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     I have been busy, busy, busy!!  I am currently working on no less than THREE paintings at the same time!  They are for the upcoming Nature and Wildlife Art Show at the St. Augustine, FL Art Association.   Two paintings focus on the FL panther and one is a sky scene.  I sought and obtained permission from a wildlife photographer to paint a version of his photo of a FL Panther.
     Let me stop at this point and make a VERY IMPORTANT point.  You MUST ALWAYS get permission IN WRITING to copy anyone's work!!  It is protected by law and you could face very stiff legal fees and penalties if you copy their work.  That being said,  we can take pieces of work and use them, for example, if we like a particular clump of trees, the light in a photo, a house, etc it can be used,  BUT NEVER use the entire photo or artwork without seeking permission first!  Often we will be required to pay for the use of such material but usually not a large sum.  In my case, I sought the permission of Steve Kaufman, Nature Photographer, to copy his photo of a panther in a book called "Wild Cats".  Because this work benefits the Fl Panther, he kindly gave me permission to use his work and asked that I give him credit for the source (photography).  Which of course I am happy to do!
     If you are not comfortable with freehand drawing, another way of sketching or transferring the drawings to your canvas is to use graph paper to copy the art or object and then use transfer paper to add the drawing to your canvas.  If you don't know how to do that.  I will post an example for you when I post the paintings.  I am also using a technique on the trees in this larger painting of the panthers that I think you will enjoy.  Look for it and see if you like it!
      As I make progress on my paintings, I am taking photos to share, and will post them.  Thank you all for reading my posts and hope I am able to help you in your endeavors to become better artists.  I was helped in this way by other artists, so I therefore pass it on.


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     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 …

     It has been a while since I showed the steps I go through to produce a painting.  I am working on a large one right now, so I decided this one would be a good candidate to go through this process again for those of you that are not familiar with it.

     A friend posted a photograph on social media of a scene on the central coast of Florida.  I really liked it, so I asked her permission to paint it and she readily agreed.  This scene is of huge cumulus clouds over the sand dunes.  I knew I wanted to focus on the clouds so I chose a canvas that is 36 x 48 gallery wrap.  I have the photo below.  This is a really nice photo, but the painting will be done in lighter colors I decided.

     I painted the entire canvas a light blue for the sky including the sides.  After it dried, I went back and it was darker than I wanted (acrylics dry darker, remember) so I went back over the top third with a shade lighter…