Saturday, March 22, 2008

Island Breezes

"Island Breezes", 17x21 FRAMED dimensions, mixed media

I began painting not long after moving to Florida in 2005. I was very impressed with the tropical beauty here, which is why so many of my early paintings were tropical scenes. The painting above is one of my very first paintings. I believe I started it in watercolor and then added acrylics on top of the watercolor. I framed it under plexiglas because of the watercolors.

Please send me an email if you are interested in this early painting.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Piton View-St. Lucia

SOLD View of the Pitons- St. Lucia, 9x12, oil on gallery-wrapped linen

I visited St. Lucia back in the early 90's and it is definitely one of the most beautiful and lush islands in the French Antilles. I used a photo from that vacation for reference here. This painting should look a little different than my usual fare. The reason is because I used a brush instead of a palette knife and toned my canvas first , instead of working from a white ground. I found that this tried and true method that 95% of oil painters use was much quicker and easier than the route I usually take to compose a painting. I also used less paint! I am curious as to the response...

As my son's wedding is just a few weeks away, my painting posts will become less and less frequent. Please bear with me! Thanks to all my collectors new and old for their support of my artwork in recent weeks. Keep it up, please!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Happiness, 20x24

SOLD Happiness, 20x24, oil on canvas

This painting is sold- a wedding gift for the happy couple shown above. I used a photo of the couple to paint their likeness, and then added the beach scene to it- since they are being married on the beach.

If you are interested in a commissioned portrait for a special occasion, please feel free to email me.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Monet's waterlily Pond at Giverny


"The Waterlily Pond and Japanese Bridge at Giverny", 12x16 , oil on linen on board

The nice thing about daily painting is that you get to experiment. I've been working on this for a while, adding glazes and playing around with it.

Monday, March 03, 2008

The Other Woman, 12x16

"The Other Woman", 12x16 , oil on gallery-wrapped canvas

I know that the Daily Painters Gallery prefers that we do not post the same paintings two days in a row, but I am excited about this one! I worked on her skin color and features today, and I think that I made a significant improvement in the way this painting came out. I am definitely feeling as though I am improving as a painter, and what with the fact that I was one of the few painters who sold not one, but TWO paintings in last weeks invitational Paint-out, I am realizing that I have a future in art if I keep working hard. I look at the talent on the Daily Painters Gallery and wonder how in the world I'll ever measure up against the many talented artists there. And then I remind myself that I never had a fancy art education and only have been painting for two years, and then I realize I should not be hard on myself. I also need to thank the many collectors who have lifted me up and helped me believe in myself on the days when I wondered why I was even painting.

Today I am up, but tomorrow is another day. Stay tuned.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Venice Paint-Out in Paradise

SOLD "Basking in the sun ", 12x16, oil on canvas

Here is the third and last of the three paintings that I created last week during the paint-out. It was a pot of flowers, literally basking in the sun on the patio of Luna's Restaurant in downtown Venice. This painting was fun for me to do as it was spontaneous, and it sold immediately at the show's reception last night. I received many wonderful compliments about my work last night and sold 2 of the three paintings as well! I'm glad I participated in this event- I hope to have the chance to do many more! The gracious Swiss gentlemen who bought this painting was taking pictures at the event. I hope to upload some photos of the event to this blog when they become available.