Just hung my solo exhibit with the Professional Association of Visual Artists at the Clearwater Municipal Services Building. It runs from now until the end of September and is open to the public. #pava #artexhibit #artexhibition #artistsoninstagram #acrylicpainting #oilpaintings
All set up and ready to go for Cool Art 2018! If you're in the St Petersburg area, stop by the Coliseum booth 39,, and say Hi! #coolart #artshow #fineart #acrylicpainting #oilpaintings #stpetersburgflorida
A little break from the art today to take care of what my art is all about... I spent the morning volunteering with Tampa Bay Watch to clean up trash that has accumulated along the mangroves. The vast majority of it was plastics of all kind, especially shopping bags and bottles. Aside from being an eyesore, this stuff kills marine life of all kind, from wading birds to sea turtles. They eat it, mistaking it for food, suffocate in it, and become entangled in it. I've joined the growing movement to reduce and try to eliminate single use plastics from my life, and it IS hard, but if you can't bring yourself to do that, at least dispose of it properly. With curbside recycling, and recycling containers everywhere, including outside most grocery stores, it's easier than ever to take this small step to make a big difference. #protectwhatyoulove #nomoreplastic #plastics #tampabaywatch #environment
A little 4×6 acrylic on board I did to submit to the MASF miniature show. Birds seem to have become my favorite subject, and I've been able to get tons of reference photos, including these guys, from behind Rusty Bellies at the end of the sponge docks in Tarpon Springs. They all gather there and wait for the fishing boats to come in with their catch so they can get an easy meal! #birdartist #birdart #acrylicpainting #rustybellies #tarponsprings #spongedocks
Getting ready to complete my certification dives at Devil's Den, a 55ft deep underground spring...so excited!
This is a quick 4×6 study I painted in acrylic on board. A friend and I are painting one a day for 5 days to help develop skills and get the creative juices flowing...sometimes the hardest part of painting is just getting started! This is really helping me to make quick decisions in regards to composition and color choices. Thanks for the kick in the butt, Elaine! #landscapepainting #pleinair #pleinairpainting #acrylicpainting #floridalandscape
Quick oil sketch of the convent in Izamel, Mexico from my trip to the Yucatan. I did this in preparation for a larger, more detailed painting that I have yet to get around to starting, lol. Too many ideas to pursue, and I have the attention span of a squirrel! #izamel #mexicotravel #oilpaintings #pleinairpainting #yucatan
This is the first portrait I ever did in charcoal. It won Best in Show at the St Petersburg College Spring Charette and hung in the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, where it sold to a collector. #portrait #charcoaldrawing #charcoalportrait #figuredrawing #artistsoninstagram
"Friesian" charcoal on paper. I did a lot of graphite portraits of horses when I was first starting out...Working as a horse trainer, I received a lot of commissions from clients to draw their horses. While I liked graphite for the detail I could get, charcoal seemed appropriate for this guy...A little less detail, a little more drama. #equineart #horsedrawing #friesian #charcoaldrawing #animalartist
"Darryl" charcoal and white chalk on toned paper. I don't usually enjoy doing portraits, but every now and then I see someone with a really interesting face and feel inspired to do them. Darryl was one of my employees at the restaurant, and one day I finally worked up the nerve to ask him if he would model for me...That feels really awkward for me to do, lol. He was happy to, and we were both pleased with the result 😊. #portrait #charcoalportrait #figuredrawing #charcoaldrawing #charcoalportrait
Graphite drawing of a worker on the sponge docks at Tarpon Springs sorting the mornings catch. Tarpon was established by Greek immigrants who developed a thriving sponge industry, and it's still going strong today. If you get down there early in the morning before the shops open and the tourists start flooding the streets, you can see these guys just doing what they do. #tarponsprings #pencilart #pencilartist #spongedocks #pencildrawing
This is a quick oil study I did at the sponge docks in Tarpon Springs. This old sailboat, with it's wooden deck and railings, really stands out amongst all the generic fiberglass boats that surround it. I'd been wanting to paint it forever, and when I finally got around to it, a storm was rolling in. It didn't make for very good lighting, but I liked the drama of the storm clouds in the background. I'll probably do a few more before doing a studio painting.. I really am obsessed with this boat! #sailboat #maritime #maritimeart #pleinair #pleinairpainting
Master copy I did of Diego Velazquez' "Waterseller of Seville". The practice of copying paintings from master artists goes back centuries...Before printed art books and the internet, it was the only way for aspiring artists to study and practice the techniques of the master's. They would sit in museums for hours, painstakingly copying paintings or portions of them. Many museums today still allow this. I have always loved this painting, and when I was assigned a master copy, I knew right away that it was the one I wanted to do. I learned so much about how to approach different surfaces just by this one exercise...From drapery to pottery to glass to different skin tones, this painting had it all, and I was really proud of how it came out.
This is the one and only still life I've ever done... They're not really my thing. It's a 24×30 acrylic on board, completed as an assignment for my college painting class a few semester's ago, where it won me Best in Show in the Student Charrette, then later took first place at the Crossroads Gallery juried show. It's now entered in The Artist's Magazine annual competition, and will be on display for sale at this year's Cool Art juried show on July 14 & 15 at the St Petersburg Coliseum, booth 39. #stilllife #fineart #coolart #painting #acrylicpainting
Another old graphite drawing, this time of mountain gorillas. Found only in a limited area of Central Africa, they are listed as critically endangered. In late 2016, there were only an estimated 880 individuals left in the wild. The biggest threats are poaching and habitat loss. Gorillas are injured and killed in traps set for other animals, infants are stolen for illegal sale to zoos and the pet trade, which usually results in the murder of adults attempting to protect the baby, and body parts are sold as novelties. Armed guards risk their own lives patrolling the parks to protect against poachers and destroy snare traps. Habitats are destroyed for human settlement and agriculture, separating populations and reducing genetic diversity. Disease resulting from contact with humans and livestock also plays a role in their decline. In addition to active protection by rangers, community education efforts and ecotourism seek to bolster conservation efforts. #gorillas #africanwildlife #endangeredspecies #wildlifeart #drawings #pencilart #pencilartist
Throwback to a series of drawings I started years ago on endangered species, which we're done from artist reference photos... I've since made it my mission not to draw or paint any species that I haven't observed and learned about directly. Elephants, both African and Asian, are endangered as a result of habitat loss and poaching, fueled by the demand for ivory. In several African countries, elephant hunting is still legal. This has ramifications that reach far beyond the killing of individuals...Baby elephants depend on adults not only for survival but also for learning social skills and migration routes. Without this, the entire social structure of the herd collapses. Elephants are a keystone species in Africa, meaning other species depend on their activities for survival. They dig waterholes, pull down trees, which provides food, and forge trails through the bush. Their droppings fertilize soil and disperse seeds, which also provide food for smaller creatures. Captive elephants endure a whole other spectrum of cruelty in circuses, sub-par zoos, and elephant rides for tourists. These magnificent creatures deserve respect and help, not exploitation. #elephants #endangeredspecies #endangered #drawing #wildlifeart