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Well it's almost the end of the month.  That means it will be time to do another mad dash to all four locations that carry my paintings and move them around.  It's hard work, but someone has to do it as they say.

     Actually, the St. Augustine Art Association has a show coming up called the "Black, White and Shades of Gray" show.  Meaning NO color in the works!  That should be interesting.  I wasn't going to enter that show, but I have changed my mind.  The problem is that I only have a few days to do my painting for it!!  I have a photo of the large harvest moon over the water with clouds and I really want to give it a try.  I will work on it and see how it comes out.  The entries have to be submitted by next Tuesday.  That is when I will know if it is good enough for me to submit:  if i like it or not.

     I have started my Chile' painting of the  water and volcano but it's not done.  I just haven't had time to give it justice.  You see, I …
Great news!  Two more paintings have sold this week!  Both from the Back 40 Urban Cafe.  They are both 8 x 10 in size, which just proves that the small paintings are the way to go.  At least if you live in a tourist area.  They pack into a suitcase easily for travel, and make nice affordable gifts!  The two that sold are both Florida scenes.  One of Long Key State Park and one of St. Augustine.  Nice!
The pictures are below.



Sorry, the picture above is not very clear.  I must have moved the camera slightly.  But, the painting is gone so I can't do another.  That's ok.  You can get the idea.  It's interesting,  this is the third painting I have done of this scene, each a little different.  They have all sold!  That should tell me something.  Maybe the  Florida Keys are a hot subject!?!?


     I also started a new painting.  Well, actually, I had started it before our trip.  Now I need to get busy and finish it as well as paint some more!  My inventory is looking sparse…
Wow!  We finished our project and boy are we tired!! I am home sitting in my chair resting after traveling for almost 24 hours from Chile. Yes, the one in South America! We were there 2 weeks enjoying the hospitality of a wonderful and loving people!  The Chileans are descendants of native peoples as well as spanish and german people who moved into the area throughout history.  They are truly beautiful people both inside and out!

     My husband and I had been chosen as delegates to a special convention held in Santiago, Chile. We were to be part of a group of 8 from our area, but sadly 4 of them had to cancel.  The rest of us had a great time, but wished all 8 had been able to go.

     Of course, I wasn't able to paint for this time, but I did get some great photos which I will go through and sort for ideas for paintings.  One of the photos turned out particularly well, and as it turns out, was the same as the logo for the convention.  It is of the volcano known as Orsono …
Hello! It is Wednesday and I promised to post on Wednesdays, however for this and next Wednesday, I will not be able to post any new paintings. My husband and I are in the middle of a special project that takes two weeks!  I am taking MANY pictures that I can use for inspiration for future paintings and already have many ideas rattling around in my head, but painting is off the board for the duration of the project.  I can't wait to tell you about it, but it will have to remain a surprise for now.

     As for painting tips..please remember that for Acrylic painting, you can and should use THICK gesso instead of white paint.  The reason is that it is much more opaque meaning you cannot see through it.  The advantage is that it takes less to lighten your colors and they show up more. Especially is this true of the more transparent colors such as red, yellow and blues. The best gesso is Grumbacher. It is so thick that you can turn the open jar upside down and it won't come o…
I have finished the ducks.  I named it "FAMILY OUTING" ON ST GEORGE ST.  I actually took a picture of this mother Mallard and her three babies on St. George St. one day.  She drew quite a crowd, especially when one of her babies strayed into the street!  She stopped all traffic both car and pedestrian when she ran out after her baby and scolded the little one QUITE LOUDLY all the way back to the sidewalk! Everyone enjoyed watching mama as she then shook her tail and the family unit  headed on down the sidewalk together,  heads held high! We could all learn a few things from animals.  They are good parents and teach valuable life lessons to their young ones.  I think it would be reasonable to say that young duck learned something that day and it was easy to see that those babies were having the time of their lives! It was also interesting to note that the other two babies stayed glued to their spot on the sidewalk while mamma went after the stray.  Animals definitely ha…
Well, I finished the painting called "Vilano Sunrise" and changed the name.  I now call it "FIERY REFLECTION" .  It is part of the Scenes of St. Augustine series..  # 15 to be exact.  # 14 is also below.  It is called "BACK BAY"

     In talking to other artists here in the area, we have all come to the conclusion that, at least in our area of tourism, smaller paintings sell better! So small it is, at least for now.  It makes sense though.  People want something that will fit in the suitcase to take home.  And what better souvenir than art! Especially a painting of the location you visited.

     It has also been suggested that I add another page to my gallery.  This one is of the current paintings on display and where they can be seen.  So I will do that today.  It will be called :                "CURRENT DISPLAYS AND LOCATIONS"

     Below are some of the paintings I've done recently.  Enjoy!




     Below is the preview of the painting …
I still haven't finished the "Vilano Sunrise" painting.  I've been busy working on a commissioned painting.  This is an 8 x 10 of a girl on her horse.  The girl was a teen I think when the picture I am working from was taken.  She is now a woman who is a horse trainer.  She was recently badly hurt in a fall and will be laid up for approximately one year.  Not good, especially for a single mother!  Anyway, hopefully the painting will cheer her up and remind her of happier days.  She is a close friend.

