Linda Bailey's Blog 

Welcome to my Blog!  It's hard to believe that after so many years of working behind a desk, I am actually realizing my dream of being a full time artist! Please join me on my journey of creating art reflective of my feelings, my surroundings and always of light which adds that extra life to my paintings. My blog posts are below and are listed with the most recent at the top!

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Update Monday, August 20, 2018

We all had a great time at Third Friday in Durham NC this past Friday!  Here I am talking about one of the fluid and flow works.


Update Wednesday, August 8, 2018

What an art-intensive week it has been!  I had a friend come over to work with me on watercolor - more on this next week! I also painted this new piece called Swiss Meadow.  The friend that came over said the painting reminded her of a Swiss meadow that she and her sister would frequent. I think the name is lovely. 


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Update Saturday, August 4, 2018

Well, no picture to show, but I practiced videoing myself painting on a canvas. I see that a lot of artists start off by having video demonstrations of themselves painting works of art.  Ha! I realized I paint much slower than I thought. Gotta move a little faster or speed up the video speed.  More on this in the days to come!

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Update Friday, August 3, 2018

Since I've been focusing more on seascapes and waves,  I've missed painting with bright colors and interesting layouts.  This one ought to brighten up a room. It's called 'Spirit in the Sky'. 


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Update Thursday, August 2, 2018 

I am gearing up to start a YouTube Channel teaching art online.  I have several reasons for wanting to do this. I do enjoy teaching others about my techniques, styles, color choices and so on.  I think it would help get new art created by people who really want to create their own work.  So watch for my upcoming channel!  Right now I'm checking out the best way to do this but want to get it rolling!  With the idea of getting a newbie painter up and running, I think I'll start with the easiest techniques and then build a video library of all the rest.  We won't be painting any ocean waves for a while, but they are certainly on the list. We'll start with something colorful and fairly easy to paint like this one. 



Update Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Durham Art Guild (DAG) has a program that connects local businesses with artists.  Artists submit their work to DAG, DAG curates it, then they make the artwork available to local businesses for rent or for sale. To me, this is an organization that is doing a great service both to the artist and the business.  DAG presents the curated art to the business and helps them determine sizes, works in their budget and even installs the artwork. I think it is a wonderful program so I signed up for it today.  I submitted 10 of the ocean / wave paintings.  Looking forward to seeing where this goes!!!  This is one of the submitted paintings. 

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Update Tuesday, July 31, 2018 PM

Yes, so much has happened since I last updated this blog. First and foremost, I have been very focused painting seascapes - lots of ocean waves, the beach, breaking waves and distant waves. What an experience!  I love getting photos of the ocean from my fans so that I can paint them. What a challenge!  All the completed ocean paintings are posted here on the website.  Here are a couple close ups. 

  

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Update Tuesday, February 6, 2018 PM

Education: This month I am focusing a lot on education and social media. These two areas of focus are definitely related because being successful in the social media (SM) realm requires almost an ongoing effort of learning how these social media platforms work and how best to use them.  Why do I feel it is an ongoing effort?  Because algorithms change, audience behaviors are better analyzed over time, etc.  This may sound like blah, blah, blah, but it really is true. 

With so many people on Instagram, for instance, how do I spend my time effectively knowing I am reaching the people who may be interested in my artwork?  I'd rather be painting than researching how the new algorithm is going to affect me, or how my Instagram home page is going to influence potential buyers....but wait!  There is help!  There are a lot of free webinars out there that provide valuable information on how best to utilize SM. No matter what you are selling or communicating -- these webinars are very helpful across all industries. 

Here are two in case you are interested:  

https://www.facebook.com/DeanStreetSociety - Hilary Rushford provides a proliferating facebook page of business interest information. (I started with her webinar on Instagram and now look forward to hearing about her many other insights on growing, changing, enhancing and otherwise energizing my business). 

Hootsuite's 'Social media trends to put into practice in 2018' - Another great webinar! 

