I did this little piece on our camping trip down to Florida in October. Sorry, I'm a bit behind in posting my art! We had a wonderful campsite with this path leading over the dunes to the beach. I've done many pastels from the top of this dune looking down to the water but never one from this side.
This one will be for sale on Daily Paintworks tomorrow.
Here is another plein air piece from our camping stay at Okracoke National Seashore campground. We were lucky this year and got the campsite just on the other side of this dune. This was before a weakened Hurricane Michael came through and they closed the campground and sent us off to fare on our own at the Ferry terminal. Luckily Michael weakened, we just had strong winds and were back at the campsite the next day. And I made a few more pastels from this favorite spot before our week was over.
Here is a peek at one of the paintings that will be available during Art Jones Open Studio Tour in Gulfport, Florida. It's the first weekend in December and there will be 17 artists showing their work and process in 15 studios around town. It's free, family friendly and a lot of fun! Check out the artists, map and info at Art Jones Studio Tour.
This was done over an old, dark plein air piece that has been hanging out in the drawer for years. Someone once told me that I should hang onto all my work so that I could look back and see the changes over the years. Well, I've looked back and now it's time to move on.
The hammock shop was done without a drawing using only the long sides of the pastels. I enjoyed the freedom of just playing with the colors. Perhaps I'll do a series of the these.
Here's another older plein air piece from 2008 that I brushed off and refreshed. I had planned to do an entirely new composition on this one but once I scrubbed it off with a toothbrush, I liked it better and decided to play around with it and see what might happen. I'll sell this one on Daily Paint Works if you are interested.
Doing some Spring cleaning and found this little mini pastel from back in the days when I did ACEO's. I'll sell this one at auction on Daily Paintworks starting at a low bid of just $12.95. If this one isn't your cup of tea, keep a watch out for other small piece that I will be auctioning for the next month or so before we head back up north. Look for the auction, tomorrow, March 4th here.
I'm doing some studio cleaning and changing some of my on-line presence for 2018. My art making has been in the back seat a bit for the past couple of years due to a number of reasons. But I'm excited about the changes and am looking forward to getting back to (almost) daily painting.
Many of you know that I left my Provincetown gallery a year ago. I'm very happy about that. This past summer, I showed my work at the Red Inn and at my little shop, Northern Lights Hammocks.
I imagine that will again be the case for the next summer season.
I have left Daily Painters online gallery. I'm grateful to Micah and all the other daily painters for 10 fine years of being a part of the daily painters gallery. Trying to create a small painting a day improved my work tremendously. And I highly recommend it to any new, aspiring painters!
I'm staying with Daily Paint Works and will be continuing to sell older pieces, studies and sketches at very affordable prices through their auction and my online gallery there. Look for pieces like the one above. Low Tide Dinghy was started in 2006 but never finished until yesterday. Some serious portfolio cleaning is in store from now until the end of the year!
I'm getting my new FASO website ready to launch in just a few days. There you will find my larger pieces and gallery work.
I'm in Gulfport, Florida for winters now so expect to see some tropical vegetation and some hotter colors in my work during the winter months. Perhaps some sky view pieces painted from my hammock!
Finally had a little time to get out on the water in my kayak and to make some art. Late afternoon light on MacMillan wharf with calm water. In real life this piece is a touch warmer and a little brighter.
Still raining in Provincetown so continuing to rework these older pastels. I brush them off with an old toothbrush, leaving a ghost image and working from memory, I try and capture the mood of the time of day that I created the original but adding a bit more saturated color and highlights to make a more "finished" piece.
I'm really enjoying going back through some of my older plein air pieces and reworking them a bit. I try and recall the day, time of year, etc. The dunes are a favorite place to pastel. When I'm painting outside I try and realistically capture the colors but if it's not one of those magical times of the day the end result may be a good study to work from but maybe not an exciting finished painting. So in reworking, I push the color a bit, perhaps change some shapes and add some more exciting highlights. Hope you like them!
We're back in Provincetown for the summer. Haven't had time to get out in the dunes with my pastels but brightened up this older plein air piece a bit to add to Daily Paintworks. I'm going to continue going through some of my older work, perhaps freshening them up a bit and offering them through Daily Paintworks auctions. Check it out. You might get a deal on something you like!
This one is from out in the dunes near the visitor center of the Provincelands, Cape Cod National Seashore, looking toward Race Point. It will be available tomorrow at Daily Paintworks. Opening bid only $50.