Tropical island monkey painting completed

“Monkey Eating Berries” is the third monkey painting in my tropical paradise series. My semi abstract stylings worked well and gave me the tapestry feeling that I wanted. Sort of like a hidden monkey in the jungle theme.
I think this painting would look nice in a beach decor room.

Recent International sales of my paintings

The first painting ” Reflections in Water” is 24x48x1.5″ is was sold to a couple in Germany.
“Tony’s Bar in Negril” was sold to a woman in Australia. The hardest thing to international sales is properly protecting and boxing up. First I wrap with archival paper. Then I add a cut piece of masonite slightly larder than the painting to protect the painting, add stryophome corners then bubble wrap. The it all goes in a larger box.

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.

Two subsequent expressions

Here are the two subsequent completed paintings. The first one is called “Infinity Pool” and is 36×48″ gallery wrap. Ready to hang.
The second is a smaller 15×30″ and called “Sail on the Bay”. On this one I did with large 1″ brush primarily. Both are envisioned as an early sunset painting and more colors used.

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.

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….

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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Tutorial Notes on Painting underwater scenes

This series of underwater rays with the fluidity and transparency of water took a lot of trial and error. The way I figured it out was to do it in stages. First I painted what I remembered and with some photos of water in the tropics. I wanted to keep the paintings a bit abstract or impressionistic. I also added some metallic acrylic paints for a unique look but covered most of that up with more paint so it was subtle.  The next step was to sketch the different rays sailing under the water, over the sandy bottom. I kept adding the white reflections of the water that make triangles and shapes on everything form the rays and sand. The shadows on the sand under each ray really helped with the feeling of depth.  The last layer of course was painting over the entire paintings with the reflections of the sky on the top of the water along with little white highlights and sparkles.
This series of underwater rays with the fluidity and transparency of water took a lot of trial and error. The way I figured it out was to do it in stages. First I painted what I remembered and with some photos of water in the tropics. I wanted to keep the paintings a bit abstract or impressionistic. I also added some metallic acrylic paints for a unique look but covered most of that up with more paint so it was subtle.

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The next step was to sketch the different rays sailing under the water, over the sandy bottom. I kept adding the white reflections of the water that make triangles and shapes on everything form the rays and sand. The shadows on the sand under each ray really helped with the feeling of depth.ptg-progress2 ptg-progress2bThe last layer of course was painting over the entire paintings with the reflections of the sky on the top of the water along with little white highlights and sparkles. rays-gliding-16x40

New series: The graceful rays gliding under the water

I have been challenged by a dream I had and then tried to invent how to paint the scene of rays gliding on the ocean floor. Many times, while vacationing on tropical islands, I have swam with rays and find that they glide so gracefully. First I painted the bottom of the ocean, then I painted the rays with the reflections and shadows. Finally I worked on the surface water and its reflections and fluid transparency of the clear water.
I have been challenged by a dream I had and then tried to invent how to paint the scene of rays gliding on the ocean floor. Many times, while vacationing on tropical islands, I have swam with rays and find that they glide so gracefully. First I painted the bottom of the ocean, then I painted the rays with the reflections and shadows. Finally I worked on the surface water and its reflections and fluid transparency of the clear water.

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