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Loving
Cats Oil Painting on Canvass, "Lovers", 9x12, by Mercedes Franklin, Artist's Collection.

These 2 beautiful cats were mine. They have since passed & so have their 2 sweet daughters. When Noodle Pie was giving birth we kept him away worrying that he might do something rash. But he kept talking & pacing till we let him in. He cared for them just as much as their Mother. Who knew what a good Father & Mate he would be till the day he died.

This painting, along w/Oysters, Shrimp & Citrus, has been accepted in the 54th Bay Annual Juried Art Show running through April 14th 2017.

Happiness
Oil Painting, Dog, "Happiness", Labrador Retriever, 18"x24", by Mercedes Franklin, For Sale.

Now this is a family outing. Wouldn't you agree...

$895.00
Watching The Kids
Dog, Golden Retriever, "Watching The Kids", 15"x24", by Mercedes Franklin. For Sale, The Studio Gallery, Grayton Beach FL 850.231.3331.

This brings back great memories from my younger years. Nothing like kids & dogs. They show us how to have fun like nothing else. .

$792.00
"Prettiest Cocker Ever"
Dog Portrait, Oil Painting on Canvass, Cocker Spaniel, "Prettiest Cocker Ever", 14x14, by Mercedes Franklin. Private Collection.

My aunt had 3 cockers all different colors. Enjoyed their long soft & silky hair. I can remember how they were always very busy. Don't really remember what they were busy doing but whatever it was kept them very busy.

What A Great Day!
Dog Oil Painting on Canvass, American Water Spaniel, "What A Great Day", 24"x20", by Mercedes Franklin. For Sale.

I have the famous photographer "Ylla" to thank for the use of this photo. You can Google to see her body of work, books she has written & events in her life. She was quite an interesting person & inspired my "Flying Dog" series. This was the 1st painting, I have since finished #2 & 4, still working on 3 & 5.

$895.00
Sweetie
Dog Oil Painting on Canvess, Irish Water Spaniel, "Sweetie", 18"x18", by Mercedes Franklin, For Sale.

There is something about the Irish Water Spaniel that I love. They have great heads & expressions. Love their personalities. Actually there isn't anything not to like about them!

$695.00
Zoe & Zeus
Dog Portraits Oil Painting on Canvass, "Zoe & Zeus", Labradoodles, 20"x24", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Orion's Mighty Quinn
Oil Painting On Canvass, Dog, "Orion's Mighty Quinn", 9"x12", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection

Buffy's Bath
Dog Oil Painting on Canvass, "Buffy's Bath", 14x18, by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

She was sooo happy when the bath was over!!!

Chico
Dog Portrait Oil Painting on Canvass, "Chico", German Shepherd Black, 12"x12", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Georgia
Dog Portrait Oil Painting on Canvass, "Georgia", Border Terrier, 11"x14", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Nothing Like a Day at the Beach
Dogs Oil Painting on Canvass, Standard Poodles, "Nothing Like A Day At The Beach", 20"x24", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Sleepy Time
Dog Oil Painting on Canvass, Poodle, "Sleepy Time", 20"x24", by Mercedes Franklin, Artist's Collection.

My Princess
Oil Painting, Dog, "My Princess", Poodle, 24"x18", by Mercedes Franklin, Artist's Collection

I See You
Cat Portrait Oil Painting on Canvass, American Shorthair Orange Tiger, "Cookie-I See You", 12"x9", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection

Afternoon Walk
Dogs Oil Painting on Canvass, Poodles, "Afternoon Walk", 16"x12", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Going to School
Dog & Boy Oil Painting on Canvass, "Going To School", Chihuahua, 14"x18", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Road Trip
Dog Portrait Oil Painting on Board, Standard Poodle, "Road Trip", 10"x8", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Kaspian & Bautista
Dog & Boy Portrait Oil Painting on Canvass, Mastiff, "Kaspian & Bautista", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Watching The Sunset
Oil Painting, Dog, "Watching The Sunset", Poodle, 20"x24", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection

Billie
Dog Oil Painting on Canvess, Standard Poodle, "Billie", 20"x28", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Foster
Dog Portrait Oil Painting on Canvass, Yellow Lab, "Foster", 16"x16", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Robin & Teddy
Dog & Girl Oil Painting on Canvass, Keeshond, "Robin & Teddy", 20"x16", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Barcelona
Dog Oil Painting on Canvass, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, "Barcelona", 12"x16", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Barcelona was very much loved & a true companion to a good friend. He has since gone to doggie heaven and is very much missed.

