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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Lost Buoys, 4x4 Inches, Oil


These Maine paintings are Not For Sale, because I keep them as a visual record of my painting trips.  On the back I try to note the month, year and location.  I need to start adding the other artists that I am with.  You never know when someone will get famous :)

On a path behind the farmhouse we stayed at there was a sign that said "Free Buoys" with a small pile of 'found' buoys - those that somehow get free of their tethers and float to shore for the beach walkers to find.  My friend Sally Dean picked these three (and gave me the blue and yellow one) to take home, plus one orange and white one.  I had a heck of a time painting the fluorescent orange - if any of you know the color recipe for that, I'm all ears.
*this is my favorite painting from the trip*
So... in addition to the 3 pair of earrings, 2 art books and the buoy, my 'souvenirs' included smooth beach rocks for my garden.  Soon:  The photo of my Cosmos's and the recipe!


  1. Awesome title, Kelley. Also love the art piece itself. A fabulous record of your time with friends.

  2. Amazing painting! Love, Love your buoys! Wonderful brushwork and shaping! Sounds like Maine was such fun! Good times:):) Miss you!

  3. Sounds like a great trip...Love Lost Buoys! The colors are great and the story is wonderful.

  4. Spray can of flourescent paint as underpainting?

  5. What a great idea! Love your buoy painting! And I can't wait to hear more about your Maine trip!

  6. Fantastic painting--especially the brush strokes. I don't blame you for NFS. I have two buoy paintings that I did(one in watercolor and one in oils), and they are both hanging on my kitchen wall(NFS). Buoy paintings always have a story behind them and are so special to the person who painted them.

  7. I love the abandon of your brush strokes and the colors in this! Sweet sounding trip Kelley.

  8. Am I allowed to comment twice, Kelley? Your Lost Buoys make me long for the icy waters of Penobscot Bay! I've been tickling my brain and came up with an old long-lost (maybe) color by Grumbacher, in the old kind of tin tubes, called Barium-Cadmium orange. It must be as wicked as it sounds, but it is the brightest orange-red I've ever seen. But I think color is relative. Yours looks so bright because you toned down the blue!


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