Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"The Seaward Inn Garden", 14x11, oil on canvas, plein air by Maryanne Jacobsen

"The Seaward Inn Garden", 14x11, oil on canvas, plein air by Maryanne Jacobsen

A vacation in New England would not be complete for us without a trip to Cape Ann. Once again we chose to stay at the lovely Seaward Inn in scenic Rockport. We had a beautiful large room on the second floor of the main house that looked directly out over the Atlantic and Gully Point. The room was called Lover's Cove and we decided to take a photo of the little room placard on the door.

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Diane Mannion, Bait Boat, Sarasota Bay

Diane Mannion, Bait Boat, Sarasota Bay, 9x12" oil

Monday, August 29, 2011

Orange Grove, a Florida Citrus Industry Staple by Judy Batterson

Florida and orange groves go hand in hand. Citrus grows everywhere in the state, but the big groves are mainly in central and southern Florida. Rows of trees filled with oranges are a beautiful sight. Sandy roads give access to the trees for picking those oranges. Have you had your juice today?! 5 x 7" original oil painting.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Scenes From the Beach

Beach Dog
Oil on panel, 6 in. x 8 in.

You never know what you will see at the beach. This happy pair walked by one evening while I was hanging around at the beach.
Sharon Guy Art

Friday, August 26, 2011

Daily Painting 1304 Sunshine Flowers

I don't know what these are, they look a bit like allamandas, but they are smaller. I painted this from a photo I took awhile back at Heathcote Botanical Gardens. The painting is 5 x 7 inches, oil on plywood.
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Daily Painting 1302 Stormy Weather

Its 5 x 7 inches, oil on plywood. Its been windy off and on all day today, we got the very edge of hurricane Irene, just enough to get our yard messy with palm fronds. We went to the beach and watched the kite boarders and big waves, it was a lot of fun. $100.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Daily Painting 1301 Fantasy Garden

I had fun with this one, I wanted lots of textures and colors. Its got very thick paint, 5 x 7 inches on plywood.
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Red Pagoda, Scenic Orlando Lake Eola Park Attraction by Judy Batterson

In downtown Orlando, the beautiful city park surrounding Lake Eola boasts a unique fountain in the lake's center and a red Chinese pagoda on the shore. This pagoda has become a place for weddings and other events. The red stands out against the lush green palms and oaks. Swans and ducks like to swim near the walkway by the pagoda. Lake Eola is always a hub of activity for downtown, and the pagoda is a charming attraction there. 5 x 7" original oil painting.

Florida Birds

Oil on canvas. 14 in. x 11 in.

Painted on site early in the morning at Siesta Beach. The osprey was soaring above me while I painted the huge clouds.
Sharon Guy Art

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

"The Benefits of Recycling", 16x12, oil on board by Maryanne Jacobsen

"The Benefits of Recycling", 16x12, oil on board by Maryanne Jacobsen

It took me four days to paint "The Summer Kitchen" painting that I posted yesterday. At the end of the painting session I had a lot of mud left over from the three different palettes that I had been working from. They had already been sent into the freezer for the past three nights and in truth I was tired of saving them . Besides, they were a pretty dismal heap at that point with the exception of a big hunk of clean permanent rose. With the cost of good oil paint so ridiculous anymore, it always seems a tremendous waste to me to throw any of it away. So even though it was late, I decided to do one of my "Left-over paint" paintings. If you are a regular visitor to this blog, you've seen them before. They are pretty spontaneous and are always a lot of fun for me to do. I just swirl the paint around until a picture starts to emerge. Since I had been painting flowers and citrus for the past couple days, I guess it's no surprise that this is what emerged.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Daily Painting 1300 SOLD Hidden Pond

SOLD I did this one today at the Treasure Coast Art Association's open studio. Its fun to paint there, lots of interesting conversations. This is a miniature oil, its 4 x 6 inches on plywood. I had made a background awhile ago on it, used up some nice colors that I had leftover on my palette. I hate throwing paint away! I finally saw some hints of the coconut palm and developed the painting from there.

The Point

Beauty of a day on the Hudson River today...there is a change in the air as summer slips away...

Sky Paintings by Sharon Guy

Evening Sky No. 2
Oil on panel, 8 in. x 6 in.

This is the second in a series of paintings of the sky outside my window, just after the sunset.
Sharon Guy Art.

