Strawberry Meet Up

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 $60.00 USD (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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 $55.00 USD (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!

Tall Lilies

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(8x20in on stretched canvas)

The pods have all opened in this bunch so I squeezed one last round out of them on this tall skinny canvas I grabbed at the thrift store this week.  The gallery needs some orange so I think I’ll save this one for that space, but feel free to inquire about purchasing – you might catch it before it makes it to the gallery.

(Trimble Court Artisans, Gallery)

The Mural I’ll be Painting

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As mentioned briefly in the previous post, I’ll be starting the mural this week!  Here are some shots of the space.  Another artist, Todd Kundla, and I collaborated.  He did the sculpture part on the other side and it turned out AWESOME!  Here are some shots of the whole space:

The mural will be in the parking lot on Remington and Olive, I’ll post via Facebook and Instagram (teddiparkerart) when I’ll be out there working – I would love visitors.

Here’s the plans for the mural:

Stocking Up, and some big news!

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

(12x12in on stretched canvas)

I got a new glass bowl at the thrift store last week and thought I’d try another Carol Marine idea.  We only had these neon colored water balloons though, so it made it tricky.  I did have a lot of fun ‘suggesting’ those not-blown-up balloons in the bottom left corner, maybe I should do a small painting with just those?  A nice thing about water balloons is they’ll never go rotten.  I have a few more ideas I’d like to try.

This week might be my last week for personal painting.  I have two fun projects coming up for the city.  The first is a mural that has been in the works for months and is finally getting primed this Friday!

The second is a new restaurant in town has commissioned me and another artist to do some art for their walls!  I was just told the sizes and subjects they want today and one of them is 4 feet by 4 feet!  I’ll have to practice going big again, the mural will help.  ::wink::

I’m excited for both of these, but they will take some time and focus.  I’ll post when I can, but this momma might be pooped by the end of the day.

Water Balloons No.1

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 $50.00 USD (8x8in on canvas panel)

As I was setting up this still life I popped one of the balloons!  I think my studio can handle it, the water fell mostly on a rug… oh well.  I bought some water balloons initially because I was remembering Carol Marine’s water balloon paintings from her blog and wanted to try.  Though, I introduced my 2 year old daughter to them this week and I think my hands will permanently smell like balloons.  So glad she loves them though.

Anyways, the light pastels of the balloons when they’re full threw me off – but I think I captured what I wanted.

Lilies for a Friend

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(11.5inx11.5in on 1in deep repurposed canvas)

The Lilies from yesterday sold so quickly – later that day I ran into a friend of mine who asked me to keep her in mind the next time I do orange lilies because she’d take it.  Orange lilies remind her of her mother who recently passed away.

So how could I not immediately return to the studio and make her one?

 

Consider the Lilies

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SOLD (12x12in on 1in deep repurposed canvas)

I bought these lilies a couple days ago at the grocery store and waited till the began to open up.  Today was the day.  They burst open so brilliantly, but I love painting the closed pods too.  Although, as I’ve said before, my favorite part to paint in a bouquet like this is the negative space.  Look at all those fun shapes – and I just take a giant brush, load it up with paint, and slop it on to create those blurry lines and yummy color blends.

I painted this so fast today I almost want to call it a ‘sketch’ and really study it again tomorrow, but other tasks might take over tomorrow’s precious nap time.

On another note:  I got an update from the city and I can begin painting my mural next week!  Locals > watch out for the walls around the garbage pickup area in the lot on Remington to turn bright orange!  That’s my cue.

Just a Peach

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SOLD (8x8in on canvas panel)

With the babe napping so well these days I went from not wanting to paint this afternoon and sleeping instead – to a quick lie down and then painting a peach!  I was under a little bit of pressure since the lilies I bought to paint next are opening up and looking great, but I wanted to do one more with these peaches before scarfing them down.

Success.

For some reason I struggled a bit more with just the one larger one, versus the two smaller ones from yesterday.  I wanted the brush strokes to show, but also wanted to make sure it looked soft and blurry like a peach.  Have you every tried painting a soft fuzzy fruit?

Now I can eat them.

Minnesota Wildflowers

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(5x5in on wood block)

This is the only painting I did while visiting family where I actually got to use my new plein air easel.  There are glorious wildflowers up at my family’s lake home and my mom loves taking the granddaughters on walks to get bouquets.

Can anyone name any of these?

Colorado Peaches

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SOLD (8x8in on canvas panel)

Back from a 8 day trip to visit family in Minnesota, and first time painting in the studio for over a week!  Past experiences told me I was going to be a little rusty, but the fear lessens more and more each time because now I know my skills will return!

Today wasn’t as smooth and fall-off-the-brush as it felt before our trip, but I’m still pleased with the result.  Peaches have such yummy colors – and then bluey/purple edges to make them look fuzzy.  I hope they last another day so I can try something different tomorrow!

Here’s a mid-progress shot:

Melody Demo

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

My friend and neighbor is also a painter – how lucky am I?  But she’s been in a funk with art lately and needed some inspiration/motivation/excitement to get back into it.  So she joined us for dinner, then we pulled my big comfy chair into my little studio and put a glass of wine in her hand and she watched me paint.  Because sometimes you just need to watch someone else throw paint around for a while.  It was such a fun evening I wish we could do it every week.

 

Siverware Play

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

Wow guys, silverware is tricky.  You got the foreshortening going on, reflections, and bent shadows!  I have a new fun commission I want to prep for and silverware is one of the subjects that came up as possible ideas.  First of all it was hard getting an interesting composition; do I go OCD and nice and lined up, or do I lay them down as if they just ‘fell’ there.  Hard.

