Saturday, January 28, 2017

Lily Pads in the Fountain   24"x30"   $675.00

This painting was put together from several photos taken at the fountain at Jane's Restaurant, in Naples Florida.  This was a great place for breakfast.  The French toast was to die for. 

 I always checked the fountain out for blooms after we had visited the farmer's market on 3rd Street.  Over a period of time I had collected several images of the lavender lilies. 

 Then  task of printing off and blowing up images, exactly to the size as I wanted for the painting. Hours were spent in constructing the drawing.  Lighting also had to be adjusted, because of the different times the photos were taken. 

 After first painting each lily in detail and then the water, I put the photos aside and worked to pull the piece together.  This one came in and out of the frame a few times.  Now It is ready.

Speckled Crab   17"x20"  $320.00

I found this crab washed up on the beach one morning.  He was dead and on his back.  Flipping him over I positioned all his legs to a good pose.

Originally, this painting was started as a day painting.  Returning to it, I worked on detail and the sense that he is resting in a hole in the water. 

One of the hardest tasks was finding out what kind of crab this was.  Hours were spent on the internet to find his picture with a name.  Finally I had it: The Speckled Crab.

Monday, January 16, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days

Can you tell I am tired.  Actually I have another idea for an octopus painting.  I see where I could carve more interest into this one, but I have no more energy tonight
I got a lot done today...not painting.  Tomorrow I promise to do some more serious painting.  It will not be another octopus.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Octopus Detail

This was doddle and straight from my head.  I think that I might paint from a photo and then follow with my own memory.  I usually paint with a visual stimulus even if I very a lot from what I see. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Feeding Time, Day 12

This is the second painting of this small octopus.  I have several shots of him.  It was feeling time at the Key West Aquarium. 

Seeing this photo I think that I still have to work on the leg that goes over the body.  It does not pull forward enough. 

Tomorrow I think I will try a made up doodle of an octopus.  The suction cups fascinate me. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 11

Flowing Down

This was done in my watercolor journal. It could be called a doodle.  I have started a painting of an octopus, which I will finish tomorrow.  I should do a doodle also so I can become current. 

I had chosen pigments that are fairly new to me.  I usually use them for accents. 

I plan to head to the beach tomorrow morning.  The day after the full moon provides a full moon.  I will always be a beach comber.  Night  

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

In Thought, Day 10

This one was a struggle.  I don't think the drawing was nailed.  I have a friend on Facebook that draws or paints her face or some pose of herself about everyday.  Most of them are quite good, some look like they were a real challenge.  She says her husband takes shots of her with the cell phone, then she works. 

this looks enough like me, with reading glasses. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days, Day 9

Night Jazz
On Thursday nights in Naples musicians are on the street on 5th Avenue.  People dance in the streets.  It makes for a very pleasant evening.  There was another singer but very obscured, so I had to make up the background.  The microphone was there.  I just followed my gut and was going for look good. 

This is an appropriate painting for today.  I had my piano swapped out changing from a digital to an acoustic.  The sound is much better.  My ears are happy, and so is my paint brush.