Tropical Islands on my mind

This next weekend I will be traveling with some artist friends to the beautiful island of St. Kitts in the West Indies. We plan on painting plein air daily, enjoying the island and its residents. Last year we had so much fun and produced many fun tropical paintings.

Last week, I started a grouping of rather small paintings 12×24 and 10×20″ with a base of modeling plaster. I then added heavy strokes of acrylic paints with brushes and palette knives. The quick light strokes brushing over the raised plaster is actually fun. Try it!!

Since these little landscapes were made up from memories, I had the freedom to invent and imagine.

Pineapple Series Continues

Here are the next two paintings to celebrate the symbol of “welcome”. The metallic gold one is 10×20″ on canvas. The teal blue one was painted on a wood panel and is 12 x 17″.

These are a great size for the hallway near a front door. Welcome your guests!!!

Pineapple Series

I am starting a series of dimensional paintings of pineapples. I actually went to the grocery to buy a pineapple to sketch from and after doing the octopus paintings with the dimensional plaster carved on the drawing, more exploration was challenging me. Most of the joy in painting for me are the challenges that ensue from ideas and visions I have. I actually plan out the various steps and allow for drying and new layers. To get a certain effect, you need to be patient and allow for the experimentation to occur. You can see how I wiped off the glazes over the dried plaster to create more interest. This is 12×24″ on wood panel and will eventually have a box floating frame.

I do enjoy sculpting into the plaster and using palette knives. AT this time a blue version is in the works.

SYMBOLISM: Any guest who was invited to a party where a whole pineapple was displayed, knew that no expense was spared in guaranteeing the guests’ enjoyment. It was this that made the crowned fruit the high symbol of social events and became the meaning of welcome, friendship, and hospitality.

Terra Cotta Pineapple


San Diego Vacation mixed with painting

I just got back from a great vacation in San Diego with various family members. We stayed with my sister in Pt. Loma and spent time with my brother in La Jolla as well as Nieces and nephews who live in the area. I also wanted to do a painting lesson to my great niece and nephew at their house. They had lost their mom (my niece) last summer in an accident so it was very special for me to spend time with her cool kids.  It turned out that they have talent so I hope they continue.

We had a group birthday party at the end of the trip where some cousins and family from central California drove down and a niece flew in from Denver. Knowing that they were coming, I headed for an art supply store ($140.00 later) for more paint and canvases…and set myself up in the den at my sisters house and painted for a week and a half to be able to give paintings to my family. I knew I would want to paint on this trip so had brought some canvases, paint, and brushes. At the party, they got to choose which painting they wanted. It is difficult to choose what someone else would like so I had to do enough to allow for choices. It ended up that all of them were chosen.

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