SKY HIGH 40”X42” ACRYLIC
I found a new hidden treasure fine art gallery in Sebastian just north of the Wabasso Beach Bridge ( Rt.510 ) that I wanted to share with you.
Six of my paintings will be on exhibit for all the world to see at the Coral Mermaid Gallery for the next three months.
Coral Mermaid Gallery 8905 N US Hwy 1
Sebastian, FL 32958
(772) 559-8947 Tues.-Sat. 10am-2pm
FEATURED PAINTING- PASTEL SUNRISE
With this landscape painting I was channeling my inner Anne O’Brian Gonzalez. I admire that she is a colorist and an expressionist. I have her book and three DVD’s that I watch and rewatch learning something new each time plus it is cool just to watch her paint.
High key design is also on my bucket list and this time I managed to pull it off. Most of the time I start out with pastel intentions but end up with darks to punch up the value thereby loosing my high key intent.
As I analyze what I just wrote I see an artist still coming into her own style or maybe just evolving her style over time.
One of the most delightful things to do is to take a bike ride quietly down a tree lined street with a friend.
Those special days when the weather is just perfect with blue skies and a canopy of trees overhead.
On those few days you’re at peace in your world.
Ready Get Set…Go!
Last week I joined in with a five day painting challenge with artist Mary Gilkerson. We were supposed to do a small painting each day for just 20 minutes, do you know how hard that is? Fortunately I am a fast and furious painter but this did push me to the edge.
Mary always says: “Done is better than perfect”, so the end product wasn’t very important. I enjoy experimenting and have little fear of failure.
First I gathered old small canvas’s to paint over, picked out 5 photos of figures that I wanted to paint and lastly I set up my work space with colors on the palette.
Start the kitchen timer.
My Friday open studio has invited participants who have painted the beautiful model, Christina, to exhibit at the newly opened Coral Mermaid Gallery. I have two paintings to show and the reception should be a lot of fun. Wish you all could join us.
The past six months I have been focusing on the human figure which I find fascinating. Here I was experimenting with black backgrounds to create a more dramatic feel.
Below I painted on Yupo with watercolor adding color & marks with total abandon then painted the negative space around the model. I think it would read better if the background was totally black.
My grand daughter at the beach. To the right an Art Deco thing going on and below a 1940’s model. It was great fun but what do you say; yes try some more or no move on?
Each Friday you can find me painting with a wonderful group of artists at the Museum of Art. The open studio has a new live model week and today it was Christina.
Christina is a beautiful young woman with the most gorgeous long red hair. As you see my style is very loose, I am happiest when I capture the essence of the person not their exact likeness.
I think I am finding that painting the human figure is my passion so I will keep on honing my skills.
I would be a delight to hear your comments .
May I be one of the many to wish you Happy Holidays and an adventurous New Year.
Our Christmas will be peaceful and quiet but none the less precious. Our family flew in and drove to spend 4 days with us at Thanksgiving so Christmas is happily shared with the other side of the family.
My New Year’s goal is to make videos of my art process which I then post to social media. I am following the lead of Mary Gilkerson via her blog and UTube presentations. She is a great teacher if you are looking for some artistic input.
OK, I said it out loud so now I have to keep my new resolution.
FEATURED PAINTING MIXED MEDIA IN THE CITY
I like high key paintings, the ones with the pastel soft colors that make you feel like you are wrapped in a warm blanket on a cold day. Most of the time I start out with the intention of painting using soft colors and then something takes over where dark value contrast sneak in. Funny how old habits are hard to break even when I know what I should be doing.
With the above collage I held the course with my high key palette and before my eyes a city scape appeared. Yea team!
Mary Ellen Koser