Monday, October 26, 2015

Little Lion

Little Lion, 24"x24" oil on canvas

Happy Monday!  As promised, here is my latest sea creature, the lionfish.  As I've mentioned previously, Grand Cayman holds a special place in my heart.  There are a million reasons to love it, but for some reason it really feels like home.  In Cayman, like many other areas of the Caribbean, the lionfish has been introduced as a non-native species, and as a result, has been depleting natural fish populations as well as coral reefs due to its predatory tendencies. 

That said, Caymanian people are quite clever, and figured out that they are actually a very tasty fish, so spearfishing for lionfish has become a bit of a sport.  As a result of the influx of lionfish meat, many restaurants now have lionfish offerings on their menus.  I haven't tried it yet, but I'm really looking forward to it!

So here he is, this gorgeous striped fish with a bit of a checkered history, ha! I've seen one in person once, and I can say they really are majestic looking!  Hope you enjoy!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Sir Turtle!

Sir Turtle, 24x24 oil on canvas

Wow, what an amazing weather day!  I was starting to feel a little claustrophobic under the gray skies last week, so this week has been pretty blissful.  I much prefer the sunshine to the rain, although we were a bit in need of some wet weather for the grass's sake.  Anyway, now that the sky is clear again, check out this underwater painting of this sweet little sea turtle. Sir Turtle as I like to call him (paying homage to the emblem of the Cayman Islands), is a 24"x24" oil on canvas.  I fell in love with his sweet little grumpy face and I love how dynamic he is headed toward you.

My aim is to make him a friend, I'm thinking this time a lion fish.  We'll see how that one goes, so stay tuned!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

It's a Wrap!

Well hello! I'm back up for air after wrapping up the ValeArts show this past weekend.  I'm really thankful we had it last weekend instead of this weekend with the rain, whoa!  It's crazy outside right now!  Stay safe if you're reading this on the East Coast!

The show was great, a lot of hard work but a lot of fun at the same time.  We had a lot of new faces (and regulars!) coming out to see the pieces, which always makes things more vibrant.  Above you can see a painting I was about to wrap up for a customer, a quick bin piece of Washington Harbor.  Below, you can see artists Jenna, Linda, and Kathy setting up for the reception we had on Friday night.  

Overall it was a wonderful experience, and next week I'm back at the easel!  With all of this cold rain, I'm going to mentally hop on over the Caribbean for my next piece or two.  Stay tuned!