Okay...back to painting!   This one was posted to my Vango Art page yesterday, www.vangoart.co/lindabailey:  


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Update Monday, January 22, 2018 AM

Wow!  The Third Friday Durham event at Golden Belt went on as planned even though our city was still trying to dig out from about 10" of snow. We had several guest pop-up artists plus several regular tenant artists - painters, metal smiths, woodworkers, etc -  exhibit their artwork. Many were creating during the show so that visitors could see how the artist works.  It was great fun. I had not displayed my work there since last July, so it was wonderful to catch up with my regular visitors. New folks were also on hand and it was interesting to meet and learn about them and answer their questions about my art. 

This art exhibit is a very good example of how my creations are influenced by scripture. More about this...

Finding inspiration -  For this recent art exhibit, I displayed two bodies of work. The first body of work, 'Love One Another' was definitely completely influenced by scripture - below are several.  Of course, hearts can convey all types of love but mostly I am painting about agape love - that type of enduring love that expects nothing in return.  Here is an example - This painting is simple, but with the name, 'Love Comforts' I visualize a calm, comforting, 'I'm always there for you' type of love.  


Leviticus 19:18 Do not take revenge on others or continue to hate them, but love your neighbors as you love yourself. I am the Lord. 

John 13:34 And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 

Romans 13:8 Be under obligation to no one—the only obligation you have is to love one another. Whoever does this has obeyed the Law. 

1 Corinthians 16:14 Do all your work in love. 

Ephesians 4:2-3 Be always humble, gentle, and patient. Show your love by being tolerant with one another. Do your best to preserve the unity which the Spirit gives by means of the peace that binds you together. 

1 Peter 4:8 Above everything, love one another earnestly, because love covers over many sins. 

1 Peter 3:8-9 To conclude: you must all have the same attitude and the same feelings; love one another, and be kind and humble with one another. Do not pay back evil with evil or cursing with cursing; instead, pay back with a blessing, because a blessing is what God promised to give you when he called you. 

1 John 3:11 The message you heard from the very beginning is this: we must love one another. 

1 John 3:18 My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action. 

1 John 4:12-13 No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in union with us, and his love is made perfect in us. We are sure that we live in union with God and that he lives in union with us, because he has given us his Spirit. 


Have a Wonderful Day! 

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Update Wednesday, January 17, 2018 PM

I've been working hard getting final paintings ready to be included in the Third Friday Durham show this coming Friday, January 19.  I got them finished and went ahead and installed all the paintings yesterday which was Tuesday, at the Golden Belt Artist Studios. We are having a snow storm today - began this morning and we are expecting up to 6 inches of snow. So, my paintings are ready for the Third Friday Durham event. I'm must hoping and praying that the wonderful people of Durham will be out from all the snow related hurdles so they can  make it to Golden Belt on Friday night.  Here is a pic of one of the paintings from the 'Peace Be With You' body of work. It is called, 'Blessings Flowing Like a Waterfall'.....I'll continue with the 'Finding Inspiration' series tomorrow!  

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Update January 11, 2018 AM

Finding inspiration - To continue with the explanation of what inspires me to paint, today I'll cover how songs play a role in a successful painting.  For me, mood and attitude are often driven or at least affected by the music I listen to. I was really introduced to this concept in the 6th grade, when a teacher had us draw while listening to music. I was spell bound by the very idea that what I created was very much influenced by the music!  Oh, what we learn as children!  So fast forward to today and I can tell you that when I listen to a song like 'Amazing Grace', a variety of images come to light. I visualize God in all his hugeness and awesomeness sending doves down from heaven and other larger than life images that I would find challenging (as a skill level for me right now) to paint. But these visualizations also lend themselves to the very exercise of thinking of other images that put into art what the phrases in the song may mean to me on a personal level. For example, the phrase 'how sweet the sound' immediately made me think of how waves sound rolling into a shoreline. At this point, I knew I wanted to paint something that would speak to that phrase.  I've posted a few examples here of paintings that were inspired by songs or by a specific phrase in a song.  This first painting is called 'How Sweet The Sound'. Second painting is 'When I In Awesome Wonder' and the third painting is called 'When Peace Like a River'.  Try listening to some of your favorite songs, close your eyes, and let your mind wander! Happy Painting

