48 and 24×36 which required much larger palette knives, and brushes. Since this was smaller, I had to use small knives and work tighter. But it has the same feeling as the larger ones. Also I wanted to make it much more colorful.

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.

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.