Sunday, March 18, 2018

North Captiva Sunset, 9x12 Oil Painting on Canvas Panel, Seascape

At the end of each road on the Gulf side of North Captiva Island in Florida there is a beach, and most every night there is a sunset show. People gather on beach chairs and watch the sun go down, and there is sometimes applause. It's perhaps a form of worship, applauding God for His magnificent display. No paintbrush can truly capture it.


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Oil Painting, "Anna Maria Reverie," 5x7 Oil on Canvas Daily Painting

Even though I just came from North Captiva Island, this painting of Anna Maria Island was started before my vacation. I finished it today and I'm looking forward to painting more of N. Captiva next. Both places are beautiful and the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico are very different from our surf here on the Atlantic. 


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Gull Cottage, Pen-and-Ink Drawing, 5x7

In the past two weeks I have painted a large oil painting, drawn this pen-and-ink drawing, and painted 8 x 20-foot flats for a play. Oh, and below are journal entries I did during my stay on North Captiva in Gull Cottage (above).

Pretty good for a woman of certain age.



Friday, March 2, 2018

Oil Painting on Canvas, "Beach at Oro Pesos," 18x24 Seascape

There's nothing more inspiring than painting in gorgeous surroundings. This beautiful spot is on North Captiva Island on the Gulf Coast of Florida, and my husband and I explored every inch of the place while we were there. While looking for a subject to paint I spotted this scene, and the long purple shadows really clinched it. While I was painting I could hear the Laughing Gulls and the rustling coconut palms, and it was just...indescribable. The island is a paradise for an artist or writer. And of course, for tourists escaping the cold frozen North.

This was a wonderful way to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary.


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Oil Painting, "Blackbird," 5x7 Oil on Canvas Panel


This was my entry in the Pieces of Eight challenge this month, to paint a black bird without using black paint. I saw this little guy at our zoo, enjoying the food people were tossing to the exotic birds, and I loved all the colors I could see in his black feathers.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Oil Painting, "Sky Vine," 5x7 Floral Watercolor Painting, Matted

This little watercolor is of a vine that grows in my garden and is making a comeback after being attacked by a hurricane. It is a 5x7-inch painting, matted to an 8x10 size, signed and ready to frame.


Friday, February 16, 2018

Bird Painting, "Terns," 5x7 Watercolor in 8x10 Mat

The amazing thing about this painting is that I stopped. I didn't overwork it, no one had to hit me over the head to make me stop, and I have left it alone. It's different for me because it's a watercolor, and except for my journal, I rarely do watercolors. One thing I really like about watercolors is that I can easily take them with me anywhere, unlike oil paints. Oil paints are heavy, require odorless mineral spirits for cleanup, and are very messy. I still love them, though. 


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Oil Painting, "Little Hikers," 8x10 Painting of Children at Silver Springs


The Pieces of Eight had a wonderful art show and sale Saturday and we met so many nice people. It was a great team effort. I had to say goodbye to my "Little Hikers," above, my painting of children at Silver Springs. I have to say that people interested in art seem to be the nicest people, and it is invigorating to be able to share what we have worked on in our studios all year long.


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Succulent, 4x5 Daily Painting, Oil Painting on Canvas

This is a very old painting, circa 2009, just a quick little miniature. I was reminded of it when my niece, who has a wonderful nursery, brought me a lot of very beautiful and unusual succulents at Christmas. A lot of them have fantastical blooms, so I'll be glad to see those when Spring arrives. Below is a picture of one of her Huernias, a genus from Eastern and Southern Africa. This one is called Elvis. See more at Paradise Found Nursery online.