Tuesday, August 31, 2010
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
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 www.judybatterson.com
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
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. www.judybatterson.com
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
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
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 be...in your painting!" That made my day!
Friday, August 6, 2010
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. www.judybatterson.com
Thursday, August 5, 2010
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. www.judybatterson.com
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
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. www.judybatterson.com