Friday, November 28, 2014
Morning Light, Knowles Chapel, Oil Painting of the Chapel at Rollins College in Winter Park ,FL by Judy Batterson, Florida Artist
Rollins College has a beautiful campus of large oak trees and palm trees. The chapel on campus is a Winter Park, Florida landmark. It's lovely to walk the brick streets and take in the morning light. Lovely to paint on campus, too.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Florida has been enriched by the Cuban culture. While researching the history of both, I found a restaurant in Central Florida that has created an Old Havana street scene in the restaurant interior. This inspired the painting! Then I listened to the local Rumba Brothers play the bongos and guitar which inspired the Cuban musicians in the painting. I found out the Royal Cuban palm tree can grow to 100ft! Cuban culture has brought so much to Florida...Cuban food like plantains and black beans and rice, mojitos, great dances like the cha cha and salsa, and emphasis on the importance of family. Here's to Cuba Libre! 20" H x 16" W Price: $600.00
Thursday, September 25, 2014
"Brunch in the Garden" an 8x10 oil painting capturing a table set up under the tabebuia tree in the garden. Coffee, strawberries and muffins, anyone?
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Sitting in a large window overlooking a well manicured courtyard, I painted live inside a gallery. The view was of palms,flowers and a lovely fountain in the middle of a large upscale outdoor mall in Orlando. People love to watch artists paint. I should have added all those cute faces pressed against the window!! It was fun! 5x7 original oil.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
"A New Day Blooms" framed 8x10 original plein air oil painting. I found out that Monet would go to the same site for days to complete a painting. If he could do that, so could I! I painted this one morning in a park. Later I went back and red flowers were blooming. I happily added the color. Thanks, Monet!
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Watching the osprey circle overhead, I was mesmerized. The large bird spotted fish in the tannic brown waters of the St. John's River. Bright green aquatic plants lined the side of the river next to mangroves, cypress and grasses. I had a great view with my easel on a houseboat in the river. A great way to paint plein air, capturing part of the pristine wilderness! 5" H x 7" W Price: $75.00
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
St.John's River, a Florida Plein Air Oil of Fisherman on Wilderness River by Judy Batterson, Florida Artist
With my easel on a houseboat in the St. John's River, I painted the pristine wilderness around me. One lone fisherman floated by, looking for a catch, as was the osprey that circled overhead. Cypress trees, mangroves, aquatic plants and gators were part of the river scene in Florida's pristine wilderness. 7" H x 5" W Price: $75.00
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
A super moon casts light onto a row of palms along the water, creating shadows and silhouettes. Florida evenings can be a beautiful time to paint. 16x20
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Afternoon thunderstorms happen every afternoon in the Florida summertime. But when the rain is over and the light breaks through the sky, it is a beautiful sight. The old rowboat and palm tree made a great composition. 16x20 oil.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Once in a while you find a beach that is untouched except by waves and seaweed along the shoreline. With the afternoon sun, a shady cove is a fun place to explore. 16x20 oil.
Monday, June 30, 2014
We had a beautiful blooming of tabebuia trees in Florida this spring. This tree was by my house. The yellow blooms were like flowering sunshine! Now on exhibit at Leu Gardens, Orlando, FL, in my "For the Love of Florida" show until July 9.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Blue Cypress Sunset, Florida Oil Painting of Cypress Trees, Lake and Vivid Sunset by Judy Batterson, Florida Artist
Blue Cypress Lake is in the middle of Florida. Large cypress trees are along the shoreline of the large lake. At sunset, the lake becomes vibrant with color. Truly Old Florida at its finest! This larger painting is now on exhibit at Leu Gardens in Orlando until July 9, 2014.
Friday, June 20, 2014
Paradise Found, Florida Oil Painting of Beach, Ocean, Palms, Islands and Clouds by Judy Batterson, Florida Artist
This larger oil painting expresses what I think is the essence of coastal Florida...tropical breezes, clusters of palms, waves softly touching the sand, islands dotting the coastal areas and a feeling of bliss. This painting is now on exhibit at Leu Gardens in Orlando until July 9, 2014.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Palms Along the River, Florida Oil Painting of St. John's River with Palms by Judy Batterson, Florida Artist
This 12 x 24 oil painting was from a houseboat trip on the St. John's River. It was quite an adventure! Gators everywhere, birds everywhere, and the sky was yellow at sunrise. Pristine wilderness surrounded us as were experiencing beautiful Old Florida. Palms lined the river for miles. Now on display at Leu Gardens in Orlando until July 9, 2014.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Florida has a unique wildlife corridor in the center of the state called the Wekiva River Preserve State Park. There are hiking trails along with canoe and kayak runs in pristine wilderness. The people who have houses nearby see bears, ospreys and eagles. And at night, without the lights of the city, the moon has a magical glow. Framed oil. Now on exhibit at my solo show "For the Love of Florida" at Leu Gardens in Orlando.