Lynn Morgan Contemporary Pastel Paintings

"Adobe Wall"

12.5" x 12.5"

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Special Weekend Sale - Through Sunday Night: $30

SPECIAL WEEKEND SALE $30 (unframed):
Afternoon Outing (4x4")
$35 Paintings (unframed):
Reserved Parking (3x2.5") SOLD
Moonrise Over Forest Lake (4x3")
Pink Shock (5x3") SOLD

$50 Paintings (unframed):
A Family Outing (4x4")

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Daily Painting 1299 Three Ibis

These ibis were at the Savannas in Fort Pierce. The painting is 8 x 10 inches, oil on plywood. Lots of nice thick textures on this one, I used a whole lot of paint.
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Lake Eola Fountain, Orlando City Icon by Judy Batterson

In downtown Orlando, the famous Centennial Fountain is an icon of the City Beautiful. Surrounded by a broad sidewalk, trees, a playground, and an amphitheater, Lake Eola is a hub of activity for walks and festivals. Swan boats grace the lake along with live swans. This fountain marks the center of activity for downtown as the water splashes day and night. 5 x 7 original oil.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Birthday Bougainvillea

Diane Mannion, Birthday Bougainvillea, 6x6" oil

Sky Paintings by Sharon Guy

Evening Sky
Oil on panel, 8 in. x 6 in.

I've started making a series of studies of the evening sky. This is a view from my window.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

"My Favorite Things", 5x7, oil on board by Maryanne Jacobsen

"My Favorite Things", 5x7, oil on board by Maryanne Jacobsen-$200

Julie Andrews once sang about her favorite things. Since my ability to sing is rather limited, I painted them instead! Sunflowers, warm sunshine, a good book, the feeling of grass between my toes- what more could I want?

This is the third painting that I did of myself in my back yard from photos that my hubby took of me one day when I wasn't looking:0) I hope that's not egotistical! I just wanted to get more hat lady practice in, since people seem to enjoy my ''hat lady" paintings.

This one can be purchased for $200, which includes free shipping. Just visit my blog at PaintDance, and use the Paypal button. To see more of my original art, please visit my website at Maryanne Jacobsen, Fine Art.

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"When it Rains" by Sally Shisler

"When it Rains"
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Summer Plein Air Painting

A Storm is Coming
Oil on panel, 10 in. x 6 in.
Sharon Guy Art

Lynn Morgan Contemporary Pastel Paintings

"The Shops"

15" x 12"

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Venice Beach Fisherman

Diane Mannion, The Breakfast Club, 8x6" oil

"Rainy Day Florida Garden-plein air", 12x16, oil on masonite by Maryanne Jacobsen

"Rainy Day Florida Garden-plein air", 12x16, oil on masonite by Maryanne Jacobsen

Since I came back from my New England vacation , I have been lamenting about how uncomfortable it is to paint outside here in Florida with all the excessive heat and humidity that one must deal with. I was finally regaining some confidence in my abilities to paint out in the open ( en plein air) while I was away on my trip. In fact, I managed to do 4 plein air paintings while I was away and it seemed almost effortless with the beautiful light and cooler conditions!

So when I got back here to the typical subtropical conditions, I found myself falling into a bit of a pity pot. It's been raining a whole lot here lately, but that's to be expected in a subtropical climate. Finally the other day, I just decided to drag all my stuff out onto a protected area of the lanai and made up my mind to paint the garden area around the pool. It was actually not that bad painting in the rainy weather, because there wasn't a whole lot of change in light in the two and a half hours that I was out there, which was nice.

The result was kind of soft and hazy, just like the day. I painted all but my signature outside! Hurray!

The rain was intermittent throughout the afternoon, but here's a good idea of what I was looking at while I painted:

I left out the pool fountain because I thought it was distracting.

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Daily Painting 1298 Work in Progress Cowboy

I have been working on this for awhile now off and on, I have quite a bit of tweaking to do on it still. Its 12 x 16, oil on plywood. Not for sale at this time.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Daily Painting 1297 SOLD Pelicans at the Fort Pierce Inlet

SOLD Finished this oil painting today 18.50 x 22 inches on masonite, I have been working and waiting for days on it. I let the different layers dry on big or complicated paintings so if I mess up I don't have to fix too much. I was glad I had, I was resting my little finger on the painting to steady my hand and got it into the wet wing. Then it got into the sky. I was able to clean it up without messing up my sky because I let it dry.
It is from a park near where I live, its the Fort Pierce inlet to the ocean in the background. The inlet gets a strong current between the jetties. The rocks across the inlet in the back are just a row of big rocks and the ones in the front are paved so you can walk easy on them and go fishing. There is a fish cleaning station in front of the pelicans, they get scraps so there is lots of activity there. Free shipping.

More Plein Air Cloud Paintings

Before the Storm
Oil on panel, 10 in. x 8 in.

