Put it in a Frame

“Living In Florida”  

Something completely different for me.  The acrylic painting (36″ x 24″) for my living room is finished and ready for a frame. 

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Living in Florida

FullSizeRender-8Almost done my latest painting. Another commission for our home.

This is quite a different painting for me.  First, it’s acrylics.  Not my usual media.  And, it’s  actually a planned painting.  Normally I’m a grab the brushes and paint kind of gal with   perhaps a few pencil marks for placement.  But as this is 24″ by 36″, a stretched canvas and I want it prominently displayed in our living room; the center of our home, the area where we live, I actually did some preliminary work including a value and color sketch.  The birds were then sketched the appropriate size onto tracing paper, cut apart, and rearranged several times…. eventually winding up near where they started.


The white ibis are the most prominent birds in our new backyard that includes a pond.  They wander around the edges, picking, poking and preening, making sketching and photographing them easy.  Watching them jockey for best position, moving intricately between each other without touching a feather.  They seem peaceful, content and happy to be part of our landscape.

They are very different than any birds that lived in our heavily wooded backyard in Medford, NJ and therefore, mesmerizing.  For me they signify, I am actually now residing in Florida full time.  Just like these three.  After 64 years in one area of the United States, I have been able to realize another dream. Who’d a thunk!

Still a few tweeks before sealing it, and sending it off to the framer (yes, I am actually going to pay someone to frame versus doing it myself!), I will post the full painting when it’s actually finished.  Just thought I’d give you a peak into the making of my painting and how my art comes from my heART.
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Workshop Wonders

Today I took a workshop with the delightful Deborah Ross at the equally delightful Selby Gardens.  Deborah is the artist responsible for the lovely signs that are sprinkled through the gardens. 

No drawing, minimal brush strokes, it was amazing to watch her push and pull her squirrel brush, molding both the big shapes and details in her paintings.  I think I need one.  

Generous, happy and charming, she demonstrated, and came around with individual suggestions and encouragement.  Here are my results.

I think I could get addicted to this.

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In My Head – Part 2

During my first new watercolor class, my instructor demonstrated a painting technique that she had learned in a class with Andrew Castagnet.  I liked her result, and my first attempt came out o.k.  Second was a disaster.

Now that we’re in a few week break before the next class, I decided to try to “fix” the first one.  Give that dolphin sculpture a bit more definition.  Make him  stand out from the background..sort of salvage it from the wreckage. Having used a photo my instructor provided, I rummaged through my own photos of the fountain in Bayfront Park in Sarasota.  It was then I discovered it.  I had painted what I thought I saw, not what was actually there.  The lower dolphin on the right hand side was going in the complete opposite direction as the top one.  They were not leaping together as I had painted them.

This is the second time my head has played tricks with me in this class.  The Roseate Spoonbill class had me spinning because I knew what I thought we were doing.  This painting demonstrated something every artist knows….paint what you see, not what you think you see.

I painted it again,  not quite getting the looseness  I enjoyed in that first painting. But this time, I painted what I saw.

Well, not exactly.  The dolphins aren’t blue and purple…then again, you don’t expect me to totally follow that rule, did you?

We may have to have a fourth go at this painting.  I love this park, and that fountain. I’ll keep you posted

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