“Sunbathing in Cove” is 40×30″ standard gallery wrap painted in more of an illustrative style. I wanted it to be impressionistic and rather abstract. This mermaid is resting in the rocky shore of a cove. There are dolphins swimming in the distance in this fantasy.
As you may know that I took a week long oil painting workshop in Kiawah Island (near Charleston, South Carolina) in April. Our instructor, Bill Inman really impressed on me the value of oils and how different they are from my regular acrylic paints.
SO when I got back into my studio, I decided to do two tests and practice some of the skills I learned at the workshop. Below is the 36 x 36″ acrylic ocean scene that I did first:
On the two similar paintings, this is what I learned.
The Oil (top painting) is creamier and colors appear richer. As the paint rests on another color and blends in the wet stage, there are no sharp edges. I really liked how I could brush through a wet area and create beautiful drags that picked up the underlying color as it traveled. You could take your finger to smooth out an edge that needed to trail off to blend with the background. Here is a detail shot of the oil painting.
Here is the acrylic painting detail:
The oil paints take so long to dry that I was frustrated at the process but feel that its worth the wait at times.
I plan on keep working in both mediums so keep following to catch up on more results. Thanks. Happy painting!!
“Jellyfish Tango” is 36×12″ gallery wrap that I did two years ago with my jellyfish series. Last week a collector from Pensacola Beach, Florida purchased it so I am packaging it up today.
Since I am just about to depart on a painting retreat for a week in St. Kitts, organized by my dear friend and fellow artist, Beth Haizlip…I have been in a tropical island mood. The scene was entirely made up but have glints of other island paintings that I have done recently. It takes many paintings to work out an idea and then coming up with plans for execution of the idea. Painting is not just “willy nilly” dabbing paint on a canvas. Each layer must be strategized and analyzed. I am trying to have each stroke of the brush be deliberate. There are layers of glazes in various colors between the wet brush strokes.
“Perfect Evening” is 40x16x1.5″ gallery wrap
“Sunset Moonrise” is 40x30x1.5″ and expands on the idea of the previous work. I find the scene quite romantic as lovers stand on the porch of a little island cottage, watching the moon rise as the sun sets.
“Reef Rhapsody” is a very large mermaid painting that I started several years ago. I had never been completely happy about the work so decided to continue the work. An entire week went by working and make improvements until I finally reached a point where I felt like she was done. The triptych consists of three 48×24″ panels so this painting would be a focal point in a room at 74×48″.
My website offers prints on various decor items, canvas and fine art prints with framing and nice finishing touches. Printing three gallery wrap canvases a larger or smaller size to fit your particular room is a nice option. http://linda-olsen.pixels.com
“Florida Eclipse” is a new southern landscape. Two 56×22 gallery wrap panels making this 56×45″ when hung. It is a mix of impressionistic stylings, bright colors next to muted colors and swirling brushstrokes give more interest.
“Spring Surf” is a larger 48×36″x 1.5 gallery wrap. My intent for this painting was to have a central cameo of the surf which faded away to soft pastels and ivory.
It started with painting with flexible modeling paste and a palette knife. Then I made a glaze of raw umber and covered the dried plasters, making surf the details of the plaster were enhanced with the 3D textures. Then I made up a jar of unbleached titanium white, zinc white and very light blues and painted over the dried brown undertones.
This painting is available and would look great with your beach decor.
On November 10, I am having a private show and cocktail reception in a friend’s lovely home in Ponte Vedra, Florida. I wanted to have a lot of smaller paintings since it is getting close to the holiday season ready fo the show which inspired these four new paintings. They range in sizes of 14×11, 20×16 and 20×10″. Affordable.
If any are of interest to you, contact me. I can ship anywhere.
Finally completed this large beach painting, “Golden Reflection” is 60×48″ and a great size for a larger wall. The golden highlights shimmer a bit while you walk by it since the golds are metallic paints. This painting is currently available.
Golden Reflection- 60×48″
detail of metallic golds
Recently, I had second thoughts of whether a few older paintings were completed and decided to tweak them. There is nothing wrong with revisiting an idea and then seeing what may make a piece more interesting or possibly correcting an area that may have been wrong but I hadn’t seen it before. Usually it becomes more of a chore than I thought because fresh ideas come up as I improve a painting.
Cephlapod Joy is 36×36″
Rough Seas is 36×24″
Sunrise Pipers is 40×30″