Along the Caldera, Santorini
Along the Caldera, Santorini art

Santorini, Greece is one of my most favorite places in the entire world. In fact, every time I leave the Greek Islands, I immediately want to come right back. It was difficult to capture the impossible beauty of this volcanic island in the Cyclades. In fact, this quick study really doesn’t do it justice. I’ll have to circle back around to this subject in the near future—my mind is brimming with blue and white island scenes already.

Aqua Trickle
Aqua Trickle art

“Aqua Trickle” — BUY THE PRINT!
by Gayle Wheatley
Watercolor on Paper
12 x 9 inches

Sea Sweep

Sea Sweep art
Gayle Wheatley, Watercolor on Paper

Beautiful Grim Concept #3: Breathing Underwater

Beautiful Grim Concept #3: Breathing Underwater art

Gayle Wheatley, “Breathing Underwater,” Oil on Canvas, 12″ x 9″

So, in a burst of inspiration, (and in a complete departure from my previous two concepts!) I finally came up with this finalized painting for the Beautiful Grim breast cancer charity art auction that harkens back to my bubble girl paintings: explorations of otherworldly environments where symbolic elements such as oxygen and water compete for sustenance.

The deadline is TODAY and I finally got the whole thing finished and turned in. Whew! It was getting down to the last minute there!

Adorned with a melting crown of textured coral that threatens to drip and tragically melt everything along with it, stands my “Beautiful Grim,” a remarkably strong and beautiful woman who has learned to breathe underwater against all odds in order to survive. Wearing a glass explorer’s bubble, her face is defiantly immersed in an oceanic microcosm full of fish.

Just realized this is the first OIL PAINTING that I’ve completed in 2010, as well as the first oil on canvas I’ve painted in about 8 months! (which is quite shocking for me as I’ve been paining in oils obsessively through the last decade and beyond.) Ever since my trip to Iceland 8 months ago, I have been experimenting with painting primarily in watercolors. Hadn’t realized it had been so long since I’d painted in oil!

The Mermaid’s Wineglasses
The Mermaids Wineglasses art

Gayle Wheatley
Watercolor on Paper
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Coral with Moon Jellies

Coral with Moon Jellies art
Acrylic on Canvas, 12″ x 9″
Surfboard Painting Study #2

Basket Star Madness

Basket Star Madness art

Acrylic on Canvas, 12″ x 9″
(Surfboard concept painting for Billabong)

Sea Whips

Sea Whips art

Gayle Wheatley, Watercolor on Paper
(Rough preliminary concept sketch for Billabong surfboard painting commission)

Sea Cap
Sea Cap art

Watercolor on Paper

Happy Labor Day!

Malibu Seaview
Malibu Seaview art
Gayle Wheatley, Watercolor on Paper

Bowl of Ocean
Bowl of Ocean art
Gayle Wheatley, Watercolor on Paper

Blow Fish

Blow Fish art
(Gayle Wheatley, watercolor on paper)

Blow Fish art