Monday, November 29, 2010

Old Florida, a Florida Oil Landscape with Palm and Water by Judy Batterson

Take a trip into the heart of Florida along trails next to lakes and creeks. There is always dense foliage along the edge of the dark water which reflects the blue sky and palms. Patches of sand and reeds are dotted between the land and water. This is "Old Florida", a vast ecosystem of saltwater marshes and freshwater lakes. This painting captures the sunlight highlighting the edge of a Florida lake. The light beams into the shadows and highlights the palms and sand. This is the old Florida I remember as a child when my friends and I would "go exploring" in the woods. The good news is the beauty of hidden lakes can be found today not only down hiking trails but also in parks and preserves. In this painting, Florida's wild beauty translates into color and light. Original oil on masonite. $395 Framed

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hope for Love by Jani Lori

8x8 oil on gallery wrap canvas Sold

Lynn Morgan Contemporary Pastel Paintings

"Wooded Path"
16" x 20"


Marine Art by Sharon Guy

Boats in the Bay, oil on canvas, 20 in. x 16 in.

I used my plein air studies from Sarasota Bay as a source for a larger painting. To see more of my art, visit Sharon Guy Art.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Egret and Lily Pads, a Tropical Oil Landscape by Judy Batterson

I was standing next to this pond when suddenly a large white egret swooped down and landed in the water. The egret ignored me and went about the business of catching fish and eating them. I took as many photos as I could while the bird was occupied with fishing! The setting and lighting were perfect. The dark water was a perfect contrast for the white bird. The lily pads added an impressionistic touch. It was a Florida moment meant to be painted. The bright colors add a whimsical touch. 16 x 20 Original Oil on canvas.

Lynn Morgan Contemporary Pastel Paintings

"Lady in Waiting"
20" x 28"

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"Purple meets Orange", 16x12, oil on linen, by Maryanne Jacobsen

Purple Meets Orange". 16x12, oil on linen- $750 by MAryanne Jacobsen

This painting received the People's Choice Award at Friday evening's opening reception of The Venice Art Center's newest exhibit, "Show us your Best". Because most of my newest paintings were placed in my new solo exhibit at The North Port Art Center , I wasn't sure whether to enter this juried show or not. In the end, my husband suggested this piece as an entry, and now I am glad that I took his suggestion. Although I did not attend the opening reception, I understand that the place was packed on Friday night, so I feel honored to have received this award from the votes of fellow artists and the Venice community of art patrons. Thanks to all who voted for the painting!

If you wish to purchase this painting, please phone the Venice Art Center at (941) 485-7136. The exhibit runs until December 10th.

To view more of mt art , please visit my blog at PaintDance, or my website at Maryanne Jacobsen Fine Art.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Inspired by the Ocean

Ocean Being, Acrylics & Pastel on paper, 19 in. x 16 in.

Looking at the ocean so much has been an inspiration for the last few years. I own a large conch shell that I can use for a still life subject. While painting it from life, I added colors that suggest moving water. Expressing the essence of the shell and the ocean became my focus. Acrylics and pastels make a nice combination for a mixed media piece of art. Sharon Guy Art.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Watercolor Abstractions

Horizontal Waves, Watercolor on paper, 6 in. x 4 in.

Sometimes I like to work with abstracted images that are inspired by nature. This one has strong colors and designs, and it expresses the essence of waves, sea and sky. Sharon Guy Art.

Daily Painting 1180 Brilliant Palms

Its oil on plywood, 8 x 10 inches. $200.

Lynn Morgan Contemporary Pastel Paintings

"Hat Ladies"
21" x 21"

Hammock Sunset, a Florida Coastal Oil by Judy Batterson

A beautiful sight to witness along the Florida coast is a glorious sunset reflected in the waterways and hammocks. Palms are silhouetted against a fiery sky. This painting shows a mass of clouds overhead which appear dark against the bright setting sun.
Drama and color at the same time! 16 x 20 oil on canvas.

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Project by Jani Lori

On the easel is a 24x30 of the project. After a memorial service this summer, while the adults were talking and grieving, the kids were busy outside. When asked what they were doing they cheerfully replied "the project". Using wonderful kid imaginations they had gathered rocks, sticks, dirt, branches, banana peels, and assorted objects and built a sculpture on the sidewalk. Leave it to kids to demonstrate how life goes on. I snapped a photo on my cell phone and remembered it this week. It was a good "project" for me too. What are you up to?

