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     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.

"Scenes of St. Augustine" collection
8 x 10


Long Key State Park
8 x 10

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 at the Back 40!  This painting is also 8 x 10.  It is of the Irish countryside with a thatched cottage.  i decided to call it
"FIFTY SHADES OF GREEN"  That is what Ireland is known for and often called.  And, having been there I can see why.  It is beautiful!  All the misty rain they get makes it so.  Anyway, the photo is below and of course I will show the finished painting, hopefully next week!  Thanks for looking!


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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.

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     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…