Mermaids Swimming to St. Kitts

A couple months ago, Dales Art Originals Gallery in Christophe Harbour in St. Kitts asked me to be part of a three woman show in February of 2019 and requested to have large paintings early so the high season may produce some sales. Dale needed three for the show but since shipping is so expensive to the islands, I decided to do a fourth.  It was pretty intense for the last three weeks trying to make the deadline for shipping to south Florida. I sometimes worked into the nights. All paintings are 60×48″ (except one is 66×36″) and I had purchased a roll of primed canvas which came in a tube…perfect for shipping. I cut the canvas into the sizes I needed, stapled them to stretcher bars and painted away. Then I unstapled and rolled them together into the tube. There is a art gallery frame shop on the islands who can re-stretch them as she needs them for a hundred dollars each. The tube was sent yesterday to a friend who was flying to St. Kitts in a week and could take it for just the airlines baggage fees (115.) plus 37.00 to ship to her in South Florida. I made a rope handle on the cumbersome heavy cardboard 61×5″ tube. It weighed nearly 18 lbs. with the four paintings inside.  I am so appreciative because if I shipped directly, there is a 50-52% duty (and 17% VAT for Dale) fee which basically would negate the possibility of having an international gallery.

Mermaid Neighbors 66×36″

Mermaid Neighbors 66x36

Water Nympth 60×48″

Pleasant Surprise 60x48

Siren Attitude  60×48″

Siren Attitude 60x48

Close to the Surface  60×48″

Close to the Surface 60x48

Accent paintings with Beach theme

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.

New life for beach paintings

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″

Cephlapod Joy 36x36

Rough Seas is 36×24″

Rough Seas 24x36

Sunrise Pipers is 40×30″

Sunrise Pipers 40x30the Seas before

Tide with Baby Sea Turtle

Recently sold this 36×24″ painting called ” Baby Sea Turtle in Shallows” to an art collector in Oregon. It was purchased through my Saatchi Art site. Saatchi is an online art gallery based in the UK and promotes worldwide. Its been a great site for me and I have new followers and collectors around the world. I have shipped paintings to Germany, England, France, Australia, St Croix and all over the United States. They take 35% of the sale which is better than the art galleries (50%). Think of this. When you purchase a painting from a gallery, only 50% goes to the artist. And from that the artist has expensive paint and supplies invested. On the other hand, a gallery or online gallery does support the artist, gives them exposure by advertising and doing the sales part so they should take a commission. Its hard enough concentrating on doing the art and adding the marketing and sales on top is frankly overwhelming. I am grateful for their help in getting my work exposure.

Baby Turtle in Shallows 24x36 sold

New mermaid painting with a darker palette

“Twilight” is a 24×48″ original that I started two weeks ago and was certainly a challenge. I made her up so there were numerous areas that got corrected as I worked out the scene. I wanted her to be in the shadows with just light hitting some areas of her body.  I start with painting the white gallery wrap canvas with black gesso and then go from dark to light.

Another issue I deal with is covering her breasts. My feeling is that mermaids who dwell under the sea do not wear bras but I have found that covering them slightly is more appealing to collectors.

Twilight 48x24

Ocean paintings with texture

Morning Surf is 36×24″ and has a lot of modeling plaster, heavy paint and layers of thin glazes mixed with acrylic glazing medium. I wanted to keep this rather abstract.

Morning Surf 36x24

Breaking Onshore is 24×24″ and has a bit less texture. This painting went through many stages and the underpainting was so abstract with some fresh blues and shapes that were pretty simple. I actually loved that stage and told myself to leave it alone. But no! I started messing with it and pretty soon it was more realistic with a lot more details and glazes. Still some simplicity remains.

Breaking Onshore 24

“From the Shore” Sailing around the islands is a larger piece 48×36″. I was bodysurfing an noticed the colors of the water being an olive green with the top of the water reflecting the sky blues. Originally it was just the waves at a low angle. Then I decided to add some islands in the distance with sailboats. Making up a scene from an original inspiration is challenging.

All of these paintings are affordable so if you know anyone interested, have them contact me. Thanks.

From the Shore- Sailing Around Island48x36

Flamingos on my mind

Since I have a show in a couple weeks at the Grand Bohemian Gallery in St. Augustine called “Destination Paradise”, I decided to work a bit more on the theme of tropical birds and animals. The top painting is inspired by a photo I took while in Key West of two flamingoes in a arboretum. It is called “Rock Pond” and is a thick gallery wrap 24×36″.

Rock Pond 36x24

This painting is more fanciful with a dragonfly and two flamingoes. By the way, I looked up the proper spelling of the plural of flamingo can be flamingos or flamingoes.

This 40×16″ gallery wrap painting is called “Spring Joy”. It has metallic gold and irridescent touches throughout and looks more captivating with room lights.

Spring Joy 40x16

Here is the invitation to the upcoming show. Hope to see you!

Kessler-KESSMKT-0139-CORP_Gallery POSTCARD 1 pic HOR WHITE

Palms and Waterway Painting

“Palm Reflections with Bridge” was painted to reflect a scene form a boat on the Intracoastal Waterway in Jacksonville. It is 48×24″ and would look great in a living room with taller ceilings. I had done a series of a half dozen similar paintings in the series “Palm Reflections”. Most were more abstract and I wanted this one to bear more reflections and details.

Palm Reflections w Bridge48x24_1

This is a decor idea.

palm ref painting

Details: As you can see, the brush strokes are deliberate and gestural.

Palm Reflections detailPalm Reflections det

Sunset on Water

I have been working on several paintings and making changes to reflect what I have learned of light hitting objects and water. Sometimes, paintings get worked on off and on for years and sometimes, it all comes together rather quickly in days. Impressionistic stylings and expressions take much more experience to create strokes that are deliberate and solid. As an artist, I have been exploring my own style that is constantly changing and being refined.

“Bodysurfing at Sunset” is 36×24″ and is available.

Bodysurfing at Sunset 36x24bodysurf decorBodysurfing at Sunset detail


“Paddling Out at Sunset” is a smaller piece. 30×25″

Paddling Out Sunset 30x15Paddling decorPaddling Out Sunset detail

“Saturday Morning” is 36×18″ and reflects a coastal scene with sailboats along the shore.

Saturday Morning 36x18Saturday decorSaturday Morning footprints

Calm Ocean Scene

“Serenity” is a very calm, muted painting that would go great in a home with beach decor. It is 36x36x1.5″ gallery wrap and needs no frame. I spend a lot of time watching the waves roll in. I attached one of my photos as reference.

Serenity b 36x36_1

Escape To The CoastRainbow tide