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                                               THE "FABULOUS FLORIDA" SHOW


     Next week St Augustine Art Association has another show, "FABULOUS FLORIDA". This time we are allowed two entries. The first is one I recently finished.  It is a beach scene with sand and sea oats, mostly impressionistic.  It is a very large gallery wrap canvas.

      The second one is different.  It is more a fine art painting of the Scarlet Ibis birds found here in  Florida.  They are very rare, actually on the endangered list.  They are also gorgeous bright red birds!  Native to the northern tip of South America, they migrated here to Florida and can now be found all along the Gulf Coast and Atlantic in Florida.  Some say there are a few in South Carolina and south, not sure about that, but I also decided to add a Roseate Spoonbill. The paintings are below.  Enjoy!



"OFF THE BEATEN PATH"
'Huguenot Crossing'
'Scenes of Florida'
48 x 36
Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas

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"SCARLET IBIS and ROSEATE SPOONBILL"
'Scenes of Florida"
The Scarlet Ibis is severely endangered
22 x 28
Acrylic on canvas

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     The Fall MEMBERS Show is almost over. We were only allowed one entry for that, as it is very popular.  They also had an AFTERMATH show of any artwork done after the hurricane Matthew or Irma.  I entered both.  Below are the paintings.

"TROPICAL NECTAR"
36 x 48
"Looking Up" series
Acrylic

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This was my entry for the Fall MEMBERS Show



Below is my entry for the AFTERMATH Show.  It was painted two days after hurricane Matthew.
"AFTER THE STORM"
12 x 24"
Acrylic

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AS A SIDE NOTE, I HAD A CONTEST ON FACEBOOK TO  NAME THE TOP PAINTING AND IT WAS A LOT OF FUN!  I GOT MANY GOOD SUGGESTIONS, BUT THE WINNER WAS "OFF THE BEATEN PATH" AS YOU SEE ABOVE.  THE PRIZE WAS A 5 X 7 PAINTING OF HER CHOICE.  BELOW IS A PHOTO OF US TOGETHER WHEN SHE PICKED UP
HER PRIZE PAINTING.








































































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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 …
THE" PROCESS" OF PRODUCING A PAINTING

     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…