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Private Beaches, Secret Kisses

Hello November. I just opened my shop at Harbor Village Gallery & Gifts in Ventura, California.  Mask – check, Hand Sanitizer – check. I started selling my paintings and greeting cards today. I will be selling more items but I am happy with the sales I had today.


My Sale sign says cards are $6.00 each, 3 or more are $5.00 each

There are ten artists at Harbor Village Gallery & Gifts in Ventura, California.  Everything is made by hand by local artists and nothing is imported. A rare sight indeed.  One artist left October 31st and I took her spot.  I was isolated for so long, I forgot how nice it was visiting,  from behind my mask and hand sanitizer, of course.

I have been painting waves since December 2019 but after reading, sketching and trying dozens of new methods, I am happy with my my new process. I am so happy, that I am throwing out the failed attempts.  There were many, attempts. That is what it takes though, when you are changing from oil to acrylic. I wanted it to feel the same. My acrylic paintings are much more refined, which was what I was looking for.  Working on specific skills was frustrating but I am much happier with what I can do now. It was like practicing scales.

My goal was to get my paintings was to keep the feeling of freedom, like I did get when I painted in oil.  Since oil has damaged my lungs and I can no longer use the silly paints, I had to learn acrylic completely.  Not an easy task. Not easy at all. I had to figure out what type of acrylic worked for me, there is heavy body, soft body, fluid and then it branches off from there with mediums and surfaces.

Seriously, I didn’t think I would find my happy place but I finally stumbled upon it. Luckily, I wrote everything down.  Now, I am happily painting in acrylic, without yearning for the good old days of oil paint. I look forward to painting more waves and beach scenes.

I also am happy to announce I have two paintings in the California Art Club’s Virtual Show: Welcome to California. The online show opens November 29th. The artwork will be available exclusively on the California Art Club website.

Sometimes I get one painting in to a show, sometimes I get the dreaded rejection letter but this time both of my entries were selected. One is in oil, Roadside Attractions and the other is in acrylic Gallery Opening. 

Take care out there and if you want to visit me on November 15th or November 29th, I will be there from 2:30pm – 6:00 pm.

Bye for now,

Lisa

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California Surf Painting

California Surf

16 x 20

acrylic on canvas

Here’s what is on my easel today

I made a lot of progress today on this painting. I only stopped because my back twinged. Oh no. How long was I painting? Three hours? Four? Something like that. It is so nice to be able to stand and paint again!

My Process

I don’t work from a set drawing or from one reference photo. I will sketch the overall shape, horizon line and key points as guide posts. My sketch is more of a hand drawn road map. This is because I have to explore my painting, change is always a possibility. I also like to add my own ideas, along the way. It could be as simple as changing the shape of a wave, or creating a different number of waves.

Approaching Realism is how I think of my work.

Well, it’s time for a snooze. Who knows, maybe I can work on this later today.

Thanks for stopping by.

Lisa