Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Barn Chickens, 5x7 Oil on Canvas

This rooster has a mighty fancy tail. This is a docile rooster, unlike the one on my grandchildren's farm in Pennsylvania. Their rooster used to attack them. They would drive up and he'd be outside the car, jumping up and down gnashing his vicious little beak. He didn't last.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Winter Sunset, Oil on Canvas Board, 6x6

This was the view outside my house the other night. It actually was more vivid than this, but looks so unbelievable if it's painted that way. Florida sunrises and sunsets are just so hard to portray without looking exaggerated, because sometimes they are so dramatic that you feel your eyes are deceiving you. God's paintbrush uses some loud colors very effectively.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

On Da Beach, 6x6 Oil on Canvas Board

I have done this scene before in watercolor, and no matter what I do it doesn't look real; however, this is exactly the way it looks. I can't help it, I am not going to dull it down, though it is unbelievably vivid. This is at a restaurant called "On Da Beach," and oh my goodness, the coconut pie...but I digress.

This place is on Elbow Cay in the Abacos Islands, Bahamas. It is an unbelievably beautiful place, and  all you folks up north in the cold and the snow, .this is for you. Just visualize yourselves there, eating the coconut pie while the sun warms your skin and the island breezes blow...ahhh.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Chikins, 5x7 Oil

Chickens are fun to paint. There is something comical about the way they strut around, not unlike the way some people walk. It's nice that the one in back buried its head in the straw so that our attention is drawn to the more colorful lady in front. I'm very pleased with the way this one turned out.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Wetlands, 8x8 Oil on Canvas

This is a typical scene in the Florida wetlands, an area that is a big draw for birdwatchers, or as they say nowadays, birders, from the verb to bird (ha ha).  Sometimes nouns changed to verbs sound pretty funny to me; however, birders don't just watch these days. They record, report, photograph, study, and have conventions, and Florida has lots of interesting birds for them to bird.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Zentangle® Woodland, 8x10 Pen and Ink

Inspired by the Zentangle® method of pattern drawing.
Off I go, into my own little world of Zentangle, and what a delightful place it is. Reality is highly overrated.

Oil painting is my daytime work; this is my nighttime work. I usually have about five games of online Scrabble and Words With Friends going, and in between, I draw Zentangles. I listen to TV, except when Downton Abbey is on, at which time I throw everything down and watch with rapt attention. I do the same when Big Bang Theory is on. I don't like to miss a word of Maggie Smith's or Sheldon Cooper's dialogue.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Leap of Faith, 8x10 Oil on Canvas

This painting just returned from my exhibit and I am now putting it "out there." I find this painting exhilarating, capturing the spirit of childhood and fun. I paint so much that I am forgetting to have other kinds of fun. I need to correct that. I could go jump off a big rock into a river, but Florida doesn't have big rocks. We are as flat as a flitter (whatever that is).

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Sealight Diptych, 20x10 Oil on Canvas

 After painting these separately, I realized they should hang together as a diptych. It just took a few adjustments to match them up, since I had painted each part of the wave from the same picture. It is painted on deep-sided gallery wrapped canvas and painted on all sides, so hung together or separately, it still works. No frame needed.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Tree Frog Collage, 10x10

 This is the collage version of my previous tree frog. This way is much harder. It is more tedious, and strains my brain. Still, I enjoy it.