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.

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.

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.

Two new Whimsical Mermaids completed

A decade ago, I did a few mermaids that were more whimsical than the other mermaid studies. See the image with five older mermaids. After returning from the West Indies, I continued in that early inspiration of letting my brush lead me into more colorful and impressionistic strokes. The top image is a new original called "Ginger Dreams" which is 30x40". The second painting is called "Harmony". 30x40" gallery wrap.
A decade ago, I did a few mermaids that were more whimsical than the other mermaid studies. See the image with five older mermaids. After returning from the West Indies, I continued in that early inspiration of letting my brush lead me into more colorful and impressionistic strokes. The top image is a new original called “Ginger Dreams” which is 30×40″. The second painting is called “Harmony”. 30×40″ gallery wrap.

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Mermaid painting “Contemplating” completed

"Contemplating" is 24x48 gallery wrap. It has been in the works for a while and I finally felt like it is done. I will be able to make custom prints and canvases  this month, any size and also can ship anywhere.
“Contemplating” is 24×48 gallery wrap. It has been in the works for a while and I finally felt like it is done. I will be able to make custom prints and canvases this month, any size and also can ship anywhere. website offers more printing options and decor items.

http://www.linda-olsen.pixels.com.

Mermaid caught in a swirl of current

With all 0f the underwater paintings being created inmy painting studio, I also have been working on a sea maiden since before Halloween. I finally finished "Swirling Water" which is 30x40". Mermaids take a lot longer than my ocean paintings because of the more realistic (expressionistically ) painted. Every brush stroke changes a look especially in the face. Its like her soul and personality emerges. Since mermaids are fantasy, I like the process of inventing the scene.  I dont force the look but keep working until I am happy. It was finished just in time for a big show at the Beaches Historical Museum. Opening is Friday evening.
With all 0f the underwater paintings being created inmy painting studio, I also have been working on a sea maiden since before Halloween. I finally finished “Swirling Water” which is 30×40″. Mermaids take a lot longer than my ocean paintings because of the more realistic (expressionistically ) painted. Every brush stroke changes a look especially in the face. Its like her soul and personality emerges. Since mermaids are fantasy, I like the process of inventing the scene. I dont force the look but keep working until I am happy.
It was finished just in time for a big show at the Beaches Historical Museum. Opening is Friday evening.

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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″.

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Octopus Painting with metallic Golds

"Octopus Tangle" is 16x40" and just completed. It started out with a grey octopus with cobalt blue water background. It went through many revisions and stages since I made up the image and how the eight legs gracefully moving through the water. Small fish swim around the legs. This expressionistic painting has different colored metallic touches here and there and all of the water has 6 layers of color and then metallic golden bronze before adding the final tinted varnish.
“Octopus Tangle” is 16×40″ and just completed. It started out with a grey octopus with cobalt blue water background. It went through many revisions and stages since I made up the image and how the eight legs gracefully moving through the water. Small fish swim around the legs. This expressionistic painting has different colored metallic touches here and there and all of the water has 6 layers of color and then metallic golden bronze before adding the final tinted varnish.

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