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.