Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Indulge Your Inner Princess, a Painting of Stiletto Heels by Judy Batterson

Not my typical Florida oil landscape painting! But these are the shoes of a Florida native! In fact, they cost her over $1,000. So I thought I would paint a portrait of her shoes for posterity! They are her handmade dream stilettos, embedded with little Swarovski crystals. She danced the night away (but couldn't walk the next day!). Women and their shoes. What can we say?!
This is a 9 x 12" acrylic painting. The original sold to the owner of the shoes! Giclees available on request. For other paintings of Florida landscapes, see

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Poinciana and Oranges, a Florida Oil Landscape of Orange Grove, Poinciana Tree, Old Florida by Judy Batterson

A large poinciana tree is in bloom with brilliant red blossoms. Across the path is an orange grove laden with fruit. The interplay of light and shadow is shown by the sunlight on the bright colors of red, orange and green while billowing clouds stand out against a dark sky. Florida heat leads to afternoon thunderstorms, and the painting tells this story. Large and colorful, this is a painting of Florida the way it used to be and can still be found down sandy back roads. Original Oil on masonite. 21 x 36 " $2400

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Garden of Eden, Oil Painting with Palm and Stream by Judy Batterson

“Garden of Eden” from Genesis. Eden, the garden of God, is full of symbolism. The description is in Genesis 2. Abundant fruit-bearing and beautiful trees grew there while a stream watered the Garden. Archeologists believe that the date palm was one of the first trees in the Garden. It was a place of peace and serenity. This is my glimpse into the Garden of Eden. The painting will be used for the cover of a book of poetic and healing prayers. May this picture bring peace to those who view it, especially as they read the prayers soon to be published. The book will be available in 2011 at the Glennon House in Winter Park, FL. 18" x 24" original oil, $1500 and beautifully framed.

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 8 x 10 oil on masonite. $395 Framed

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 $1200

Saturday, November 13, 2010

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.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

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.

Monday, November 1, 2010

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.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Island Sunrise, Tropical Oil Landscape with Palm Silhouettes by Judy Batterson

This 4 x 12" oil on canvas captures the moment when the sun rises, the sky fills with color and the dark silhouettes of the trees stand out against the sky. The sky is clear with the layers of color and the water is calm as it reflects the sky. A few early bird pelicans are flying. Although I am not a morning person, it is definitely worth it to see the sunrise once in a while!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Playful Palm, a Fun Coastal Florida Oil Painting by Judy Batterson

This 8x10 oil on masonite painting of a palm along the beach is a fun and colorful small painting that livens up a space. It started out more technical and ended up with loose brushstrokes as the little palm took on its own personality. A tropical breeze and a colorful sky captures fun memories at the beach. I love this little palm tree because it was fun to paint!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Mead Garden Turtle, Pond and Turtle Oil Landscape by Judy Batterson

In Winter Park, an untouched natural piece of Florida has been preserved. Mead Garden is tucked away behind neighborhoods and has provided children a place to explore for years. Turtles are always sunning themselves on fallen logs in the pond. Generations continue to go there to see the turtles. The pond has lily pads and heavy, shadowy foliage which made an Impressionistic composition with cool colors. When I went to sketch and paint, science classes were having a field trip there. The children were thrilled to find the turtle! 18 x 18" oil on masonite. Selected for "Simply the Best" book by Timothy's Gallery and Art-Exchange.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Lost, Oil Beach Landscape Painting by Judy Batterson

A small red boat beached on yellow sand under storm clouds is the setting for "The world is so big and my boat is so small." The boat is so small and lost next to the vastness of the ocean and sky. The storm clouds add to the drama. We have all had times when we feel overwhelmed like this. But we have to experience storms in order to appreciate the sunshine. Using complimentary colors of yellow and violet helps to intensify the scene. Chosen for Winter Park Magazine Cover July 2010 issue.
Original Oil on masonite.16 x 20" (Giclee available $325)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Rosita, Tropical Oil with Boat, Water, Island by Judy Batterson

