Sunflowers From Nancy

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 $135.00 USD (10x20in on repurposed stretched canvas)

My mother in law brought me some fresh sunflowers yesterday!  We’ve been teaching my 2 year old everybody’s name lately, so when she walked in my daughter says, “it’s Nancy!”  I cracked up, and now can’t think of anything else to call this.

I invited a friend over to paint giant bouquets with me (our shared favorite subject) this week; maybe I was doing a little practice for that.

Pink Copper Pumpkin

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SOLD (8x8in on canvas panel)

I had one more request for the copper and pumpkin – and I’m okay with that.  These subjects have been so much fun to paint!  My mother in law dropped off a large bouquet of sunflowers today though so I might have to shift gears and do those next!  Maybe if I start complaining about my lack of apple pie in the house someone will drop that off next…..maybe. ::wink::

Tricycle Shadows

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Tricycle Shadows (5x5in on wood block)

My friend L came over today in need of some inspiration and re-excitement about painting.  I’m glad people reach out in times like this, apathy as an artist is a scary emotion.  Anyways, she brought her plein aire easel over and we set up in my front yard ( I had to stay in baby monitor range after all) but luckily we found some good compositions to paint there.

We did my daughter’s trike for a warm up, then switched over to my neighbor’s colorful trees and swing.  Overall, lots of encouragement and excitement happened.

 $60.00 USD (8x8in on canvas panel)

Copper Harvest

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SOLD (8x8in on canvas panel)

I got a request for copper, pumpkin, and sunflowers among all my fall paintings this week.  But my sunflowers are biting the dust….so I did them anyways, and I think it works.

Fall Colors

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

For an art lesson today I told my friend we would be painting the Fall colors this week hoping we could look out the window at the neighbors trees and do sort of a landscape.  But on my walk to the library today my daughter and I collected all these vibrant leaves on the sidewalk, so we made a still life instead.  It turned out better than I thought it would, though I think I’ll try again on a more neutral background next time.  I especially love the glowy shadows under each leaf.

Pumpkin Patterns

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 $65.00 USD (8x8in on canvas panel)

Hmm, the background is a little greener, but with the snowy day I couldn’t quite get a good picture of it.

Anyhow, the last few days have been gloriously Fall-like.  We just have a bizzare snow shower happening today.  My kitchen is currently full of buckets of the last of the garden’s harvest – which include 3 large pumpkins!  The pumpkin in the painting is the last one my daughter picked out at the grocery store around the corner and I wanted to make sure he got his spot on a canvas too.

There’s a snowman in my front yard and I’m resisting the urge to put on Christmas music and paint wintery things….it is still October after all.

First Fall Sunflowers

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

I’ve had my mom in town again, and while she is a very easy and gloriously helpful visitor I still don’t sit down to paint while she’s here.  But today I did – my soul just needed to.  I did these sunflowers a couple days ago but it didn’t turn out.  Sometimes that happens.  So I tried again today and learned from the last one and I think this turned out better.  I also had time to throw out a mini from the same still life.  I probably should have done the mini first to loosen me up…..alas.

For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans in Fort Collins, CO.

(5x5in on wood block)

Fall Minis

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(5x5in on wood block)

Finished up some quick mini paintings to round out the Fall collection at Trimble Court Artisans.  Everything is hung and ready to go.  If you’re a local go check out the new paintings.

Pumpkin Vanity

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For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans in October, 2017. (11.5×11.5in on 1in deep stretched canvas)

I was itching to paint these pumpkins and metal again, but thought you all might be tired of seeing my same still life objects, so I pulled this tea kettle down and dusted it off and let him have an appearance for once.  Then there was this big awkward space to the right of him – but my Fall set up on the fireplace mantle helped here.  I couldn’t resist these fun mustard balls at Hobby Lobby, glad they got painted too.  Their funky shapes made for great shadows too.

This probably concludes my fall assortment for the gallery here in town, but next I get to put some pieces together for the gift shop at the Fort Collins Museum of Art, so stay tuned.

Pumpkin Play

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For sale at Trimble Court Artisans in Fort Collins, CO (8x8in on stretched canvas)

Nap time came today and I poured myself a cup of tea and thought I would just sit and enjoy the rainy weather.  But then I thought about the cute little pumpkins my daughter has been collecting and I got all inspired and excited – and when that happens, you obey the call.

This was so much fun!  I love how soft and glowey it turned out.  And that purple that jumps around the canvas.  Mmmm.

