Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Freedom and Peace

         This beautiful young turtle is from some of the Turtle hospital photos. For one reason or another, turtle from all over end up at this facility. Boat hits, intestinal issues with items they should not eat, viruses that cause tumors to grow large and sometimes reduce vision, bring them to the facility.Sometimes they are just young, tired, and in the wrong place, Some have even been rescued from the water intake at an electric plant! They have a website and facebook page as well, look them up under turtle hospital in Marathon, Florida. They celebrated their 25th year last year.

"Freedom" 12 x 12 acrylic on canvas day 7 of the 100 days

         "Peace" is another lovely turtle painted in what has become a collectors series. I have several clients that have collected these "sepias" over the past 4 years and they are excited to add more each year. This falls show season should be wonderful, with lots of collectors wanting a new piece to add to their own personal "show". The series started at the Outdoor show put on by the Eastern Shore Art Center in March of 2010. I began them with 7 pieces that all sold within a matter of weeks. My family was not sure of the works at first, but now they are firmly planted in my shows as demand remains high. They are painted in a watercolor style, with glazing medium, washes, glazing, scrubbing, and layering. The darkest places may have as many as 6 layers of paint. I mix a large batch of sepia color at the beginning of the paintings and use it all summer.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
"Peace" 12 x 12 Acrylic on canvas, day 8 of the 100 days~100 paintings.

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