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.
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Treat yourself to a holistic, playful, and beautiful environment free from distractions where you can play with mark making in paint to explore personal expression and hush your inner critic.
Come spend the weekend painting, hiking, doing yoga, and stay on campus at the beautiful Atlantic Center for The Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
You can come for one or two days, spend the night or not. Add on meals made by our chefs. Design your weekend!
To read more about me, Laura Bohn click here.
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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
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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
This 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.
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!
Music and dance have been muses to me as long as I can remember. Part of the joy of painting is moving the brush in rhythm to the music. Moving back and forth away from the canvas and feeling the flow of where the painting is going. Having taken bellydance classes and even taught a few, the movement of the body to rhythm, can help connect the mind to that primal place of healing and connection.
Here I challenged myself to paint in black and white as I usually get off on so much color! Working in black and white allows an artist to work in pure values and tones. This also has become a mixed media painting as I have added some papers, including music sheet bits and patterns from Morocco.
I recently finished both of these 16 x 20 acrylic paintings and then put them side by side on the easel. My recent work of painting of layers has come to represent a stylized look that I didn’t realize until finished. Working in layers of exploratory abstract paint while adding and subtracting some of the layers is a process of discovery.
Any of you artists out there have experimental works underway and end up with a new style?
See more of my work at www.lauraknapikbohn.com