Saturday, October 30, 2010
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
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! www.judybatterson.com
Sunday, October 17, 2010
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
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
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. www.judybatterson.com
Saturday, October 2, 2010
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,judybatterson.com