Pthalo blue and pthalo green made the perfect combination to paint the color of the waters at the southern tip of Florida and beyond. The boat, named Rosita, is anchored while people go island hopping. I love to visit the Keys and see the color of the water! Using a professional photo to enhance my memory of the color, I painted this in my friend Kaye's studio. She gave me helpful tips to capture the movement in the water. Sometimes it's nice to paint together and share ideas with other artists.
9 x 11 oil on canvas.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Palm Afternoon, a Coastal Florida Oil Landscape by Judy Batterson

Artists have painted many scenes like this, but I tried to be different by making mine very textural. Heavy layers of paint on the palms, the sand and the seaweed give dimension to the foreground. The angle of the sun creates good tension with deep shadows in the underbrush and highlights on the tops of the palms and mangroves. Slightly impressionistic, the painting shows a natural coastal landscape. 16 x 29" oil on masonite. www,

Monday, September 27, 2010

Enlightened, a Florida Oil Landscape of Water, Boat and Palm by Judy Batterson

As I was walking along the Intracoastal Waterway after a storm, I stopped to look at a beached rowboat. The sunlight suddenly broke through the clouds, creating a cascade of light. I painted this coastal scene knowing it had a deeper level. Sometimes I need to beach myself like the boat, be still and wait quietly for the light to break through and bring hope to the soul. Original 16 x 20 oil on masonite. Chosen for Orlando Magazine's " Paint the Town" 8th Annual Exhibition 2010. For more Florida landscapes visit

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Swampy Road, A Florida Landscape by Judy Batterson

Off the beaten paths, sandy roads lead back into untouched areas of coastal Florida. Palms, pines, and mangroves grow in abundance. In the hammocks and lagoons, brackish water reflects the blue sky. Very refreshing in a back to nature way!
16 x 20" oil on masonite

Friday, September 17, 2010

Sunset Palm, a Tropical Oil Landscape by Judy Batterson

This 10x12" oil on masonite is an uncomplicated but effective tropical landscape at sunset. The dark silhouette of the palm in the foreground stands out against the yellow, orange, and red streaked across the sky. A warm palette predominates as the light is broken into a broader spectrum.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Lone Palm, a Florida Landscape by Judy Batterson

In Florida, clumps of mangroves and palms grow along waterways. This hammock had a single palm rising from the center of the foliage next to the water. Blues and greens dominate the composition, giving it a cool, verdant feeling. Naturalists enjoy exploring these tropical ecosystems. 16x20 oil on masonite.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Kate in the Rose Garden, Outdoor Garden Scene by Judy Batterson

This 16 x 20" oil painting is from an outing at Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida. Little blonde Kate, standing next to a fountain in the Rose Garden, studied the pinks of the roses and watched the butterflies. Her godmother Whitney captured the moment in a black and white photo. I captured the moment in oil on canvas. Her mommy Cara was the happy recipient of the painting and photo. Leu Gardens is a beautiful place for photography and for painting!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

And I Will Walk With You, an Oil Painting of Footprints by Judy Batterson

This 4 x 12" oil painting was commissioned by my friend Annie. She took photos of her toes and wanted her own version of
the story known as "Footprints". A little whimsy mixed with symbolism makes this unique. With His arm around her shoulder, she and her Lord are both facing the future together, standing at the edge of the ocean, ready to go deeper still. Although not my usual landscape painting, this was such a joy and humbling experience to paint the feet of my friend. It was like washing her feet.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Florida Hammock, Florida Oil Landscape of Palms and Mangroves by Judy Batterson

This hammock, with abundant wildlife and strong reflections, is typical of the marshy hammocks along the low coastal areas of Florida. A cool palette of blues and greens make a calming scene, natural and tranquil. Palm and mangroves are painted in detail as they grow out of the foliage along the waterway. 16 x 20" oil

