On The Bench - A Sea of Passion

As Artists in South Florida are gearing up for the coming winter tourist / buyer / collector season, I am painting my heart out! I have fallen in LOVE with black, white and RED. I'm feeling the maximum contrast in this series punctuated with color speaks to the desire in us to seek out those moments of passion in the sea of our existence within the divine Yin & Yang.

Detail in one of my latest Sea of Passion series paintings.

This Sea of Passion series will all be painted square, beginning with 12 in x 12 in sizes, then moving to 18 x 18, 20 x 20, 24 x 24, 36 x 36, and 48 x 48. The beauty in the square shape allows for stunning larger 2 x 2 (4 paintings total) row configurations, 3 x 3 (9 paintings total) row configurations, and extended vertical or horizontal positioning to satisfy any interior design space need.  

Clean, crisp, and graphically pleasing, simply use the CONTACT tab on my website to check the Sea of Passion paintings availability or to request a custom commissioned painting or set of paintings. I look forward to satisfying your Artistic desires!

Artist's note - this series has been renamed White Magic.

Just Breathe!

I find sometimes that when intensely painting I forget to breathe! This happens most often trying to get just the perfect line along the edge of a canvas. Even my heartbeat moves my hand just enough to wiggle the brush...

Painting the edge of "Floral Fantasy", resin and liquid oils, 16" x 16".

Painting the edge of "Floral Fantasy", resin and liquid oils, 16" x 16".

Guess that means my artwork takes the breath away and makes the heart skip a beat!? Happy Arting!  ;D

Painting the edges of "Black Magic", resin over acrylic, 24" x 24".

Painting the edges of "Black Magic", resin over acrylic, 24" x 24".

On The Bench - Black & White

I think every Artist loves a challenge!? Most of my work involves reds...purples...blues ...bright colors. So imagine my horror when faced with the task of creating black and white paintings to submit to the Broward Art Guild's Black & White show in 2013. Well, in response I surprised myself and created "The Collective" series.

The Collective Series - Us, 2013

The Collective Series - Him, 2013

Fast forward and I have seen lately that black backgrounds have become very popular. I have even been requested by the Pebeo paint folks to create more work on black backgrounds! Here, then, are some of the artworks I created in my studio last week. Enjoy!

Black Resin and Fantasy Paints over Collage

And, here is my "attempt" to keep-it-simple with Black and Pearl resins on black canvas with a splash of Pebeo Fantasy Prisme. The diptych will be available for purchase soon. :D

Black and Pearl Resin with Fantasy Prisme Diptych 24in x 36in

The Collective Series - Her, 2013

Black Resin and Fantasy Paints over Collage

Black Resin and Fantasy Paints over Collage

Black and Pearl Resin with Fantasy Prisme Diptych Detail

Pebeo Fantasy Adventure Workshop New Orleans

Had an exciting time teaching my Pebeo Paints Fantasy Adventure workshop to students at David Art Center in Metairie, Louisiana, May 29 and 30, 2015. The classroom was fantastic (beautifully sunlit and well equipt) and our hosts Adriana & Fernando were awesome! Thanks for the Almond Cake and non-stop coffee. ;) Stop by when heading to New Orleans...the store is filled with unique art supplies, yummy exotic papers, loads of specialty books and spectacular service! Oh, and they have a full service framing shop inside, too. Tell them Tristina sent you.

Starting off with drawing and collage on canvas.

Starting off with drawing and collage on canvas.

Adding modeling paste for texture.

Adding modeling paste for texture.

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Time to create a design in a Pebeo liquid art panel using Cerne Relief paint.

Time to create a design in a Pebeo liquid art panel using Cerne Relief paint.

Sample painting I made for owners Adriana & Fernando during my demonstration.

Sample painting I made for owners Adriana & Fernando during my demonstration.

The store is named after the owner's dog, David!

The store is named after the owner's dog, David!

My examples for the class to follow.

My examples for the class to follow.

Enhancing the collage with Glazing Resin and making resin "bubbles".

Enhancing the collage with Glazing Resin and making resin "bubbles".

Time to get painting with the Pebeo liquid oils! Going over top of the dried collage and resin with Pebeo Vitrail, Fantasy Prisme and Fantasy Moon paints.

Time to get painting with the Pebeo liquid oils! Going over top of the dried collage and resin with Pebeo Vitrail, Fantasy Prisme and Fantasy Moon paints.

I gave a demonstration in how to use Vitrail transparent paint to tint Pebeo Crystal Resin, then pour in a liquid art panel for easy painting.

I gave a demonstration in how to use Vitrail transparent paint to tint Pebeo Crystal Resin, then pour in a liquid art panel for easy painting.

Filling in the dry Cerne Relief design with Pebeo liquid oil paints; Vitrail, Fantasy Prisme, Fantasy Moon, Glitter, glass balls and mica flakes.

Filling in the dry Cerne Relief design with Pebeo liquid oil paints; Vitrail, Fantasy Prisme, Fantasy Moon, Glitter, glass balls and mica flakes.

Adriana and other David Art Supply employees checking out the artwork.

Adriana and other David Art Supply employees checking out the artwork.

Tracy Verdugo Workshop Bliss

This past weekend was a magical time at Art More Place in Melbourne, Florida, where Australian Mixed Media Rock Star Tracy Verdugo lead a group of 25 excited students through her Paint Mojo process. The resulting artworks were absolutely stunning! A huge thank you to Tracy and the location host Sherri for gathering such a great group of people who supported one another through this journey of discovery.

California Inspiration

Pebeo Liquid Alkyd Oil paints: Vitrail, Vitrail Glitter, Fantasy Prisme and Fantasy Moon on canvas.

When visiting Sacramento, Redwood City and San Jose art stores for University Art last week, I had the delight to create these sample artworks on the fly using Pebeo Resins and Liquid Alkyd Oil paints. Paintings are 10 in x 10 in and 9 in x 12 in. Use the CONTACT tab if you would like me to create a commission painting for you of any size using these paintings as inspiration with your colors!

Pebeo Liquid Alkyd Oil paints (Vitrail, Fantasy Moon, and Fantasy Prisme) plus Resin "bubbles" on canvas.

Pebeo Liquid Alkyd Oil paints (Vitrail, Fantasy Moon, and Fantasy Prisme) in a Pebeo Liquid Art Panel.

Character Play

Thanks Karen Elaine Thomas of Yasutomo for the lovely Chinese paints and new Mineral Paper for practicing my calligraphy and painting that you gifted me after the University Art U-Create event yesterday in San Jose, California. Also, loved your instructional video on YouTube that reminded me how to paint Bamboo! :D