     

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Update January 10, 2018 AM

Finding inspiration - I'm continually asked how I find inspiration and even how I stay inspired to paint. I'm inspired 3 ways: from scripture, from songs and from being outside.  Today, I'll explain more about being inspired just by being outside.  After spending so many years working in an office, my desire to be outside grew tremendously. I looked forward to doing anything outside like taking a walk, hiking, mowing the lawn. If it involved being outside, I wanted to do that.  Now that I am an artist and the owner of my own business, I do spend a lot more time enjoying the great outdoors. But how I am inspired by that?  It may sound like a cliche, but I started paying more attention to the beauty in nature, even to the point of searching for that beauty. Yes, it takes a little time, but the variety of images are almost unbelievable.  As an example, the fact that a rock can not only have a variety of textures, but also design and color, was almost like discovering another world. Here are some rock face images. I think they are amazing. And how do I apply them in my art?  Besides using them as guides for lighting and composition, I sometimes will include detail from the rock photo into my artwork.  Beauty in nature - definitely an inspiration!

       

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Update January 9, 2018 AM

I've been working very diligently on new work for both the 'Love One Another' and 'Peace Be With You' bodies of work. While work for 'Love One Another' will include all types of colorful hearts and other abstracted shapes joining together, 'Peace Be With You' pieces will be more serene and calm. The 'Peace Be With You' work is really an eclectic body of both abstract peaceful scenes and art that is leaning towards being more photo-realistic. This is a good example of an abstract peaceful scene. It's called Lake Travis. You can learn more about it here: https://www.vangoart.co/lindabailey/lake-travis; and see it in person at Golden Belt Artist Studios January 19 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM. 


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Update January 8, 2018 AM

So excited to be invited to Third Friday Durham at Golden Belt! 

I'll be rolling out two new bodies of work: 'Love One Another' and 'Peace Be With You'.  

Hope to see you at Golden Belt Bldg # 3 807 E Main Street, Durham NC    January 19, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM  

Lots of artists there with new work, a featured artist in Room 100 and lots of great conversation.  

Location and Directions:  http://www.goldenbeltarts.com/about/location-directions/


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Update January 5, 2018 AM

A sunny but still very chilly day ahead with a forecasted high of 29, so it's another great day to paint inside!  My new body of work,  'Love One Another', continues to grow. This new painting has been added to the collection. It's called 'Color Me Loved'.  You can find it here on the Vangoart website:  https://www.vangoart.co/lindabailey/color-me-loved

 

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Update January 4, 2018 PM

Ah, the new year!  A time to start fresh, start new, re-purpose the old, change what's not working, and enhance what is. Oh, and start a new body of work to be completed by the January 19th art show at Golden Belt Artists Studios! Yes, let's talk about that new body of work. It's called 'Love One Another'.  I'm not an activist, or necessarily any type of leader, but I do feel strongly about loving one another. It seems so simple but proves to be an extremely difficult command to communicate. Yes, it's a command. We can wish love on one another, we can hope we love each other, we can pray about it, we can talk about it, we can write about it. But the most important thing to remember is that God commanded it. Love One Another.  'Spiritual Love' is an abstract heart painting conveying eternal love. Here it is.  

I have it for sale on the VangoArt site https://www.vangoart.co/lindabailey/spiritual-love. 

You can also see it in person on January 19th at Golden Belt Studios 807 E Main Street, Durham NC 27701.  


