Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Red Mangroves and Blue Heron, finished

Here is a continuation of the steps I used to paint the Red Mangroves and Blue Heron painting.
If you want to see the first steps, please see the last posting.
Step 4.
I am now modeling the tree branches by layering in the light areas and adding some warmer green to the background foliage. There are more branches added over the green of the background.  I have started to paint the feathers on the blue heron. Some of the yellow leaves of the mangrove trees have also been added to the upper left background.
Step 5.
Ok, I am almost finished with this painting. After stepping back and looking at the overall design I realized that the legs of the heron were too pink and were detracting from the beautiful mangrove leaves. so I repainted them grey.
Here is the finished painting "Red Mangroves and Blue Heron".
I hope you have enjoyed seeing the steps I used to create this 9" x 12" painting.
It is available for sale on my website



Sunday, July 9, 2017

Mangroves and Blue Heron

Today I am painting a great blue heron sitting on a branch of Red mangrove. 
I snapped a photo when my husband and I went on a trip to Captiva Island in Florida a few years ago. We had planned to take our kayaks out on the water but there was a red tide at that time. The smell was terrible and almost stopped us from going out for a paddle. A red tide is when a large number of fish die and are washed up onto the shore. It has to due with a red algae that kills the fish.
 We did however decide to venture out in our kayaks and after we made our way through the smelly water at the shoreline, and passed all the dead fish we ended up having one of the most wonderful paddles ever.
 We saw turtles and a family of porpoise frolicking in the waters, as well as many shore birds and a bald eagle.
Here are the steps I have taken to paint just one of the beautiful scenes from that memorable day.
Step 1.   I drew thumbnails of the design. I didn't want the heron to stand out against the mangroves because in nature they don't. They blend in with their backgrounds.
I wanted to stress the beauty of the red mangroves and their colorful leaves. If I painted a light background behind the bird, the mangroves would not be the focal point and the heron would stand out. I decided to make the background my midtone as well as the heron and the leaves of the mangrove then become the brightest area of the painting. 

Step 2.
I have blocked in my background and used a wipe out tool to place my heron on the branch.

Step 3.

I now start putting in the background leaves and water in a cool blue made up mostly of Caribbean Blue and lemon yellow. I will probably cover most of these in future steps but I wanted a cool blue to peep through here and there. I also have started modeling the branches with burnt sienna and transparent brown oxide.  
  That's it for now. Check back soon for the final steps and the finished painting.
I will be posting this 9" x 12" painting on Dailypaintworks.com on Tuesday July 11,2017.
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Friday, May 5, 2017

White Pelicans

Here is a painting of a pair of white pelicans. They migrate through So. Florida and are only seen a few days a year.
6X6" oil on Gessobord
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Roseate Spoonbills

I have completed 3 paintings of Roseate Spoonbills. They are 8" x 8" painted with professional oils on linen canvas panels.
Roseate spoonbill #1  click here to go to auction

Roseate Spoonbill #2  auction starts 5-4-17    click here to go to auction

Roseate Spoonbill #3  Auction starts 4-5-17  Click here for more information.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Sandpiper paintings


I finally have had time to do some paintings. Here are two sandpiper paintings that will be offered on my Dailypaintworks.com gallery. They are oils 6"x6". Sandpiper1 ,and sandpiper 2 ,   
I seem to enjoy painting birds. They keep popping up on my easel.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Delray Beach Funfest

I had a wonderful time this past weekend at the Delray Beach Funfest. It is a Plein air festival where 50 juried artists paint anywhere in Delray Beach for 6 hours on Saturday. Most artists painted 2 paintings in that time. I also did 2. The paintings are then judged and awards are given. I won a sponsor award. Hands Office Supply in Delray Beach provided a cash award and a gift certificate to their store. They sell art supplies so I know where I'm going this weekend. 
  Unfortunately my paintings didn't  sell at the festival (only 5 did) so I will be exhibiting them at the Delray Beach Library for the next month.
I also painted the Yellow house on Friday just as a warmup. 
This painting won the award.

This was the second painting of the day.

This was the Friday painting.



Saturday, January 14, 2017

Artwork done over the Holidays



During the holidays, I got some time to paint. I am posting some of my artwork on Dailypaintworkscom.
These are the next few postings. one per day. If you have any questions for me, please send me an email.

Oil on gessobord     6"x 6"


Oil on Gessobord    6"x 6"
Oil on gessoed panel     6" x 6"

Purple Gallinule      Oil on Gessobord    8" x 8"







Egret       Oil on Gessobord    8" x 8"

Otter         Oil on Gessobord       8" x 8"
Cauliflower and Tomatoes     Oil on canvas 6" x 6" x 1"  painted on sides

Peaches and Plums    6" x 6" x1"  oil on canvas  painted on sides