Rezso
Dog Portrait Oil Painting on Canvass, Vizsla, "Rezso", 20"x18", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection

Harley
Dog Portrait Oil Painting Canvass, Jack Russell, "Harley", 8"x10", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Emily & Nikki
Dog Portrait Oil Painting on Canvass, Dachshunds, "Emily & Nikki", 8"x10", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Brandy
Dog Portrait Oil Painting on Canvass, Rescue Dog, "Brandy", 8"x10", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Jake
Dog Portrait Oil Painting on Canvass, Golden Retriever, "Jake", 8"x10", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Josephine & Napoleon
Dog Portrait Oil Painting on Canvass, Standard Poodles, "Josephine & Napoleon", 9"x12", by Mercedes Franklin, Artist's Collection.

Abby
Dog Portrait Oil Painting on Canvass, Smooth Coated Collie, "Abby", 10"x8', by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Pazzo
Dog Portrait Oil Painting on Canvass, Jack Russell, "Pazzo", 10"x8", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Morgan
Dog Portrait Oil on Canvass, Golden Retriever, "Morgan", 8"x10", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Lissets Dogs
Dog Portrait Oil Painting on Canvass, Bull Dogs, "Lisset's Dogs", 14"x18", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Tai Pan
Dog Portrait Oil on Canvass, Pug, "Tai Pan", 10"x8", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Maggie
Dog Portrait Oil Painting on Canvass, Bassett Hound, "Maggie", 10"x8", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Bob
Dog Portrait Oil on Canvass, English Setter, "Bob", 8"x10", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Angel Boy Chase
Dog Oil on Canvass, Golden Retriever, "Angel Boy", 9"x7", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Three Bostons
Dogs Oil Painting on Canvass, Boston Terriers, "Three Boston's", 24"x30", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Bunky & Beau
Dog Oil Painting on Canvass, Golden Retrievers, "Bunky & Beau", 8"x10", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Al The Enforcer
Dog Portrait Oil Painting on Canvass, English Bulldog, "Al, The Enforcer", 8"x8", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Cody
Dog Oil Painting on Canvass, Red & White Setter, "Cody", 14"x11", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Spike & Lulu
Dog Oil Painting on Canvass, Chihuahuas, "Spike & Lulu", 16"x20", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Harley
Dog Portrait Oil Painting on Canvass, Boxer, "Harley", 20x16, by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Duchess
Dog Portrait Oil Painting on Canvass, Rough Coated Collie, "Duchess", 20"x20", by Mercedes Franklin, For Sale.

This is what a Duchess looks like to me...

$795.00
Pink Poodles
Dogs Oil Painting on Board, Standard Poodles, "Pink Poodles", 8x10, by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

This is a story of 3 Generations getting ready for Easter. Mom is taking the photo so unfortunately we don't get to see her nor her Easter outfit. Then there is daughter & granddaughter. For those of you that might be concerned not to worry. These are totally safe vegetable dyes. If you haven't seen the convention of "Poodle Styling" on TV you should try. You can't possibly imagine what the stylist can do. Between the natural poodle hair & colors the designs are incredible.

I do wish I had of photo of the entire family together.

Athen
Dog Portrait, Oil Painting on Canvass, "Athen", Weimaraner, 12"x12", by Mercedes Franklin

Daisy
Dog Portrait Oil Painting on Canvass, Pekingese, "Daisy", 16"x20", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

This is Mary's beloved "Daisy", her best girlfriend & companion.