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Update August 7, 2017 AM

Busy year!  I really ramped up my selling on the VangoArt website, worked to get more involved with the Durham Art Guild, got much more involved with my church, worked more in my art studio up on the hill, committed (to myself) to spend more time exercising, created jewelry, and worked to get established as a Native American artist.  All of that resulted in too many priorities heading toward a collision!  ....Just being real here...even having way too many good things to do can end up badly. I had to realign my priorities, work on the time management and also seriously look at the financial cost of involving myself and committing.  Anyway!  Here is my new resume which includes my Native American status:

Linda Bailey

Durham, NC

225.241.2526

lindabailey@abstractartbylinda.com

 

Linda Bailey is a Durham, NC self-taught artist best known for her large-size original abstract and contemporary paintings.  Her paintings are categorized on her website in these styles: Textural and Pure Abstracts, Fluid and Flow, Landscapes, Seascapes, and Florals.  Linda has donated her artwork to raise money for a Children’s Home in Oxford, NC, and for Freedom Global, an organization that creates sustainable solutions to alleviating poverty in countries around the globe.  Linda's art is also featured in the Corporate World – Washington, DC; Bel Air, MD; Baton Rouge, LA; and Morrisville, NC, but most of her work is enjoyed in the homes of her art collectors.

Artist Statement

Being able to visually express my feelings, thoughts and passions onto a canvas is the fulfillment of my personal calling. For the last few years, I have enjoyed creating hundreds of paintings in a variety of techniques, textures and color palettes.  I enjoy painting with acrylic colors on large sized canvases and hardwood panels and using paintbrushes, palette knives and variety of other tools to get the texture and effect I am looking to create. Most of my paintings and ideas are inspired by being outside, inspired by songs, and inspired by scripture. This inspiration is well emphasized by the titles I give my art.  My God-given desire, talent and enthusiasm in creating abstracts in my design studio has truly been a blessing. But also important to me is to share my art with friends, family and anyone who truly takes an interest in a piece.  Art is to be shared and to let someone else call it their own. 

As I grow as an artist, I am working to include my heritage into my art. Although this road to creating my first body of work exemplifying my family’s history is just beginning, I do recognize myself as being a certified Native American and a Member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. I support the Vision Statement, Mission Statement and symbols detailed in the Choctaw Nation Great Seal and look forward to creating art that will include these ideals in a visual platform. 



Vision Statement: Living out the Chahta spirit of faith, family and culture.

Mission Statement: To the Choctaw proud, ours is the sovereign nation offering opportunities for growth and prosperity.

Choctaw Nation Great Seal:  An unstrung bow, encompassing three arrows and a smoking pipe-hatchet, symbolizes history and tradition of the Choctaw Indians.

Shows and Exhibitions

·       2008 River Road Art Show - Baton Rouge LA

·       2013 Scapes Juried Show - Durham NC

·       2013 New Perspectives of the Unordinary - Durham NC

·       2014 Side Trip/Journey: Celebrating Life Juried Show at Tipping Paint Gallery– Raleigh, NC

·       2014 & 2015 20th Annual Sweet Arts Auction &Fundraiser - Durham NC

·       2015 – 2016 Exhibit at Truly Free Restaurant – Baton Rouge, LA

·       2016 Swing Into Spring - Auction & Fundraiser - Durham NC

·       2016 Member Showcase Durham Art Guild - Durham NC

·       2017 Swing Into Spring - Auction & Fundraiser - Durham NC

·       2017 Member Showcase Durham Art Guild - Durham NC

·       2016, August thru July 2017 – Monthly Third Friday Durham Art exhibits feature my paintings.

Websites and Social Media

·       Vango Art:  www.vangoart.co/lindabailey

·       Abstract Art by Linda:  www.Abstractartbylinda.com

·       Fine Art America for prints and products of my designs: www.lindabailey.pixels.com

·       Facebook Art Page: www.facebook.com/LindaBaileyArt

·       Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/lindadbailey

·       Twitter: https://twitter.com/lindab27

·       Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/ldbailey027/

·       Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LindaBaileyArt

·       Saatchi Art: https://www.saatchiart.com/Linda.Bailey

·       Ebay: http://www.ebay.com/usr/vangoart (Vango Art is distributor)

·       Houzz: https://www.houzz.com/photos/products/query/linda-bailey/nqrwns

·       Art Finder:  https://www.artfinder.com/linda-bailey-art#/


 

Update January 30, 2017 PM

Check out my new hobby! I'm creating 'wearable art' in the form of necklaces that are inspired by my own abstract art. I think they're kinda cool!  www.etsy.com/shop/lindabaileyart

I have a handful of pieces uploaded so check back often since I'm uploading new 'wearable art' every day.



