Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sandy Beach

Busy day.  Suzanne & I are displaying 15 paintings each at the Sanibel Library for a month.  We have to have them there Monday at 9 AM.  So I was matting and framing and listing each painting all day.  I also brought a painting to the Art League of Fort Myers for their show.  So my painting for today was a quicky.  I painted it with a hake.  It is a very soft brush so it skips and leaves white sparkles in the water.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Gulf Beach with Seagrapes

I found in my pile of unfinished, unloved watercolor creations a painting done years ago on a Sanibel beach.  The paint was overworked.  I redrew it on a smaller sheet of watercolor paper and painted it using fresh transparent colors.
Watecolor  Matted 20 X 16

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sunflower II

I like this composition.  Maybe I will do the painting again but make it really big. 
Watercolor  Matted 11 X 14
I bought a mahogany frame at Costco so I changed the background to red.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


A group of us painted at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association.  It is a beautiful building for painting.  It has these big sky lights so there is always lots of light. 

Watercolor  Matted 16 X 12

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Yellow Corn Flowers

Are they Corn Flowers or Daisies or Black Eye Susans?  They make a pretty painting.  Painted from another photo taken in Bethel, Maine.
Watercolor  Matted 11 X 14
 I added a periwinkle blue background to the painting.  I like it better.  The periwinkle blue is the compliment to the orange-yellow of the flowers.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Daisy Garden

I had a busy Easter weekend.  Our art association had an art bazaar on Saturday.  I sold four paintings.  And Easter I went to dinner at Fred & Megs house.  Their house is on the bay so it was fun watching the sun peek though the clouds and light up the cottages across the bay.
Watercolor  Matted 11 X 14  This was painted from a photo I took the last time I was visiting Bethel, Maine.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Rose Bouquet

I painted this painting without drawing it first.  Maybe another time I will paint it again with more thought to the way a rose is shaped in it's center and the way each rose is placed in the vase.  It was a good lesson.
Watercolor  21 X 14

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mini Masters

Our art association has a fund raiser.  Everyone is asked to paint two 4 X 6 inch paintings.  Then they are matted in a 8 X 10 inch mat, which they sell for $10 each.  Last year FMBAA sold $3,000.00 worth of the mini masters. 
This will one of my 4 X 6 inch donations.  Watercolor.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Getaway Marina

FMBAA paint out.  It is getting hot to paint out.  We were painting next to the water and there was a breeze.  But I was standing in the sun so it was hot. The painting is in watercolor.  I think I will add some birds on the sand spit and someone in the boat.  14 X 11

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Red Peony Bouquet

This was painted with lots of oil paint.  I used the knife at times.  But it got to a point I couldn't adjust the color because the paint was so thick.  So I am going to leave it be and work on it again in a week or so.
Oil   12 X 12   On stretched canvas.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Alte Algave Portugal

This painting was started on site on my trip to Portugal.  It was originally painting with acrylics.  Today I painted over the acrylics with oil.  I completely changed the colors.  The colors were white and purple.  Now they are red, orange, and peach. 
Alte-Algave, Portugal  Oil on canvas board  16 X 20

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Pelican Island

Meg and Fred have a beautiful home on the bay.  The outdoor group painted there one Wednesday.  You can sit on their porch and see shrimp boats go by.  The view that I painted is Pelican Island.  Sometimes there are so many pelicans enjoying each other that the trees are almost white. Today I added the pelican flying home.
Watercolor 21 X 14

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Sanibel Lighthouse View

I am pleased the way this painting came out.  But oils are so messy.  I should have started it in acrylics and finished it in oils.  Or started it in oil with lots of turpentine and let it completely dry before I worked on it again.  I use to take oil lessons from Tony Estrella when I was about thirty.  He is a paralytic.  His brother pushed him out of a tree when he was a boy.  He is the best artist.  That is how he would have us paint.
16 X 12

Friday, April 15, 2011


Today I started another oil painting of the Sanibel Lighthouse.  I should finish it tomorrow.  I have to gallery sit at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association so I will paint it there. 
This watercolor painting of a magnolia was posted on my first blog.  Now I am posting the finished painting.  11 X 14

