Author Archives: Amonsanto

Abaco Wave

I went from despising acrylics to absolutely falling in love with these fast drying bright colors. Here’s a 15″x15″ painting I made last month. I took the picture in Elbow Cay during a small swell.

Abaco WaveAbaco Wave

Jelly Fish

Just sold the Jelly Fish. Acrylic on canvas 15″ x 15″.

The jelly fish have a glossy finish on each jelly making them appear wet and transparent in the water. The tentacles on the two big ones are intertwined forming a heart.

Jelly Fish Painting

Oyster Painting

This is an idea a friend from Jacksonville gave me. I’m so glad that I was able to open up to new ideas and step away from my traditional painting techniques. I find this oyster so rich in color, so complete and vibrant. The middle section has a thick glossy finish that doesn’t show in pictures. Also rustic edges are popping out with a unique texture effect.

Oyster Painting


I’m always inspired each time I travel to a new place. One of those places is Bahamas. It’s this strangely familiar place I gravitate towards. Feels like my childhood all over again.

At the end of the island there is a spot called Tiloo Cut in Elbow Cay. When I first saw this I fell in love with the emerald colors of the ocean. In this painting you can clearly see why.

Tiloo Cut Bahamas

Tiloo Cut Bahamas

Sting Ray

These pictures were not taken by me. I used them to practice. This is a fun piece now hanging at my parents home.




I got myself into painting my first mural in the office. We thought of breaking wall first and making it a window that will face another wall… but plans changed last minute¬† :)

Special thanks to Alexandra Molina for jumping in through the last phases of this piece and helping me finish it.

New Orleans Art

new_orleans_paintingHot, muggy, fun and spicy. This is a spot for romance, art, jazz, and Cajun everything! Each time I visit I can’t help but pig out. Good thing this is a town in which you can burn calories by getting to places on foot. The European influence is quiet heavy. All buildings are different and some have a unique story to tell. Eventually like every tourist I got sucked into checking a out a few eerie graveyards. I was surprised on how detailed the tombstones were. The above-ground cemeteries resemble a time in which New Orleans was under the Spanish rule. I must of overwhelmed my camera with pictures. The way the light was hitting the tombstones was magical. I decided to paint a few pieces to experiment with light and a new (to me that is) style. Below is the result…

street car new orleans

tomb stone new orleans

Green Wave

Green Ocean Wave

I spend a lot of time in the ocean but haven’t been inclined to make any surf art. I was snooping through my friend’s surf trip pictures and came a across a fun wave. I changed the colors a bit to make it stand out. This is the result.

A-Frame – Jamaica
Oil on canvas

green wave

Green Wave



Buddha Painting for Melissa

Buddha Painting

Drying Time for Oil Paint

Bamboo Painting

Why wait weeks or months for oil paint to dry? It is so frustrating especially if you work in layers. At some point I was desperate enough to leave the painting on the sun. Big mistake! The paint cracked within hours and it ruined the piece. It stinks to have to lose momentum and sometimes even inspiration while waiting for the paint to dry. I have found a great solution, which only takes four to five hours to dry. The truth it was accidental and I didn’t even bother looking it up online. I used some grape seed oil from the kitchen to condition my brushes. After soaking them in the grape seed oil for a few minutes I mixed some of that oil with my titanium white (it usually takes decades to dry) and painted some parts on my painting. In a few hours I returned to the garage to move the painting and it struck me that I didn’t get dirty with the white paint. I touched it and it was completely dry. Not sure if it was humidity in the garage (since I live in humidville Florida) and grape seed oil combined or would it also work in a different environment with less humidity. After that “incident” I begun using grape seed oil to paint all my pieces. Not only does it clean and conditions your brushes but it also speeds up the drying process!


1. After you finish painting, clean your brushes with grape seed oil first and then water and soap. If you only use the oil¬† to clean them, your brushes will become sticky and you’ll have to trash them after.

2. Do no use safflower or poppy seed oil. They take very long to dry. Also avoid walnut oil, which dries faster than safflower or poppy, but slower than linseed.

3. Instead of titanium white try lead white and substitute ivory black with burnt amber, which will also dry faster. You can mix burnt umber with other dark colors to make it black.

Bamboo PaintingOil Paint