Anyways, I like the result today – and will have to explore this subject more.

On another note;  I just packed up my new (thrift store score) plein air painting easel for our trip to Minnesota.  We’ll be on the lake for half the week and I’m hoping to be able to play a little with it while we’re there.  Mmmm, lake scenes.  Not sure if I’ll get a chance to paint again before we leave, so keep your eyes open for some plein air paintings next week!

I got it for $8 guys!  Makes me want to go to the thrift store every day in hopes of finding another one so I can plein air with a friend.

Radishes No.2

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

I don’t often buy radishes, or eat radishes, but I’m trying a new recipe this week and it called for some.  They always look so fun to paint in the grocery store – and I’ve seen some really well done paintings of radishes.  I have painted them once before, let’s see if I got any better;

August 2014

I think so, though I wish I had leaves like this painting on the current bunch!  Mine were pretty wilted today.

Copper Pear No.2

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

Yesterday I took a power nap after the babe went down, but when the alarm went off I could not get out of bed!  Alas, I made sure to make time to paint today – I even squeezed two paintings into nap time this afternoon!

I bought this pear at the grocery store this week to take a little break from flowers.  I always enjoy when the stem of the pear sticks out in the shadow, fun details.  A good simple game in composition today.

Down to Two

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SOLD (12x12in on 1in deep streched canvas)

As these sunflower still lifes progress, I’m not sure why I’m taking out more and more flowers.  Maybe in hopes to simplify?  Saying more by using less?

Anyways, I paired them with the lavender again and filled my pallet with all the purply-blues.  The light made the purple go orangey right in the middle, yum.  And the spiky shadows are still my favorite part to paint.

Growing a little tired of flowers though, I must admit.  Might switch subjects the next time I’m in the studio.

Lion Flowers

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SOLD (12x12in on 1in deep stretched canvas)

While painting this one I felt like I was painting lions looking in different directions.  Maybe I’ve just spend too much time around sunflowers in the studio- but they came to life today.  I’m still having fun with my new background colors I got a few weeks ago – just different sheets of the scrapbooking paper at the craft store.  It was hard not to do the same deep peacock and yummy lavender from yesterday, but I resisted.

I’ve been so blessed to meet some of my local buyers this week and in some instances see where my paintings are going to hang in their new homes!  It is so humbling to be connected to all these people forever.

Deep Thinkers

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SOLD (12x12in on 1in deep stretched canvas)

I’ve been working in such light hues lately I wanted to try some other deeper colors for the backgrounds.  Unfortunately my peonies didn’t make it past the last painting, but I found these sunflowers at the store this week!  Not sure what it is lately, but I can’t get away from painting flowers.  Girly, or just summer settling in?  My favorite part; the purply – speckled shadow under the flowers.

Endless Peonies

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(8x8in on Canvas Panel)

My Instagram post today asks the question, “how many compositions can I find with just these two peonies?”  So far it’s only been 3 but I feel like I’ve been studying these guys for weeks!  I will paint them till they’re too far gone.  Maybe I’ll try a new background color tomorrow.

Here are the other two:

Quick Peony Buds

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For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans. (5x5in on wood)

I only had the gumption to do these little guys tonight.  I have my first shift at the gallery tomorrow and I wanted to bring some back ups with me in case there are any gaps in my display.  Come visit if you’re downtown tomorrow (tuesday the 13th) 10-noon.

 

Proud Peonies

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SOLD (8x8in on canvas panel)

The weather is gorgeous and all my neighbors are outside, but I couldn’t stop thinking about these peonies sitting in the vase in my studio waiting to be studied again.  So after spending all morning with the neighbors, I snuck back during baby’s nap time and re-arranged the set up from yesterday and tried them again.  I just love all these colors!  And hopefully that blue vase behind the flowers is readable – I’ll just say I heavily suggested it. ::wink::

Here’s a couple progress shots:

My Own Peonies

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SOLD (12x12in on 3/4in deep canvas)

Oh. Man. This was fun.  I took a couple days off from painting, but the last two days I was imagining this still life – the copper, the teal and the pink.  Yum.  The bouquets of peonies at Wholefoods were $14!  So I mustered up the courage to cut one of my own off our bush out front, and it delivered!

Snapdragons Again

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

I was re-inspired by an older painting of mine with some snapdragons in the bouquet.  I didn’t quite capture them like last time but still loved these colors!  I’ll have to keep playing.

Here are some white ones too:

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

This summer has been fantastic so far!  My peonies have opened and Fi is loving being outside again.

Quick Peonies

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SOLD (12x12in on 1in deep canvas)

Painting came before chores during nap time today.  Priorities.  Still waiting for inspiration to strike again.  I feel like before all the visitors and traveling I had so many ideas floating around that I was excited about, but now they’re all gone.  Hmph.  No offense to my lovely visitors – we had a blast!  Just waiting to throw paint around so freely again.

In the meantime, I will paint peonies.  Another one of our bushes here is blooming!  I want them in the house, but I’m afraid if I cut them they won’t last as long.  Painting them makes them last forever.

Practicing the Art of Suggestion

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SOLD (5x5in on wood block) More birds for sale at Trimble Court Artisans

Last week of my students coming over for lessons for the summer.  Usually I don’t take breaks from lessons, but there is a lot added to my schedule this summer, so I’m simplifying.

Anyways, as a last lesson my kiddo wanted to paint birds with as few brush strokes as possible.  After being inspired by the birds of Angela Moulton.  We had a blast painting these little guys.  We each finished 3 and were inspired to try more!