     The first picture is of the background I did for the painting with the sketch of the horse and rider overlaid on the dried background.  Then I went in and started filling in the sketch with the dark base color.  The horse is a palomino so the base color is a darker reddish brown. Then I started bringing in the lighter highlighted areas to bring out the curves of the horse.  This is where you need to know the anatomy of the horse or have a REALLY good picture,…
I also wanted to show more paintings, but I didn't want them on the same post.

     I took three paintings over to the St. Augustine Beach Art Studio for the Nov./Dec. art show.  My husband and I went over yesterday to view all the works being shown.  Mine compared nicely to the others there.  Some of the other artist's paintings were priced quite high at $4000.00,  and others were reasonably priced.  And of course some was quite good, others not as good.  That's how it is with art associations.  As long as you are a member, your art can be shown.  Some shows however, are juried, meaning they are prejudged as to whose work will be accepted.  Those shows are always a higher quality show.  Thus if you are accepted, it is an accomplishment in itself!    Anyway I took a photo of the three paintings hanging and it is below.  Enjoy!






     Also, I want to mention something about having a stock of artwork available to show.  All the research I have done says that an artist s…
I finished the painting!  And it's not bad if I do say so myself!  I showed a picture of it to my art teacher and she said OMG, that looks like it belongs in a museum of 13th century art!  WOW!  What a compliment!  I did work hard on it and my nephew-in-law did a side-by-side picture for me so I could compare (that really helped) and after a few tweaks, I counted it finished.  Hope you like it.  Let me say here that I painted this from another painting to challenge myself.  It is a very detailed and complicated painting,  but I have applied to do remote art work and wanted them to see what I could do along the line of work they need.  I will never sell this painting.  That would be copyright infringement.  I may donate it to our religious organization, or if they don't want it I may give it to some close friends.  That being said,  here it is below.  Enjoy!









I took my paintings "SAN SEBASTIAN RIVER" and "SEASHELLS"  down to the Art Association for the show...only to see a posting that it has been delayed until December!  Oh well,  hurricane Matthew messed up their schedule. Better that than the building!  It's funny, the Art Studio at the beach didn't have any problems.  And they are right ON the beach!  Go figure.  I took 3 paintings over there for the months of Nov. and Dec.  "LANI  LOVES.." , "TROPICAL DREAMS"  and 'SUNRISE ON ST AUGUSTINE'  are all in residence for now.  They told me people who visit there like to see seascapes and St. Augustine art.  OK, I can do that.. No Problem! The members there are more laid back than the St. Augustine Art Association. But, by no means less professional!  They SELL more art, and that's important to us artists!  They get more traffic because they are right by the beach.  The St. Augustine Art Association IS in the historic district…
Well, I thought I was done with my large painting of the San Sebastian River.  I took it to class today and had it critiqued.

     The good news was everyone loved it!  Mary Hubley, the teacher said it was good and I could leave it alone and count it done if I wished.  OR.. I could tweak it a little and make it even better! Of course I want it better!  They all agreed that my two flying birds needed to be done away with.  I could leave them out altogether or change them to more accurately depict the Ibis bird.  I eliminated the flyer on the right and replaced it with a third nesting bird and added two babies in the middle nest.
On the left I eliminated the flyer and put another flyer in front of the trees that was coming in for a landing by the wading bird.  It looks much better.  They also suggested (but not necessary) that I add wispy clouds all the way to the top of the canvas.  That also meant of course that I had to add them in the water reflection at the bottom of the can…
I have had the suggestion given to me to paint small paintings and try to get stores downtown to carry them.  They are generally 5x5 and 5x7 and I set them on small easels.  I use canvas board not stretched canvas to keep the cost down and make them easily packable for travelers.  I have about 10 done so far, all seascapes, very popular according to everyone! I snapped a few pics of them and thought you might like to see them.  Feel free to try the idea for yourself.  Let me know how it works for you!  BTW,  I plan to sell these for $25-$30 each.  Bread and butter you might say. 






















Sorry for the delay..I had a sudden realization that my deadline for one of the art shows was just 7 days away and I hadn't even started my painting!  Ouch!!  And this one was to be a large painting too.
Well,  lo and behold, I got it done!!  Yea!

     To recap,  this show is the FLORIDA FOREVER Flora and Fauna Show at the St. Augustine Art Association.  There is a limit of two paintings.  My husband and I had noticed that the larger paintings usually won the prizes so he suggested I go big.  Thanks, dear,  I love you too!  Haha.  Well,
I had a large 24 x 30 canvas sitting around and also a frame that size.  Great!  Now for the subject.  I had noticed over the last couple years that flora or flowers will win over animals or fauna.  I wanted to do a close-up of a flower, but no time.  So, I decided to go snap some pics of the San Sebastian River here close to my home.  It has all the elements i was looking for.  Water, trees, cordgrass in water and last but not least, nesti…
Now that I have more room, I want to concentrate on my  "Scenes of St. Augustine" series.  I go downtown a lot to take pictures as we are not allowed to paint" en plain aire" or on location on St. George St. or in the city plaza.  So, I take lots of photos and work from them.  It's not the same, but what can we do, right?  My latest is of Hypolita St. at St. George St.  I took some liberties with the painting as most artists do, but if I had put in all the details, it would have been just too much. The painting would have been too busy.  