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Daily Painting 1179 Schooling Around Miniature Oil Painting

Its oil, 4 x 6 inches on gessoed archival mat board. $100.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Daily Painting 1178 Sunburst Sea Fan

I am finally feeling a little bit better, I had an awful flu type thing. Still don't have much energy. Its oil on archival mat board, 4 x 6 inches, $100.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"View from the Porch-St. Augustine, plein air paintings of St. Augustine, by Maryanne Jacobsen

"View from the Porch- St. Augustine"- 12x16, oil on masonite-$69

This painting was done quite a while back, and I pulled it out last night and made some pretty minor changes to it. The perspective is a little weird, because I was painting from the second floor wrap-around porch at The Kenwood Inn, in the historic section of St. Augustine, looking down at the intersection of Bridge and Marine Street:

My biggest challenge was to see past the hammock on the porch and still get the perspective correct. This painting was started in the late afternoon, after a typical Florida thunderstorm had cleared, and the warm light on the buildings was yummy-like orange sherbet. The second floor porch at The Kenwood Inn has lovely breezes off the Matanzas Bay and it was a perfect place to paint plein air while being protected from the hot Florida sun.

I did the best that I could to see past the hammock, which I couldn't move, and since I had never painted from that kind of perspective before, I found the whole thing a bit challenging and over my head, lol. It's not a bad painting, but I suspect it would be better if I tried it today, instead of well over a year ago.

As you can see, the Kenwood Inn is in a wonderful location right in the heart of the historic district of St. Augustine, and a short walking distance to everything that is important. The water that you see in the upper left hand side of the painting, is where I stood and painted the early morning boat scene on the bay.

I also painted the old door that enters the garden of the Sanchez House, which is the colonial building with the green shutters that you see to the right in the painting above.

I cannot say enough wonderful things about the Kenwood Inn. It is a Victorian Inn that is being lovingly restored by its current owners, and in addition to having a fabulous location that is convenient to all of St. Augustine's best attractions, , innkeepers Pat and Ted were warm, gracious hosts and the ambiance in many of the rooms is incredible. Here is a view of the parlor on the first floor , where wine and hospitality is served up in big doses every evening:

If you ever visit St. Augustine, location is everything. Please check out the Kenwood Inn before anything else, since the rates are reasonable, the ambiance is perfect, and the hospitality is warm and friendly! There is also a swimming pool for staying cool, and a side courtyard with koi pond and fabulous old wooden door adorned with flowers and Florida fauna. The Inn also features prominently in the many ghost tours of the Old Town, as there are supposedly some friendly spirits in the house. Truthfully, that doesn't surprise me, as both my husband and I had a couple weird experiences in our charming second floor bedroom while we were there!

I've priced this painting at a bargain price, since it's an old one and was just a plein air study to begin with. Hope it finds a happy home;0)

Visit my blog at Paint Dance and use the Paypal button if you wish to purchase this painting.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

"Safely Moored-Bass Harbor Head Light", 16x20, by Maryanne Jacobsen

"Safely Moored-Bass Harbor Head Light", 16 x20, oil on linen-$1000

This will probably be the last painting of Bass Harbor Head Light that I will do. I apologize if I have bored anyone but I was trying to improve upon the two I had done before this one. I am definitely happier with the rocks in this one, but I need to keep practicing rocks. They are tricky!

If you are interested in purchasing this painting, please send me an email at or visit my blog at PaintDance.. This would make a very special Christmas present for anyone who is in love with Maine! I would be happy to take installment payments as well.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Italian Impression by Sharon Guy

Umbrian Street, 20 in. x 16 in., Oil on canvas by Sharon Guy

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Friday, November 5, 2010

Daily Painting 1177 Afternoon Glow Expressionistic Landscape

Its 8 x 10 oil on archival gessoed mat board. This was an enjoyable painting, it just fell together, I love painting like this sometimes. $200.

"Cold Morning-Acadia National PArk" by Maryanne Jacobsea

"Cold Morning- Acadia National Park", 12x16, oil on canvas-$89

I must confess that I have really been struggling with painting rocks. Ever since I came back from our trip to Maine last month, I have realized how weak I am in painting rocks and rugged structures. I suppose it's because I really don't see a whole lot of rocky structures here in Florida. Everything is flat and sandy so I have nothing to go out and study and paint from.

