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     I decided to talk to you this week about different techniques of painting.  I will readily admit that I am not familiar with all the different types of painting.  I was very firm in my decision that I wanted to do realistic painting at a very young age.  In fact, my art teacher got very frustrated with me several times because I had no desire to try different types of art such as sculpting, collage, encaustic, so forth and so on.  She just couldn't understand that I had made up my mind what I wanted to do.  I wasn't interested and that was that.  Hurt my grades though!  Oh, well.  I didn't care.  I knew what I wanted to do and I wanted her to teach me that, and that only.   Any of you like that?  Hopefully I'm not the only one.  Interestingly, I still have no interest in those other types of work.  I enjoy seeing them but don't want to DO them.  Of course, there are more types of painting now than there used to be, maybe that has something to do with it.  I don't know.

     I have the book "ACRYLIC PAINTING FOR DUMMIES".  It is actually quite a good book.  It goes into several different techniques and explains them well so you might want to get a copy for yourself.  It is not expensive and is well written as I said.

     I am still busy painting and building up my supply for the next Art Walk.  I think I am about done though.  I will pick up the large painting for the Nature and Wildlife show again this week.  So look for my progress next week on the blog.  In the meantime, here are my latest paintings.  I post these on Instagram and Facebook for advertising of my work, and I get a lot of responses too!

     BTW, three of the paintings I posted last week have already sold!  That was fast!  That's what we all want right?  Enjoy these newest and as always, Thanks for looking!!

11 x 14

8 x 10

5 x 7

5 x7

5 x 7

5 x 7


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                                   THESE ARE ALL ORIGINAL PAINTINGS!


     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…