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     It is interesting how things turn out sometimes... I didn't win at the art show, I got something much better!!   A visiting couple saw my painting and asked me to paint their historical home in Washington!  Wow, didn't see that one coming!  I will be receiving their photos shortly and I am looking forward to the challenge!
     Also, my other painting I had to enter,  "The Sentinel" has been sold.  It is traveling to New York.  Bon Voyage!
     Now, for the teaching.  As I mentioned in my last blog, UNDERPAINTING is MANDATORY!!!
Without it, the painting never quite achieves proper depth and the 3D effect we need and desire!  In the painting, "Top Hat and Tails" even the horse and buggy that are white,  ESPECIALLY WHITE, must be underpainted in a darker color. In the case of white, it is done with grey. You use either a warm grey (browns, reds or yellows) or cool grey (blues or purples with greens) depending on whether your painting is warm or cool.   Then when layering on top, of course, we NEVER cover all the grey.  That is how we achieve the  3D.  The grey remains as the shadows of the object. Again, in Acrylics, the colors always dry darker, so we go back several times lighter and lighter each time to finally achieve the brightness we want.  We also always tint the white with another color to keep white from looking chalky.  If we want a warm white, tint with yellow or tan, if a cool white is desired, then tint with the blue or green family. It takes very little to tint the white!!  Just enough to bring it down from stark white. Only the final highlights can be done in pure white and even then use only touches for "sparkle"
     Another important factor to consider is your composition!!  This is paramount in a painting!! Without proper composition, a painting falls flat no matter how well it is painted!  I will discuss some of the different composition types in my next blog!
     See you soon!

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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, …