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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
I really enjoyed getting out for Luminary Night last weekend. Sanibel Art and Frame displayed ornaments made by a few of the artists.
The gallery recently put my paintings all together in the gallery. I have added the smaller shells in the upper middle left area. I’m really excited to have all my paintings in one area in the gallery.
I love the way the luminaries light up the walkways on the way to the shops. People were milling around and getting in the spirit of the holiday despite the rainy weather.
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.
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.