Wedding Day -N/A

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Early post this morning as we are going to a wedding later today! I think paintings are a great and personal wedding gift and my husband suggested giving this couple the painting from whatever I do the day of their wedding. How fitting that I’m in a flower phase right now! I really enjoy painting these little glass bottles, the contrast in them (from dark shades to light) is fabulous and fun to paint.

Funny story from this morning; I woke up about an hour and a half before my husband, I’m a morning person : ). Anyways, so I had a quiet time with God, then headed to my art room, set up this composition, mixed the colors, threw it on the canvas. Then I set my palette on the chair behind me, as there’s no more room on my little table of paints next to me. Usually I’m good about remembering that, but I was snapping a photo of this one to post today, and while contemplating the colors in the photo – I mindlessly sat down….hmmm, why does my butt feel cold?  Bah! Maybe my blog should be called the ‘pants-less painter,’ because that’s what I was the rest of the session. ::wink::

Shadow Groove – SOLD

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Guys!  I’m finally going in a direction I like!!  And just when I was about to give up.  This was so fun to paint I actually did it twice, and might even do it again tomorrow.  Something jived here, I was pleased with nearly every stroke I put down, and there was more confidence, and my colors were so yummy….If I do say so myself. ::wink::  My new favorite for sure.

Wish I could keep painting, but the apartment needs some TLC.  Don’t give up! > is the lesson of the day.

Here’s the other:

Teachers Pet

Teachers Pet – SOLD

Count Me Out -N/A

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Semi-overwhelmed today.  Had the inspection on our 1950s future home.  Thankfully there’s no BIG issues, just lots and lots of little ones.  Is that better?

Therefore, not really feeling like rushing to paint a ton today.  I managed to get this one done, trying to swing back to bold and loose.  I like the lime green against the red-purple.

And, it’s crazy hot in our apartment.

Vase and Apple 2

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I need better titles.  Help!  Here’s the painting from this morning.  I have 2 days off this week, how wonderful!  There are a few gift-paintings I’d like to get done with this extra time, being wedding season and all.

About the ‘pie’ dilemma I’ve brought up recently, my dear co-worker told me a cute little parable on the subject of practice-makes-perfect the other day when I was griping about not painting pie well after trying TWICE.  Here’s the short version:  The was once a kingdom, where an artist lived and was becoming very well known about the kingdom for his skill.  So the king sent his men to tell the artist to paint him a picture of a frog.  The artist told the men to return in a years time.  A year passes and the men go to the artist.  The artist says, ‘it’s not ready, come back in another year.’  This happens two more times until the king finally goes to the artist himself.  The artist welcomes the king in, has him sit down, sets up a canvas and proceeds to paint a frog in a matter of minutes.  The king is astonished at how beautiful the painting is, but asks the artist why it took so long.  The artist brings him to a back room and opens the door.  Inside are HUNDREDS of paintings of frogs.

Needless to say I was thankful for the gentle reminder to practice and practice a lot.

 

View into the studio

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Sorry no painting today, I played 3 hours of volleyball instead….it’s that time of year.  Anyways, here’s the set up for tomorrow.  Yes, that’s a picnic basket, stacked on a table, stacked on a chair.  My husband would not be pleased, maybe I’ll get an adjustable table out of the deal.  He’s crafty like that.  Looking forward to painting this new pitcher tomorrow.  Stay tuned.

New Glass

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So, I’ve kind of changed my mind as to what I’m going to submit to paint on the cabinet.  Apologies for no ’round 3′ picture today, but here’s a still life of some new glass pieces I found at the thrift store!  Loved the colors and painting all the reflections.  I thought about rounding off and softening that really sharp edge of dark purple on the top left, but then decided I liked the sharp contrast among all the soft edges near by.  Since I use mostly re-cycled house paint, I tend to rely to heavily on the colors as they already are.  But this is the first painting in a long time that I actually like the composition and how the colors came out. (I did mix them of course).

Back to the Cabinet deal, I think I’m going with: the Breakfast theme, the idea of piles of shoes (an idea I’ve done in a previous painting- see the “stil life” tab to the left), and potentially sketch up a shot I got of flamingos from the Zoo.  They’ve asked for busy, high-contrast images to help keep the desire to tag the boxes with grafiti.  Since I didn’t enjoy painting the pie, as perfect as it would be for behind Perkins, I think I’ll give them 3 very different options and run with whatever they decide.  Here’s a sketch of the flamingos, cool pattern it makes huh?

