Another Island Painting inspired by St. Kitts

While visiting Kate Spencer’s beautiful plantation home on the north end of St. Kitts, I took many photos. When I returned, I did numerous paintings from my photographic references. Using creative license to add elements; like the objects on the kitchen table, St Barts and a sailboat in the distance.  This is part of the Island Bar series and just completed. I wanted to continue the rustic, impressionistic style as the others in this series. They made me so happy painting so free and whimsical.

“Island Kitchen” is 24×36″. Imagine it on your wall? Bring a little of the islands…

Island Kitchen 36x24aIsland Kitchen bottleLeather living room

This is my photo reference:

Island kitchen inspiration

Photo illustrations from the St Kitts trip

As I have been still inspired by the beauty of the tropical island of St. Kitts for weeks, I went over a few of my photos and enhanced them to reflect the stunning colors. Some of these did not require a lot of enhancements and some I went a bit wild. I usually use Photoshop and a few additional filters to achieve the effects you see here. Also I do like to add borders on some. Printed on archival art papers makes for a stunning display. Enjoy!

Island Art

This was the first painting I worked on when I finally got back into my studio at home. I must admit that working in my studio with air conditioning and music playing is my preference even though plein air does allow an artist to really see differently. Probably its best to do some of each.

I called this painting “Outside Inside Outside” because of the fact that I was looking from the outside of Kate’s kitchen window with the shutters opened, into the kitchen where lunch was being prepared and then out the north window at the palms on the other side. SO glorious how the tropical breeze blew right through the house. No bugs except some lizards and perfect weather. The orange metal roof and tropical flowers all around.

As you can see, I again started with the entire painting loosely brushed in with brown glazes and then other colors layered over the original brown textures. I liked how the browns peeked through between the wooden shingles.

If you haven’t already done so, please send my blog link to your friends. You never know if my Island Art would go perfectly in their home. I appreciate you.

Outside inspireWindow Outside prog

Paintings that were completed since returning from the Artist Retreat

After returning from the wonderful week in St. Kitts, it took over two weeks to design a coffee table book of the journey. The last post had a slideshow of the final book design.

Then last weekend I finally was able to get into my studio to paint. I was still highly inspired form working with the thousand photos I shot. A few in particular I had set up with a painting in mind for later so I have been now printing my photos and painting from them. This one is a view from Kate Spencer’s kitchen window, on her plantation on the north end of the island.

Below are my references and some photos of the progression of how I mapped out and worked on the various layers. Starting with a brush and a mixture of raw umber,  burnt sienna and glazing medium…I painted the entire surface of the white canvas. I used creative license to change my layout before I started.

For more information on this painting, go to my website: http://www.linda-olsen.pixels.com

Kitchen Table view inspKitchen Window progress