I'm still painting storm clouds. I was finished by the time the rain and lightning started. Sharon Guy Art

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Cloud Studies by Sharon Guy

Morning Clouds
Oil on panel, 10 in. x 8 in.
Sharon Guy Art

Friday, August 12, 2011

Daily Painting 1296 Great American Egret by the Indian River

I just got into a discussion with my husband over the bird. I started to name the painting "White Bird by the Indian River." He asked what kind of bird is it and I told him its an American egret. He said I should name the painting with American egret instead of white bird.

Then he asked me if I am sure its the American egret and not the white heron. I told him I was pretty sure that is what it is, the heron has the long feathers on its head and yellow colored legs and lives South of us. Its getting really hard for me to name paintings for some reason. The painting is oil on plywood, 8 x 10 inches.
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Mr. Pelican, Beach Art by Judy Batterson

Why, hello there, Mr. Pelican! Pelicans, especially brown pelicans, are always part of Florida's coastal environment. They fly in groups low over the water. When resting, a pelican will pull his head down. I can recall a poem that my dad taught me at a very young age: "There once was a bird called a pelican, Whose beak could hold more than his belly can, He can hold in his beak, Enough food for a week, But I don't know how in the 'heck' he can." 5 x 7" original oil painting.

Lynn Morgan Contemporary Pastel Paintings

"Star of the Show"

21" x 21"

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Lazy Day on the Hudson

8x10 oil on linen
Jani Lori SOLD
Summer day on the Hudson River NY...........

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

"Monhegan Morning", 14x11, oil on canvas, by Maryanne Jacobsen

"Monhegan Morning", 14x11, oil on canvas by Maryanne Jacobsen

Monhegan Island was one of the highlights of my recent trip to Maine and Cape Ann. This was the sign that greeted us when we stepped off the boat onto the island:

It is pretty hard to describe Monhegan unless you've been there to see it for yourself. Think working island, fish, lobster, fish shacks, public plumbing very limited, gorgeous cliffs, ocean, sunsets, fog, lighthouse, mist, boats, and pastel-colored perennial gardens dotting the rolling hills. The island has been an artist's haven for many decades.

Are you beginning to get the picture?

I enjoyed painting this scene of a road leading down to fish beach (I think that's what it's called) on the day that we visited the island. The light is very, very blue there, so you have to look for the warms in the scenery. There are lobster traps, buoys and fish nets everywhere, so if you can't figure out what you're looking at in this painting, just use your imagination!

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Daily Painting 1295 Restful Shore, Indian River Art

This is the Indian River, its 11 x 14 inches on plywood.
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Plein Air Cloud Studies

August Clouds
Watercolor, 8 in. x 6 in.

During the summer, I do studies of the huge storm clouds.
Sharon Guy Art

Sunday, August 7, 2011

I Heart Florida, Beach Art from the Heart by Judy Batterson

A friend sent me a photo of clouds that looked like hearts in the sky. That inspired me to do this whimsical painting of pelicans flying through an open heart cloud with another heart cloud below. I 'heart' Florida because of the beaches, palms and balmy days. And that is what I tried to show in this painting! 5 x7" original oil

Lynn Morgan Contemporary Pastel Paintings

"Reading Boots"

28" x 20"

Outer Banks North Carolina Seascape Pastel Phyllis O'Shields Contemporary Impressionism

Outer Banks North Carolina  Storm Approaching
Pastel 16 x 20 inches
Painted En Plein Air Tropical Seascapes
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This pastel was painted en plein air during a time at the Outer Banks, Duck Island, when a storm was quickly approaching. The weather changes so quickly there.

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Phyllis O'Shields Contemporary Impressionism

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Daily Painting 1294 SOLD Pink Lily Lagoon water lily painting

SOLD Its 5 x 7 inches, oil on masonite. Lots of textures on this one.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Daily Painting 1293 Savanna Sunrise

Its oil on masonite, 5 x 7 inches. I wanted to use some different colors for me to have a bit of a change. Its not showing up as well as in real life, the sky is more pinkish orange in the painting.

Early Morning Plein Air Painting

Morning Walk
Oil on panel, 10 in. x 8 in.
During the hot summer, I paint at the beach as early as possible.
Sharon Guy Art

"Burning Off-Somes Sound"-plein air, 9x12 by Maryanne Jacobsen

"Burning Off-Somes Sound"-plein air, 9x12 by Maryanne Jacobsen

We just returned from a ten day trip that took in the northeastern coast from Bar Harbor, Maine, back down to Cape Ann, Massachusetts. This stretch of seacoast is without a doubt, one of the most scenic in all of the east coast of the United States. For that reason, it has attracted artists for decades, including Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth and literally thousands of others. It was our second trip to this area, and though the summer views are quite different from the autumn vistas, they are just as spectacular!

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