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.

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 art prints ordered for galleries

I ordered these images from my lab in 16x20" on metallic papers and premium matte paper. Inquire for sales information.
I ordered these images from my lab in 16×20″ on metallic papers and premium matte paper.  I design the borders to match the individual pieces which become a self mat so a customer can pop it into a standard 16×20 frame…or they can mat and frame it to another size.  Inquire for sales information.

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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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Palette Knife expression of Beach Landscape

"Tide Rising" is drying as we speak. It is 40x30" and because palette knife expressions require layers of thick paint, it takes a lot longer to dry. WHile painting it, I have to step back a lot to analyze and see what areas needed to be layered with complimentary hues and paint pastels. I usually use a flat palette so I can load up the various mixed pastels onto the knives and lightly wipe each layer over the previous dried layers. This way the colors don't get muddy. linda-olsen.artistwebsites.com
“Tide Rising” is drying as we speak. It is 40×30″ and because palette knife expressions require layers of thick paint, it takes a lot longer to dry. While painting it, I have to step back a lot to analyze and see what areas needed to be layered with complimentary hues and paint pastels. I usually use a flat palette so I can load up the various mixed pastels onto the knives and lightly wipe each layer over the previous dried layers. This way the colors don’t get muddy.
linda-olsen.artistwebsites.com

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