Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Seahorse study

Today marks the beginning of a couple of days of seahorses. 
This particular one is just a simple study for the larger painting to come. 
This one is an H. hippocampus. 
I love to paint them!

Seahorse study, acrylic on canvas, 6 x 6 inches
Day 24 of the 100 days~100 paintings

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Turtle mode!

Once again, I am on a turtle kick!
 I love sea turtles, (as you can tell!)

All species of turtle are in danger from the toxins and garbage in our oceans. Most of all, they are at risk from injesting plastics. Please think about that the next time you release balloons, don't catch that grocery bag, or forget to pick up that straw from your drink. All these items are harmful to turtles and other sea creatures as they are ingested, causing impactions. Sea turtles float when they get impacted, making them susceptible to boat strikes, illness, and possible predator activity.

This guy, thankfully is happy and healthy!
Turtle Mode! Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 24
Day 23 of the 100 days~100 paintings

Monday, July 24, 2017

Breaking out

Breaking out

Nothing makes me happier than to have people love my work! I am so grateful for the talents God has gifted me with so generously. Every day I get to do what I love doing, create!
This is another shadowbox canvas, one of the most popular types of canvases I use, because of the dimension it adds to my paintings.

It is now getting close to the  time for turtles to start hatching. We went to training tonight for nest monitoring. Next week we'll sit by the nest for 2 hours listening for signs of movement. If you've never experienced a boil at a nest, it is amazing! I have been at several nest hatchings and each one is unique. 

Breaking out, Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 24
Day 22 of the 100 days~ 100 paintings

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Just gliding along

"Just Gliding along"

One of my bucket list things to do some day is swimming with sea turtles. 
I want to be able to be close up and photograph them in their environment. I am fascinated by the way they seem to to glide through the water in their own somewhat silent world. 
In the meantime, I just paint sea turtles! This guy is part of my multiple canvas piece that will eventually include three turtles, a challenge indeed!

"Just Gliding Along", Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 24
Day 21 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2017

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Come Play with Me!

Of course this one was fun to paint!
If you have never been on a dolphin cruise, I highly recommend it! The sheer beauty and playfulness of these beautiful creatures has no equal on this big blue marble we call home.

I thought about putting color on this pair, but decided that sepia was the way to go! The sepia's are by far my best sellers and have been for several years now. This whimsical pair is on a canvas that is quite large, 2ft x 4ft. I am taking it to the Artists gallery on South Section St. in Fairhope next week along with some more of the new ones from the 100 days. 

"Come Play with Me!", Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 48 inches
Day 20 of the 100 days~100 paintings

Friday, July 21, 2017

Picasso boxes and dish washing gel?

I know I said I wouldn't but here I go!
This past week has been another inspiring session with the young ones!
I had little ones from 7 to 11 years this past week and they are just too fun!
Most fun of all were the Picasso boxes! They are made from recycled cereal, cookie, drink, and any box I could get my hands on to cut into shapes. There are also some toilet paper tubes as well.
Masking tape or glue to put them together and then paint! I forgot to photograph the one that had tiger stripes! I am so grateful that parents share their children with this art teacher. 
I am indeed blessed and full of energy now!

My third attempt at the acrylic paint, dish washing gel and spray paint. 
They are so fun! The kids love to wash off the gel and expose their paint underneath.

Picasso boxes and dish washing gel, mixed media, 
Day 19 of the 100 days~100 paintings

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Flamingo IV

Flamingo IV

The last in the series of Flamingos for now. Each measuring 10 x 20 inches they are made to be in pairs although they can be bought individually. If you notice two face right, two face left. 

Art class is almost over at the Art Center and so will children's summer classes be finished for me!
I can then work on the program for Atelier class at the Eastern Shore Art Center for the Fall. The classes will be on Tuesdays after school, starting in September. What is Atelier? The word means studio in French and it is an anything goes class. We have done painting, recycled art, wire art, 
paper mache, sculpture and so much more! I look forward to an exciting fall with the little ones!

I am also preparing for Fall classes with ESILL, Eastern Shore Institute of Lifelong Learning. I am offering a beginning Watercolor class, An intermediate Watercolor class, 
Beginning Acrylics (or Oils), and continuing Acrylics. The classes start in September as well. Look for their flier to come out shortly!

I will also be teaching again at my church, Scripts & Strokes starts on Monday's in September as well. Add in a couple of shows, 100 days of paintings, and life is rocking here at the 
Raccoon Retreat Studio!

Flamingo IV, Acrylic on canvas, 10 x 20
Day 18 of the 100 days~100 paintings 2017