Silver Springs

img_0695-1
“Silver Springs” 30×40 acrylic on canvas inspired by a favorite Stevie Nick’s song

You could be my silver springs
Blue green colors flashin’
I would be your only dream
Your shining autumn, ocean crashing…
~ Fleetwood Mac 1977 ~

Stories of summers past

 Everything good, everything magical, happens in summer….

“Stories of Summers Past” 8×10 mixed media (acrylic, ink, collage) on birchwood cradle panel.  This little gem is on exhibit at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery’s 39th Annual Member’s Show and Sale from April 1 – 26, 2017, in Tequesta, Florida

Be my valentine

hearts-1
These hearts appear on one of the bedroom doors in my Mom and Dad’s house, which was the last family home that Dad built in Ocala, Florida back in the 80’s. He made all of the solid wood doors in their house. I think this is one of the greatest testaments to the love that my Dad had for my Mom. Thank you, Dad, and Happy Valentines everyone.

Under the Aspen Tree

The amazing Aspen never ceases to amaze the senses — from first site of its distinct yellow pops of color in the mountains to the shimmering sound of the wind filtering through the clusters of golden leaves — this is what I love most about Autumn in Colorado

Santa Fe Art District



The first Friday of each month brings out some of Denver’s finest at the Santa Fe Art District evening walk. These pieces are from the Colorado Women in Abstraction exhibit at the 965 Center for Visual Arts run by Metropolitan State University students. Students curate, assemble, install and promote these exhibitions in order to get hands-on gallery experience to help launch them into a career in the arts.

Something that lasts forever

“Chasing Autumn” 48 x 36 acrylic on canvas

“Good art is timeless. It will assume a new relevance to each generation, and to yourself as you grow. It will connect to the past and feed the future. It has a simple and rigorous beauty that commands your gaze and thoughts whenever you look at it. The best work will break your heart. As a collector, you will know it when you see it. It’s personal. You will not have to be convinced by anyone to acquire it; it will be something you simply must have. It is like a good marriage that completes a feeling inside you, something that lasts forever and grows with time.”

After the rain

aftertherainThat’s a wrap in the studio this beautiful Sunday morning on the coast!  This is the newest piece for The Drops of Jupiter Collection titled “After the Rain” 30×48 acrylic on canvas inspired by the lavender skies and aqua blue hues of Jupiter Beach after a summer rain.  www.lindaquattrone.com

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” ~Rabindranath Tagore

Summertime

“Summer by the Sea” 30×48 acrylic on canvas for The Drops of Jupiter Collection inspired by endless summers at Jupiter Beach with palm trees swaying in the breeze against daily thunderstorms and showers, and breathtaking sunsets that provide a vivid backdrop to  toast the good life … www.lindaquattrone.com

Diving into blue

Into the Deep
“Into the Deep” 24×36 acrylic on canvas for The Drops of Jupiter Collection inspired by the coastal waters off Jupiter Beach and the many layers of aqua and blue hues … www.lindaquattrone.com

 

Seaside
“Seaside” 24×36 acrylic on canvas for The Drops of Jupiter Collection inspired by seaweed (called sargassum) rolling in with the tide on the shores of Jupiter Beach. http://www.lindaquattrone.com

 

Down at the Sunset Grille

sunsetgrill

“Down at the Sunset Grille” 48×36 mixed media (acrylic, oil, ink, pastel) on canvas for the Drops of Jupiter Collection. This one has taken a while to complete, and it’s getting a new name, too, in homage of a great hangout in my hometown. The Phoenix Grill, as it was called, was the place to hang with the gang in an area of town called Sunset or West End.  The best memories … www.lindaquattrone.com

cosmos

A legacy

Hanging out in my brother’s worshop passed down to him by my late father… a day filled with memories.

   My brother’s airboat that he built using an airplane propellar

  Metal shavings form industrial art

  The vaulted beamed ceiling built by my brother and father

 Airboat cage with the beamed ceiling as a backdrop

 More metal shavings 

Garden of the gods

Etched in stone…a cross, feng shui symbol, peace sign…What do you see?

300′ towering sandstone rock formations in stark contrast to picture-perfect blue skies

Balancing history

Garden of the Gods, a National Natural Landmark, is a true geological wonder that spans 1,367 acres. The Park is a unique biological melting pot where the grasslands of the Great Plains meet the pinon-juniper woodlands characteristic of the American Southwest, and merge with the mountain forest of the 14,115-foot Pikes Peak. The 300 million years of geological history of the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs reveal one of the most extensive pictures of earth history found anywhere in the United States.

Blue water

img_0614-2

“Falling Water” 10×10 acrylic on canvas for The Coastal Collection inspired by the unpredictable rising waves during high tide that sometimes create geysers through the rocks at Blowing Rocks Preserve


“Inlet Crossing” 10×10 acrylic on canvas for The Coastal Collection inspired by the beautiful turquoise runway from Jupiter Inlet to the Atlantic Ocean.  The 400-foot-wide Jupiter Inlet is the local path for boaters to get to and from the Atlantic Ocean, and is know to be the most difficult to traverse because of the big surf breaking in the mouth of the inlet and the shallow, shifting sandbars. When the tide is running out and the big swells are coming in, it becomes extremely difficult and dangerous to maneuver.

Indigo blue

“Indigo Skies” 10×10 acrylic on canvas for The Coastal Collection inspired by clouds forming in the summer skies over Jupiter Beach

 “Lost at Sea” 10×10 acrylic on canvas for The Coastal Collection inspired by the difficult maneuvering of waters by boaters crossing over to the Atlantic Ocean from Jupiter Inlet

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse


The Jupiter inlet Lighthouse was officially lit in 1860 and is the oldest existing structure in Palm Beach County.

The lighthouse stands 1/2 mile from the Atlantic Ocean. In 2008, Congress designated the lighthouse and its surrounding 120 acres as an Outstanding Natural Area (ONA) in the National Landscape Conservation System, one of only three ONAs in the U.S.


While its turquoise waters are extraordinarily beautiful, Jupiter Inlet, at 400 feet wide, is the most dangerous inlet in Palm Beach County. Jupiter gets the big surf breaking in the mouth of the inlet, and what causes the danger is the buildup of sand – shoaling – about 1,300 feet offshore from the inlet. The flow from the Loxahatchee River emptying into the Atlantic Ocean pushes out to the sand, building the crescent-shaped shoal about 5 feet deep, making for unpredictable waves.

The lighthouse was built of brick shipped on barges from Philadelphia and then later painted red in 1910.  Coastal lighthouses have different markings to enable ships to determine their location during daylight. The daymark for the Jupiter Lighthouse is red with a black lantern.

To someone on an airplane, the lighthouse beam would be visible 40 to 50 miles away.

Evening brings out exquisite gem-like colors along the inlet.

The range of the lighthouse beam is 26 miles, which is the farthest distance that the light can be seen on a ship at sea. The Fresnel lens was manufactured in Paris.


The lighthouse was automated in 1987, and a photo electronic cell turns the bulb and motor on when the sun sets and off when the sun rises.


The lamp is 1000 watts, and has an identical spare that turns on whenever the first bulb fails.


The lighthouse has 105 cast iron steps,  spiraling counterclockwise around a central column with three landings.


 The lighthouse is 108 feet tall and sits on a 48-foot hill. Both the Lighthouse and the archaeological site are on the National Register of Historic Places.