Saturday, March 17, 2012

"Abalone Dreams" selected as part of the FAV15%

Abalone Dreams (acrylic and abalone shells on panel, 8"x 10")
I entered "Abalone Dreams" in the February 2012 BoldBrush Painting competition. It did not win an award, but it was selected as one of the favorite 15% of the entries by FASO (Fine Art Studio Online) and FineArtViews staff members. Click here to see it and the other pieces in the FAV15%.

I think abalone shells are beautiful. So far, this is the only piece in which I have used them.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Outer Banks Sunrise

Outer Banks Sunrise (24" x 30" - acrylic on linen canvas)
In 2011, my husband and I spent a week on Hatteras Island at the Outer Banks in North Carolina, which is one of the areas that were so devastated the following month by Hurricane Irene. The road we had traveled up and down many times during our stay was washed out in many places by the hurricane, creating new inlets, and generally wreaking havoc. The bridge to the island was also washed out, isolating all the people on the island. Ferry service was halted as well. Man is so powerless against a force of nature this strong!

I've been wanting to do a painting of an ocean sunrise. Roiling surf at the water's edge is one of the features of the Outer Banks shoreline. You start walking out and immediately hit a trough where the waves have dug into the sand and the shells and other ocean debris have collected. It's a bit rough on the feet and you have to fight pretty hard to get past that section in order to reach the calmer area just past it. The Outer Banks ocean shore is known for rough surf. My painting, "Outer Banks Sunrise" gives homage to that energetic surf.