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     Whew!  I am  exhausted!  I have been painting almost non-stop for the last two weeks trying to get all the paintings done for the restaurant.  Turns out that one wall  currently has a large TV hanging.  The owner said it is being removed and they want a LARGE painting to hang there.  Well, just so happens that a friend gave me a very large canvas she no longer wanted. Actually, she gave me 3 large canvases and I used them all for this commission.  Yea!!  The biggest is 4ft by 5ft!  the perfect size for that wall.  But,  that also meant that I had to paint on that large canvas!  It didn't take nearly as long as I thought it would, but it sure did use a lot of paint!  I guess I will start ordering my paints in large sizes now.  LOL!!  It costs too much otherwise! I'm not sure if I will be the only artist there or not. (They have several artists at their current location) I am to take all the paintings in next Tuesday morning. That is when I will find out I guess.  Maybe they are having a contest?   Just kidding!  Hey, if they don't take all of them I will take the rest to the March Art Walk, to the Avonlea Mall or the Art Studio, etc, etc.  BTW, I am taking the large painting that is currently at Avonlea to the restaurant as it fits the seascape and color theme I have going here.  I am taking my "LAST SANCTUARY' painting up to replace it.  It is a more traditional painting anyway, fits better in that setting.

     I have been so busy that I haven't had time to come up with a lesson for you.  Sorry.  but I will have one for next week, OK?  I think I need a painting break after this.  At least for a few days. Haha..

     I have pictures of all the paintings I have worked on for this commission posted below. You will see just how busy I have been.  Thank goodness for massage, right?  I get one tomorrow.  Boy do I need it!!  Anyway,  enjoy and thanks for looking!




'MY PARADISE"
48 x 60
Acrylic



"TROPICAL BREEZES"
28 X 44
Diptych
Acrylic




"EVENING REST"
24 X 48
Acrylic


"PARADISE COVE"
24 X 30
Acrylic



"ISLAND TIME"  I, II,  III
8 X 10
Acrylic
You may not be able to tell in these photos but these and the next Surfboard set of paintings are on burlap with thick gesso added.  It fits the theme of the painting and makes them fun I think!  I purchased these burlap canvases at Hobby Lobby.



"UNSPOILED BEAUTY"
(unfinished)
36 x 48
I will finish this one by Tuesday


"SURFBOARDS"  I, II,  III
11 x 14
Acrylic



THESE ARE THE PAINTINGS I HAVE PAINTED JUST FOR THIS RESTAURANT.  HOWEVER, I AM TAKING MORE JUST IN CASE SHE WANTS THEM.  I COULDN'T GET INTO THE BUILDING TO MEAURE THE  WALL SPACE, SO I WILL GO PREPARED FOR ANYTHING!    BELOW ARE THE EXTRA PAINTINGS I WILL TAKE.  NOTICE THAT ALL THESE PAINTINGS ARE SIMILAR IN THEME AND OR COLOR.  THIS WILL MAKE FOR A COHESIVE LOOK ON THE WALLS.  THAT IS SOMETHING THE OWNER SPECIFICALLY ASKED FOR!   SHE EMPHASIZED THAT SHE DOES NOT WANT A HODGE PODGE LOOK!!




"CARIBBEAN VIBES"
11 x 14
Acrylic




"TROPICAL DREAMS"
14 x 18
Acrylic



"NIGHT SAIL"
11 x 14
Acrylic




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