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Serene Sunset, Florida Oil Landscape of Palm Islands by Judy Batterson

Islands of palms, trees and mangroves cast shadows in water as the sun sets. A Florida coastal sunset, alive with changing colors, can take your breath away. Kayaks and small boats seek the still water between the islands to see wildlife as well as the sunset.
16 x 20" oil on masonite.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Blustery Day, Impressionistic Wind Blown Palms, by Judy Batterson

Using a palette knife and thick brushstrokes, this painting was done in an impressionistic style. The wind blown palms are dancing in the air currents while the sun reflects on the water. The clouds are filled with light and shadows. The paint is still in layers but painted with thicker paint. This painting is currently in the Biennial V Exhibit at the Museum of Florida Art in DeLand.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Key Largo Palms, Tropical Scene of Palms and Aqua Water by Judy Batterson

Just another day in paradise. This 24 x 36" oil on masonite shows three tall stately palms against a background of aqua water and a balmy sky. Tourists and ecotourists are beckoned to the Florida Keys by the tropical beauty of the cool colors. As I was painting this, a lady stopped to watch me. She finally spoke and said, "That's where I want to your painting!" That made my day!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Footbridge at Gemini, sequence of 3 stages of bridge in a tropical setting by Judy Batterson

The finished painting! The foreground of aquatic plants, river grasses, palm, and foliage are painted over the middle ground of the footbridge against the background of palms, trees and vegetation. Lots of layers on a 16x20 oil on masonite. A "tropical Monet's garden at Giverny", Gemini Springs near DeLand, FL is worth a visit. Florida has some of the world's most beautiful springs. And this one has picturesque footbridges, too.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Footbridge at Gemini, sequence of 3 stages of bridge in a tropical setting by Judy Batterson

This is the second sequence in a series of three photos of the layers in this painting. After the background layers, the middle ground is painted which is the footbridge over the springs. This beautiful park, Gemini Springs, is located near DeLand, FL. There
are several footbridges where you can stand and look into the clear water bubbling up from the springs. Like Monet's bridge at Giverny, this is a picturesque landscape but with a tropical twist.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Footbridge at Gemini, sequence of 3 stages of bridge in a tropical setting by Judy Batterson

This is the first photo in a sequence of three showing the layering of this painting. The location is Gemini Springs near DeLand, Florida. This beautiful park is filled with towering oaks, pines, palms and clear bubbling springs. When I saw the footbridge, I thought of a "tropical Monet" painting. This first photo shows about seven painting layers used to create the lush background and
the foundation of the water. I think I used every brush I own to paint the various vegetation. The colors are true to life. Next,
the bridge will be painted.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Palm Glow, a Sunset Glow on Palm Tree and Beach by Judy Batterson

This painting is filled with color! It glows with a soft orange light and is softened by blue shadows. I decided to paint a palm tree on the beach which would seem radiant with warm light as the sun started to set. The sand reflects color as well as the waves.
I put the same colors in the clouds. Orange and blue are good colors in a painting!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Perfect Day on the Lagoon, a Florida Oil Painting of Waves and Palm on a Balmy Day, by Judy Batterson

South of New Smyrna Beach and near Canaveral Seashore is Mosquito Lagoon. It's a boating and fishing paradise, dotted with
islands and home to wildlife. On a perfect boating day, the breezes blow and the sun shines while the waves lap at the shoreline. Flat boats are everywhere with fishermen waiting patiently. The painting colors here are on the cool side while still reflecting light.
The many layers of oil built up the texture of the brushstrokes. Light layers show the shallow water at the edge of the shore.
12 x 16" oil on masonite.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Mini Tropical Sunset

This is a 3 x 3" mini oil on canvas that comes with a small 5" easel. Just a fun way to use the oils that were left from my large painting that I just finished. The dark palm silhouette stands out against the bright colors of the sunset. Place it on an office shelf above your computer to remind you of your vacation!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Blue Cypress Sunset, sequence of painting, by Judy Batterson

