Sea Turtles are one of my favorite themes for original paintings.

“Sea Turtles in the Current” is 36×36″ highly texture, palette knife painting that I started several years ago. 2018 arrived and I was determined to finish it. Working this abstractly really forces me to apply paint in a very concise way.  Metallic golds peek out from the heavy paint strokes

Sea Turtles in the Current 30x30

Some of the areas in the painting have gold metallic touches and plaster dimensional knife strokes.


turtle detail gold


Finished the tweaking of these three palm paintings. First one is “Island Sail” is 16×20, next is Palm Golds 4×12″, and the last one is a very calming painting, 24×48″ called Magical Evening. It is part of the Palm Reflections series started a decade ago.

Octopus Blue ~ Painting

Its odd how ideas occur. I was looking at the distressed door to my studio with its paint scratchy and rough looking and had just finished some underwater landscapes in the last few months (between the beach and sandpipers and mermaids)….when an inspiration arose. I sketched out my octopus design and mentally mapped out how to achieve my vision. Many stages of different materials which all have one to three days of drying time between layers needed to be planed for. First I took a white gesso 36″ square gallery wrap.

Painting the entire large canvas with palette knives and modeling plaster (or you can use joint compound form the hardware store) took the good part of the first day. Let that dry for 3 days because it was thick in some areas.

Then I made a mixture of copper and gold acrylic paint and painted the entire dried surface. Before it got completely dry, I took a bunch of towels and rags and gently wiped it back a bit. Then I made a mixture of different whites to dry brush over the dried metallic surface. After that the painting evolved with some large brush glazes of thinned colors over the octopus. Let that dry a few days.

Finally, I spent four days with various palette knives and heavy mixed paints creating the coloring and texture enhancing. With thick paints, let each layer dry a day for nicer jutsapositions of colors.

Enjoy “Octopus Blue”.

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Sand Pipers on the Shore

In the continuing series of sand pipers along the shore, I have created two additional paintings with the recent techniques of palette knife, broad strokes and metallics. The first one is called “Pipers Edge” and is 24×36″ The long skinny one is 16×40″ and called “Three Pipers”. AS you can tell, the metallic golds peak out under the heavy plaster details. The water is finished in a matte varnish which made the metallic golds pop out as a little surprise.

Pipers EdgeThree Pipers 16x40tidal texture

Playing with Dry Brush Techniques

Possibly I mentioned that I have been teaching seniors painting at our town’s local Senior Activity Center for over 15 years. In November we did some projects and lessons with various painting techniques. These are from the lesson on dry brush….and started with raw umber gessoed canvas. Most of the brush strokes were done with a ragged dry brush and acrylics. The sailboat one is 18×24″ and is called “Sailing Close to the Shore” The shell painting is 20×20″. These are rather small canvases (for me) and are quite affordable. I like the abstract qualities and sorbet colors.

West Indian Sunset

Just made my airline tickets for an artist retreat the end of February on the island of St. Kitts in the West Indies.  Looking forward to being inspired by the beautiful tropical surroundings and working alongside other artists while we paint plein aire all week. “Salt Plage Sunset”is the title. Mostly done in palette knife and large brushes. I painted this from a photograph I shot while on the island last year. A lovely gallery in Christophe Harbor will be having a show for me and my artist friend Beth Haizlip in early March so I need to figure out how to get this one there. International shipping is so pricey.  It is 31 x 26”.

Salt Plage Sunset 31x26Salt Plage Sunset detail

Sailing on my mind

The Old photos below are from my history as a sailor. The old wooden boat that my family had since I was around 9 years old made a huge impact on my love for the sea. In November and December, I concentrated on putting my memories on canvas from a few old slides I found. Adding Catalina Island and my impressionistic stylings…

The three paintings from the old photo of the boats from the mountain and the coves at Catalina were started and slightly influenced by Van Gogh’s work. I had seen the movie “Loving Vincent” and was very inspired. If you have the opportunity to see this movie, do. They sell copies on Amazon. Adding the energy and colors of the sunrise was a challenge.