Firsts of 2016

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Close-up of the piece below:

Strata Blocks Wave 1

Strata Blocks Wave 1, 7.25 x 5.5 x 1 in., oil on panel, 2016

Strata Blocks Wave 2

Strata Blocks Wave 2, 5.25 x  5.5 x 1 in., oil on panel, 2016

Creamy Oval

Creamy Oval, 8 x 8 x 0.8 in., oil on panel, 2015

In addition to the new paintings, I’ve also been updating my site and added my new “Sweat Prints” and a video in my portfolio. Enjoy!

-Caitlin

Pinellas Park Better Block Pop-Up Show

This past weekend’s pop-up show “The Space We Share” during the Pinellas Park Better Block event was a big success in bringing arts to the area.

"The Space We Share" Gallery Space

Photo Credit: Leslie Curran

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Panorama Photo Credit: Luis Gottardi

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A big thanks to ARTicles Art Gallery and Custom Framing for hosting three of my paintings in this pop-up space, and also to artist Nathan Beard for pulling together an ambitious, successful event. I was able to show one of my newest paintings, seen below:

Moody Purple Peel

Thanks to everyone who came out to support the arts during this 2-day event!

-Caitlin

P.S. If you’re unfamiliar with Nathan Beard’s paintings, I suggest you check his beautiful acrylic paintings out. They truly are stunning, especially the piece below, “Exit Music #42 (Cabin Fever)”

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I’ve been missing my brushes lately, especially my bristle brushes. I used to dislike them because they are pretty stiff when I wanted to do fine detail. Now, I am finding a love for them because they really are great in applying a lot of paint, and leave lovely drag-marks as I rake through the oils.

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Here is my initial portrait on an 8×8 inch panel.

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Yummy brush texture.

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After a few days of drying, I can finally start the cutting process.

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Looking back, I should have left it at this stage here. I like the empty bottom corner to show the thickness of the paint compared to the surface of the panel. There’s always next portrait!

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And finished!

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The cool color palette of the 6 layers of paint works well with the warm skin tones, I hope to do a few more male portraits like this one coming up after I finish the diptych I’m currently working on. Have a great afternoon!

-Caitlin