Tag Archives: beach

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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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.

 

Crew Land and Water Trust

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At a Lee County Alliance of the Arts painting class I met a woman who showed me her photos from a local conservation organization. She was kind enough to lend me a photo she took along a trail. I loved the bands of unique colors in the landscape and the peaceful feel of the wide open space. I hope to go back to this place again. After one visit I find it a majestic retreat from the fast pace of life.

For more information on this majestic 5,000-acre sawgrass marsh check out their website: http://www.crewtrust.org/

 

Shell is a Winding Staircase

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In my quest to find fun shells to paint I pulled this one out of my collection. I usually paint local shells and I am guessing the sundial is a rare find in my area. I did find it listed in a shell identification book as a relatively uncommon find in my area.

The sundial sea shell reminds me of a winding spiral staircase. The colors in the shell are truly deep and rich like the finished painting. I enjoyed painting this little beauty. It amazes me that a living creature actually created such beautiful and colorful patterns.

Cayo Costa Sea Urchins

I finally got around to painting this sea urchin from my sea shell finds at Cayo Costa State Park. My husband and I enjoyed a perfect day of weather and sunshine on the water.

I always obey the live shelling rule – No live shelling! I recently heard that when placing live shells back into the water, never toss them, as it is traumatic to the critter inside. So now I carefully place them back in the water.