Thursday, May 25, 2017

1702 The Village Shops in Vero Beach

This is one I did back in 2003, its the Village Shops in Vero Beach.  It started out as a plein air, I didn't like it and re-painted it.  Then I unpacked it recently and thought I would tweak it some more.  I am finally happy with it now.

Its 12 by 16 inches, oil on masonite.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

1701 Saint Lucie Village Tropical Home

I started this as a plein air a couple of months ago, just did a block in and it was time to leave.  So I finished it yesterday in the studio.

Its 8 x 10 inches, oil on masonite.  $300.00
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Friday, May 19, 2017

1700 Garden in a Palm Tree

I have been wanting to do a painting like this for ages, I have always been charmed by plants using a palm tree as a host for them to live upon.  This one is based on a tree at Heathcote Botanical gardens which has the vine and bromeliads growing up the palm. I took some liberties with the background, wanted it to be abstract so the viewer could see what they wanted in it.

I was using my new water mixable oils, had read you cannot mix them with water.   I don't know where that idea came from, but I hadn't read those directions (?) when I started using them.  It looks like it works fine, I used them about like watercolors in the back, got them totally liquid and dripped them onto the panel, tipping it this way and that to get interesting flow patterns.

Painting is 8 x 10 inches, oil on masonite, $300.00
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

1699 Sunny Day at Heathcote Botanical Gardens

This one is a little different, its water mixable oils on watercolor paper.  I forgot to bring a panel to paint on!  So my friend Trude gave me a sheet of her  paper.  I had gotten a gift card from Jerry's Artarama for my birthday and I bought a set of the water mixable oils to try out.  I also bought a new bag and reorganized all my painting gear and that is why the panel got left out.  It was a lot of fun  to try something new.

That is Heathcote's Jacaranda tree to the right, its in bloom now and very pretty.  The gardens look very lovely right now, flowers everywhere. 

I used the w.m. oils like watercolors, thinned down with plenty of water and also as oils applied thickly.  When the paint is thinned down its very transparent and has that glow to it that watercolors can have. I just used a couple of brushes on this one and didn't use my knife.

The painting is 8 x 8 inches, special price of $150.
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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

1698 House in the Woods Plein Air

I started this one last Thursday out at White City Park.  I got it mostly finished, I had the background already in and thought the house would look good there.  I used mostly what was on the palette from my first painting.  When I got home I tweaked it a little and finished it.

The painting is 5 x 7  inches, oil on masonite.
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Monday, May 08, 2017

1697 SOLD Fox in the Wood Miniature oil painting

SOLD This is one of those paintings that started out with the background already there, it was leftover paint from my palette.  I am getting a fair amount of these now and the weather is getting hot so probably will be doing less plein air painting.  They are fun to do when I get in the right frame of mind to see things in the background and bring them out.

This one started with the trees and then grass, added the ravens and it still looked like it needed something.  There was kind of a shadow where the fox was so I added him in.

The painting is 4 x 6 inches, oil on masonite.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

1696 May on the Saint Lucie River Plein Air Alla Prima

Fun morning painting by the river in White City park saw lots of lubber grasshoppers.  It was nice out in the shade, nice cool breeze.    The painting is 8 x 10, oil on masonite 
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