Flamingos

Slice of Pie N/A

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The second in the Perkins transformer cabinet themes, a slice of pie.  This one was rather frustrating, and I’m still not excited about it, but hey, I have to submit something!  I actually did a full, latticed-topped pie as the first go-around, but I was really not pleased with the result of that one.  Who knew pie would be so hard to paint.  Unfortunately, a bad painting session makes me a crabby girl, so I have some apologizing to do to my man.

Funny story though, every time I think of cherry pie I’m reminded of the time my family all packed up in the camper and drove through Door County Wisconsin.  Cherry Land.  We loaded up on cherries and mom was so excited to make us a pie from scratch.  So excited she forgot to de-PIT the cherries first, but of course no one realized this until the first bite.  Sorry mom, still yummy though!  She’s a god sport about it now.

Breakfast -SOLD

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Sorry no post yesterday!  But I have exciting news, we are under contract for the house we found Thursday!!  So our heads have been spinning with ideas and signatures and such.  Anyways, here’s a painting from one of the sketches for the Transformer Cabinet project.  I have to submit 3 ideas, or “themes,” to the board and then they’ll choose one and I’ll get to fill in the whole box (every side) with that theme and get approved before I begin painting the actual cabinet.

So here’s one of three to come.  Since I’m behind the Perkins there I thought breakfast would be fun to portray, and, since I’m known for painting food – and love to do it – I thought this would be perfect!  The fork could look a bit more relaxed, but hey – you get the general ‘theme.’  Enjoy : )

Art in Public Places

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Just announcing the location of the Transformer Cabinet I will be painting this summer!:  Located behind the Perkins on College and Olive in Old Town.  I’ll let you know my schedule so you can watch the progress and even come chat with me. I was originally terrified of the idea of people watching me while I paint, but I think I’ll enjoy the familiar faces.

Here’s a pic.  Also, click here to see past boxes.

Behind Perkins

Banana Stew

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Today was exciting! I didn’t think I’d have time to paint, as we are in the midst of house-hunting/buying right now, and found one we are hoping to put an offer on, yay!  AND, I had to coax myself a little to get in the mood.  I have been fearing a feeling like this.  So, when the husband went off to his studio (recording) I dashed to the guest bedroom, a.k.a. my studio, and whipped out a still life I set up yesterday.

Still trying to figure out how all the composition rules (the useful knowledge my gracious pen-pal mentor is bestowing upon me) apply to everything I see.  After too much post-editing with the yellows I see now that it all became nearly the same yellow.  Whoops.  As usual, I will take any constructive help on this.

Off to my Transformer Cabinet painting meeting, hopefully I can post some exciting news about this tomorrow.

Fancy Pinecone

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My joy for painting has returned, or at least the fear of failing has gone.  Same thing?  While painting this one this morning I received word that I sold two paintings, how’s that for an encouraging art day.  Thanks Jesus.  He never lets me go too long without feeling encouraged.

Anyways, found this pinecone outside while taking the dog out, loved the shapes.  The fabric is a table cloth from Goodwill, I’m kind of obsessed with paisley.

I have a meeting with the a woman from the City of Fort Collins about painting one of the Transformer Cabinets in town tomorrow night, it’s finally getting started!  Hopefully I’ll find out where in town I get to paint, that’ll help me decide what to put on it, if I have any say that is.

Here’s the painting I promised yesterday, felt like summer in Fort Collins.  Early attempt at a “landscape” type painting with the bold and loose.  I wish acrylics smeared and smudged like oils do.  But I think it was a good attempt.  Happy painting!

Smoothie Time

Smoothie Time

Groovy Tomatoes

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Today I really tried to be bold and loose with my brush strokes, the style I’ve been trying to teach myself, it’s a lot harder than it looks.  The pros make it look so easy, but each stroke is thoughtfully placed.  Something felt better today, I kept repeating to tell myself, “I like doing this, remember,” as I was painting.  That seemed to slow me down and not worry about what it will look like. : )

It did take a few layers of reds to get the tomatoes to pop like they do when I look at them.  And I really tried to focus on the shadows on the printed fabric.  I actually used this fabric in another piece (see picture below) where I stitched an image with yarn as the medium.  It’s fun to be creative.  Anyways, feeling more optimistic about painting again.  I’ve started one for tomorrow too, but you’ll have to wait and see!

