Waking up for four days on the Atlantic was so relaxing and peaceful. I keep traveling back to the memory and creating a perfect meditative place. I find it is a necessity to create a calming place to escape the increasing toxicity of our world. A few moments of peace and I am ready to face the next hurdle.
I’ve had several people ask how I make my paintings. So I figured I’d break it down into some steps.
1. Sketches and a plan. I don’t always stick with a plan but the sketchbook is the birthplace of ideas.
5. Fill in and paint. I love creating deep, rich color using umber, purples or greens, and reds. I start the base with the darkest color (green) and then paint glazes over successive layers. It allows texture and color to peek through.
6. Now I just paint. Eliminating some background and covering the sides of the canvas. I will work with smaller and smaller brushes, picking out shapes, enhancing lines doing whatever I feel is necessary. I use acrylic glazing medium to complete the background allowing for the under-layers to show through.
There you have it, a small look into my process (at least for this painting 😊).
Peace and Love,
I had the opportunity to camp on Long Key last March. Nothing beats a tent on the Atlantic. Strolls along the shore introduced me to loads of hermit crabs, man-o-war, gulls, herons, pelicans, oysters, horseshoe crabs, and a canoe trip where I saw a sea turtle. I was so excited about the turtle I almost tipped and neglected to identify the species.
This is the first in my new series, “A Walk Along the Shore.” In this series I hope to share a love and fascination with everything ocean. Included will be graphite drawings and mixed media paintings. I draw from my 35 year love affair with marine life and countless visits to beaches throughout Florida.
Walk with me, won’t you?
peace and love,