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.

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.

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.

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.

Beach offers Inspiration for paintings

As you can tell, I have been trying new techniques to achieve the abstract expressions. "Walking the Dog III" is 18x36" and is stunning in real life. Creating the painting with two sizes of palette knives is quite challenging but I am intrigued by the accidental cuts and details. Paint is thick!!!
As you can tell, I have been trying new techniques to achieve the abstract expressions. The beach is where I find solice from daily life and I want to share that love with my audience. Why do I paint? To ground myself and to produce works that people can relate to with their past experiences. I only work when I am in a happy mood and I feel that this energy is embedded into the paint and that the viewer can enjoy. That may sound silly but in a mystical way, I believe that the positive energies become part of the work. Obviously I was happy when I worked on this for a week so I am hoping that you feel that energy also. With the uncertainties of life these days, we all need to have as much positive energy in the universe.
“Walking the Dog III” is 18×36″ and is stunning in real life. Creating the painting with two sizes of palette knives is quite challenging but I am intrigued by the accidental cuts and details. Paint is thick!!!

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Sunrise at the Beach inspired painting

Walking on the beach at sunrise and even sometimes in the early evening, pastel colors flood the sky. My goal was to express this idea in a semi abstract painting done with larger brushes and knife.  "Pink Sky Morning" is 15x30"
Walking on the beach at sunrise and even sometimes in the early evening, pastel colors flood the sky. My goal was to express this idea in a semi abstract painting done with larger brushes and knife.
“Pink Sky Morning” is 15×30″

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