Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Palms and coconuts are popular subjects for artists here in Southwest Florida especially since such paintings are in demand in local galleries. However it's my opinion the intrigue in painting them is the challenge posed by the intricate variety of fronds, shadows they cast and the never ending and ever evolving fibrous outgrowth palm trees produce along with the coconuts themselves.
So is the coconut a fruit, a nut or a "drupe" (drupe being a fruit with a hard stony covering enclosing the seed )? We are told the coconut can be all three, a fruit, a nut and a seed.
Palms consistently show up in my paintings but this is a first attempt to capture ripening coconuts with bright sunlight casting dancing colorful shadows. I may revisit SUNLIT COCONUTS but for now its ready for a signature!
Sunday, March 22, 2015
The Art Council of Southwest Florida is the voice of our extended art community. It's umbrella includes nineteen art organizations with a combined membership of 6800 artists within a five-county area.
The Winners' Circle Show is a biennial exhibit showcasing artists who have won major awards during the two year period preceding the show within the Art Council's organizations. What a thrill when the invitation arrived last fall to show SPLASH DANCE in this year's exhibit where it would be displayed alongside those winning pieces of other regional artists I so admire!
The awards reception was grand with refreshments served in the courtyard of our Punta Gorda Visual Arts Center. Kudos to the show committee who did an outstanding job providing color catalogs, organizing, hanging and promoting this show judged by Fran Gardner, Professor of Art and Art History, University of South Carolina.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Really don't know what to say about this one! Last fall my husband had an insatiable appetite for grapes. (I prefer mine in liquid form). We had green grapes, red grapes, purple grapes - you get the picture. What better time to set up a still life and do a companion piece for the oranges featured in the October post. It was lovely the way the sunlight seemed to make these little orbs glow enhancing their natural translucence...oops - sunlight moves quickly - so artificial light - not the same effect - take photos - totally lost the translucence. Capturing the reflections on the silver tray became a challenge as well. Sometime I shall try painting grapes again - but not for a while!
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
The 1980 movie SOMEWHERE IN TIME starring Jane Seymour and the late Christopher Reeve is a favorite of our daughter in law, Debbie. She and son, Edward, traveled to Michigan to stay in the honeymoon suite at the Grand Hotel last year. They enjoyed exploring Mackinac island, and staying and dining at the Grand was a dream come true for Debbie.
Sooner or later I suppose most of us want to paint a face in a mirror as so many artists have in the past. An on line photo was just the inspiration needed to pose Debbie in front of her dresser and paint her "Somewhere in Time" - note the pocket watch on the dresser if you are familiar with the story line.
We included this painting framed with her Christmas gifts and she was delighted! Debra is a beautiful model and I'm eager to paint her again.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Christmas Blessings and Happy Holidays to you wonderful blogging friends. Thanks to all who visit and leave encouraging comments! You are appreciated more than you know and I am forever grateful for your support!
May the new year bring you peace, happiness and good health with many creative opportunities.
Balsam Shadows Road is our North Carolina address. We are not usually in Maggie Valley when it's cold but did spend one winter there and the snow was so beautiful. Photos taken then still inspire paintings today. This one is mixed water media on stretched canvas textured with rice paper.
Friday, December 12, 2014
I'm a beach lover - sun, sand, salt and our fabulous Gulf water! April's post presented a small landscape with a rusting John Deere bicycle. That old bike was such a challenge, couldn't resist another go at it. The large canvas certainly needed paint and a change was needed for an "over the sofa" painting in our living room. I would attempt a fantasy beach setting and place the bike somewhere within. If the painting proved successful, on the wall it would go! Last week when the call to artists went out for the Mini/Maxi show the painting was entered!
Happy Dance! MY BEACH was awarded "First Merit" last evening at the Charlotte County Visual Arts Center's Maxi/Mini theme show reception! Thank you Judge Karl Hollander! Public viewing December 8 - December 31, at 210 Maude Street, Punta Gorda, Fl.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
I never met my husband's grandmother, Marie, but the many colorful stories I've heard makes me sad I didn't have that chance. As a widow, she lived in south Florida and grew a variety of fruit and vegetables assisted only by her loyal pet duck, Goldie. We inherited her lovely China and this is the first attempt at including a piece in a still life painting. Still fascinated by reflections, the setup is on glass over black foam core. A companion piece is on the easel - a short break from painting faces and figures!
