Saturday, January 28, 2012

Windy Go

So many boats to choose from at the Marina in downtown Sarasota.  I changed the background from boat docked in marina to anchored.  This is on a 16x20 panel.  Enjoyed the large canvas.  Just loved those reflections and playing around with all the whites - cool to warm, shadows and values. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Siesta Key

The pastel painting is now in the final stages.  I'll let Florence view it before I declare it done.  I'll take a  picture of her painting at the next class and post that, too.  If you haven't tried pastels, I recommend doing so.  There are so many colors to choose from.    Florence suggested using ampersand boards for pastels especially if you are painting professionally.  She also mentioned getting special pastel archival paper.  There is a terrific art store here in Sarasota that carries everything.  I have Dick Blick close to me at home in Ohio and this store.  I'm very fortunate not to have to mail order and pay shipping.

I would like to experiment with different types of surfaces.   She did tell me that I am very neat and clean when I paint.  I try to loosen up but guess that's me.  (Maybe this is why I like palette knife painting - I don't require so much control of where to put my brushstrokes ?!  just a thought)... 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Siesta Key beach shack oil

This is the same scene done in oil on a 16x20 canvas panel.  I had painted this last year and kept it in my FL home.  When I saw it this year, I realized the progress I have made and needed to redo it.   I added in the beach chairs in front of the shack and added many more spots of color in the trees and on the shack.  I also added the clouds in the sky.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I do like working on larger canvas.
You can purchase a print of this at of if interested in original, contact me at

Friday, January 13, 2012

Siesta Key beach shack

My first pastel from Florida.  I did this one from a photo I had from last year.  Anxious to getting more photographs.  Florence, my art instructor, shared ways to put photos together to create wonderful compositions to paint.  I'm going on a photo shoot today. 
Below is the first stage of the painting I'm doing in her class.  We are actually doing a pastel painting from her original painting which she did from her own photo.  Make sense? 
I'm sending sun to all my friends up north! 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Sleigh Bells in Florida?

We arrived in Florida last week and I had this pastel painting I did last year hanging on my bedroom wall.  I did this in Florence's class and am looking to getting started with her this year.  I believe I captured the shininess of the bells and the texture of the leather strap.  Here's a close-up.
Considering I had never worked with soft pastels before, I think I did ok. 
I think I'll bounce back and forth with both oil and pastel for a while.  I do need new photographs and may try my hand at plein aire?