Update January 19, 2017 PM

Tomorrow night from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM is Third Friday Durham at my Gallery & Studio located at 807 E. Main Street, in downtown Durham.  Everyone is welcome so please come by!                                           Our theme is:  Crazy Little Thing Called Love!  What you will see: lots of new art, new artists, and I'll be featuring some artsy necklaces that I've designed just for this event.  I hope to see you there!



Update January 13, 2017 AM

So, what's been happening around here?  The CD and CD cover for my friend, Rene' Couch was produced and distributed. What a fun project!  Here is the final CD cover design I created for him:




Update: September 30, 2016 PM

September has been busy! Besides regular sales and a commission painting, I had the opportunity to create a CD cover for a singer/song writer friend, Rene' Couch.  Thank goodness for PhotoShop which makes it so easy to create and change layers to put it all together. All the graphics have gone to the printer and the CD is being produced as I write this. For the main graphic, Rene' wanted to use a painting that he purchased from me called 'Come Together'.  I've included a picture of that original painting here.  I'll show you the final cover when we get it back from the printer!

 

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Update: August 23, 2016 AM

The Grand Opening Celebration, which was held in conjunction with Durham Third Friday, was a huge success!  I really appreciate all those who came out to support me and all of the artists here at Golden Belt Arts. We had a great crowd for August, which historically has been a fairly lightly attended month in years past. My paintings, which are inspired by Scripture, song titles, and just being outside, were viewed by over 50 people. 

So, what's coming up in the future? Every month I'll have new paintings debuting for the Durham Third Friday event, so I hope to see everyone back again - please bring your friends!  Here are the dates and what I will be debuting:

September 16    BIG Art

October 21         Earth Tones and Metallics

November 18     Art Gifts starting at $15

December 16     More Art Gifts starting at $15


Photos from the Grand Opening! 

   

  

  

  



Update: August 9, 2016 PM

The VangoArt website where I also sell my paintings, posted me as Artist of the Day! To read all of the text and comments, go to Vango Art on Instagram.  Here is a screen shot of the posting:


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Update: August 5, 2016 PM

Great news!  I've set up a new Gallery and Studio location in the Golden Belt Arts building in Durham, NC.  Golden Belt Arts has studio space for 35 artists - painters, metal smithing artists, woodworkers, jewelry creating, enameling, textile art creating, etc.  I have been there one week and it's been a fabulous experience so far.  I feel like I am with "my people"!  If you live in the area or will be here on August 19, please join me for my Grand Opening Celebration.  It will be held in conjunction with the regular Third Friday Durham Arts event and will run from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. That's August 19, 6:00 - 9:00 PM. 


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Update July 14, 2016 PM

The Fine Arts Camp and Summer Musical were both fabulous! Not only were the 30 campers great singers, dancers, and theater actresses, they were wonderful artists.  One piece of art I had them create was a finger painted vase of flowers. The focus was on the background shading plus how the light hits the vase - no brushes or palette knives were used. See for yourself what a great job these young girls did! Here are a few...

     

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Update June 27, 2016 PM

Wow! The camp is going great so far. One day in, 4 days to go.  Here's a pic of new art that some of the campers created today. 


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Update June 22, 2016 PM

Well, that was a long hiatus!  Long story short, I got overwhelmed with a horrible summer cold, a vacation, and several commission paintings.  But I'm back now and getting ready to head to Georgia for a week long Fine Arts Camp in the Commerce, Georgia area. I'm really looking forward to this since we've got all teenager campers and all kinds of painting, singing, dance choreography and theater acting planned.  

In the meantime, I've got a new painting to share. It transformed from the pillar painting I started last month.  Here it is. 


