Monday, January 22, 2018

Take Your Medicine

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I've gotten kind of obsessed with these cups and this vantage point. And this drawing and painting of cups makes me think about everything I've learned from observing them for so long. Which inspires me to put out some little, mini lessons, which I will do, starting tomorrow. About cups. Stay tuned.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Color Hogs

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I have several lightbulbs that I use to light my still life setups, and recently my daylight florescent up and died. I went to the store to get a new one, where my husband suggested I try a daylight LED bulb instead. I got a 60 watt one, which is brighter than my florescent was, and I love it! I've used it for the last few paintings.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Colorful Espresso

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Usually my compositions are more complicated, but for this one I waned to focus in on the simple reflections in the cup and saucer.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

A New Perspective

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I painted this twice because I got interrupted in the middle of the first one. Does this happen to you? You are in the zone, painting away, when you get a phone call or some other interruption, and by the time you get back to the easel, you have just simply lost your momentum?! You can't remember what the next move was or where you were going with it? Maybe I'm just a delicate flower, but I have a tough time with it. This time though I really liked the composition, so I decided to start over from the beginning. Fortunately I think the second try was even better.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Grapes on Blue

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It occurred to me today that painting is like putting together a puzzle, except you have to create each and every piece. It's tough and SUCH a challenge, but so satisfying when it turns out well - when you step back and realize, yes, all those pieces fit together to look like grapes!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Stepping Into Sunlight

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I am just about finished with the window project in my studio. Soon I will have my full studio back and be painting regularly again. This is one I snuck in yesterday, a sparkly scene from Germany. I can't wait to go back (there and to France) and take more pictures!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Casting Blue Shadows

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Today my son had off from school so we finally went and saw the new Pixar movie - Coco. I had heard good things about it, which always makes me wary, because I'm afraid it won't live up to my expectations. But it did. And I won't say more, because I don't want to build it up for you too. Even if you don't have a kid, see it.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Eat Fruit

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I've spent the past few days replacing/painting the trim around the windows in my studio so that I can finally install new curtains. Because of this my entire studio has been in a state of upheaval, and I haven't been able to paint. But since part of the "job" has been waiting for things to dry, I used that time to carve out a space to do this painting.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Bunch Plus One

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I was walking through Costco the other day when these red grapes caught my eye. I suddenly pictured a whole series of grape paintings in my head, so I bought them. Unfortunately I now have enough grapes for 100 paintings!

Friday, January 05, 2018

Settling In

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Here's a little scene from France. I thought this guy was going to be easy to paint, but I had to redo his face probably 5 times. Unfortunately I also couldn't seem to get a picture without some glare on that top, right corner. I will try again.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Fruit Cocktail

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Here is one more strawberry painting before switching gears. And also, four of my little abstracts (excited!). Instead of doing one a day I've been doing several. What's nice about that is if one or more is ... eh, I don't mind. Actually there's a LOT of stuff I have to say about this whole process, so I'll keep notes and write something comprehensive at the end. Also, I'm thinking I might devote next month to something new - maybe watercolor! And keep going like that, all year? We'll see. So far I'm really enjoying it.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Totes Adorbs Strawbs

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I got out my big sheet of glass for this one. And in the middle of setting up the scene, I walked away for a minute to get more tea. While I was walking back I noticed my setup from an angle I hadn't been considering. I realized that if I pointed my light back behind the strawberries, I got these awesome reflections. Fortunately the light sort of raked the top of the take-out container, which provided some lovely contrast. This reminds me to experiment with my lights more often.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Super Delicious

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When I was in Texas over the holidays, I had dinner with some good friends who told me they were committing to an abstract a day for the month of January. This sounded interesting to me, so on the spur of the moment, I said I was in too. Yesterday I set up a spot in my studio for it, got out all my supplies, and then thought of nothing else until ... this morning I did my first one. It was super fun, but I'm going to hold back on posting images until I have something I'm super excited about. Because what else is the point of doing something for a month if not to slowly improve.

Meanwhile, strawberries that I AM super excited about! Yes, I am still going to paint my regular stuff.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Strolling Through the Market

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Here's a scene from a French market. Have I said before that it takes forever to paint anything with people in it? If I were a smart business person I would give them up. But then I believe that as an artist I have to paint what I'm excited about or else I will wither and die.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Clear the Decks

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I am back from visiting my peeps in Texas and back to painting. This one is actually from right before I left, but I'll have new work to show very soon. The orange I got from my good friend Annie Salness, who created a VERY cool illustrated recipe calendar this year, and is now selling the paintings from it. They are 12x12", on cradled boards, and beautiful. A steal.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Eating Bells

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Here is one last bell pepper painting before we take off for Texas. So you know, because it helps me to know it of other people/artists, I posted the three paintings of peppers that worked, and didn't post three others that ... well, they uhhhh, didn't. My averages are usually a little better, but not a lot. And that's just the way it goes. I hope that helps.

Happy Holidays, and to all a New Year ... wait, that's not how it goes ... shoot.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Stag Party

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I've been using my daylight florescent bulb to light these guys. And yesterday mine suddenly ... died. They last years and so every time I go to find a new one, there is a whole different selection, and the one I had (and liked) is no longer available. Argh. But there is something soft (and kind to translucent things) that I like, so I keep getting them.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Golden Bells

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These here are some tricky buggers to paint. First of all, they are all subtly different shades of orange. And then they are translucent. Which is the kicker. So the shadows are never as dark as they would be with a less translucent object. Maybe if I paint them enough times it will get easier...

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Laughing with Leaves

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An artist friend of mine, Julie Douglas, recently published a wonderful book called "Notes from the Atelier - Practical Steps to Successful Observation Drawing and Painting."

I haven't read the entire thing (because it's BIG and chock full!) but what I have read so far is wonderful! So if you or someone you know would like to learn to draw and/or paint (most of the exercises use watercolor), or need a refresher course, and can forgive Julie (British) for spelling the word "colour" wrong ; ), consider this book. You can't go wrong. (read more reviews...)

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Please Don't Leaf Me Alone with This Guy

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I've been taking advantage of the last bit of fall here. These are some leaves I collected on the walk to my son's bus stop in the morning. I thought of the title while I was setting it up. : )