I do believe in a certain amount of serendipity and this week's word on Illustration Friday is Fluid. When I first started painting I was painting mostly landscapes and seascapes and I love them but I always felt that there were SO MANY talented painters out there painting the very same local scenes. I didn't feel like I could compete. Over the years I have tried experimenting with other styles and medium but I was always keenly aware that people responded most favorably to my landscapes, especially if there was water involved. For the last few months I have felt a strong pull to paint the ocean but something was holding me back. I played around with different things for Illustration Friday and my days get hectic and the painting gets put on hold. So when the word this week was fluid and I found myself stuck at home with a cold it felt very right to paint the ocean. I had a bit of a mad weekend, my wonderful husband kept the kids busy and I painted like crazy. Despite not feeling well it was so fun and I felt alive with creative energy.
The painting above is acrylic on 12x30 stretched canvas. It is number one in what will be a three painting series (I'm well into Fluid no.2!)
The below painting is Butterfly Beach, also acrylic on 11x14 canvas. I've painted 3 or 4 painting of this beach and so far it's on of my favorite subjects.
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