Chole & Nala
Dogs Oil Painting on Canvass, "Chole & Nala", 9x12, by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Chole, the black & white Great Dane, was about 8 months older than Nala, the fawn color Geat Dane. When they were younger they both fit on this couch. As Chole grew Nala was pushed back to the side 'til she began sleeping with her front paws on the couch & her hind end on the arm rest. No one ever heard her complain.

Maggie
Dog Portrait Oil Painting on Canvass, Bassett Hound, "Maggie", 10"x8", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Moonbeams
Marsh Oil Painting on Canvass, "Moonbeams", 9x12, by Mercedes Franklin. For Sale, Lyons Share Gallery, Fairhope AL, 251.928.2507.

I was going for color intensity. It led me to more monochromic hues. Then came the Moon which could only lead to Moonbeams of course. This composition was more "by the seat of my pants" than usual. But I enjoy it's whimsy.

Also... it really looks interesting if you hang it against a window vs the wall. Though ultimately an oil painting needs to be kept out of direct sun. But it is still worth taking a look against light before it is hung permanently.

$325.00
Summer Rains
Marsh Oil Painting on Canvass, "Summer Rains", 12x16, by Mercedes Franklin. For Sale, Lyons Share Gallery, Fairhope AL, 251-928.2507.

We were loading items on the back of the tractor to move them to another area on the property when it started to rain. It was great... the rain was light, the sun was quietly shinning & all was right with the world. I have had this remembrance inside me for a few years. Sometimes it just takes time to get it on canvass.

$525.00
In The Spotlight
Marsh Oil Painting on Canvass, "In The Spotlight", 6"x8", by Mercedes Franklin. For Sale.

This started as a study for a larger painting. What I forgot to take into account was the larger painting is a square. Therefore this composition took on a life of it's own. I am happy about it!

$175.00
Meandering Palms
Marsh Oil Painting on Canvass, "Meandering Palms", 11x14, by Mercedes Franklin. For Sale, Lyons Share Gallery, Fairhope AL, 251.928.2507.

I have not used many Palm Trees in my paintings but that is going to change. Each one is so unique in it's stature. They say trees speak to each other & I believe it.

$425.00
Island In The Sun
Marsh Oil Painting on Canvass, "Island In The Sun", 6x8, by Mercedes Franklin. Private Collection.

This little island looked like paradise siting out there all alone w/marshes all around. It makes wonder just how it developed so different from everything else?

A Slice of Heaven
Marsh Oil Painting on Canvass, "A Slice of Heaven", 6"x8", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Not at all like I planned. But I think it is a very pretty painting. That is my humble opinion.

Live Life In The Sunlight
Marsh Oil Painting on Canvass, "Live Life In The Sunlight", 48"x48", by Mercedes Franklin. For Sale, Lyons Share Gallery, Fairhope AL, 251-928-2507.

I have been driving by this marsh for years and did not see the true beauty it had to offer. Then one fateful afternoon as i was driving along the light startled me so. I drove a short distance till I came to & turned around to take the photo. Then the fun, work, feeling of desperation started. But it is now done for all to view. I hope you enjoy.

$2,800.00
Quiet Harbor
Marsh w/ Sail Boats & Oil Rig Oil Painting on Canvass, "Quiet Harbor", 18"x24", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

There is variety & yet solitude. A nice quiet harbor to paint.

Radiance
Marsh Oil Painting On Canvass, "Radiance", 6"x8", by Mercedes Franklin. For Sale, The Studio Gallery, Grayton Beach FL, 850.231.3331

Marshes have the best views!!!

$175.00
The Traveler
Marsh Oil Painting On Canvass, "The Traveler", 9x12, by Mercedes Franklin. For Sale.

We were discussing the day to day life of birds. Where do they fly, where are their families, food, migration routes etc. Generally outlining a day in their life. When someone said "unless it is mating season".

$325.00
Evening Lights Calling
Marsh Oil Painting on Canvass, "Evening Lights Calling", 6x8, by Mercedes Franklin. For Sale, The Studio Gallery, Grayton Beach FL, 850.231.3331.

This is one of my most favorite times of the day. I start new projects. Often painting, reading or just messing around in my stuff. Generally have a good nights sleep waking afresh to my 2nd most favorite time of the day. The mornings & evenings often allow for mind wondering time.

