Thursday, March 22, 2012

Evening Symphony

Another blustery, stormy, Mendocino Coast Day. The energy of the sea is astounding. The clouds were swooping through the sky like trapeze artists!
I love how exhilarating the north coast sea can be. I love how enlivened it makes me feel. This painting, gracing your wall,  can bring that energy your way too...

Unframed 8.50" x 5.50" acrylic on paper,
mounted on 11" x 14" painted artist panel.         
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Splashin' & Crashin'

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Looking Up

Painting garden florals continually embraces my spirit with joy. I've been an artist for many years and have always enjoyed both the botanically precise side of painting florals, as well as the more impressionistic "let loose" side. I hope the inspiration and happiness I try to evoke in my flower paintings will put a smile on your face.

Acrylic on 5.25 x 7.25  paper, mounted on painted 8 x 10 canvas
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Heart Flying High

I love this color combination. It seems so rich and deep. For me, the red paint and metallic gold ink create vibrancy and harmony. I find the heart shape with the red dots contained within, complimentary to one another. This heart feels like it's taking off into the heavens. I never know what's going to evolve when creating hearts, but I always love the surprise at the end. Hope you do too....

Unframed 5.75" x 7.50" acrylic/collage on paper, mounted on 8" x 10" painted artist canvas panel
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Golden Glow Heart

One of my favorite things to paint are hearts. There are so many possibilities for making them sing! What's not to love about hearts? I always find them soothing to view. They're welcoming and make me smile. I believe they bring joy to everyone. From my heart to yours......

Unframed   5.75" x 7.50" acrylic/collage on paper, mounted on 8" x 10" painted artist canvas board
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This painting was created in remembrance of the time when I lived in Vermont. The rivers and streams, as seen everywhere, bring about a glorious feeling that endless countryside abounds. There's a very special sense of openness, quiet, and beauty that I've never found in such abundance anywhere else. The fields and pastures in summer are so green it almost makes one squint! You never know when the next herd of Jersey cows will be crossing the road, heading to the barn for milking.

This unframed acrylic painting is on 7.50" x 10.75" paper.
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sunflower Surprise

This has to be one of the most exciting paintings I've ever created. It was based on a variety of hand-made papers being glued to the canvas, with the grid painting glazed on top. Next was the joy ride---applying the delicate lines of the sunflower with acrylic inks and a nib pen, along with a variety of other pointy tools. This process transformed the combined layers into a transparent wonderland. Happy, bright, and welcoming. Wouldn't this be a show stopper and fun conversation piece to grace your wall?

Unframed 12.25" x 16.50" acrylic/ ink/mixed media on paper, mounted on 16"x 20" painted canvas.
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Keeping the Light

Another one of those paintings where I like to invent new ideas about combining colors, and shapes. I particularly like how "the bride" shows up in this piece. She's definitely ready to walk down the aisle.....

Unframed acrylic on 4.75" x 6.75" paper, mounted  in 11" x 14" white archival mat
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Friday, March 16, 2012

Glow From Within

 In my ongoing quest to paint Calla Lilies with a lilt and a difference, I decided to try a series that uses acrylic inks for the background. They are so luscious. Alot of them are sparkly and metallic, while others are rich and subtle in color. I could go on and on, but I'll stop here and just let you take in the finished product. Wouldn't you enjoy waking up being greeted by this smiling flower face!

This unframed painting is a watercolor with acrylic ink background, on 7.25" x 9.25" 140# Fabriano paper.
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Swing Dancing in the Mendocino 4th of July Parade!!

 I thought for diversionary purposes, it would be fun to post a picture of my husband, Glenn, and myself, swing dancing (doing drop splits) in the Mendocino 4th of July Parade. It shows you all, the other side of life we fully imbibe here on the Northern California Coast. We have an amazing crew of swing dancing buddies here in our little postage stamp size spot on the planet. We have regular weekly dances, along with a variety of classes we teach. We travel in packs far and wide to learn more dance moves from some of the most amazing swing dancers on earth and beyond. It doesn't get any luckier than this!
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Mendocino Coast Crashers

I love an opportunity to capture with my paintbrush,  the powerful energy of the ocean here on the Mendocino Coast, in northern California, where I live. I find the inexhaustible dynamism of the seas, completely invigorating, and endlessly fascinating, in it's ever changing patterns. I hope this painting brings that vibrant energy into your life too.

Unframed acrylic on 10.25" x 14.50" paper, mounted on a painted, decorative paper covered 16" x 20" canvas.
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Window Boxes

 The incredible light of Venice, Italy. I've never seen anything like it anywhere else. It's like walking into a fairy tale. This painting is just a sample of the beauty seen everywhere in Venice. This particular "buildingscape" is in the picturesque Cannaregio District.

Unframed watercolor on 10.50" x 14.50"
140# Fabriano paper, in a 16 x 20 archival mat.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Calla Cosmos

I am completely in love with Calla Lilies. I've been painting them for many years and consider them to be my "signature" painting. They're almost like my best friend. Whenever I see one my spirit jumps for joy! My main goal is to try and paint them with variations, so that I can continue to hone new skills. This particular painting was the first in a series where I became fascinated with using acrylic inks, and imbedding numerous materials into those background inks to create amazing patterns. The trick is, you just have to walk away from the painting for several hours while your background dries. Voila!

This watercolor with ink background is on 15 x 22 Fabriano 140# paper
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White Star

What a fun experiment it was to paint this. There's a lot of collage going on beneath the surface of the paint, creating a touchy-feely sense. A tactile richness is felt when you run your hand over the artwork. There's something alluring about a painting that both feels and looks yummy!

This painting is a multi-media acrylic/collage on 10.25" x 14.50" paper, mounted on 16" x 20" artist panel covered with painted decorative paper
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Sparkling Bouquet

Another joy for me is to paint when the evening is coming around, with the light helping to make those sparkling white flowers pop out like stars, vibrant and alive, just like the Milky Way above.

This painting is an acrylic on 7.25 x 10.50 paper, mounted on 11 x 14 painted canvas panel.
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Aglow With Life

This painting gave me an opportunity to create fresh spring blossoms bursting forth with magical colors. Going out to mingle with the flowers in my garden, provides me with continual inspiration that flows through my paintbrush. Can't you just smell the delicious scent of this bouquet?

This painting is on 4.25" x 6.25" paper, mounted on 8" x 10" painted archival backboard.
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Paintings by Sunshine Taylor

 Summer Blend

 I delight in the beauty of all the jars of acrylic colors in my studio. Playing with them to create excitement and joy on my canvas is one of my favorite adventures in life. Picnic paintings bring great pleasure and evoke wonderful memories. I imagine they do for you too. Bright sunny light is always a great help!

Unframed  acrylic on 9 x 13 paper, mounted on painted, 16 x 20 decorative, paper-covered artist panel.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


 This watercolor was inspired by the incredibly beautiful reflections in the Rio Jucar, in Cuenca, Espana. My husband and I love to visit Spain. It's one of the most beautiful, diverse places we've ever been. The customs and traditions of the people are totally to our liking -- not to mention the cuisine. Ancient bridges crossing rivers, like this one in the painting, are found around almost every corner in Spain.
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