Over the years, Koi ponds have been recurrent theme for paintings

Marta Rampini wrote:
KOI
“The koi fish shimmer
with an ethereal glow
that leaves me without
breath; a limerence that feels similar to yours.”
I recently finished the first two koi themed paintings and realized that it has been an interest of mine for years. The first painting is new and 24×36″ called Moonlit Pond. The second new painting is 16×40″ and is called Lilypads. AFter finishing, I realized that I have many koi pond paintings in my painting storage room. SInce some are sold and some are older, I am going to sell the older ones for a discounted pricing. Let me know if any are of interest to you.

Photo Illustrations of local beach and garden

My camera is still my go to tool to express my take on my environment. I am fortunate to live in an island community. Many of my photographs are altered in Photoshop when I feel I need to enhance the image to create the emotion I felt at the time of the capture. Sometimes, I add textures or paint in my computer painting software programs like Painter and Impressions. Tinting and cropping, adding borders and also taking small sections to enhance just a small area. Sometimes hours are spent working on photographic alterations. I even offer clients this when doing family portraits for instance. Each photo has an emotion attached to it and as an artist, I feel that it takes the image to another level. Hope you like these.
My camera is still my go to tool to express my take on my environment. I am fortunate to live in an island community. Many of my photographs are altered in Photoshop when I feel I need to enhance the image to create the emotion I felt at the time of the capture. Sometimes, I add textures or paint in my computer painting software programs like Painter and Impressions. Tinting and cropping, adding borders and also taking small sections to enhance just a small area. Sometimes hours are spent working on photographic alterations. I even offer clients this when doing family portraits for instance. Each photo has an emotion attached to it and as an artist, I feel that it takes the image to another level. Hope you like these.

boogie board Children playing pastel dune pillow Frangipani white Frangipani Yellow Golden Sunflower leaves tan Oak and ivy Peeking out Pink Frangipani puddles reflections at beach Spaggo sunrise tide surfer at cliff Walking Dog SunriseAutumn Harvest Sunflower Magnolia center seed pod x Professional Photography by Linda Olsen

Mixed media painting a challenge

This 32 x 40" canvas was originally an original photograph that I digitally tinted and had printed on canvas. Then I painted into the image with acrylic paints. It took quite a lot of different stages and weeksof new directions. The metallic gold border took 3 coats of two different gold paints. It is stunning in real life with the gold sheen and colorful brush strokes.
This 32 x 40″ canvas was originally an original photograph that I digitally tinted and had printed on canvas. Then I painted into the image with acrylic paints. It took quite a lot of different stages and weeksof new directions. The metallic gold border took 3 coats of two different gold paints. It is stunning in real life with the gold sheen and colorful brush strokes.

Sunflowers ~ A Little Bit of Sunshine

"A Bit of Sunshine" is 20x20 and was started Tuesday while teaching painting at the Senior Activity Center. In a two hour class, it is hard to accomplish an entire painting. In fact, when I left, there were only two sunflowers. Getting to work wihtout the teaching factor is a lot more introspective and enjoyable as I put music on and can concentrate. My studio is my haven and I find the most happiness while creating. Sometimes I sit in my rocking chair and study the art that I am working on and come up with new ideas to explore. Its called artWORK for a reason. Usually, I am exhausted at the end of a painting day from mental exercise and physical work. My sister in law who lives in LaJolla, California loves sunflowers and buys fresh bouquet weekly for the living room. This painting reminds me of her beautiful smile and happy nature.
“A Bit of Sunshine” is 20×20 and was started Tuesday while teaching painting at the Senior Activity Center. In a two hour class, it is hard to accomplish an entire painting. In fact, when I left, there were only two sunflowers. Getting to work wihtout the teaching factor is a lot more introspective and enjoyable as I put music on and can concentrate. My studio is my haven and I find the most happiness while creating. Sometimes I sit in my rocking chair and study the art that I am working on and come up with new ideas to explore. Its called artWORK for a reason. Usually, I am exhausted at the end of a painting day from mental exercise and physical work.
My sister in law who lives in LaJolla, California loves sunflowers and buys fresh bouquet weekly for the living room. This painting reminds me of her beautiful smile and happy nature.