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It’s been awhile, but I’ve been a busy lady

I realize (with some embarrassment) that it’s been entirely too long since I’ve updated my blog. Long story short, I’ve been painting up a storm. The early part of the year was spent developing the Royals. I’m proud of these paintings, and I’m happy to report that most of the original gouache and watercolor paintings have found loving homes. I’m also thrilled to be able to share some of my earnings with WildAid and The Orangutan Foundation.

I spent a month and a half this summer painting 50 paintings in 50 days. The subject of my paintings was the sea and the sky. It was a struggle, as I chose to work in oil, but I think the process made me a stronger painter for sure. What’s that old saying? “Practice makes perfect…”? Well, I’d say I’m far from perfect, but practice certainly makes better :). You can see them all hung in here: 50 paintings in 50 days

More recently, I’ve been busy working on a new series that I’ll be developing for the foreseeable future: The Wayward Whales. If you’ve been following my work, I’m sure you’ve noticed that much of my focus is on the ocean. Not to get all preachy, but it’s in trouble. You can read more about that here. With this on my mind, I found myself daydreaming about what would happen if the ocean became uninhabitable to the point that whales took to the sky. Or, will the oceans rise and turn the planet into an entire world of Atlantis? Will whales drift past sunken cities and other relics? I’m attempting to leave it up to the viewer to decide…

Whale Painting

Whale over Atlanta  Humpback Whale in the Desert Humpback Whale with Lighthouse

At any rate, this series was born out of those thoughts. I’m quite enjoying the work (which hardly makes it work, no?) and I’m happy that I started these after my 50|50 experience, as I think the advancement in skill is apparent.

I’ll be showing these at 4th Street Fine Art in Berkeley, CA in September of 2016. Many of these have already sold, so I’ll be working on more throughout the year. Stay tuned, or follow me on Instagram to see my progress.