“Morning at Turtle Bay” 40×30′ was painted in a larger size from a similar painting that I did after visiting St. Kitts earlier in the year. (“Nevis in the Distance” See below). I had taken photos while painting on this idyllic beach. It was a windy day so the sailboats that would have been sailing that day came around the tip of the island to anchor and wait for the wind to die down. The first sailboat still had one sail up still while getting in position. There was a little dock and we swam in the shallow water. Paradise.
Of course on this second painting from my photograph, I changes a few things and tried to make the water reflect less wind in the cove. This painting will go on my wall at home.
Then, after completing the larger 40×30″ scene, I wanted to explore the idea again to learn and be bolder with my new ideas. My husband remarked that he didn’t understand why I painted two of the same painting. I wanted to change the time of day like it was a summer evening with the moon lighting up the sky. I also wanted to try making the colors more brilliant and colorful. These two new paintings really made me happy while painting it and I am assuming that the happy feeling transcends to whomever purchases the painting.
“Twilight Sail” 40×30″
Nevis in the Distance is 24×30 was done earlier in the year and was my inspiration for the two new larger paintings.
“All You Need” is a smaller landscape 24×20″ and done from the same photos I shot while on that beautiful beach.
“Sand Bank Bay” 24×24 is from a Str Kitts trip two years ago. Sand Bank Bay is on the Atlantic Ocean side of the island and near the most southernly points. Available for purchase.
“A Splendid Day” is 24×40″ and was started a year ago. I finally finished the scene which was painted from various sketches and memories. I like bringing the islands into a home because it emotes vacation!
“Having Lunch in the Cabana” is 30×15″ and a nice size for many areas of a home. This original acrylic painting on canvas was made up form memories of my trips to the West Indies. There is something challenging and yet freeing to work form memories alone.
“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″
Turtle Bay is on the very southern tip of the island of St. Kitts. We were cordially invited to spend the day painting at a new friend’s home on the beach. The island of Nevis is visible in the distance. We swam and enjoyed some rum punches with the family and painted all day. The day got quite windy and the sailboats started coming around the island to anchor. The first boat still had one sail up while they anchored so I took some photos for reference that day. SO glad I did because I really liked the composition.
Again I started with a mixture of browns to sketch in the scene with brushed washes. When that dried, I was able to add some other tints for the basis of the design. I also added the little dock that was just outside of the shot but on other photographs.
In my work, I am trying to explore the feelings I have from an experience and inspiration so adding bright colors and more abstract tendencies work well. My paintings are more in the category of impressionism/expressionism.
Painting is available and would look great with beach decor.
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.
“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
Some of the areas in the painting have gold metallic touches and plaster dimensional knife strokes.