Commission Day

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(8x10in on stretched canvas)

The weight of my list of commissions was piling up on me and causing me to not enjoy painting for fun…so I had to check a couple off this week.

This is a family friend and her dog who recently passed away.  I don’t agree to many commissions these days but when someone asks for a memory to be captured forever I usually cave.  Anyways, this one was a joy to paint – phew!  I tried to stay loose and chunky, and luckily with this figure I didn’t have to fuss too much.  Sometimes with faces and skin tones I end up playing and layering too much, but this gal had great shapes and yummy colors.  I simplified the background, as usual, but they were sitting on this warm hard wood floor that I was afraid to change too much.  So I keep similar coloring, even though the dog was very close in color, but I lightened up the dog a bit so she wouldn’t disappear into the floor.

 

Odd Man Out

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For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans in October 2017. (10x10in)

Every time I take my daughter to the grocery store lately I let her pick out a “baby” pumpkin.  She loves it, and I know I’ll get to put it in a still life later.

This composition was inspired by Carol Marine.  I love how that orange bounces around in the glass.

I’m feeling the pressure of some commissions piling up, so I might have to take a break and take care of some of those – it’ll clear my mind so I can enjoy painting things for you all again.

Apple Pie And Corn On The Cob

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For Sale at Trimble Court in October 2017. (8x8in on canvas panel)

Doesn’t this just embody Autumn?  Harvest.  I’m still building up a Fall collection for the gallery starting next month.  Corn on the cob is hard to paint!  This is round two for me and I still struggled.  I love all the shapes the husk makes and how it casts the shadows too, that’s my jam in a painting.

Soft Coneflowers

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SOLD (8x8in on canvas panel)

Guys.  I have two babies down for naps and I took the risk of painting, but I finished one!  Horray for painting quickly and loosely and thank you Jesus for the grace.

Anyways, I was in a hurry and Pixabay searched “harvest” to find this reference photo.  My goal was to keep it loose and play with soft and hard edges to keep things “in and out of focus.”  I’ve tried this sort of photo-like challenge before and failed, but today I feel like I gained a little ground in that battle.  And.  I love coneflowers in the fall.

Copper and Pumpkin

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For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans in October (8x8in on canvas panel)

Continuing with the fall themes – my daughter loves all things baby and when we saw these ‘baby’ pumpkins at the grocery store we of course had to have one.  And for $0.69 I might just go back for a bucket of them. Anyways, I told her we could paint it but I wanted to paint (a picture of) it first.  Together with my trusty copper pitcher it was a joy to paint and the colors I mixed were lovely together!  If-I-say-so-myself.  I guess when I grabbed a white pumpkin, a dark orange copper pitcher, and a blue piece of paper I didn’t immediately know I’d be mixing mossy greens, purply-teals, and glowy oranges.  So. Cool.

Also, for being a white pumpkin, I used surprisingly little white paint.  Here’s proof.

Late Summer Sedum

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For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans in Fort Collins, CO (16x16in on stretched canvas)

This bush called to me again.  Each season it just gets better and better.  I probably should have started with something small as I just took a few days break while my mom visited; but one – I didn’t have any more 8x8s and two- still lifes just weren’t speaking to me today.

Check out my last four seasons here.

Bought More Bulbs

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 $95.00 USD (10x10in on canvas panel)

Picked up some more of these fabulous clear light bulbs yesterday and snuck away during nap time.  My mom is visiting this weekend and graciously gave me a chance to paint between baking projects and crafts.

I’m working on restocking some inventory with some fall themes, but these lightbulbs just called to me.  I had to remind myself a couple times with this painting to stay loose and keep the brush strokes confident.  Some things I wanted to improve on from the lightbulb painting from the other day.  I really like the shapes the bulbs make as they stretch across the canvas – something I always appreciate when painting glass.

Lightbulb Pair

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

I was so excited about this still life set up, but when it came to painting I really struggled through!  I was striving for the effortless, bold-and-loose brush strokes, but I think I ended up playing with the shapes too much.  I’m still pleased, but I might have to try again tomorrow.

Here are some progress shots:

 

Treasured Pinecone

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For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans in October, 2017 (8x8in on canvas panel)

My daughter has been collecting pinecones on our walks lately – I need to remember to bring a bucket for her.  She piles them in the backyard when we get home and then play with them, assigning them Dada, Mama and Baby pinecone as she plays.  I thought a pinecone would be a good start to September.

