Sunshine in the Winter

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(8x8in on canvas panel)  SOLD

I had these sunflowers left over from a commission for Christmas, and they turned out so creamy and delicious for the commission I wanted to try them again.

I brought over the last of my stash for the local gallery and ended up selling this guy today!  Fresh off the easel.  Enjoy!

Holiday Berry Minis

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(5x5in on wood block)

I also did a couple of these berry minis.  Each year I pull them out with my holiday decorations and get re-inspired to paint them.  I especially enjoy the swipes of wet paint that get pulled around.  I’m usually drawn to circles, branches and negative space – which I find in lots of the dried up bushes this time of year.

These will also be for sale at Trimble Court in Old Town Fort Collins.

Wrapping Day No.2

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(8x8in on canvas panel)  For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans in Fort Collins, CO.

My husband and I were looking through all the holiday paintings on my DailyPaintworks gallery and deciding our favorites.  My favorite was the other striped wrapping paper and ornament one, so with my painting time today I tried another.  I really have fun with the pattern reflection challenges, I love the drastic distortions.

Need a challenge to trust your eye?  Try stripes reflected on a round surface.  Paint what you see, and not what you think you see. ::wink::

Holiday Commission

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(16x20in on stretched canvas)

Finishing up the last of the holiday commissions this week!  I didnt’ take on too many this year, but I can never say no to family and friends ::smile::  Check out this cool progression:

Holiday Minis

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(5x5in on wood block)

I did them all during the same nap time, but challenged myself with 4 different bulb colors!  These are so fun to make.  I’m keeping these for myself to give out as gifts, that’s allowed right?

Royal Holiday

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(8x8in on canvas panel)  For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans in Fort Collins, CO.

Don’t the colors purple, gold and white just feel royal?  I was hesitant to use white as the ground color in fear that the painting would feel colorless – but I tend to emphasize the colors when I paint white things, and I was seeing so many colors in this white.  I used a size 10 flathead the whole time (minus the reflection details) but I feel like that helped me to stay really loose here.  This is one of those paintings I wish I could keep for myself.

Here are some progress shots because it was so fun watching this come together:

Ornament Sandwhich

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(8x8in on canvas panel) For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans in Fort Collins, CO.

I’ve been playing with the idea of doing ornaments in a line on the horizon, so I set it up for our art lesson today.  My young student thought we should pull one forward a little to make it more interesting – so I didn’t get my full dream, but I think it turned out pretty good.  Her’s is looking awesome too!  I’ll have to take a picture when she’s finished next week.

Christmas Thinker

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(8x8in on canvas panel)  Find this guy at Trimble Court Artisans in Fort Collins, CO.

Thank you for all the local support!  The gallery has some major gaps and I’m working on filling them back up.  I tried a new character in the ornament scenes with this angel figure.  I’ve painted him before and I love painting white things, though he’s always a challenge.

Under the Mistletoe

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(8x8in on canvas panel) $85USD

We went on a hunt for a Christmas tree this morning with our neighbor friends.  While out searching, my neighbor picked up this sweet little branch with a berry on it and I was inspired!  So today during nap time I painted a mistletoe mini, and then this guy.  I love painting berries at Christmas time, picking up all the subtle highlights and low lights and then making them look like balls with all those colors in them!

(5x5in on wood board) $40USD

And here’s my favorite picture of the day>

Winter Tulips

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(8x10in on canvas panel) $90USD

Oh man guys, this third trimester is finally setting in and I’m choosing naps over painting more and more.  But yesterday I just wanted to paint SOMETHING.  My tulip bouquet was beginning to wilt and I wanted to paint them once more before they die for good, but I couldn’t get anything to work.  After breaking another head off I gave up and grabbed the little pitcher from the day before and used him again.  Plus an ornament, ’cause why not.

Second Day Tulips

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(8x8in on canvas panel) For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans in Fort Collins, CO.

Had a friend join me in the studio for painting today – last time she came I did holiday ornaments so today I thought I’d pull the tulips out again.  I haven’t painted this white vase for a LONG time so I was a bit nervous to throw it in the still life today.  Painting white things is actually so fun, watching it grow and seeing all the colors I find in it that make it read ‘white’.  And that yummy yellow background, I really enjoyed painting this today.

A New Addition

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(8x8in on canvas panel) For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans in Fort Collins, CO.

I bought these glass ornaments to craft with my daughter for Christmas, and while making them yesterday I thought – ‘I could add this to a still life!’ So I saved one and tried it out today.  I love how it adds another circle and another dimension with it’s clarity.

I also did some christmas light minis yesterday as an art lesson.

These paintings are available today but if they’re still in my studio by Friday I’m bringing them to Trimble Court Artisans to fill space for First Friday that evening.  Enjoy!

 

Tulips in November

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(8x8in on canvas panel)  For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans in Fort Collins, CO.

Another brief break from the holiday paintings – I couldn’t resist these tulips at the grocery store today.  I love painting tulips in all phases; not open, blooming strong, and wilting.  Let’s see if I can manage to get a couple more of these guys painted this week among all the Christmas baubles.

 

Holiday Paintings are Available!

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Setting up the holiday show at Trimble Court early tomorrow morning! (Nov. 24th)  Go check them out.

More to come.

I also made the ones I replaced from the gallery available again, so look for those on the DailyPaintworks gallery too.

Happy Gatherings

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(8x8in on canvas panel) For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans for the holidays.

