Bahia Honda Florida Keys Painting

A few days ago, I finished this commissioned oil painting of Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys!

When I look at this painting, I feel adventure. I want to climb up the palm tree, cool off in the turquoise water, then get in my car and drive to the next island to explore more!

As I mentioned in an earlier post on Bahia Honda, “…the park is known for balmy sea breezes that caress the shores year-round. Kayaks and snorkeling gear can be rented, and boat trips to the reef for snorkeling excursions are available. The park is an excellent place to observe wading birds and shorebirds, while the Sand and Sea Nature Center introduces nature lovers to the island’s plants and animals.”

This painting is now available in the Seascapes section of my Etsy store, in the following 3 print formats:

Belgian Linen Canvas: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1033556883/bahia-honda-canvas-art-print-florida

Bahia Honda Painting Canvas Print

Birch Wood Panel: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1020080628/bahia-honda-birch-wood-panel-print

Bahia Honda Painting Birch Wood Print

Archival Matte Paper: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1019614702/bahia-honda-art-print-florida-keys

Bahia Honda Painting Matte Paper Art Print

Bahia Honda Painting Progress

Here is a photo of my progress so far on this commissioned beach painting of Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys! I am intending to complete this painting this month, and once finished, I’ll be sure to make art print reproductions of it available on my Etsy store.

Bahia Honda Painting Progress

Historical Mural Restoration at Bank of America in Georgetown, DC

Historical Mural Restoration

Last night I completed a historical mural restoration at the Bank of America branch located on Wisconsin Avenue, in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC.

In speaking with the branch manager and another employee there, I found out that this mural is at least 100 years old! However, no one there seemed to know the exact date of it, or who painted it. I couldn’t find an artist signature anywhere on the mural.

The mural is located along a wall behind where the tellers are located. It looks like a nautical scene along the Potomac River. A few years ago, the bank was going to replace the mural with some standard advertising of bank products, but so many long-time customers complained to the bank about keeping the mural rather than replace it with advertising, and the bank actually listened! Hooray for that.

The restoration work involved applying more spackle to the patch of wall that had been repaired, in order to bring the repaired area level with the mural surface. From there, I was able to paint over the spackle and very closely match the original mural painting.

Here are before and after photos:

Before:

Historical Mural Restoration at Bank of America in Georgetown, Washington DC - Before Photo
Wall Repair Area on Historical Mural at Bank of America Branch in Georgetown, Washington DC

After:

Historical Mural Restoration at Bank of America in Georgetown, Washington DC - After Photo
Mural Restoration at Bank of America Branch in Georgetown, Washington DC

And here is a photo of more of the original mural:

Historical Mural at Bank of America branch in Georgetown, Washington DC
Historical Mural at Bank of America Branch in Georgetown, Washington DC

I have to say, even though we had secure access to the bank, being in a bank after-hours is still a bit unnerving. I was accompanied by a guy from the commercial construction company (Meckley Services) that contracted this work out to me, so we got to hang out and tell stories the whole time, which made it more entertaining than it would have otherwise been!

Original Mediterranean Seascape Paintings

These original Mediterranean seascape paintings are dreamy seascapes with the rich turquoise and blue hues of the sea. One painting is from an actual seaside view on the Spanish island of Formentera, and the other painting is a boat docked at a colorful village, made from my imagination!

Formentera Seascape Original Painting

Painted on hand-stretched organic cotton canvas, which measures 20″ x 8″ x 1.25″.

Original Formentera Painting Mediterranean Seascape

Boat Docked at Colorful Mediterranean Village – Original Painting on Canvas

Painted on hand-stretched organic cotton canvas, which measures 10″ x 8″ x .75″

Original Painting Mediterranean Village and Boat

Both of these original paintings are available on my Etsy shop!

Prints of these paintings are available here:

Boat in Colorful Village – https://davewhiteartist.com/product/mediterranean-seascape-colorful-village-art/

Formentera Seascape – https://davewhiteartist.com/product/mediterranean-sea-painting-print-formentera/

Adorada Mama Polita – Portrait Painting

Recently I completed this portrait painting of my children’s great-great grandmother from Ambato, Ecuador, on the side of my ex-wife’s family. This is an oil painting on a linen canvas.

Oil Portrait Painting

Initially, I thought I would publish this portrait painting in a blog post and write about her myself. But then I thought, who better to describe her than her own granddaughter who grew up living with her? So I asked her to write something that I could share.

Adorada Mama Polita

“Mama Polita was my maternal grandmother that lived with my parents and me from the time I was born. She would wake up at 4:30 a.m. and kneel in front of her alter and pray for 2 hours. I would sneak into her bedroom (at least I thought I was sneaking in….) and just listen to her pray and admire her devotion.

Mama Polita loved to garden and to be in nature. She was always nurturing the flowers, plants, and trees that she planted. (And she was also nurturing me.) I remember that she planted a peach tree in front of our home in Alexandria, VA. She would make peach marmalade with the peaches. So delicious.