Tonight is First Friday!  I will be at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins for the opening reception of Find Yourself(ie) – stop by if you’re out and about.  6-8pm.  If you need another stop on your gallery walk, the Community Creative Center at Carnegie Hall (near the Library) has a wonderful new exhibit of local artist Barbara McCulloch.  Check it out!

Tomato Day

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For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans in October, 2017 (8x8in on canvas panel)

I began nap time by making some marinara since our tomato haul from the garden was filling up all our buckets.  The smell of simmering tomatoes was a nice addition to my tomato still life today.  The big guy in the middle never even landed in the kitchen – as soon as I picked him I knew he had to be the star of a still life.

Reds are hard to capture.  I got a little fussy with this one, so I might play with them again soon.

 

Fall Abstract

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SOLD (8x8in on canvas panel)

This was so much fun.  I had another photo picked out for today – in another unexpected chance to paint – but I couldn’t get excited about it.  So I searched Pixabay quickly for some fall foliage pictures.  This one was mostly blurry branches but I loved all the colors in it.  I have more plans for this photo reference in the future.  Get excited.

Completed Mural

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Yesterday my husband and I celebrated our anniversary and my goal was to finish all three of my projects I had this month before our celebration so I wouldn’t be distracted.

I did it!

Here is the final look of the mural, minus a few touch ups I’m sure I will have to do.

Find Yourself(ie)

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I put the mural on hold to work on another project the City asked me to participate in > the Find Yourself(ie) show at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins.  The gist is, local artists are painting interactive backdrops for people to take selfies in front of.  It sounded fun right away but the fact that they’re 9 foot x 9 foot backdrops intimidated me, especially considering the other projects I had this month.  Alas, I was convinced, and I’m glad I did because I finished mine yesterday!

I love brushstrokes, this was my favorite part.

After day 1.

 

The show opens September 1st with a reception from 6-8pm, be there to be the first ones with unique selfies!  The show will go the whole month of September if you can’t make it to first Friday.

2 projects done, 1 to go!

Strawberry Meet Up

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

My schedule got shifted around a little today and I ended up with some time to be in my own studio during nap time!  It’s been a couple weeks since I have painted small so it felt good to use such little paint – hah!

And my daughter walked out and saw the painting after her nap and said, “oh, nummy!”  So there’s that.

Taking a Break from the Mural

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Here’s the latest update on this year’s mural progress; I’m taking a couple week break to work on another project for the city that is due the end of this month > check out the Find Yourself(ie) show at the Lincoln Center starting September 1st.

Another little helper was with me last week.  Thanks G!

What a Crab

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SOLD (8x8in on canvas panel)

Um, this describes my attitude today.  Because my month is so busy with art again I get a schedule I ‘need’ to keep in my head, and if my daughter’s naps don’t line up with it I lose it.  I have some repenting to do when she wakes up today.

Nevertheless, I painted this guy while she slept this afternoon.  And I’ve been singing “shiny” from Moana in my head since I started painting.

More Mural Progress

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I’m covering some major ground these days!  I was excited to get some of these clouds in because before it was a red pheonix on the orange background color – didn’t pop and the public must have been wondering what the heck I was doing.

Really pleased with the results after last night’s work.

I was also talked into participating in the upcoming show at the Lincoln Center – Find Your(selfie) – artists will paint 9foot by 9foot backdrops with scenery that will allow brilliant selfie taking.  I originally thought I wouldn’t be able to do it since I have so many big projects already this month, but alas, I guess I’m squeezing it in!  Wish me luck.  Come check that show out the month of September in the gallery at the Lincoln Center, or the opening reception First Friday September 1st 5-7pm.

Giant Space Chicken

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(4ftx4ft on gallery stretched canvas)

I have to admit, I never thought this would be the title of one of my paintings.  Ha!  I’m glad I practiced this one before the large guy because this project just fell off my brush – I had to go ask my husband if it looked okay because it was so easy I thought surely I did something wrong.

If you’re a local you can check this guy out in person in the new restaurant taking the place of Enzio’s downtown at the end of the month.  Local artists Allie Ogg will also have some of her art there as well, what a treat!

Mural Progress

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As mentioned in previous posts I’m working with the Art in Public Places program on this mural in downtown Fort Collins.  So far I have visited 3 times and got lots done!  Here are some progress shots:

Initial sketches

 

Day 2:

Day 3:

Close Up shot: (plus, I think if you click on any image it should zoom in….I hope)

 

I’m having a blast working on this, and Jesus has given me some really great weather and execution help.

 

Enjoy!