Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Odds and ends and a new turtle design.

Some fish spoon rests. P.S. Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Store carries these on their web site.
Here are some new coaster designs. Set of four $25.00

3 - Palm platters come with small dip bowls and a pate knife. $74

New Turtle design, he has a kind of bewildered look. I'll work on that. He comes with a dip bowl too.

Odds and ends.

This morning's sunrise. My painting teacher is off to Italy for the month of September. So while he is gone I am going to work on my clouds. He likes the way I do my cloud edges, but he says all my clouds are separate and never layered like real clouds. So I took this photo of cloud layers this morning to be my inspiration.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

I've always wanted to paint a rainbow

Something that caught my attention when I was at the beach this summer was the wonderful selection of beach umbrellas. I remember when there where 4 choices, dark green, dark green and white stripes, dark blue and dark blue and white stripes. But these days there are many lovely choices. It was obvious however, that this summer the "rainbow" umbrella was the most popular. The beach was covered with them and it was very festive. Here is my take on the rainbow umbrella against the blue sky.

"A Sunny Day at Rainbow Beach" 20" x 24" $550 framed

A little cloud and sea study.
"Blue Water Sailing" 8" x 10 " $150 framed

Paintings on the wall in the gallery.

Gallery interior.
7 Artists Key West
604 Duval Street KW FLA

Friday, August 13, 2010

Smaller rectangular platter

In addition to the new medium size oval platter, I have also added a medium rectangular shape to my inventory. Here they are with palm appliques. And notice the smaller palm plate in the background with the braided handles.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A new size platter and experimenting with a positive message

Isn't this the truth!
It will be interesting to see how people respond to these in the gallery.

That is a new size platter in the front, and the lemons are new, I usually add strawberries.

Here they are in the gallery. And thanks everyone for the positive feed back on the beach gals, now I'll have to try a larger one. Everyone have a great day.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Friends Since High School

I took this photo on North Topsail Beach in North Carolina this summer. I loved everything about the scene, the colorful umbrellas, the fact that all 3 women were about the same age, they were all reading, they all had L.L. Bean totes. And I liked the fact that they were together and separate at the same time. Each umbrella is like an island. I don't usually feel the need to go super real in my paintings and people are a challenge, so I decided to do a small one before I plunge into a larger one. So I got out my small brushes and went for it.
I did a sketch on a small canvas, and then changed my mind and decided because I wanted a lot of little detail to do it on smooth Bristol paper.

I used all kinds of paints, even the cheap craft paints I'm embarrassed to say I own. And then I thought I would use my pencils, but they didn't work as well as I had hoped, but they came in handy in some detail spaces.

So now I have a small study and plan to do a large one. I think the woman on the left came out best of the figures, but I like the umbrella on the right the best.
I'm calling it "Friends since high school"

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Usual Suspects

After two vacations this summer my inventory in the gallery is depleted, so I have been working on "the usual suspects" to go into the gallery asap. Here are some entertainment sets and spoon rests just out of the bisque fire.
Glazing in progress: Messy.

The lead free glaze I use goes on opaque and fires clear. I dip and pour the glaze to get an even coat.

Here they are out of the glaze fire, nice and shiny. Now into the gallery they go.
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