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     Greetings!  I went to an art show Last week and sold 3 paintings!  Lots of fun and very productive!  Now, I am busy painting again. There is an art show for members only at the St. Augustine Art association and I want to enter 2 paintings.  One is ready the other still being finished.  the first is "The Sentinel" of Long Key State Park, FL, a 9x12  acrylic showing a dramatic cloud formation at sunset with, of course the lone Mangrove tree that is the sentinel. (pictured below)
"The Sentinel"    available 9x12 Acrylic
My daughter took a photo of this sunset while we were camping there last year and it was begging to be painted.  This is my second painting of this subject but with a slightly different perspective.  The other one sold and the photo is on my gallery page.  I painted the atmosphere differently.  You can see when you compare them how a painting can change completely just by varying the colors and details slightly. I will post the other painting when it is done.  I have to submit them by March30, so I must get to work.  I will post the other painting hopefully in a few days.  It is of a street scene in St. Augustine, FL.  I took the picture on a "scouting" day of St. Augustine landmarks.  Just after I snapped the pic of a beautiful of house on Bridge St, one of our horse carriages came by.  I snapped that pic too, and now I am combining them into a painting.  A photographer I know of posted a beautiful photo that was a composite of 12 different photos he had taken.  It was GORGEOUS!  It made my head spin and think at the same time!  That is essentially how we artists think too!  Creating a painting is essentially just that.  Combining different scenes or photos to come up with an original, right?  Or putting a new twist on an old subject.  It works my friends!
     The lady who purchased the similar painting "Long Key State Park" posted about my work on her blog.  I added a link to her blog on my site.  She makes beautiful jewelry!  Her studio is called  KANNA GLASS STUDIOS www.kannaglassstudios.com Thanks for looking!

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DESIGNING A SERIES

     So I wanted to come up with a new series that I thought would be popular.  I decided they needed to be large and showy, but not too complicated.  Since we live in a tropical area, I came up with the idea of "Looking Up", literally!

     I took some pictures of palm trees from below and began painting them in a simplified form on canvas that is 36 x 48 ( huge!)  I love it!  I only have one done so far, but I know that they will be popular judging from comments I have received on social media.  Of course I have photos below of the first ones for you to see.

     I am not the first person to try this, but mine are different from other artists.  Mine are just a little bit more realistic, yet still fantastic and fun.  Larger than life, so to speak in a painting.  I focused in on the area at the top of the trunk where the palm fronds branch out making the structure very strong and making it easy to see …
I have just been given the opportunity to display my paintings in Jacksonville, Fl at the most upscale Antique Mall/Interior Design Center in North Florida.  Needless to say, I am thrilled!  I was given a wall on the main aisle to showcase my art.  They were particularly interested in large pieces of art and I was happy to comply.  It works well for me as my small pieces are in demand here in St. Augustine since tourists prefer something that will fit into their luggage.  But for art shows larger pieces are in order.  So this new venue is a great way for me to show and sell them after the art shows!

     I forgot my camera when the art was hung, so I will have to return to get the display on film for the blog.  Hopefully next week I can show it to you.

     I painted another large painting the other day.  I got the bug to start painting later in the evening and ended up going to bed at 4 am!  You ever do that?  Probably most artists do that from time to time.  I was on a roll, …