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     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 turned out I learned a lot from it and really enjoyed doing it!  I have both the reference photo and the painting below.  Enjoy!


reference photo from class







First painting attempt. Nice, but the flowers compete with the butterfly! So back to the drawing board, so to speak!  I decided to change the flowers to the complementary color of the butterfly.  Purple is the opposite color on the color wheel from yellow, thus making it the complement.  Works nicely, right?  I also decided to try my hand at painting beads of water on the flower.  Not perfect, but not too bad either. I found a photo of a flower with water drops and studied them carefully.  They were really just tiny  lines in the shape of a "U" with  the flower color away from the light and white on the side of the light.  Study then and you will see for yourself!  OK?  Well the finished painting is below.  Enjoy!



"Monarch"
8 x 11
Acrylic



Next, I haven't been happy with this painting below.  I kept looking at it and decided there was too much white, making it look chalky and fake.  So, again, back to the drawing board!  It is now looking MUCH better even though it's not  finished.  Stay tuned for that...Thanks for looking!

"Rogue Wave" under construction









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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, …