Painting Challenge Day 2

inspired by the beauty of Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay

Day 2 is a painting that I have painted before and wanted to do again.  That does not happen often!  But sometimes I like to see how I have improved, or it is just an image that I really enjoyed painting.  Maybe it is just a beautiful image, or maybe it reminds me of somewhere I have been.  Both are the case with this one!  This is Disney’s private beautiful island, Castaway Cay. Which I have been extremely lucky to have visited twice!  This is not a scene that everyone sees, so not everyone may recognize it.  Its along a path that we rode bikes on, that leads to Serenity Bay.  The adults only beach on the island.  My favorite color, as many of you know, is pink, so of course I was mesmerized by this sight.

So here is day two! Painting is available in my etsy shoppe for anyone interested.  Please click here to see purchasing info.

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The art of “eyeing it”

Loosely drawing is easier for me

I love to paint.  But patience is not my virtue.  That being said I do not like to take time and sketch with a pencil.  Or measure.  Or calculate.  I just jump right in and paint.

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I had a conversation a few months ago with a fellow artist that does incredible paintings that look just like photographs.  She has created a tool that helps her place things perfectly on a canvas, such as windows, etc.  She referred to one of my paintings and told me how her new tool would save me lots of time.  It would save me time measuring things out.  So I then told her I do not measure.  She was surprised.  Really?  How do you get all those windows in place? I told her that I eye it in.  And then I started thinking. What is my method?  I realized that I just count the number of windows, and then paint them in.  How I loosely draw the subject, then tighten it and define it.  And I decided I like my way better.


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The painting that the other artist was surprised to hear I did not measure.


My paintings are not photo realistic.  And I am happy with that.  I respect those that paint realistically, but its not my style.  Even in my home, I prefer the looser style.  The ones where the brush strokes tell a story, and make your imagination work a bit.  Imagining if you will, the scene the artist has created for you.  The strokes of pink that suggest or tell you that there are flowers there, but are not fully detailed.

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All the paintings shown were loosely drawn in with a brush that I have worn to a stub, with paint thinned by turpentine.


This was a flat brush.  I don’t think it owes me anything.  A well loved brush.



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Ocean House, Westerly, RI


The only time I measure anything, is when I measure the horizon to make sure it is the same throughout the canvas.  That is one thing I do have a hard time eyeing in.

So far my method works for me, and I love it.  Maybe someday I will have the patience to use a tool to help me with my art, but until then I am satisfied.  And that’s what counts.