And if you love to look at photos of sunrises and sunsets, check out the ones I received on my Facebook page. You can also like and follow me on my facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/LindaBaileyArt

Khatol Nawabi Ashraf I was traveling to Dubai I look at this beautiful sunset and took the picture Snow on top of the mountain the sunset it was an amazing Journey
Khatol Nawabi Ashraf's photo.
LikeReplyMessageJune 20 at 9:47pmEdited
Abstract Art by Linda It's just beautiful! I love how horizontal the sun is and the reflection on the snow. You got an amazing shot! Thank you for sharing!
LikeReply1Yesterday at 9:30am
Paige Anne I was driving to Texas with puffy eyes and exhausted. I needed to take a break. I was talking to Lisa and this is what I saw as the sun came up. This beautiful sunrise with birds flying overhead. I felt peace. I was in Wichita falls Texas. I was heading to Dave's funeral.
Paige Anne's photo.
LikeReplyMessage1June 14 at 11:52am
Abstract Art by Linda Paige, this is a beautiful sunrise - just gorgeous! Thank you for sending the pic. I know you love beautiful scenes like this and this one means so much.
LikeReply1June 14 at 1:04pm
Breeze Bouknight I took this one evening at my house. I think it had rained prior but before it got dark, the sky lit up like this
Breeze Bouknight's photo.
Abstract Art by Linda That is just amazing. You just can't make up this stuff. I'm really looking forward to painting it. Thank you so much for sharing!
LikeReply1June 16 at 10:20pm
Dan Badillo Sunrise over the island of Culebra, Puerto Rico taken from the ferry going from Vieques to the main island of Puerto Rico. I got seasick but the view was beautiful.
Dan Badillo's photo.
LikeReplyMessage1June 16 at 5:38pm
Abstract Art by Linda Every time I get in a boat I get seasick -- go figure. This is so beautiful. I get that feeling of awe just looking at it. Thank you for sharing! Really looking forward to painting this!

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Update May 27, 2016 PM


I made some headway today on this smaller painting that I started a few months ago. It's part of the 'Believe It' series and I'm thinking about calling it Gateway. Since I want it to have an ethereal feel, I'm going to try to accomplish this by using a lot of white. We'll see how that works out!  Hot out here today!  I'm packing it up and will work on this one again tomorrow.  Have a great afternoon and evening!

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Update May 27, 2016 AM


Another beautiful day in the Durham / Hillsborough area! Wow - lots of sunshine!  I found a new place here outside my studio to set up to paint. This is the place -- a good bit of shade and a nice breeze - what else could I need? 

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Update May 26, 2016


Worked all day on painting the sides of paintings and varnishing. Ready for some creativity!!!

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Update May 25, 2016 PM


Today I am working on something entirely new! New layout, new pattern, new look!. I've always loved geometrical patterns, especially squares and cubes. In college I was fixated on cubes!  Now I'm working to create a painting that is a collection of small geometric shapes.  Today's project is being created with squares. The pic shown above is of a few of the squares that are similar to the ones I have chosen for today's project.  Look how each individual square is an abstract painting in itself - that's kinda neat. The colors that I am working with remind me of the beach so I'll have to give this work of art a beach-y name.  Stay tuned for the final product. Hopefully, I can finish it today.  

Okay - I just finished it and uploaded it here to my website. Check it out - it's called 'At The Beach'!  Ready to grab my beach towel and head that way!

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Update May 24, 2016 PM


It's only 80 degrees out here but it feels closer to 90. Summer is here! Okay - I think I can call this painting complete so I'm going to post it here on the website under Textural and Pure Abstracts.  Lots of texture in this one! I'm calling this one 'Backyard Pool' and it definitely looks cool enough to dive into. Okay - I've posted it here:  http://abstractartbylinda.com/products/backyard-pool.

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Update May 24, 2016 AM


So I found this great little hideaway nestled between two groves of trees. I've been painting here working on this painting that I am titling 'Backyard Pool'. This picture is a work in progress shot. I think I have about 3 hours left to go on it so I should be able to finish it today and post a finished pic.  Stay tuned....

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My first post!  May 21, 2016 

Some of the property outside of my studio is conducive to Plein Air painting, so I'm often looking for good places to set up and paint while enjoying the great outdoors.  Time to get rolling!