Small paintings can help with art sales plus are fun to paint

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?

Sandpiper painting for beach decor

“Little Rebel III” is part of the Little Rebel sandpiper paintings. I have always been independent in nature so I relate to this message of the series.  I remember my mom getting frustrated with me because I wanted to figure things out on my own.

Always one little piper going in the opposite direction. This original is 30×40″ and is available for purchase. It would be perfect in a beach themed home.

Little Rebel III 30x40Little reb detail2

New Mermaid Painting completed

Over the last couple of weeks I have been working on this mermaid. I had watched a Pirates of the Caribbean movie (the one with mermaids) and wanted to paint a scene with the mermaid on rocks above the water and the ship in the distance. The end of the day sunset through the clouds made her darker and in the shadows and since I made up the entire scene, I had to figure out where the light would hit her. The blues of the water uplit the shadows of her skin with blue tones. I started with a large canvas 30×48″ and primed it with black gesso. Then slowly worked in the lights.

Sometimes, I take cell photos during the weeks of painting to see where I was going with my original idea. The face is usually the hardest because every brush stroke changes who she looks like. There is always a time where “she” emerges and I say to myself “There you are”!  Below is a link to a slideshow of this mermaid paintings progress.

A Ship in the Distance 30x48

a ship detailA ship face



Beach Landscape sold to a collector moving to Virginia

“Waves at Dusk” was recently sold through Archway Gallery in Atlantic Beach. The couple will be moving from the beaches to Virginia and are taking a bit of the local beach with them. I usually ask that a collector send me a photo of my work on the wall so I can see how it looks with their furniture and decor but since it was sold through a gallery, I won’t get to see it on their wall. The painting was 36×24″ gallery wrap but they will be framing it.

Waves at Dusk 36x24