The finished painting! This is the final sequence in a series of six showing a painting from start to finish. The burnt umber and ultramarine blue dark silhouettes of the cypress trees with aquatic grasses and reeds stand out against the bright setting sun. The shadows are reflected in the water along with touches of light. This is a 24 x 36" oil on masonite. And it's been a fun and challenging painting journey!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Blue Cypress Sunset, sequence of painting, by Judy Batterson

This is the fifth photo in a sequence of six showing a painting from start to finish. The farthest part of the painting is done, so now it's time for the foreground. This is the start of the large cypress trees in Blue Cypress Lake. From the viewer's perspective, only the dark sides of the trees can be seen when looking at the sun. The shadowy darks are not painted in black but done in a mixture of burnt umber and ultramarine with variations of added oil colors.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Blue Cypress Sunset, sequence of painting, by Judy Batterson

This is the fourth photo in a sequence of six showing a painting from start to finish. Now that the sky and clouds are painted,
"here come the sun...little darling...sun, sun, sun, here it comes!" The sun and bright reflection of the sun on the lake are painted
in. The sun will become the focal point of the painting. The sun will also create the shadows of the objects to be painted in the

Monday, July 5, 2010

Blue Cypress Sunset, sequence of painting, by Judy Batterson

This is the third photo in a sequence of six that show the painting from starting brushstrokes to the finished work. Now the background of the sky and lake have been blended so it's time for the clouds. The clouds are alternating dark and light oil paint
which, when blended, will give depth and shape to the cloud formation.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Blue Cypress Sunset, sequence of painting, by Judy Batterson

This is the second photo in a sequence of six photos, starting with the first brushstrokes to the finished work. In this layer, titanium white blends together the various colors already laid down on the masonite. This helps to create movement and variation without having a flat background. I am working from the farthest point back to the foreground which is the last thing added.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Blue Cypress Sunset, first step of painting, by Judy Batterson

This is the first step of a large oil painting of a beautiful Florida lake at sunset. If anyone saw this first step, they would never
be able to imagine the finished painting which is in my head. But, as with all things, the foundation is most important! I will be posting sequences of the painting until it is completed. Usually, it takes ten or so layers but I will post it in a sequence of six photos.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Storm Coming, a Florida Oil Landscape of Blowing Palms and Waves by Judy Batterson

From daily afternoon thunderstorms to hurricanes, Florida skies are filled with clouds of darks and lights when the rains gather and the winds blow. Although ominous, it is also beautiful to watch the weather change. I tried to capture the movement and feeling by putting thick oil brushstrokes on top of layers of thinner layers. This is a 16 x 20" oil on masonite. It is one of the paintings chosen for Best of America Oil Artists Volume II, published six months ago. A lot of emotion went into this one! For more Florida oil landscapes, visit my website at

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Coastal Escape, a Florida Oil Landscape by Judy Batterson

This is a scene along the Florida Intracoastal Waterway which flows along the coastline next to the Atlantic Ocean. The barrier islands make up the true beaches of Florida, and the waterway is on the other side. Captured in oil, the Florida sky adds so much dimension and movement to the overall landscape. The palms, palmettos and mangroves show the land in its natural form. And the water is like the anchoring factor which brings it together. Many layers of oil went into the depth of the painting. This painting was chosen to be in the "Simply the Best" book by Timothy's Gallery and It is an 18 x 22 original oil on masonite. Although the original has been sold, stretched, hand-embellished and numbered giclees are available for $400. For more Florida natural landscapes, visit

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Poinciana and Oranges, a Florida Oil Landscape of Orange Grove, Poinciana Tree, Old Florida by Judy Batterson