She also loved to cook and bake. She made delicious dishes from Ecuador – her mother country that she missed so much. For the holidays, she would create feasts of so many dishes.

My grandmother was also an amazing storyteller. I would listen intently as she told colorful and vivid stories of the Bible, her childhood in Ecuador, and the many impassioned family members. These are stories that have left a lifetime of poignant memories for me. I have passed down those stories to my children, and I hope they will pass the stories on to their children. I’m helping with that as well 😊

My grandmother carried the beauty of music in her blood. From my birth until she passed away at 89 years old – I always remember her playing the guitar, singing classic music from the Andes – pasillos, valses, pasacalles, and yarabi (to name a few), and dancing.

She was also always writing… I have journals upon journals of hers – including poetry. What a bright light she was in my life. She saved me. She was my nurturer. Something my mom was not able to do…

Gracias Mama Polita. Although you had so much suffering in your life – you didn’t let that dim your light. Your legacy lives on through me, through my children, through my grandchildren, and future generations.  You will never be forgotten. And now I have this amazing painting by my son-in-law Dave White – that I will cherish and will become a family heirloom. Te quiero con todo mi corazón viejita linda.”

I did know Mama Polita’s daughter, before she passed away. Everyone called her “Mama Elsita” (her name was Elsa). She was a really talented musician, as was her mother, Mama Polita. We named my daughter Elsa after her. Elsa was conceived in Ecuador, on Mama Polita’s birthday, in a hotel that used to be a convent. It was not planned like that! We call her our immaculate conception. So we had to give her the middle name Polita (as well as June, after my grandmother, whose portrait I also want to paint one day). Here we are in front of the Mama Polita portrait painting that I framed, which is now hanging in the house of my mother-in-law.

Madrid Painting – Plaza de Oriente

This oil painting is of a sunny morning in Madrid, at the Plaza de Oriente. A guitarist was sitting at the base of this monument, playing a classical song. The melody seemed to float through the air, almost as if it were silencing the loud city sounds and slowing the pace of the hustle of people all around.

Madrid Spain Painting Plaza de Oriente

Bahia Honda, Florida Painting

Today I’m excited to get started on a painting commission of Bahia Honda Key, Florida!

As stated on floridastateparks.com:

“Along with its iconic Florida scenery — palm-lined beaches, gin-clear waters and magnificent sunsets — the park is known for balmy sea breezes that caress the shores year-round. Kayaks and snorkeling gear can be rented, and boat trips to the reef for snorkeling excursions are available.

The park is an excellent place to observe wading birds and shorebirds, while the Sand and Sea Nature Center introduces nature lovers to the island’s plants and animals.”

Wow, that sounds wonderful.

Here is the photo I’ve been given to work with:

Bahia Honda Key Florida

It’ll be an oil painting on an 18″ x 24″ canvas. I’ll share the painting here once it’s completed!

Rehoboth Beach Delaware Painting

When my family moved to a new neighborhood in Indiana when I was 12, there was another family who moved in close to our house, and they were from New York. During my teenage years, I became friends with their son who was the same age as me, and every year they would go vacation in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. In my mind, it seemed like such a far off place to me, all the way on the east coast. And I wondered – “why would someone go vacation on a beach in the mid Atlantic?”. I was accustomed to visiting my family on the gulf coast of Florida.

Many years later, I found myself living in the mid Atlantic and going to Rehoboth Beach! I love Delaware beaches, as well as the experience of driving across the Delmarva peninsula to reach them.

This painting is of a sunny day at Rehoboth Beach, full of sun, sand, water and relaxation!

Rehoboth Beach Painting Off White Wood Frame

Pour Over Coffee Painting

The pour over is an excellent way of making coffee for those that like to do things by hand (such as yours truly), given the process of pouring the water at just the right speed over the coffee grinds! I make myself one of these just about every single morning.

I’ve read that a glass vessel is great for heat-retention, compared to a ceramic one. I can attest that a ceramic one does cool off faster, since I have one, but in most cases it’s not enough that I even notice. If you were to buy one, I’d probably recommend glass first, ceramic second, and plastic last (can the heat cause chemicals in the plastic to leach out? I don’t know for sure, but probably).

Anyways, I recently finished this pour-over coffee painting. It’s of a pour-over display that I saw at a coffee shop. The gold-colored vessel stood out to me, as did the reflections on the stainless steel mug. I took some artistic liberty with the mug and didn’t paint in a realistic fashion, but rather wanted to capture the cool color palette and shapes from the reflections.

Pour Over Coffee Painting Black Wood Frame

Nerja Spain Mediterranean Sea View Painting

This painting shows a Mediterranean sea view, as seen from steps that pass through an architectural arch, down to the beach, in the Spanish coastal town of Nerja.

Nerja Spain Ocean Painting White Frame
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