Baby Sea Turtles Make their way to the Sea

I have been experimenting with techniques in abstract painting. This one used paint washes , water drips and adding and removing paint in various stages of drying. Acrylic paint has many mediums with different effects but I find that the mediums sometime do not work for the fluid shapes of wet and dry paint. Sometimes I would add splattered and drips and then wait 15 minutes and scrub of the patin which leaves water drop effects and takes the paint down to the white gesso. I also used antique gel for wood found in Home Depot and brushed on the warm browns then rubbed off parts. This painting is 36x36" and portrays two infant sea turtles run to the sea to escape predators.
I have been experimenting with techniques in abstract painting. This one used paint washes , water drips and adding and removing paint in various stages of drying. Acrylic paint has many mediums with different effects but I find that the mediums sometime do not work for the fluid shapes of wet and dry paint. Sometimes I would add splattered and drips and then wait 15 minutes and scrub of the patin which leaves water drop effects and takes the paint down to the white gesso. I also used antique gel for wood found in Home Depot and brushed on the warm browns then rubbed off parts. This painting is 36×36″ and portrays two infant sea turtles run to the sea to escape predators.

Mermaid painting with watercolor technique mixed with acrylic

"Midsummer Dream II" was completed after years in the hopper. It is 30x48" and has metallic paint accents so when viewed, it shimmers delightfully. The background was painted with an acrylic wash with salt forming interesting shapes. This young mermaid has a bit of shyness as she demurely covers her breast with a seaweed leaf. Small fish swim around as she hovers by a reef. Prints are available through www.linda.olsen-artistwebsites.com or by request. Original painting is also for sale.
“Midsummer Dream II” was completed after years in the hopper. It is 30×48″ and has metallic paint accents so when viewed, it shimmers delightfully. The background was painted with an acrylic wash with salt forming interesting shapes. This young mermaid has a bit of shyness as she demurely covers her breast with a seaweed leaf. Small fish swim around as she hovers by a reef. Prints are available through http://www.linda.olsen-artistwebsites.com or by request. Original painting is also for sale.

New mermaid painting with octopus

"Entangled" is 36x48 gallery wrap just completed. Its been hard to come up with a title because the expression on this siren's face is that of surprise (like she was caught dancing with the octopus) but I thought "Entangled" was a better title since it can have many meanings. Her face changed many times as I worked on her for weeks and at one point she was looking off to the right but I wanted her expression to be more mysterious. Sometimes in life, we are pulled in every direction with the responsibilities of family and work..we tend to smile through the chaos of daily life as the fish (or other distractions) saunter by. The size of this painting is fairly large so will go nicely in a living room, or dining area.
“Entangled” is 36×48 gallery wrap just completed. Its been hard to come up with a title because the expression on this siren’s face is that of surprise (like she was caught dancing with the octopus) but I thought “Entangled” was a better title since it can have many meanings. Her face changed many times as I worked on her for weeks and at one point she was looking off to the right but I wanted her expression to be more mysterious. Sometimes in life, we are pulled in every direction with the responsibilities of family and work..we tend to smile through the chaos of daily life as the fish (or other distractions) saunter by.
The size of this painting is fairly large so will go nicely in a living room, or dining area.

Life Saver ~ Large Original Triptych Painting

I have been working on this triptych painting for a couple months now in between smaller pieces. Since each panel is 30x40", it was difficult to paint the transitions between the three panels. Only one panel could fit on my easel at a time and I realized that my 10x14 foot studio was too small. OK, so I have studio envy of artists that have large walls to work on. Usually its not a problem since I have 2 sturdy  professional easels and a large rocking chair that I can sit back and ponder what needs to be worked on next, while listening to music. My studio is in my backyard garden and I am so grateful to have this wonderful little building. I will show a few pics in my next post.  Anyway, about this painting...I was doing a series of water and wave paintings (you can scroll back a bit to see those paintings) and I had met a couple who wanted something larger than the 40x30 paintings that were done for a gallery show so I thought I would try. Working rather energetically, I wanted to keep the abstract elements and feeling... did not want to overwork the details and wanted to keep the energy of the brushstrokes, emulating the energy of the fluid movements in waves. The ocean is so powerful and so many people do not respect the forces of nature and end up needing life saving.
I have been working on this 90×40″ triptych painting for a couple months now in between smaller pieces. Since each panel is 30×40″, it was difficult to paint the transitions between the three panels. Only one panel could fit on my easel at a time and I realized that my 10×14 foot studio was too small. OK, so I have studio envy of artists that have large walls to work on. Usually its not a problem since I have 2 sturdy professional easels and a large rocking chair that I can sit back and ponder what needs to be worked on next, while listening to music. My studio is in my backyard garden and I am so grateful to have this wonderful little building. I will show a few pics in my next post. Anyway, about this painting…I was doing a series of water and wave paintings (you can scroll back a bit to see those paintings) and I had met a couple who wanted something larger than the 40×30 paintings that were done for a gallery show so I thought I would try. Working rather energetically, I wanted to keep the abstract elements and feeling… did not want to overwork the details and wanted to keep the energy of the brushstrokes, emulating the energy of the fluid movements in waves. The ocean is so powerful and so many people do not respect the forces of nature and end up needing life saving.

Life saver detail

Sailing at Sunset

"Distant Sail at Sunset" was completed on Easter Sunday and is 30x15x1.5". I am exploring the theme of water, waves and ocean tides for the last three months and plan on continuing with this theme for a while. There is also a tryptich that is 90x40" of ocean waves that I have been struggling with for a month. Water, being translucent is more difficult than I expected when starting in on this theme. There are so many variables and tints that are necessary to create the fluid feel as well as the power of the waves. Growing up around the Pacific ocean, sailing and swimming, I have an intense respect for the oceans.
“Distant Sail at Sunset” was completed on Easter Sunday and is 30x15x1.5″. I am exploring the theme of water, waves and ocean tides for the last three months and plan on continuing with this theme for a while. There is also a tryptich that is 90×40″ of ocean waves that I have been struggling with for a month. Water, being translucent is more difficult than I expected when starting in on this theme. There are so many variables and tints that are necessary to create the fluid feel as well as the power of the waves. Growing up around the Pacific ocean, sailing and swimming, I have an intense respect for the oceans.

Painting sold of Sea Turtle DASHING TO THE TIDE

Thank you Donnie for having this 18x36" painting grace your new home. It made me feel so great that you loved it so much . Sometimes paintings look larger or smaller in photos so I am happy that you came out to inspect.  By the way, I have a policy of loaning a grouping of paintings to clients to take home and see what works before committing. They leave a credit card for security and then bring back the ones that are not purchased.
Thank you Donnie for having this 18×36″ painting grace your new home. It made me feel so great that you loved it so much . Sometimes paintings look larger or smaller in photos so I am happy that you came out to inspect.
By the way, I have a policy of loaning a grouping of paintings to clients to take home and see what works before committing. They leave a credit card for security and then bring back the ones that are not purchased.

Prints now available for Underwater painting series

Maho Bay Paradise series of paintings are availble for sale. The originals are 24x36" each and standard gallery wrap. I now have prints available in many sizes. linda-olsen.artistwebsites.com or email me for more information.
Maho Bay Paradise series of paintings are availble for sale. The originals are 24×36″ each and standard gallery wrap. I now have prints available in many sizes.
linda-olsen.artistwebsites.com or email me for more information.

Maho Bay Paradise B

Maho Bay right B