Monday, April 28, 2014
So much fun painting with kids in our butterfly garden! We did acrylic paintings, layering in impressionistic style while trying to catch the sun on the salvia. Butterflies fluttered nearby. I always use acrylics with children because water is always on hand. I had as much fun as they did. We filled our canvases and souls with color! 12 x 12" acrylic on canvas.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
What? No palm trees? A Florida friend went on a trip to Central Park and asked this Florida artist to capture her trip memory on canvas. She had a great time in New York, took a walk to see the fall trees and loved her vantage point in Central Park. Paintings preserve memories!
Monday, April 7, 2014
A friend grew up with a large painting hanging in her family's living room. When her dad died, she wanted to have this painting for the special memories associated with it. But, unfortunately, it had been given away. That's when an artist can help! I recreated her painting on a smaller scale. What a joy to see her face when I presented the painting! May we all "walk in sunshine" now and through eternity!
Thursday, March 13, 2014
A friend's trip to Jerusalem inspired this small oil painting of the Eastern Gate. Around the sides of the painting are written the words, "He will come from the East. The Eastern Gate waits quietly. Golden Gate of destiny, sealed in stone. Waiting to sing, Hosanna to the King." I hope to go there one day to see the gate and the palms. 4x4 oil.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
"Glorious Tabebuia"....What a beautiful sign of spring when the tabebuia trees are in full bloom! I painted this one before the rains washed away the blossoms. Very thick paint and a reminder of spring! 9x12 original oil on canvas.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
This tranquil scene of palms, mangroves and water has been chosen to be in the Orlando Magazine's Paint the Town 2014 Juried Exhibit. The cool colors have a peaceful effect. Old Florida style captured afternoon clouds over the water. 16x20 oil.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
In Winter Park, Florida, an untouched landscape known as Mead Garden has been preserved. It's tucked away behind neighborhoods and has been there for generations. Children exploring there find the pond where turtles sun themselves on fallen logs. With lily pads and shady foliage,the cool colors make an Impressionistic composition. Original Oil on masonite. 18" H x 18" W
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Here Comes the Sun, Sunrise Oil Painting of Florida's Atlantic Coast by Judy Batterson, Florida Artist
The brilliance of an ocean sunrise is exciting and challenging to capture on canvas. When the sun filled the sky with breathtaking colors, the water reflected the light. Even the sand glowed. I saw the entire spectrum of colors before me. Awe inspiring! Featured in the Art for All Spaces "I Believe" show at CityArts Factory 2014 in downtown Orlando. Also featured in the Casselberry Art House 2013. 18x24 original oil on canvas, $600.
Monday, January 27, 2014
'I Believe in Going Towards the Light", Florida Oil Underwater Scene by Judy Batterson, Florida Artist
On exhibit currently at CityArts Factory in downtown Orlando, this show is titled "I Believe". Each participating Florida artist was asked to step out of the box and be inspired to paint with feeling. I thought in the dark places, we need to go towards the light. Inspired by John 1:5, The light shows in the darkness, I painted kelp and sargassum seaweed growing underwater towards the light. The Light is there for us if we look up! 12x24"framed oil on canvas.$400
Sunday, January 5, 2014
I Believe In Discovery I & II, Florida Coastal Paintings of the Discovery of Florida, by Judy Batterson, Florida Artist
To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Florida by Ponce de Leon in 1513, I followed his route around the state. I also boarded a replica of his galleon which had sailed here from Spain. This was exciting to trace the history of the state I love! This set of two paintings form a diptych to represent the natural coastal areas where Ponce de Leon and his men came ashore. Sitting on the horizon is the galleon. The sand path goes inland and returns towards the ship. The tropical palms, sand dunes and azure waters are the discovery. The orange sunrise sky symbolizes what is dawning...a new land. 24" H x 36" W (diptych of two oil paintings each 18x24)
Saturday, January 4, 2014
I Believe in Discovery, A Florida Coastal Landscape with Palm, Dunes, and Ocean by Judy Batterson, Florida Artist
This paintings is a compilation of what Ponce de Leon saw when he first discovered the peninsula of Florida 500 years ago. This is also part II of a complete diptych tying the sailing explorers together with the land they discovered. Bold in color, it emphasizes the boldness of Ponce and his men. I hope this encourages others to keep Florida's natural beauty the way they found it long ago. 18x24 oil on board.
Friday, January 3, 2014
I Believe in Discovery, a Florida Oil Landscape of the Discovery of Florida by Ponce de Leon, by Judy Batterson, Florida artist
This past year the state of Florida celebrated the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Florida by Ponce de Leon. A replica of his ship, El Galeon, sailed from Spain to Florida to retrace where Ponce de Leon had gone around the peninsula. I toured this beautiful sailing ship while it docked at Port Canaveral. After visiting the coastal areas around the state where Ponce and his men explored, I painted a large diptych to honor them. This is the first part. 18x24 Oil on board.