A friend called me to say that she had just seen her first poinciana tree in full bloom and was amazed by the vivid beauty of the
bright red blossoms. The reason she recognized the tree is because she had seen this painting. This painting captures the feel of old Florida with a sandy road, an orange grove, and a small lake next to a blooming poinciana tree. The Highwaymen loved to paint the poinciana trees, too, and now I know why. The bright blossoms lend themselves to thick brushstrokes and built up oil texture which make the scene pop with color. This is a 21 x 36" original oil on masonite. For more Florida landscapes, visit my website at

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Smyrna Dunes, a Florida Coastal Landscape of Palms and Sand Dunes by Judy Batterson

At the tip of the peninsula on the north side of New Smyrna Beach is Smyrna Dunes Park. This is where the ocean and river meet at the inlet. People enjoy walking on the boardwalk through the dunes to the water. I captured this scene at high noon from the boardwalk. The bright sun reflected off the hot sand creating shadows underneath the palms. This is an 8 x 10 oil on masonite.
For more Florida landscapes visit my website at

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Eco Trip, a Coastal Florida Oil Landscapes with Kayaks by Judy Batterson

I am very excited about this work because it captures everything I want to say in a painting. I was in a boat on the Intracoastal Waterway when I saw four kayaks pulled up next to an old rowboat beached on a island. The bright colors of the kayaks were dazzling on the white sand. I took as many photos as possible and then started sketching the composition. This was natural
ecological Florida being discovered and enjoyed by modern explorers! The painting took much longer to paint than I ever anticipated because I had to let the layers of the sand dry before painting each kayak. What a joy to paint coastal Florida in this way! I felt like I was "on the island" with each brushstroke. Painting size is 24 x 36" original oil on masonite.
For more Florida natural oil landscapes, visit my website at

Monday, May 24, 2010

Escape! a Whimsical Fun Mini Oil Painting by Judy Batterson

This 3"x3" mini oil painting is just for fun. I got the idea from a travel magazine and had some fun with it. How do you escape from working at your computer week after week? Press the escape key! This would be a great one for a desk. Just imagine escaping to a tropical paradise, lounging under a palm next to aqua blue waters. Ahhhh, escape! My real Florida natural landscapes are found on my website,

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Calico Scallop and Shark Tooth, a mini Oil Painting by Judy Batterson

From a series of 3" x3" mini-paintings of shells at the beach, this shows a calico scallop shell and a shark tooth at the water's edge. The tiny canvas is on wood stretchers and the painting wraps around the sides. It sits on a small wood easel. For more Florida landscapes view my website at

Starfish, a Mini Oil Painting by Judy Batterson

From a series of 3" x3" mini-paintings of shells at the beach, this shows a starfish at the water's edge.
The tiny canvas is on wood stretchers and the painting wraps around the sides. It sits on a small wood easel. For more Florida landscapes view my website at

Sand Dollar and Baby Conch, a Mini Oil Painting by Judy Batterson

From a series of 3" x3" mini-paintings of shells at the beach, this shows a sand dollar and baby conch shell at the water's edge.
The tiny canvas is on wood stretchers and the painting wraps around the sides. It sits on a small wood easel. For more Florida landscapes view my website at (3 x 3 Mini $35)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Island Sunset, Tropical Oil Landscape with Palm Silhouettes by Judy Batterson

When the sun sets, clouds and moisture in the air break up the light into rich colors of the spectrum. Palms are silhouetted against the sky. This small painting captured an evening sunset along the Indian River on the east coast of Florida. For more Florida landscapes visit my website at

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"Beach Path", Florida Oil Landscape of Palms, Water, Island

The Intracoastal Waterway is dotted with small islands. Some are dense with palms and foliage while others have areas where
boats can be beached near pathways that can be followed to the center of the island. These islands are great for picnics. This is one of the accessible islands, lending itself to fun in the sun. Painting size is 11 x 13 and is framed in lovely brushed copper.
Price $350 framed. For more Florida oil landscapes, go to