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
By his gleeful expression one can see young Eddie was quite taken with the Blarney Castle on a trip to Ireland a few years ago with is dad and brother to explore their paternal heritage. While visiting the castle, he chose not to kiss the Blarney Stone but has managed to grow quite eloquent without the magic of the Stone's gift.
In this digital age one seldom sees these little cardboard cameras except maybe at weddings. Just couldn't resist painting this happy memory! Haven't I mentioned grandsons are wonderful models!
Monday, July 28, 2014
|14" x 11" Oil on Canvas|
On a late afternoon last fall our younger grandson Jed joined us on the lanai wearing his new gray hat. Jed enjoys head-gear whether it's caps, hats or helmets! As he sat down I was blown away seeing how the warm light played across his face creating both warm and cool shadows. Naturally this sent me scurrying for the camera and the sketch book to make color notes knowing someday this would become a painting! Jed is very patient posing . Our two grandsons are favorite models and a painting of Eddie is on the easel now.
This was an exercise in how I might "puzzle snap" these interesting warm and cool shapes together to create a believable image of Jed's handsome face. Thank you for posing for me, Jed! I hope you like the painting. Wonder what ever happened to the gray hat?
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
18" x 24" Oil on Board
This handsome cowboy's name is Taylor. He is our grand nephew who just graduated from high school and we are so proud of him and his accomplishments! Producing this portrait was a family effort with his mom, dad, and older brother assisting in the taking of 81 photos for reference. So happy the painting was completed in time for his graduation, and I'm thrilled it was well received by him and the family! What fun painting Taylor and one of the horses he enjoys so much.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
One never knows what's just beyond or behind the fronds when scouting an island with a camera! This lonely rusting relic is tethered to a palm tree near the waters edge of Pine Island Sound. The actual setting has been only slightly altered by my brush. This piece is a study.
A 36" x 60" canvas sits on my easel where "My Fantasy Beach" is slowly developing in acrylic, and the old John Deere will again rest under a palm tree somewhere in the painting. This small study familiarized me with the character of the rusting seemingly forgotten bicycle. Wish we knew it's story and why faded silk (or plastic) roses are waiting in the basket ....for whom? We wonder...
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The Great Blue Heron is a majestic sight whether cruising the coastline with slow wing beats or standing motionless scanning for prey. Sometimes it will wade belly deep making long, deliberate steps. When in flight, the heron tucks in its neck and the long legs trail out behind. A beautiful bird to behold and fortunately here in South Florida there is no shortage of them.
This bird was spotted, photographed and sketched at Ponce de Leon park in Punta Gorda.
"SILENT SENTINEL" was juried into the Fine Feathered Friends Show last month and last week sold to a collector who lives on a lake and enjoys watching a variety of wading birds.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
To my delight, NEW POINTE SHOES received a merit award in the Art League of Fort Myers Juried Fine Arts Show "Surprise Packages"on Exhibit through February 28, 2014 at 1451 Monroe Steet in the heart of the River District downtown Fort Myers! Susan Bridges, President and Executive Director of the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs judged this show. Susan's work is represented in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Thank you,Susan!!
Two awards this month! I am humbled, blessed and celebrating!
Friday, February 7, 2014
Last evening I was honored with the First Place Award in Cape Coral Art League's annual juried show celebrating all varieties of the birds we so enjoy. Fine Artist Janette Chupack judged the show and I am thrilled she chose SPLASH DANCE for the blue ribbon! Thank you Janette for this fabulous award and thanks to the Cape Coral Art League for a delightful show and reception! SPLASH DANCE was the subject of my July 29, 2013 post called "Water Ballet".
The show may be seen at 516 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral and runs through February 26 during the hours 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday!