“Big Blue World”


"Big Blue World"

Canvas Banner

Calligraphy Banner – Acrylic on Canvas by Linda Renc, Copyright October 2012

Song by Ellis Paul, Copyright Ellis Paul Publishing (Used by permission)

 “I love music and art – songwriting is painting with words and chords and melodies. It has to be a sensory experience like a moving picture – letting the details of the picture tell the story. You ‘hear the painter’ in these songs. I am at my best when I do this.” – Ellis Paul interview; www.pennyblackmusic.co.uk

 I first heard Ellis Paul sing years ago at our Tampa Bay community radio station WMNF in their newly-built broadcast studio. He was in town for a concert, and dropped in as a special guest during the annual fundraising marathon. Bill and I were invited to come and be part of the small live audience. Wow. Terrific singer, well-used guitar, great original songs, and entertaining stories about odd places like “Alice’s Champagne Palace”.

Fast forward to 2012. Our gallery’s occasional acoustic concerts with various singer/songwriters had grown over three years into respectable indoor events. Early in the summer our listening room was recommended to singer Catie Curtis, who had volunteered to organize a national musical fundraiser for a non-partisan action group in Washington DC. She asked if we could host one of fifty small benefit concerts across the U.S. during a big fundraising weekend, and she offered us a familiar name, Ellis Paul. We went into high gear and gathered a sold-out crowd on the evening of Sept. 30th.

 Two weeks before Ellis’ Voices United Concert, I decided to ‘go for it’ and welcome our guests to Dunedin with a hand-painted canvas banner inspired by one of his songs. I liked the line from his upbeat tune that went ‘You paint the picture with colors squeezed from you hands”. Running through my head nonstop while preparing for the concert, Ellis’s catchy song “The World Ain’t Slowing Down” took over my canvas, and painted words spilled over the edges. A guitar’s vibrating strings speed through space towards a globe peopled with Ellis’ lyrical inventions and urban icons – like subways, rocking lampposts and merry-go-rounds circling the Big Blue World.

I am very pleased to offer a limited edition print of this song-painting to art lovers and music fans (especially of Ellis). A 50% donation per print is being made to Ellis Paul’s next album project due out in May 2013. What’s that?  Limited time only, please order soon.


LIMITED EDITION GICLEE PRINT – Signed & numbered by the artist. Edition of 50 prints; archival inks on Epson premium paper. Matted print (overall size 14-½“ x24”).
Price $45.00 (plus shipping $6.50). Available framed, price $140.00 (shipping cost on request).

Original “Big Blue World” hand-painted canvas banner – size 26“ wide x44“ long is on display at the Painted Fish Gallery, price on request.

Place your order with me, and I’ll send you a print! Click the Buy button on www.paintedfishgallery.com home page. Or visit our gallery to buy one in person.

THANK YOU for supporting this project!
Linda Renc



12 thoughts on ““Big Blue World”

  1. I have seen the Ellis Paul canvas banner at the gallery and it is spectacular. It’s intricate and eye-popping that’s for sure. I’ve been to one of Linda’s music soirees and had a great time, so did everybody else, the fish were jumping and the house was rocking-

      • Hi RonANYthing goes in the world of creativity, so of crouse it’s okay to mix your media Ron I always paint from back to front, meaning that I paint whatever’s farthest away first, then work forward. (For example, I just completed an acrylic of an old bridge over a creek where I work. I started with sky, then did the woods, then creek, then bridge, then grassy foreground.) It’s perfectly okay to make a sketch on your canvas first, in fact I often first make a sketch on paper of the subject I will be painting, to get a “feel” for it. You can go around your figures somewhat, even though you might have some overlap but trying to do your background around your figures completely would create unnecessary difficulty.And yes, it can several weeks for oils to dry, but eventually it will have patience

      • Absolutely loving the ‘big’ piece of art work and aeamzd and what you did with it – but what a freeing experience and everyone who saw you was able to take a little bit of you with them and start to think outside the box! Completely amazing I love it love it love it! Thank you so much for sharing! My thinking outside the box this week took me outside – I was attempting paint splats on a rather angry art journal page and it simply wasn’t working so hubby pointed me outside – it’s amazing how messy I can get without redecorating the house LOL.Hope you are having a fabulous Monday!

    • it depends on how thick you apply it. if your aplnyipg it impasto style quite thickly. then it can take literally years to dry. you can speed this up though by adding structura, i have managed to get oil paint almost 1/4 of an inch thick dry in two days using this method. though there is a knack to it. too much structura and it will crack quite badly.also if your painting thinly with a brush, use white spirit to thin the paint, as this evaporates quickly your painting will dry much quicker, if you use linseed oil. it will stay wet for a very long time.I have used linseed oil on pencil and charcoal drawings on paper. which is still wet 10 years on.

  2. Hi folks:
    Judy and I just got a thank you note from Holli Milller.
    We hope things are going better for her now.
    Let us know how she is doing.
    You two are some very benevolent people. I am proud of you and the good you do for others. We wish you continued success in the future. See you when the snow flies.
    Your Pals,
    Dick and Judy Muny

      • Oh you brave woman!!!!Alisa, I have to tell you, and thank you for all the wonderful ipriisatnon you provide us. I went back to the beginning of your blog. (over a few days not in one sitting) 🙂 and viewed every post!!! I love your style, and want to thank you for sharing so much with us. I have been playing around with the graffiti style for a bit now, and I know it takes practice and patience. It is such a freeing way to paint and I love the results it gives.I just wanted you to know you are appreciated a bunch!!Hugs!!

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