$175.00
Marshian or Marshan?
Marsh Oil Painting on Canvass, "Marshians or Marshans?", 6x8, by Mercedes Franklin. For Sale.

My portrayal of the distant bushes became fodder for a friend. The fodder eventually became the name. Then came the spelling. This I leave up to you.

$175.00
Morning Glory
Marsh Oil Painting, "Morning Glory", 16x20, by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

I started this painting with a different color palette in mind. As time progressed it started taking on it's own personality in the colors which changed for the better. As they say "The best laid plans...

$695.00
Magic Time
Marsh Oil Painting on Canvass, "Magic Time", 11x14, by Mercedes Franklin. For Sale.

The marsh is so alive. Some people drive by & see browns, dull greens, beige, some water. I see life in color.

$425.00
Life In Between
Marsh Oil Painting on Canvass, "Life In Between", 14x18, by Mercedes Franklin, For Sale.

They say where the land meets the water, The In Between, is where all the action is. Life is very busy doing it's thing. And we are the beneficiaries of all it produces. I love this spot!!!

$625.00
Blue
Marsh Oil Painting on Canvass, "Blue", 18x24, by Mercedes Franklin, For Sale.

Most of the time the waters in the marsh are a darkish color. But sometimes when the air is fresh, the sky clear & the reflections are perfect the waters reflect the "Blue" from above. Complete enjoyment!!!

$895.00
Sunset
Marsh Oil Painting on Canvass, "Sunset", 16"x20", by Mercedes Franklin, For Sale.

Each Marsh is so different from another. And the same Marsh can look so different itself during each day, month, yr etc. Actually my experience has shown me I have about 15 minutes at the most to capture a particular moment. They are very busy ecosystems.

$695.00
View From The Yaupon Tree
Marsh Oil Painting on Gallery Wrap Canvass, "View From The Yaupon Tree", 48"x48", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Marsha, Marsha, Marsha... what lies beyond yon Yaupon???

The Kiss
Marsh Oil Painting On Canvass, "The Kiss", 12"x24", Painted by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

In the beginning this painting had 1 moon, then 2 moons & finally 3 moons. I was looking for the magic spot. I took out 2 of them this time. But next time you just might see 3 moons.

Lone Traveler
Marsh Oil Painting on canvass, "Lone Traveler", 6"x8", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

All birds fascinate me, they are absolutely beautiful, wondrous flying machines & so much more of which we are unaware.

Mist
Marsh Oil Painting on Canvass, "Mist", 16"x20", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

There are certain times of the year when it is great to be traveling early in the morning. This was one. To see the mist along the ground before the sun comes up is a beautiful moment of time. One never knows when this will happen. What a delight when it does.

Another Day!
Marsh Oil Painting On Canvass, "Another Day, 6"x8', by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

This is one of those happy accidents. Right place right time. Can't plan such a moment.

Secluded
Marsh Oil Painting on Canvass, Marsh, "Secluded", 12"x16", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collecion.

There was a time when the gulf coast had lots of quiet areas. Not so much anymore. When I found this location it reminded me of days gone by. It was a lovely place to pass some time.

Generous
Marsh Oil Painting On Canvass, Marsh, "Generous", 14"x18", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection

Peaceful Thoughts
Marsh Oil Painting On Canvass, "Peaceful Thoughts", 16"x20", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Morning Flight
Marsh Oil Painting On Canvass, "Morning Flight", 14"x18", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Red Dawn
Marsh Oil Painting, "Red Dawn", 11"x14", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collecion.

Three Trees
Marsh Oil Painting On Canvas, "Three Trees", 11"x14", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Mist
Marsh Oil Painting on Canvass, "Mist", 16"x20", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

There are certain times of the year when it is great to be traveling early in the morning. This was one. To see the mist along the ground before the sun comes up is a beautiful moment of time. One never knows when this will happen. What a delight when it does.

Twilight
Oil Painting on Canvass, Marsh, Twilight, 12"x24", by Mercedes Franklin, In Private Collection.

