Ocean on The Brain

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Hi friends,

My latest painting series features my love for the ocean, living near it in Central Florida,

and being concerned over the health of our oceans.

Also, I wanted to return to painting with a trowel and palette knife. It was quite freeing not working with a paintbrush and learning how to give up control of some of the mark making.

Click here to see the paintings available.  https://www.etsy.com/shop/LaurasPaintBrush?ref=seller-platform-mcnav

 

 

 

Spring and the Hickory Tree

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Hi Friends,
So every year in our backwoods just before Spring,
the leaves of our Pignut Hickory tree unfold as if they are flowers! The new leaves appear pink before fully opening and turning green! This is so fascinating to me. Below I have documented the photo of the event. Above is my original painting of it. This Pignut Hickory Tree is native to Florida so I also included the native Zebra butterfly.

Anyone else find this fascinating?

Here is he original photo I took.

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The Art of Creating Art

Hi guys,  just wanted to share some of the work I have been doing.

As a professional artist, I have exhibited in galleries, shows and a couple of museums.

I enjoy creating large and small paintings that are highly.  detailed high end work for special exhibits.  I also enjoy creating quicker fun studies that are more affordable for many people.  For quite awhile I struggled to understand my need to create both.  While I labor for many weeks or months or over some of my work that is especially made for galleries or other exhibits I also create quicker smaller paintings that are more affordable.  Enter Etsy! I have been able to do just this here.  I have enjoyed selling 15 paintings on Etsy of far.

This little 9 x 12 acrylic painting is titled Leaf Love. It is ready to hang with painted gallery wrapped edges. It is a good example of a small affordable painting I just created for sale on my Etsy Store where you can shop at  Lauraspaintbrush 

I have a coupon code for free shipping here so just plug it in at purchase time springgifttoyou16  offer ends May 14th, 2016

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So, now a little on the process or the art of creating art!

For this particular piece, I first played with colors that attracted me. Reds, iron oxide, yellow ochre.  Once I had a fun background I found some blue greens that were complimenting the colors and added them along with a little colored tissue paper.  The leaf study came from the curve of a plant in my yard.   Nature is always a constant inspiration for me even in a modern painting.   The contrasting black and whites came after I drew out the vine.

A little about movement.  I love to show a line here or there that moves around the canvas to suggest movement.  It can be a brush stroke or line to enhance the painting.

So please come check out more of my work here at lauraspaintbrush

 

 

Happy Landing

IMG_4851This painting started as an abstract.  the colors and brushstrokes were all a fun way to loosen up and enjoy painting.  No subject matter was chosen at the beginning.

After a few days I thought the colors reminded me of Lake Woodruff wildlife preserve in Florida.  Then I thought the brushstrokes looked like a Great Blue Heron landing so painted in the heron.

The Great Blue Heron is found in many of the natural waterways in Florida.  This long legged bird is a wading bird and aggressive hunter.

Dance of the Passion Flower

The passion flower is a flower that grows on a vine and in Florida we have a native plant version.

It grows all over our back fence since it was given to us by a friend and I always thought how it looked like a dancer.  So, here is my flower dancer!

I have worked on this painting on and off for over a year. I put it away for awhile because I painted every detail of the flower and it looked stagnant. So then I painted over the petals leaving out details, blurring them and really moving them!

Last month, a woman wrote me an email asking if I sold the painting! Having recently finished, I told her no. She said she had been googling to find a painting of a passionflower that looks like a dancer since that is how she remembered it from her childhood!

It is so wonderful to have sold this painting to somebody who had such heartfelt feelings about the flower and saw it in the same way as I did.  The internet connected us so serendipity can still happen on the web!

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