“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.
Sometimes, as artists we want to paint but do not have a lot of space to work in or time to tackle a larger project. When I travel, I like to bring smaller canvases (under 12″) and a small set of paints and brushes. Being able to have some quiet time to paint is so precious.
I usually have a dozen small paintings at the galleries and shops that represent me and find that they sell quite well because of their affordability, they take up less space on a wall and also make nice gifts. Here are some recent “smalls”. They sell for $45-125. depending on size and complexity. Check out Village Arts in Ponte Vedra; Atlantic Beach Arts Market in Atlantic Beach, FL., McIntosh Art Gallery, Darien, Georgia; Gallery 725 in Atlantic Beach; MOS in Jacksonville Beach, FL. Find a small jewel?
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.