     When I started, it was going to be important to get the perspective correct or the painting would have been doomed before it even began.  So, I sat down and drew out the street and buildings with the proper perspective lines drawn in.  When I was happy with the result, I brought out my trusty graphite paper and transferred the lines right onto the canvas.  First though, I had painted in my basic sky color and tinted…
I just got back from hanging my paintings in their new location at the "Back 40 Urban Cafe".  They look great if I do say so myself!  Unfortunately, I only had room for eleven of them.  I had fifteen to hang.  But if I had hung them all, it would have been too crowded and they would not have shown well.  Oh well,  I have other locations to hang them.  I was told about the "Art Studio" at St. Augustine Beach.  It is right by the pier and they have a nice little setup.  Apparently, art sells well there, as they get lots of tourists.  Great!  It costs $20.00 per year to join and you are required to staff it 4 hours per month.  Not bad, especially when you consider that you can take extra art with you to show when you are manning the studio, right?   I will keep you posted as the paintings sell.  Anyway.. here is a photo of my new display.  Enjoy!












Ok, I have now finished the redo of the seascape.  I like it much better!  the wave had entirely too much white making it chalky.  So I took out  most of the white, reduced the size of the wave and added rocks for the wave to crash against.  I think it strengthened the composition (always important for eye flow) and just made the painting more interesting to look at.  You can see a big difference between the before and after photos.  Enjoy!







I finished the 12 x 24 painting.  Before I show it to you, I want to tell you what happened.  We just had a hurricane!  NOT a fun experience!!  Matthew, the name of the storm was a category 4 storm, meaning it had sustained winds of 130-140 mph.  Very destructive to say the least.  It killed over 800 in Haiti, and it was barreling down on us!
     Our house is new and very well built (can take 150 mph winds) but who wants to!?!  Thankfully, it veered slightly east so the worst of the storm stayed out over the water and we got only 90 mph winds, which were bad enough.  It didn't do us much harm, but many others didn't fare so well.  The city flooded, and the barrier islands had a LOT of destruction!  Many of those homes are destroyed or severely damaged.  There is a saying,  don't build on sand..It is true!!  Davis Shores is an area on Anastasia Island here that is very low.  The water was up to the second story of those homes. Now I know I never want to live over on…
I have another painting already!  This one was started in class and I finished up that evening at home.  The teacher pulled out a box full of small items, teapots, toys, shells, cups, jars, etc, etc.  Then she laid out individual fern fronds and suggested we pick out a few each. "But, keep it SIMPLE she cautioned".  She actually laid out two fern fronds on a piece of paper towel and laid them on the floor for herself. The view was then directly from above.  She painted the paper towel as a yellow cloth and the ferns in impressionism.  It was GREAT!

      I chose three small fern fronds and two different shells.  I laid them on the table next to my easel and went for it.  I first painted the entire easel in a "portrait" mottled background of mostly dark greens with some yellow, blue, reds and browns thrown in, (very subtle).  I then had the longest fern frond almost level as if it were the table edge and the other two fanned out from it.  Then where they joi…
Remember the picture I posted of my paintings on the wall in a local restaurant?  Well they have started to sell!  The first one sold this morning...  now I have to get busy and replace it with another!
Great!  That's the whole purpose, right? Right!!  Anyway, it's the bottom painting {the one hanging the lowest on the wall} "SAFE HAVEN".  You can see it on my AVAILABLE PAINTINGS  page.
I just picked up my "FLORIDA PANTHER" painting from the Fall Members Show at the Art Association so I will take it over and rearrange the paintings to fit it in the grouping.  I wish there was more wall space there!




I have been working on more paintings..and finished one so far.  There is a story with this one.   The artist I was studying under  lives across the country which makes it hard to get critiques and ask questions.
     SO,  I  decided it was in my best interest to look for another teacher.   A friend takes lessons from a local artist.  I checked her out and thought I would go to a lesson and see what she was like.  Turns out she is a nationally known impressionist (my interest), sells world-wide, and has her own gallery here in St. Augustine!  Alright!!   I LOVED the lesson!  She teaches small classes, lets you work on your own material if you want, and has class critiques at the end of each lesson.  Exactly what I was looking for!  She is also reasonable in what she charges!  Thank goodness!!
     The painting is one I did in her class.  I was going to do another seascape..but she had photos of a butterfly on a flower for the students to do.  So, hey, I thought why not?  It turn…
Sorry that I have not posted recently!  I got tied up doing other things.  I swapped paintings at the Art Association, I have painted several and set up a display at a local restaurant.  Whew, no wonder I am tired!

     Here is a picture of the display at the restaurant.  It is a local St. Augustine restaurant that displays paintings for artists as part of their atmosphere.  It's called "The Back 40 Urban Cafe" and has great food as well!  






     I have worked on several paintings too, as I said.  I reworked two previous paintings that I haven't posted and painted one new one.  Here they are below.  Enjoy!