My painting roots are in landscape paintings.
Artists paint what we see around us. My early paintings were always landscapes. Once we learn to paint landscapes, then we can paint any subject.
The gallery owner where I had this seascape painting on display asked me, "Where is this lighthouse?"
I told her God gave me the idea and I just painted what He showed me. So I called the painting, "God's Lighthouse".
God's gift of Jesus is our lighthouse in any and all situations. We can always find our security in Him.
I love the outdoors and sharing with others! If we have a gift of painting, it's meant to be shared with others.
It was a privilege to live in Florida for more than thirty years. The sky is beautiful there. And there are lots of Cypress trees.
Here is a "Cypress Sunset" with the sun sparkling across the water. There is a white egret standing watch in the shadow of the cypress tree.
It was a joy painting these Country Barns” on a trip to New England. It was the very first time I got to see the beautiful New England fall colors.
The shadows and sunlight on the front barn especially intrigued me. The barns are different styles, as often happens when they are built years apart.
Doing landscaped paintings out in the country air is very refreshing.
What are the theories used in this award winning painting?
Find the answers in how to paint good art.
"Winter Wonderland" is a winter in the high Sierra Nevada Mountains, where I was born.
One winter the snow drifts were up to the eaves of the house. We couldn't attend school for two weeks. Was that a gift from God? (just joking)
The dog went up on the snow drifts onto the roof of the house and buried a milk carton. We had to dig through the snow just to get out of the house.
The snow can be very beautiful, but not so much when you have to work or travel in it. So later, my family moved down to the valley where the climate was milder.
This landscape painting is in my private collection with childhood memories attached.
This "Swamp Maple" tree on the edge of a mill pond was showing off its beautiful fall colors. The gnarly trunk with the orange leaves against the cool water and sky made a nice landscape painting.
It was so pretty and it was pure joy painting it.
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An oil painting of a sailboat heading downwind with the colorful spinnaker out doing its job.
My brother's God gift was being a boat designer. He built a wooden ketch and sailed it from California through the Panama canal to Florida. It took many hours out in the cockpit with his hand on the tiller to get there.
This sailboat painting just came out of my head. I left out the second mast of a ketch to make an easier painting.
I never asked my brother if he used a spinnaker on this sail boat, but it added color to a seascape painting.
The middle of Florida has a prairie area with Sabal Palms and numerous lakes. The Sabal Palm is the Florida state tree.
It's common to see Egrets and other birds fly by on their way to go catch some frogs or fish.
It's a lovely area often missed by the tourists. Here is a "Lone Egret" flying across the open prairie.
Do you find seascapes intriguing? It's good to practice painting and sometimes I do a small practice painting before painting a larger piece. "Wave Practice"
You can learn how to paint a wave, step-by-step.
On the gulf coast of Florida there are many of homes built on stilts. They have protection from high waters caused by the storms. Here are some stilt houses on a "Cedar Key Canal".
We lived in a stilt house at one time and docked our boat under the house. It was fun!
"Honeymoon Cottage" is one of the many stilt homes built out in the bays of the gulf side of Florida.
This home was a Cedar Key landmark for many years. The tropical storms have now sent it to heaven.
Can't you just hear the surf crashing as the Sandpipers are running to beat the waves? "Surf Runners"
The ocean and the mountains are awesome. We can't help but to do more landscape paintings of God's awesome gifts.
The end of the rainbow. What's at the end of your rainbow? "God's Promise"