Thursday, July 19, 2012


11x14 oil on stretched canvas
Many boats were anchored in the bay, but these two with their gorgeous blue sails, caught my eye.  I had fun using a brush and palette knife on this one.  Using a brush gave me the softer look on the  building and the palette knife was used in the focal point boats and water.  I extended the painting around the edges of the canvas.  I have left the edges white or black.  I've also read that you might paint the predominant color around the edges.  It's your own preference.  I just don't have a preference right now. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Family Beach Walk

8x10 oil on canvas panel
In my studio I have shelves upon which I display my paintings.  Today I was looking at this painting I did a while ago and just couldn't help myself to take a palette knife to it.  I softened the background which led me to do some more work on the figures.  

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sailing on the Bay

11x14 oil on canvas panel

I took the photo  for this scene while fishing on Sarasota Bay.  It was a beautiful morning and I had to zoom in to capture this boat passing in front of this home.  The brushwork and color just doesn't show up with the camera I'm using.  Time for a new one.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Siesta Key Senior Beach Walk

8x16" oil on stretched canvas

I am the dark shadow on the right.  It was early morning and the kind of day where you start out with a jacket and peel it about 10 minutes into the walk.  Beautiful!  

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Take my picture!

5x7" oil on canvas panel
While at the Selby Gardens in Sarasota, this duck flew right in front of us and landed at my feet as if to say "take my picture".  So I did...  I copied the background from the photo but I think I could be more of a designer, as Peggi Kroll Roberts might say.  I may still work on him but wanted to get a post out today.