I’m seriously considering just painting these Christmas themes all year – Christmas in July as a friend called it today.  There are endless possibilities for these lovely circles across the canvas, I love painting circles.

A local artist friend came over and took home both of my paintings with the ornament/lightbulb combo, so I thought I would work on some more of those until I bring the collection to the gallery Thursday.  I am humbled by all your compliments and social media support about this collection, thank you all!

More Holiday Minis

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(5x5in on wood block) For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans for the holidays.

It’s finally here!  I’ll be bringing the whole collection to Trimble Court later this week – look for them after Thanksgiving.

I whipped up a few more minis – because I kept one for myself – and these guys go so quick at the gallery.  I really enjoy staying extra loose and bold with these small ones.  And I’m so drawn to the light blue / turquoise color combo.  But maybe for the next batch I’ll try something different.

This pine branch one was something I threw out at the end since my kiddo had just fallen asleep, but I think I might explore it more on a larger scale if I still feel like it tomorrow.

Pinecone Compromise

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(8x8in on canvas panel) On hold for the holiday show at Trimble Court Artisans in Fort Collins, CO.

I didn’t have as much fun with the pinecones so I did this little compromise painting – and added an ornament. ::smile::  The colors are more yummy in person, the sun went down by the time I snapped a picture of this one.  I just love these silver bulbs on this light blue paper.

 

Winter Pine

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(8x8in on canvas panel)  On Hold for a holiday show at Trimble Court Artisans in Fort Collins, CO.

I was thinking about taking a break from ornaments and trying some pine-themed paintings, turns out they’re not as easy!  I had one scrapper before I got this guy – I think I can re-work the earlier one a little and find a good thing, but since nap time is so precious I moved onto something else quickly.

Don’t Flake On Me

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(11.5×11.5in on 1in deep stretched canvas)  On Hold for now.

This is the other wrapping paper I snagged the other day, I love snowflake patterns.  In fact, for Christmas I cut out loads of paper snowflakes and fill all the windows in my home…no joke.  Anyways, this was another joy to paint.  While I still might do a couple minis of the ornament series, I think I’m going to take a break for now and move onto some pine-themed paintings.  Give me a few days, maybe I’ll do some more and make them available to the public. ::smile::

Wrapping Day

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(8x8in on canvas panel) On hold for now.

I bought some simple patterned wrapping paper to play with in reflections.  Man did my brain get a good exercise in trusting my eye and not just painting what I think it should look like.  It’s a great thing to practice, especially for reflections.

I’m hoping to bring a stash of holiday paintings to the gallery next week, so whatever doesn’t fit I’ll put for sale on my DailyPaintworks gallery site.  Stay tuned, and thanks for your patience!

I really had to trust my eye here, hoping it would make sense once I painted the stripes on the ground.  So. Fun.

Copper and Fall Fruit

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(8x8in on canvas panel)  To purchase go to my DailyPaintworks gallery. 

A minor break from the Christmas ornaments tonight, but don’t worry, I’ll be back at them tomorrow!  I have some new items to include in the next couple still lifes, get excited.

I bought this pomegranate and persimmon at the grocery store this week because I’ve been admiring other artists’ paintings of these items lately and wanted to try one myself.  I’ve never painted a persimmon before but the oranges next to the yummy red-purples of the pomegranate made this palette a delight to work with.

Muted Holidays

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(8x8in on canvas panel)  SOLD

I’m so glad these ornaments are still turning out – after this many I was fearful that I would start getting bored and that boredom would reflect in my paintings.  Phew!  Not the case.  I love how this one turned out so ‘muted’ feeling and less sparkly-Christmas feeling.  A nice addition to the collection.

I apologize that none of these holiday paintings are available yet!  Once I get a few more and can make sure the galleries are stocked for the holidays I will post what’s left!  I did buy a couple items at the grocery story today in case I need a break from the Christmas themes lately, so keep your eyes out for that.

Holiday Bulbs

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Check it out at Art Resources Gallery in Minneapolis, MN. (8x8in on canvas panel)

Trying to mix it up and give my eyes a break from the ornaments, though I’m still not tired of painting them yet.  I actually picked up some fun wrapping papers to use in the reflections.  Get excited.

Anyways, both my kiddo and hubby were sick Sunday.  So after putting them both down for naps I sat down and cranked out this guy.  I like that feeling of everything quiet in the house – good focus time.

Find My Art in Minneapolis

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Some exciting news > today I’m preparing some art to ship it to a gallery I’ve recently partnered with.  You can now find my art at Art Resources Gallery in Minneapolis and Edina, Minnesota.  My whole family still lives in Minnesota and I got a chance to visit this beautiful space when I was in town a couple weeks ago.  I am excited to start this new adventure with them.

Holiday Minis

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(5x5in on wood block) Catch them at Trimble Court Artisans next month!

Oh man, I expect these to go fast and I’m excited to crank a bunch out.  Here are two silver guys – not necessarily meant to be sold together, but I thought it would be cute if they have reflections of each other in them.

Christmas Ambush

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On hold for Trimble Court Artisans in Fort Collins, CO. (11.5inx11.5in on repurposed stretched canvas)

Another dramatic nap time for my kiddo, but once she was downt I had time to try something larger.  I loved how the silver bulb turned out the other day so I featured those guys, plus a gold one, so the lightbulb isn’t totally outnumbered.

Also, I was thinking I would just do a simple grey ground, but once I got there it felt boring….so I added the polka dots.  ::smile::

right?