Generous
Marsh Oil Painting On Canvass, Marsh, "Generous", 14"x18", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection

Peaceful Thoughts
Marsh Oil Painting On Canvass, "Peaceful Thoughts", 16"x20", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Blue Morning
Marsh, Oil Painting On Canvass, "Blue Morning", 11"x14", by Mercedes Franklin, In Private Collection

Morning Flight
Marsh Oil Painting On Canvass, "Morning Flight", 14"x18", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Sunset
Marsh Oil Painting on Canvass, "Sunset", 16"x20", by Mercedes Franklin, For Sale.

Each Marsh is so different from another. And the same Marsh can look so different itself during each day, month, yr etc. Actually my experience has shown me I have about 15 minutes at the most to capture a particular moment. They are very busy ecosystems.

$695.00
Red Dawn
Marsh Oil Painting, "Red Dawn", 11"x14", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collecion.

The Kiss
Marsh Oil Painting On Canvass, "The Kiss", 12"x24", Painted by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

In the beginning this painting had 1 moon, then 2 moons & finally 3 moons. I was looking for the magic spot. I took out 2 of them this time. But next time you just might see 3 moons.

Life In Between
Marsh Oil Painting on Canvass, "Life In Between", 14x18, by Mercedes Franklin, For Sale.

They say where the land meets the water, The In Between, is where all the action is. Life is very busy doing it's thing. And we are the beneficiaries of all it produces. I love this spot!!!

$625.00
Three Trees
Marsh Oil Painting On Canvas, "Three Trees", 11"x14", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Secluded
Marsh Oil Painting on Canvass, Marsh, "Secluded", 12"x16", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collecion.

There was a time when the gulf coast had lots of quiet areas. Not so much anymore. When I found this location it reminded me of days gone by. It was a lovely place to pass some time.

I Look Good Today
Floral Oil Painting on Canvass, "I Look Good Today, 20"x16", by Mercedes Franklin, For Sale.

$695.00
Azaleas
Floral Oil Painting on Canvass, "Azaleas", 16"x20", by Mercedes Franklin, For Sale.

$695.00
A Good Day
Bay Oil Painting on Canvass, A Good Day, 11x14, by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Piers Relaxing
Bay Oil Painting On Canvass, "Piers Relaxing", 12"x16", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

On days like this everyone & thing is relaxing. And so they should. Blue skies, blue water & warm breezes. It is all about the siesta.

Fairhope Pier
Bay Oil Painting on Canvass, "Fairhope Pier", 12"x16", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Pleasantly Plump
Oyster Oil Painting on Canvass, "Pleasantly Plump", 5"x7", by Mercedes Franklin. Private Collection.

Each oyster has their own thing going on. This one, out of a dz, looked "pleasantly plum" & ready to eat.

Delicious
Oyster Oil Painting On Canvass, "Delicious", 5x7, by Mercedes Franklin. For Sale, The Studio Gallery, Grayton Bch,FL 850.231.3331, $200 w/Frame.

When I buy oysters I get to look through the bags to pick out the most unusual shells I can find. This lovely shell has been one of my favorites. The inside was plump & delicious. The outside has lines only nature can create. I am honored to represent the beauty of this Bivalve Mollusca!

$200.00
Give Me Light
Oyster Oil Painting on Canvass, "Give Me Light", 5x7, by Mercedes Franklin. For Sale, The Studio Gallery, Grayton Bch FL, 850.231.3331, $200 w/Frame.

These Bivalve Molluscas live in the waters most their lives wet. So I'm thinking once & awhile they would enjoy the warm light of the sun & a short time to dry out. Not too long!!! But long enough to feel the air.

$200.00
Naked Joy
Oyster Oil Painting On Canvass, "Naked Joy", 5x7, by Mercedes Franklin. Private Collection.

This painting was sheer "joy" to do. It came out of me through my brush onto the canvass so easily. When it was finished I felt great. And what a shell! One of the best I have.

Sweet Heart
Oyster Oil Painting on Canvass, "Sweet Heart", 5"x7", by Mercedes Franklin. Private Collection.