Anyhow, I struggled with this quite a bit and did it over at least three times. That's what studies are for! I'll keep working at it, folks. I promise. In the meanwhile, this original oil painting has been reasonably priced because it is a study. It was done with a palette knife and has a lot of texture. If you are interested in purchasing this painting, please visit my blog at Paint Dance, or send me an email at

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Daily Painting 1176 Moonlight Sea Fan Puffer Fish

Its oil on plywood 5 x 7 inches. $100.

A Florida Day, Highwayman Style Mini Oil Painting by Judy Batterson

This is a mini oil painting version of a Highwayman style painting. The painting has blowing palms and brightness in the sky which is reflected in the water, reminiscent of their style. It sits on a mini easel. I have such respect for the Florida Highwaymen!
All of my mini paintings will be on display at the Ivanhoe Art Stroll near Orange Ave. and Princeton St. in Orlando, Florida on Friday night Nov. 5 from 6-9pm. If you are in the area, stop by! We will have music, food and art...and cold weather moving in!

Dancing Flamingos, Small Whimsical Oil by Judy Batterson

Flamingos? What was I thinking? I was thinking about pink web-footed wading birds with down bent bills that inhabit brackish lakes. The real ones are beautiful! I saw a plastic yard flamingo that triggered this bit of whimsy.

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Sailboat, Small Florida Coastal Oil by Judy Batterson

Small 4 x 4 x 1" oil paintings of Ponce Inlet at New Smyrna Beach on small easels. The red lighthouse can be seen on the north side of the inlet. This sailboat was healing out to the ocean. I love to go to Smyrna Dunes park and watch the action at the Inlet.

Shell Trio, Three Mini Paintings of Shells at the Ocean's Edge by Judy Batterson

Three mini oil on canvas shell paintings with tiny easels. A starfish, a whelk and an Atlantic cockle make up the trio. I had all three shells in my hand to study and paint....right at the water's edge.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Daily Painting 1175 SOLD Beachcomber Tortoise Plein Air

SOLD I did this at the Inlet State Park its 8 x 10 inch oil. It was beautiful out, a perfect day.

New Art Exhibit by Maryanne Jacobsen

If you are in the southwest Florida area this weekend, please come join me at the opening of my invitational art reception at The North Port Art Center in North Port, Florida. The reception will be on Saturday, November 6th, from 4 to 6 PM., with refreshments and beautiful art to soothe the soul!

I will be featuring some of my newest landscapes from my recent trip to Massachusetts and Maine, as well as some popular still lifes and portraits. For more info about the exhibit or to get directions, please call (941)423-6460. The art center will also be featuring a brand new exhibit entited "Idols and Icons". Don't miss it! Hope to see you there!

Day in the Park by Janice Filkins

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Daily Painting 1174 Cottages at Edenlawn Plantation Plein Air Alla Prima

Its oil, 8 x 10 inches on masonite. I went to Edenlawn this morning and had a nice time, got pretty hot in the afternoon, around 87 degrees. Wore me out! $200.

Lynn Morgan Contemporary Abstract Pastel Paintings

"Park Bench"

20" x 28"

Monday, November 1, 2010

Daily Painting 1173 SOLD Reef Party

SOLD Its oil. I had a lot of fun with this one, I could see the fish in the painting, only had to bring them out.

Palm at the Inlet by Janice Filkins

8x10 oil on linen plein air SOLD

Channel Markers, Florida Coastal Oil Landscape by Judy Batterson

For all the boaters and sailors! This 8 x 10 oil on canvas shows the red channel markers in the Intracoastal Waterway along
the coast of Florida. Painted with color shapes to distinguish the islands, the painting recedes into the background with the red markers as the focus. When I saw another version of this, I decided to paint my own.

Plein Air Study from Sarasota Bay

Sarasota Bay, Oil on panel, 7 in. x 5 in.

I did a couple of small studies of boats on Sarasota Bay. I noticed the contrast between the dark rocks and the sparkling water. The more I paint water, the more I realize what a complex subject it is. Water, light, and reflections become the most important part of the painting for me. More of my art can be seen at Sharon Guy Art.