Friday, April 22, 2011

Beach Boys

I actually began this painting months ago and had almost completed the figures and most of the foreground sand and water when I stopped to do some domestic diva stuff like cook dinner.  It seems ridiculous now because the FOF factors, Fear of Finishing and Fear of Failure, took over like they do and it languished. Anyway, I took it to the finish today.
I'm not sure if I am satisfied with the area above the heads of the kids. Is it interesting enough or does it need a tweak? You tell me. From now on when I'm on a roll I'm going to call in sick to the kitchen ;)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Funky Monday

I've been funky this weekend. Everyone is going home and I'm feeling the pull of my studio and my 'homies'. Hubby doesn't want to leave early but we've been here for three months and I have work to do. Sometimes you just have to go to the beach and sit there until the sun drops into the Gulf of Mexico. Naples is beautiful. You really can't beat that. I came home refreshed.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sanibel Lighthouse II

From the beach side of Sanibel Island. Man it was beautiful out there. White sand and lots of boaters moored in the shallow water. If it weren't so darned hot here in Southwest Florida, I could be tempted to 'live the Florida lifestyle' as they say in the Bealls ads ;) Don and I went to the beach yesterday. Low humidity and a Gulf breeze made it a perfect day.
Don't forget to visit my friends at the 4th Floor Artists Spring Open Studios this weekend.  

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sanibel Lighthouse

SOLD at the Art Boutique at Tin City in Naples, Florida
 Last weekend we took a ride up to Sanibel Island on a beautiful day. I took this shot of the lighthouse from the bridge as we were leaving.  This is the first of two paintings I did today while I listened to a replay of Blog Talk Radio featuring Carol and David Marine. It's absolutely true that if you paint several in a row they get better and better. Stay tuned.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Provincetown Sunset #3

Still working on my Provincetown watercolors which are great fun to do. I've been asked what materials I use so I'll give it up. Any good sketchbook or watercolor pad will do. I'm using an Aquabee 6x12 (I like the long skinny format) 93 pound sketch paper. The paper has very good 'lift' quality even after the paint is dry for a while. I draw the sketch in pencil and then do some pen over it with waterproof Faber-Castell and Pigma-Micro pens. I then use liquid masking on the shoreline where I've indicated the buildings. I'll paint over them later. I also do a little masking in the water to keep some of the white which I can alter later if I choose. If it needs more pen after the paint I'll add some. In a sketch of a well known place with a recognizable skyline like this is, you must make the proportions and placement of the key buildings correct. From the left they are the UU Church, the town hall, the former Methodist Church which is the new (fabulous) library, the Pilgrim Monument and the two water towers.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Once in a Blue Moon over Provincetown

 $110 plus $10 S&H
In 2009 the moon was full on both December 2nd and December 31st which is the blue moon. I was visiting my friend Irene who lives on the edge of Race Point and Provincelands. We took a walk in the dunes and on the way back I shot photos of the moon which was visible before the sun set that day. There's just something about the moon that enthralls us.
I am busily working on paintings for my Provincetown gig but I do want to give a heads up about the 4th Floor Artists Open Studios this month. I'm not back from Naples until the 10th of May so I won't be able to participate.
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