Category Archives: art

Moving My Site

In the Studio

Plein air paintings

This winter I decided to start the practice of plein air painting. With this I decided to start a new website. You can follow more of my outdoor painting here: https://heatherslabosz.com/blog/

Thank you for your interest in my work.

 

 

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Summer Skies

Morning Marsh (8 x 8 oil on canvas)

Over the summer I took photos of local area marshes. This one taken in Harns Marsh, where the heavy morning air hangs thick like soup especially in the early morning hours. Despite the sweaty weather, the clouds make for some great landscape paintings when half the sky is full of sun and the other full of clouds.

Sanctuary (8 x 8 oil on canvas)

I love the way Florida skies can light up a scene with its sun peeking through thickest of clouds in the  summer months. Summer is closing its rainy doors and opening to get outside to paint –  soon I hope!

Nerita in Red

Red is a color difficult to paint in large areas when showing form. Within red there are nuances of yellow, pink and then blue within the shadows. Since I have started painting in oils it has been difficult to grasp starting with dark and going to light with the paint. I find myself pushing and pulling the color to get it right. My only conclusion is I need to paint more! Practice, practice, practice!

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Tiny Little Shells

I am enjoying painting from a bag of tiny sea shells a friend lent me. I find inspiration in the least suspecting places these days. I am enjoying painting from random photos taken quickly. This has changed from last years art, as I was painstakingly taking photos and setting up still life images with perfect lighting. Frankly I feel so liberated working this way.

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Here is the little bag of tiny little shells I hope to be digging into some more. The friend who lent them to me must have so many sea shells as she lent me a whole shoe box full. This is what happens when you live in an area where there are lots of sea shells on the beaches. You become a collector. In my case I am a collector and painter of sea shells.

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A Few of My Favorite Watercolor Tools

Cardita shell-72 ppi

Cardita Seashell

When painting from life I get much better results. These shells and the sea coral where all found shells at my area beaches.  I pulled them from my collection and had fun getting back to basics with my watercolors.

kittens paw

kittens paw

My favorite tools:

Finding the right art supplies to work with can often take time to discover. After a lot of trial and error here are my favorites:

  • The Paper : Arches 140 lb cold press
  • The Paint : Sennelier watercolors
  • The Brush: Escoda Optima Kolinsky #8

These shell prints can be found on etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/HeatherSlaboszArt

Sea Coral 72 ppi

Sea Coral

What are some of your favorite tools and watercolor supplies to work with?
I would love to hear about it!

 

 

 

Colorful Greys

When painting a white object like a sand dollar you might think black and white paint out of the tube will work. Introducing color into a painting without much color can give some fun and interesting results. I’m not saying this was an easy exercise. I was quite challenged by all the variety of greys in the sand dollar. I don’t think I will look at painting a white object the same ever again. But that’s the fun of it!

A Good Day for a Map

North Captiva Island Map 12 x 22

During my years working as a graphic designer I created maps of the surrounding coastline. Over time I developed this style, I guess you would call whimsical. People seem to be interested in where they have been and the memories that go along with a place. This map was originally created for a woman who frequented these islands with her family by boat. Her motto is if you see a pelican, a dolphin and a sail boat all in one day it would be a good day.

This map is available for purchase in my Etsy store.