This painting, I have attempted twice in different formats. Each time, it has been a struggle. I have discovered cerulean blue (red shade). This color should help me with the skies in Florida in the future. The boats were difficult. I thought the shapes of color would be a snap. Again, I was having trouble with the blues. A wash of red on the small sail helped push it behind the other sail.
This is an example that a painting can be easy. The hardest part of this one was knowing when to stop. I am particularly pleased with the difference in the water in the middle and the foreground. Bodies of water often have varying kinds of movement.
I paid very close attention to detail of the birds right down to the angle of the legs. Although the birds are dark the shapes show the different stances each bird takes.
This painting can be located on the Naples beach. People in my booth this last Saturday were discussing it's location.
I am a watercolor artist. My paintings are bold, full of color and texture. Most of my work takes time. I paint realistically, but also uses abstract in the backgrounds. Working deliberately and slow in the beginning, I then burst forth with extermination and looseness to fill up the paper. Stepping back I evaluated, and somehow pull everything together in the end.
I paint from the world around me. Each piece has a story. I like a painting to be strong enough in composition to be appealing for a distance, but when viewed up close I want my viewer to enjoy the detail.
Water color has so many attitudes and possibilities. I like to play with all of them, and will not ever get bored.
I have recently changed my primary residence to Naples, Florida. Although I have been in the area for decades and have sold work here, I need to established as a working artist, and become part of the artist community in Naples.
Nesting has taken up much of my time over the last year. Now it is time to get seriously back to work.