Greetings all!  I painted away at my annual art retreat in Orkney Springs, VA and loved every minute!

Wonderful facilities at Shrine Mont, it’s like coming home each year (at least 15 years now, haven’t missed one yet!)  I find this very special place peaceful, beautiful, and rejuvenating, I’ll share more on this wonderful place in another post!

Gwen Bragg was our fearless facilitator and source of artistic wisdom, I value her eye and her critiques!   I look forward to seeing my art friends and making new ones every year!

Here are some work in progress images of one of a pair of 360″ x 24″ Acrylic Layer paintings of Herons I am working on as part of my “Fleeting Glimpses” series.

Work in progress of Heron

Stage 1 of 36″ x 24″ Heron



Stage 2 of 36″ x 24″ Heron



Stage 3 of 36″ x 24″ Heron



Stage 4 of 36″ x 24″ Heron



Stage 5 of 36″ x 24″ Heron


And it isn’t finished yet!  I will post a finished image in the near future.

I think I confuse everyone with my process since I paint a layer, then obscure it with gel and another layer of paint, then obscure it…  What I love about this process is the incredible depth and complexity of color that results along with the  organic visual and physical textures.  I must say my shoulders, elbows, wrists and hands are “Plumb Tuckered” from the many rounds of  spreading, scrubbing, and sanding!  Quite therapeutic!

I’ll share the in process pictures of the second heron in another post.  Until then Happy Summer!

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