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Just Fun

Suzanne, Tracy and I went to the Sanibel Captiva Conservatory today to paint.  I couldn't find a shady spot to paint so I sat on the porch and painted the seagrapes I could see.  Of course the seagrapes were green, but since I don't like green, I painted them lots of other colors.  I put the finishing touches when I got home.  I used watercolor pencil.
Watercolor 11 X 15

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sanibel Lighthouse

This is an old oil painting that I started a long time ago.  All I had finished were the two houses.  So I added the clouds and sky and the lighthouse.  Also the foliage in front of the house was added.  I have painted the Sanibel Lighthouse several times in watercolor but this is the first time in oil.
Oil on canvas.  20 X 16

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Pink Hibiscus

This is a watercolor painting that I painted from an old photo that I took when I lived in Indian Creek.  It was a frustrating painting to do.  The white and pink variations of the flower at first looked too harsh so I soften them by painting a light Opera color over it all.  Then the white was too pink.  Next time I may do it with watercolor pencils.
Watercolor 12 X 16.  The dark background was first painted with staining thalo blue, thalo green and alizarin crimson.  After that dried I put coat of cadmium red over it.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Blind Pass, Sanibel

This painting was painted with the San-Cap Art League out door paint group.  It was painted on watercolor paper with watercolor paint.  I attached the finished painting to a stretched canvas.  Then I sprayed it with acrylic varnish.  Now it will not need glass.
Blind Pass, Sanibel.  11 X 14

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Hibiscus Painting

Nancy Morgan had a beautiful painting of a red hibiscus.  She explained how she got it so red.  So I had to try it. 
The trick is one coat of Winsor Red and one coat of Cadmium Red.  The Winsor Red is staining and the Cadmium Red is opaque.  I want to paint another.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Beach Walk

This painting was started last fall.  It was a FMBAA paintout at Joanne Shamp.  She has a great cottage on the gulf.  She always makes us feel so welcome. 
The painting was originally painting on canvas in acrylic.  Today I finished it in oil.  I added shadows under the clouds, people on the beach and put a blue glaze over the buildings in the distance.  It is 16 X 20.

Friday, April 8, 2011


I finished my coconuts painting.  I started in in acrylics but finished it in oil.  I get brighter colors when I paint in oil.  Acrylics dry darker so the color you think you are painting with will look so much darker when dry.  I sold my painting "Red Coconut".  I went looking for another photo to take.  Here in Fort Myers we have lots of coconut palms.  I could not find any coconuts.  Maybe there is a season when they grow.  So this was painted from two old photos that I combined on photoshop. 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Art Association's Potluck

Tonight is the Fort Myers Beach Art Association's last potluck for the year.  They are cooking hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill.  I had to take time off from painting to cook.  But I did finish an oil painting. 
This painting was started last fall.  The winter season of art activities is just so busy.  But now I have time.  I called this painting, "A Day at the Beach"  It is a 16 X 20 oil.

Pauline Healey

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Time Square Plein Air

We all met this morning for our plein air painting.  The meeting location was Time Square which is named for the big clock in front of the pier.  It was a beautiful day.  It was sunny, not a cloud in the sky.  A cooling breeze was coming off the gulf.  There were only six artists painting.  Most painted the pier and the beach.  The beach was crowded with umbrellas.  Pretty.
This is my finished painting.  The colors are softer than I usually paint.  The paint on the palette was drying so fast because of the constant breeze.  I am pleased with the results.  I have painted this view many times.  Most of the paintings have sold. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Rainey Day Art

It is raining out.  You are not suppose to painting without the sun.  But I have an Ott Full Spectrum Light so I should be okay.  I finished my Magnolia painting but I cannot take a photo until the sun comes out.  I started on an oil painting that I started ages ago.  I just put four people arriving at the beach.  Maybe I'll make the hair color so it looks like my son Ed and his family.
I counted the paintings that are finished framed and hanging on my walls.  67.  Then I have 24 paintings at H&R Block.  Also I have matted, not framed.  About 26.

This painting was started at Fort Myers Beach Art Association's Wednesday inside painting group.  Gretchen Johnson had bought those beautiful daisys.  I finished the painting at home.


Monday, April 4, 2011

Painting, Painting, Painting

I have a website,, but I have never had a blog.  I think it would be fun if everyone who belong to Fort Myers Beach Art Association had one.  I am always painting.  I want to paint it all.  I have more than ten paintings started and not completed.