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.

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.

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.

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.

Series of Rays and edge of tide continues

I started the manta and sting ray collection late this summer and it is continuing with new challenges. The largest one yet is this new one of one ray gliding over the sand in the shallows of the tide. First, I paint the sandy bottom, then add shells and fish and rays with a cool blue shadows. Then I make the refraction highlights on the sand and under the ray. The last part is the reflection of the sky hitting the top of the water with highlights.  "Ray Close to Shore" is 36x48".  "Starfish Under Shallows" and "Starfish Fishing" are both 24x24".
I started the manta and sting ray collection late this summer and it is continuing with new challenges. The largest one yet is this new one of one ray gliding over the sand in the shallows of the tide. First, I paint the sandy bottom, then add shells and fish and rays with a cool blue shadows. Then I make the refraction highlights on the sand and under the ray. The last part is the reflection of the sky hitting the top of the water with highlights.
“Ray Close to Shore” is 36×48″.
“Starfish Under Shallows” and “Starfish Fishing” are both 24×24″.

ray-close-to-shore-detail ray-decor star-fish-decor starfish-fishing-24x24x1 starfish-shallows-decor starfish-under-shallows-24x24

Wave painting gets critique that is helpful

A friend artist painted with me last week and I worked on this painting. Having another artist with point of views helps in the tweaking process. Beth recommended that I darken the water at the base of the water and keep the highlights just on the foam of the arching wave. It was a good suggestion! I highly recommend having friends give critiques that are productive rather than, "Oh, I really like it". I have two other artist friends in California and my adult kids help with progress sometimes. "Seaspray Gold" is 24x30.
A friend artist painted with me last week and I worked on this painting. Having another artist with point of views helps in the tweaking process. Beth recommended that I darken the water at the base of the water and keep the highlights just on the foam of the arching wave. It was a good suggestion! I highly recommend having friends give critiques that are productive rather than, “Oh, I really like it”. I have two other artist friends in California and my adult kids help with progress sometimes. “Seaspray Gold” is 24×30.

Sanderlings at the Shore~ Large painting completed

Painting on a large canvas is much more challenging and physically tiring. After four days of painting, my muscles are sore and my brain exhausted.. "Pipers at the Edge" is 48x48".I have a customer who came over to see it in person and is thinking about owning it. Hopefully it will be perfect on her wall.
Painting on a large canvas is much more challenging and physically tiring. After four days of painting, my muscles are sore and my brain exhausted.. “Pipers at the Edge” is 48×48″.I have a customer who came over to see it in person and is thinking about owning it. Hopefully it will be perfect on her wall.

Pipers at the Edge detail pipers wall

Finally finishing an older painting of mermaid

About 8 years ago, I sketched a live model at a University class I attended. It was painted in oils then sat for years half finished and unloved. Last week I covered it with clear gesso and then painted over it in acrylics. Since the oils were aged and the clear gesso completely dried, I was able to rework the painting. It is 18x36, thin gallery wrap. This ponytailed mermaid is sunning herself on the shore.
About 8 years ago, I sketched a live model at a University class I attended. It was painted in oils then sat for years half finished and unloved. Last week I covered it with clear gesso and then painted over it in acrylics. Since the oils were aged and the clear gesso completely dried, I was able to rework the painting. It is 18×36, thin gallery wrap. This ponytailed mermaid is sunning herself on the shore.

Mermaid Sunning on Shore 18x36