Dog Tired Studio and Gallery Valentines show featuring photography by George Petropoulos

Dog Tired Studio and Gallery is having it's first big show Valentine's weekend featuring George Petropoulos who is one of the most amazing photographers I have ever met. If you are in the area or would like to purchase one of his works in the show please contact Dog Tired Studio and Gallery for more information, or come to the opening and meet this amazing artist.

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This watercolor is 12x12 on cradled aquabord.  When I completed it I sprayed it with UV adhesive and then triple varnished with a glossy varnish. 

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"Swimming with Ernest"

This is the first of a series of painting I am working on called the Hemingway series.....basically all underwater acrylic or watercolor paintings where the background sea will be collaged in with text from pages of Hemingway books that will be stained in different hues of blues and hand torn and applied to the painting.  This is the first one and very happy with the results. This one is acrylic. 


"Mango Man"

Started this painting today. it has been a while since I painted mangoes but enjoy their brightness and color combinations and they grow like crazy here in Key West


"A time for African tulips"

These grow in giant trees here in the tropics, and a friend and I picked them on a walk many years ago and I have wanted to paint them ever since. This was painted on a cradled artist panel that I painted with watercolor ground and then sealed it and varnished is 16x20. 


Painting tropical flowers in watercolor class two

Painting tropical flowers in watercolor - This was class two in a four class workshop. The students are doing great. One of them is an eighty year old woman who has retinal degeneration so her eye sight is not very good at all. So rather then focus on color she looks for value and goes with what she feels and I gotta say it was the best painting hands down. She is a true inspiration to me and love having her in my class !


ORCHID -Painting tropical flowers workshop

I think this one is finished.  White flowers are tricky because you have to make the decision at some point do I go with a light or white background and let these pale washes speak for themselves or do I put a dark background which will make the whites pop up...either way works but it completely changes the feel of the painting.  As you can see here I went dark. 



Class one of Painting Tropical Flowers at the Studios of Key West was on Tuesday. We started with orchids.  I chose a white orchid with pinks and reds.  Class went was really about seeing white.  White flowers have blues, violets, greens and yellows in them and training your eye to see that is the trick. 



I will be working on a dog portrait this Saturday from noon to six at Cocco and Salem Gallery on Duval Street which is located 1111 Duval Street in Key West celebration of Gay Pride Week the gallery will be offering pet portraits at a discounted price with $100 of every portrait going to the Florida Keys SPCA.  Please come by and see me create a portrait on site.