A little brighter

“Island Bar Blue Shutters” is 24x36x1.5 gallery wrap. Sometimes when doing a series, I find myself exploring additional techniques, experimenting with colors and glazes and working out issues from the past paintings in the series. This one I explored making all of the colors a bit more vibrant and actually not finishing details as much. I wanted deliberate brush strokes to be evident and not overworking an idea.

Island Bar Blue 24x36Island Bar Blue decorIsland Bar Blue detIsl bar Blue shutters prog

Turtle Bay was so inspiring

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.

Nevis in DIstance inspNevis in distance progression

Monkeys on the Islands

Here is my reference photo that I shot at Shipwreck in St. Kitts and the completed painting. Originally, my vision was to do a dark painting of mostly browns and darks. However the more I worked on it, bright colors started to emerge so I let it go in that direction. I may start another with the original intention but I liked this one in the tropical colors. There are times that I fight with myself on when to stop or what direction to head for (as most artist do, right?)

Monkey on Mppnlight inspMonkey progress