Wednesday, June 30, 2010


The oil spill has also affected the local menu in this area. Some restaurants no longer offer oysters entrées, appetizers nor sandwiches. In making my dot painting, I decided not to show oysters on the half shell. Instead I just depicted an oyster outer shell. I painter purple for dark parts and the same purple added to white for light areas.

acrylic on canvas, 6" x 6"

Saturday, June 26, 2010


Of all the photos from the oil spill, the ones with brown pelicans have hit home for me. They are the state bird and appear on the Louisiana state flag. Years ago they were on the endangered species list. So, seeing images of them covered in oil has been upsetting. To create my dot painting I just made it “oil free.” I stuck to purples and pastels.

acrylic on canvas, 6" x 6"

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Sea Turtle

For the last few weeks I’ve had creative block. I’ve been stuck – not deciding how to go forward with my oil spill theme. Finally I decided I should simply work with images of animals affected by the disaster. I didn’t want to depict oil-covered animals. Brown colors would take me away from the pastel colors I prefer. Anyway, here is my painting of a sea turtle.

acrylic on canvas, 6" x 6"