Red is my favorite color. So I had to paint an oyster w/this hue. It is my duty to this fabulous color that "Goes With Everything". This painting is my very own Sweet Heart!

Mixed Emotions
Oil Painting On Canvass, Oyster, "Mixed Emotions", 5"x7", by Mercedes Franklin. Private Collection.

When I first laid out the paint on the canvass I had some beautiful red, orange & purple strokes. The painting came together in another way than I had planned but the lovely colors were right there in the midst of the oyster meat. I couldn't let go so I left them & have thoroughly enjoyed the view ever since!

One Dozen with Fries
Oysters, Oil Painting on Canvass, "One Dozen With Fries", 12x16, by Mercedes Franklin, For Sale $495.

Going out to eat oysters with people is always a great time. Good friends, good food, good conversation. I chose these colors to represent "enjoyable encounters". I hope you feel the same. This painting was featured in the "Beaches of South Walton & Scenic 30A" magazine 2015 Vol. 12.

$495.00
Rambling Oysters, Orchids & Friends
Oysters Oil Painting on Canvass, "Rambling Oysters, Orchids & Friends", 11x14, by Mercedes Franklin, For Sale $395.

I wanted to paint oysters in a different setting with a different feel. Here it is!!!

$395.00
I'm Ready
Oil Painting On Canvass, Oyster, "I'm Ready", 5"x7", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

I set up this oyster shell so I would see the side of it. When I stepped back it would roll over as to say now "I'm Ready" The lovely little mollusca had it's way. He stayed put the rest of the painting.

Pretty Boy
Oil Painting, Oyster, "Pretty Boy", 5"x7", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Laid Back
Oil Painting On Canvass, Oyster, "Laid Back", 5'x7", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection

I was thinking about the oysters in the wet muddy bottoms. Their beauty really can't be seen. Imagine a glass bed. A showcase for their beauty. Here is my rendition.

White Oysters
Oil Painting, Oysters, White Oysters, 9"x12", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Oyster shells fascinate me. No 2 alike. Sizes & shapes never ending. Not to mention colors. This group caught my eye. The shimmering colors are breath taking. They called out to be viewed by all. I hope I did them justice.

Basking In The Rays
Oil Painting on cavass, Oyter, Basking In The Rays, 5"x7", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Black Pearl
Oil Painting, Oyster, Black Pearl, 5"x7", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Golden Pearl
Oil Painting On Canvass, Oyster, "Golden Pearl", 5"x7", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

For those of you unaware... I design a line of jewelry also. I believe that pearls should be a part of every girls jewelry collection. Each strand has a unique color & is looking for the perfect skin tone to accent. Enjoy your search. As for this painting, some of my favorite places are in the background. I like it when the entire painting takes your eyes for journey.

Floating
Oil Painting On Canvass, Oyster, "Floating", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

The summer has been hot. And I have been dreaming of the cool waters in the gulf. That is all it took. This is me floating and dreaming.

Hello
Oil Painting On Canvass, Oyster, "Hello", 5"x7, by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Some days are good for painting. This was one of them. I had a clear vision. The color values came quickly. And Voile'. It was done & am happy.

Under The Sea
Oil painting, Oyster, Under The Sea, 5'x7", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Slumbering Pearl
Oil Painting, Oyster, Slumbering Pearl,5"x7", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Yellow oysters
Oil Painting, Oysters, Yellow Oysters, 14"x18", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Velvet
Oil Painting, Oyster, Velvet, 5"x7", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Turquoise Oysters
Oil Painting, Oysters, Turquoise Oysters, 12"x16", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Showing off
Oil Painting, Oyster, "Showing Off", 5"x7", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Ready To Eat
Oil Painting, Oysters, Ready To Eat, 9"x12", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Out To Lunch
Oil Painting, Oyster, Out To Lunch, 5"x7", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Oysters With Lemons
Oil Painting On Canvass, Oysters, "Oysters With Lemons", 11"x14", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Hello
Oil Painting, Oyster, Hello, 5"x7", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection