Newly completed large ocean painting

This is a newly completed painting in the bodysurfing series. It is called “Ocean Swell” and is 60×48″. Many weeks of work were involved because of the size. I wanted to keep it impressionistic and loose. It reminds me also of my youth, sailing in my family boat to the channel islands off the coast of California.

Painting Tutorial

This project is a different way to paint. I am using acrylics.
First step is to gesso your canvas. Then I did the entire painting in grays, black and white. Adding more details.

Then, I made a print of the black and white painting and used colored pencils to color it to see what colors I liked. There were lots of ways I could have colored it like with a blue water background. I settled on this one.

Next step is to use some of the more transparent colors added with glazing medium to slowly paint layers of thin colors overall. Its nice to put them over other colors to create a third color.

Working slowly with multiple layers gives more luminosity to the image. Then I make a three color palette with matte white mixed with yellow, pure white, Unbleached titanium white and also a mixture of white gesso and cadmium yellow to paint the background. This painting is 20×20″

Adding more details. Metallic golds are underneath the tan and yellow background brushstrokes.

Two paintings painted from trip photos from California

When I returned from an 18 day trip in California visiting family and taking a wonderful road trip with my sister…We stopped to rest in a little town south of Big Sur called Cambria. A small motor lodge on the ocean was so great and I had the joy of watching the sun go down in the Pacific. Because California was my home for half of my life, the trip was familiar. Since I live on a small island peninsula in Florida, the sun doesnt set in the ocean so this was a treat. “Cambria Rocks” and “Cambia Sunset” are both 30×40″ gallery wraps.

Bodysurfing Series: Final painting completed for a larger wall

While body surfing a couple weeks ago, I was floating on the crest of some rolling waves and the colors and calmness came into my head. I said to my friend “I am going to paint this!”
I went home and painted until late that night and the next week. I started with the 36×36″ painting and then decided to paint a similar painting in 24×36″. When it was done and I was looking at them side by side, I noticed that they almost looked like one painting. The next days, I worked on a third 24×36″. These could be purchased separately or all three. This impressonistic study makes me recall the feeling I had while floating.

Sold Paintings that will be shipped to Saint Croix

A lovely woman from Maryland contacted me to purchase these paintings for her vacation home in Saint Croix. As I was so thrilled for this sale, the task now is to ship internationally. I will need to have a crate built for the smaller (30×40″ and 24×36″) but the large one called “Shallow Water” is 60×48″ will be the tough one to package.

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.

Tropical Landscape in broad strokes

Day to Night is 36x48" vibrant impressionistic painting of a tropical scene. I am leaving in the morning for a trip to St. Kitts with some artist friends. There will be eight women on this plein air painting trip and I am so excited!! I started this painting to get me into the island life. Some of the artists are from Charleston and I am thrilled to be working along side a nice diverse group of artists who all have different styles. I will keep you posted on the trip if I have cell phone coverage. I hear it is spotty. We also have a day trip to Nevis planned. ALthough I have traveled the West Indies and Caribean pretty extensively, I have not been to either of these islands.  Of course I will bring my camera....
Day to Night is 36×48″ vibrant impressionistic painting of a tropical scene. I am leaving in the morning for a trip to St. Kitts with some artist friends. There will be eight women on this plein air painting trip and I am so excited!! I started this painting to get me into the island life. Some of the artists are from Charleston and I am thrilled to be working along side a nice diverse group of artists who all have different styles. I will keep you posted on the trip if I have cell phone coverage. I hear it is spotty. We also have a day trip to Nevis planned. ALthough I have traveled the West Indies and Caribean pretty extensively, I have not been to either of these islands. Of course I will bring my camera….