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                                      MORE ON ART CLASS AND LEARNING

     I realized with this new class that my students are different from the last group.  Not only because I have more than before, but they are more intermediate level in their skill. So I am challenged to keep them moving forward and upward.

     I thought about this for awhile and decided that each week we would do a fairly simple painting, each of which teaches a new skill/technique and the last 30 minutes will be spent on a more complicated painting that will be finished during the final class.  That way, they learn more skills in a shorter period of time and will advance faster.

     Although we didn't have time to actually start on the harder painting this week, I asked everyone to undercoat two canvases so they will be ready to start right in as soon as we get there next week.

     Below I have a photo of the painting we did in class on Tuesday.  Of course, this one is not done.  It is 24 x 30 so everyone can see it, and I go around to each student and work one-on-one to help them which means mine will have to be finished up later here in my studio.  Also below I have photos of the underpainting and the photo we are working from for the more complicated painting they will do in class.  It will be beautiful and all will have something to be proud of at the end of the six weeks!
Enjoy and Thanks for looking!  I will give you updates as we go along, ok?

Unnamed/ Unfinished


     BTW, I sold two more paintings!  These were smaller, but nice ones.  One was 14 x 18 and the other 9 x 12.  The 14 x 18 was sold to one of the teachers at the school where I teach the art classes.  He walked in to the room I am using.  He was looking for the science teacher( it's his classroom) To make a long story short, he looked up surprised to see me there and asked who I was. When I introduced myself, he frowned and said, why does that name sound familiar?  Then he asked, do you have a painting called "TROPICAL DREAMS"?  When I said yes, he smiled and said, "I want to buy it for my wife!"  So we made arrangements for me to take it to the next class which was this Tuesday and he took it home as an anniversary present!  Good man!

14 x 18


St. Mark's River, FL
9 x 12



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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.

     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…