Red Onions

Red Onions | Yarn Stitched on Fabric | 16x20in | $50

$50 USD

Can I Play?

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I painted this a few days ago but never posted it.  Thought it looked like a cherry-party in the glass and the apple wanted in.

Caribe Peppers n/a

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I really tested the code knowledge of the cashier girl with these at the grocery store today.  Hah, I wonder if anyone else bought these to actually eat. : ).  Anyways, another bold and loose attempt.  I should really start with a warm up so I can be freer with my strokes.  I still find myself worried about the outcome instead of enjoying the process….some day it will click.  I’m told after every rut comes a break through, here’s to waiting patiently!

Here’s another one I whipped out today.  Guess what T.V. show we’ve been watching. ::wink::  I just love her hair!

Zoe

Zoe

 

Everything Red

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I wanted to do some more with cherries before they went bad.  I’ve noticed that I’ve been practicing the “rule” of saturation a lot lately so this was my attempt to combat that.  RED!  I’m glad this one worked, I still cross my fingers before each painting.  Between yesterday and today I feel like I’m at 50%, which is a good learning experience….and humbling.

For example, I got some really great shots of Hallie lounging in the sunbeams Saturday morning.  But this just turned out boring.  Any suggestions?

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Potted Garden

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Went to Bath garden and nursery today with the Husband.  Stopped by to see our friends’ new food truck, and also to take photos of plants.  I figure that way I don’t have to fill my apartment with tons of plants…$$$…I can just enjoy setting up compositions at home.  Hopefully there’s no rule against that?

Here’s my hubby at the food truck:

The Silver Seed

I don’t know how I feel about it, but I’m hoping someone will enjoy how it turned out.

I also painted this yesterday (12x12in) and prefer it greatly.

Pick Me | Acrylic on Canvas Panel |12x12in | $40

Pick Me | Acrylic on Canvas Panel | 12x12in | Sold

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Homage to Carol Marine

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Carol Marine….my inspiration for beginning my own Daily Paintings journey.  I really appreciate her humaness- she’s not afraid to say it took her 5 tries to get an image right, or that she’s had a few bad days of painting in a row.  I can really relate, as I’m sure we all can to that.  Sigh.  Anyways, Carol if you see this, thank you!

Here’s her original image:

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(Image not used by permission. Please don’t sue me ::smile::)

Cherry Squares -SOLD

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I did this this morning as a warm up.  It’s part of the Daily Paintworks Challenges.  You divide your canvas into 4 (or more) and you get 10 minutes a square to paint the object of your choice.  Each square in a different light, or pose, or something.  It was actually more fun than I thought.  I get into a trans when painting sometimes and don’t realize what I’ve done till I stop at the end and step back.  This is one of those trans times.

Red Delicious

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Apples are fun to paint.  Sometime I get overwhelmed with all the possibilities of compositions you can do with 1 apple.  Alas, I wish I had more time in a day.

Three Little Cherries

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Ran to the Goodwill today to get some supplies for making new compositions.  I found this fabric (a pillow case actually, let’s be real) and LOVED the colors and the pattern, though, in the next one I do with this fabric I’m going to do it better, I think I rushed it here

…and an apple. Let’s not forget about him.

Apple and Glass 1

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We have really funky glasses we’ve been collecting from thrift stores since we’ve been married.  Challenging to paint, but fun challenging.  I did another version of this one to try out a different color scheme.  Which do you prefer?

Apple and Glass 2

Apple and Glass 2

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Favorite Branch

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Round 2.  Feel a little better about this one.  I definitely am pushing myself towards the “big and chunky” as I call it.  It’s much more fun and free, but so not natural at this point.  I love how other artists (like friend Scott Freeman) can communicate so much of an object just by inferring with a few brush strokes….this is my goal with my daily painting.

First Attempt

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My very first of the daily painting series. Inspired by the DailyPainters website, I now venture into new territory.

(my husband wrote this when getting this site up and running… I like it.)

Although I’ll add, it was a rough beginning. Stay tuned.