New Work for August: Surf’s Up Bro!

Summer, around here where I live, is packed with outdoor shows. These last couple of months I’ve been participating in 1 to 3 art shows a week. I know. Bananas. They are not all big shows, but they all take some preparation time (some take a lot more than others) and a full day (or days) of being somewhere else but in the house/studio, painting. So, painting time is limited, but I feel pretty good about the pieces that I have finished so far this month.

Also, two of them already sold, yaayy!

So, here they are, 100% beach and surf inspired, the first two are based on photographs (with his permission) by Ben Gallop (find him on Instagram also). On the first two, click on the image to see the photo by Ben that inspired them.

You can buy prints of these images (and more) on my online shop.

"Wave 2.2", 2014. Acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 inches. ((Inspired by photo by Ben Gallop- @eastbynoreast on Instagram-)

“Wave 2.2”, 2014. Acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 inches. ((Inspired by photo by Ben Gallop- @eastbynoreast on Instagram-)

"Big Waves and Pier", 2014. Acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 inches. Sold. (Inspired by photo by Ben Gallop- @eastbynoreast on Instagram)

“Big Waves and Pier”, 2014. Acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20 inches. Sold. (Inspired by photo by Ben Gallop- @eastbynoreast on Instagram)

"Calm Seas and Cruiser", 2014. Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 16 inches. Sold.

“Calm Seas and Cruiser”, 2014. Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 16 inches. Sold.

Sketch vs Painting

I had the opening of my solo show at the beginning of this month. I wanted to add some text to the side of the paintings and an image of where the inspiration for the painting had come from, since I often get asked: “where do you come up with the ideas for this?” mainly because of all the crazy colors I use and the added elements that I put in my paintings (circles, spirals, dots). I’ve been basing myself on photographs a lot for the work I’ve been producing lately that is inspired by the Outer Banks, but many times I will just paint from my head. While I’m painting I will  sometimes realize that what I am painting -even though I rarely plan it this way-, resembles a place where I have been or traveled to. What surprises me the most is that often times  people will recognize these places in my paintings, even if it is  just my  ”quirky” interpretation of it, from my imagination,  and not intended to be realistic at all.

For my show, I printed the text with the image for each painting and mounted them on mat board. It turned out that putting them next to the paintings was too much, the walls looked to busy, so I just put them in a basket with a sign: “Can you match the picture to the paintings on the wall?”, turns out people have been having a blast with it, specially when kids come to the show.

I don’t get to show my sketchbook often, and I wonder if people would be surprised to see that my sketches are extremely simple and most of the time have no color in them. I love to solve the color “problem” while I’m painting, and even if I put color in my sketches, I will completely ignore it while I’m painting and just figure it out again as I go. Below are some examples of what the sketch looked like, versus the finished painting, the titles of the paintings are: “Houses on the Bridge”, “Bikes and Canals” and “The Pier”.

Now I better get back to my family, we’re in Luray, VA for the weekend and it is family time!

I would love to read your comments, if you have any :)

DSC_0116Houses on the Bridge

DSC_0105Bikes and Canals

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The Pier

New Work

Here are some new pieces for my solo show at the Dare County Arts Council which is rapidly approaching! Both pieces are inspired by the Outer Banks landscape.

It’s been really busy around here with a two day show last week and a two day show coming up this Wednesday and Thursday. It’s been very crazy working summer and it’s been wonderful. I love it :)

Happy Monday!

Surfboard. Acrylic and marker on canvas, 16 x 20 inches, 2013

Surfboard. Acrylic and marker on canvas, 16 x 20 inches, 2013

Tall Grass. Acrylic and marker on canvas, 16 x 20 inches, 2013

Beach :)

It’s pretty late here in the Outer Banks of NC, but I had to write at least a few lines. Today was a pretty long day but perfectly balanced between work and relaxation time; I got to spend a few hours on the beach at the end of the day, sketch a little bit while I was there and watch my husband surf. It was so beautiful. I moved here 2 years ago and I still can’t believe that this is where I live and that this is my life.

I want to share a few of my paintings that have been inspired by what is now “home”.

 

Lighthouse. Acrylic, color pencil and marker on photograph

Lighthouse. Acrylic, color pencil and marker on photograph, 2012

Wave 1.2. Acrylic on canvas, 18 x 36 inches, 2013

Wave 1.2. Acrylic on canvas, 18 x 36 inches, 2013

Stormy Turns. Acrylic and marker on canvas.

Stormy Turns. Acrylic and marker on canvas, 2012

Pier 2. Acrylic and marker on canvas.

Pier 2. Acrylic and marker on canvas, 2012

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Good night everybody! And thanks for reading :)