“Party Til Dawn” was made up form several trips I went on this year. Camping with friends and having a giant bonfire, visiting family in San Diego and Santa Cruz (hence the pier and distant coastline), Palms and Sailboat from St. Kitts. The people are out partying still as the sun comes up and people are walking their dogs. Sometimes just drawing from your memories is fun and offers many opportunities to add and change things up. This painting is 48×24″.
Details and painting progression
While in St. Kitts, I sat on the beach in Turtle Bay watching the paradise all around me. The island of Nevis is in the distance, a sailboat coming into the bay, cocoanuts on a palm, a surfboard on the beach with a fishing dock….What more could you need in life?
I call this “All You Need”. 24×20″
While in San Diego in January visiting family, I went to the San Diego zoo and took some photos with my great niece and sister. This “Flamingo” painting was done from one of my photos but I wanted it to be more abstract. You can see by the progression of painting stages that it went through many alterations. As I paint, every stroke of the brush makes changes that are more dramatic than expected. Then decisions must be made whether to follow that new path or go back to an original plan. This 36×24″ painting kicked my butt over the week of progress because I wanted cohesiveness yet spontaneous brush strokes evident. Painting is a very MENTAL activity. Its such hard work yet I am sure that it boosts my brain activity and challenges me on so many levels. At this point I am in the last third of my life and feel more alive and passionate about being a painter.
“Island Bar Coral” is the first of three Island Bar painting inspired by photos I took while in St. Kitts. The tropical breezes blow through the rooms in most homes and businesses, keeping them cool. My thoughts were to be outside of a bar or kitchen looking through another window and the beautiful island landscape and palms beyond.
What happened to me as an artist was that during the couple of weeks doing this series, I found myself HAPPY. Music was playing and a bit of dancing in my studio…I hope the happy feeling comes across and make the owner of my paintings experience some joy.
This one is 24×36″ gallery wrap. I have attached photos of the progression and various stages of the work.
“Calm Before” a 30×40″ painting was shipped this week to California. To ship a painting 3000 miles, it needs to be packed properly. First I wrap painting in archival brown paper then have the hardware store cut a piece of tempered quarter inch hardboard to the size of the painting. This hardboard lines up with painting and then at least 2 layers of large bubble wrap go around this next. I use twine to secure the final bubble wrapped package. Then, I purchase 2 mirror boxes that I can nestle for extra cardboard to approximately 6-8 inches larger than painting. I slide the painting into the box and add more packing bubbles and popcorn.
I found that UPS ground is cheapest if you do the payment online, print the label and then drop it off at my local UPS store. For 10 bucks more, they will pick up.