186 Silverware Romance

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This is just fun.  Waiting for ideas for real paintings : ).  Do something that gets your creative juices flowing.  Here’s one thing; he color scheme for this one came from a paper towel I saved after wiping off paint from a palette from another project.  The colors and patterns were so cool > the zig zag here was based on the pattern of the paper towel print showing through.

185 Retro Homemaker

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My husband and I were up in Steamboat Springs for the weekend, and I just had to draw something.  You know that feeling?  I’ve had on my mind a few paintings I’ve seen on the DailyPaintworks site where artists did household items in sort of a spacial-retro way and I wanted to give it a try.  So I asked if there was an iron in the closet, and set it up and did a little sketch for painting prep for the upcoming week.  The sketch turned out pretty cool so I painted it today.  I might still play with it, but here it is.

Click this image to see it larger.

Retro Homemaker | Acrylic on Stretched Canvas | 12x36in | $130

Retro Homemaker | Acrylic on Stretched Canvas | 12x36in | $130

184 SunKissed

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Can you tell it’s a sunny day here?   Inspired by summer.  I wasn’t feeling super inspired to paint anything in particular today, then realized I’ve been really enjoying the drawing times with the kiddos lately.  So I drew some fun summer things and ended up with an image I liked > so I painted it.

doodle time

doodle time

I have a show coming up at Mugs Coffee Lounge, campus location, this May and June.  With the nice weather coming I think I’ll do a spring/summer theme.  Keep your eyes peeled.

183 Bloom of Jellyfish

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Not sure where this idea came from.  I bought another canvas like the Flamingo one I did last week because the size was so fun, and thought a long, stringy jellyfish would look cool on this length.  I think the two jellyfish at the top are my favorite, the dark purple against the light blue.  Maybe I’ll do another of just that section.

Bloom of Jellyfish | Acrylic on Stretched Canvas | 12x36in | $130

Bloom of Jellyfish | Acrylic on Stretched Canvas | 12x36in | SOLD

182 Portrait for the Cabin

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Commission

My parents asked for this painting forever ago, and since they’re coming to visit in two weeks the motivation happened. : ).  Our family has a cabin on the lake up north in Minnesota, as do most Minnesotans.  My grandparents used to live there but now my family has taken it over – so I guess this is a tribute for them.

181 Backyard Blossoms

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(12x24in on Masonite)

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I am way happier with this version of the cherry blossoms, just goes to show, having the object right in front of me versus a picture does give it more life!  Maybe just with flowers.  And look at me using all those pinks, it could be influenced by all the pink that’s showing up to our house lately for baby girl.  It’s good for me.

Backyard Blossoms | Acrylic on Masonite | 12x24in | $85

Backyard Blossoms | Acrylic on Masonite | 12x24in | $85

180 Flamboyance of Flamingos

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That’s right.  A group of flamingos are called a “flamboyance,” how great is that!?  There was so much demand for more flamingo paintings since the last one, I actually had plans to doodle on top of this one, but I kind of like it the way it is.  I love the greens here.  To get the right variety of birds I used 3 different images from the Morguefile website.  Here’s a close up for the brush strokes:

detail shot

detail shot

And here’s the full shot again, I know the full paintings doesn’t fit in the whole screen on the computer so maybe this helps see the composition:

Flamboyance of Flamingos | Acrylic on Stretched Canvas | 12x36in | $130

Flamboyance of Flamingos | Acrylic on Stretched Canvas | 12x36in | $130

 

179 Signs of Spring

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Found this photo on the Morguefile website and thought I’d paint it for this weeks DailyPaintworks challenge.  We have a crab apple tree in our yard that has bright pink flowers blooming right now, just about the only color in our yard so we’re very grateful.  I didn’t have as much fun with this one as I did with the sunflower one last week, but oh well, they can’t all be as easy. I do like the purple-browns in this painting though, makes the little bit of yellow really pop.  Maybe I’ll take my own photos from our tree and try again.

It counts

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Didn’t paint in the studio today, but I did get outside and start painting our house!  I’m counting it.  I’m excited to one day tell our baby girl that I painted the house while I was pregnant with her.  (third trimester people!)  Phew!

I am well on my way to being able to say I’ve painted EVERY surface of this house. ::wink::

Reflecting upon the year of daily painting…

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I was looking over at my ‘archive’ list of months to click and see what I painted that month, and noticed it will be a whole YEAR since I took on this daily painting challenge.  I’ve never done anything that long!  I’m thinking another give-away is in order.  Keep an eye out towards the end of the month and you might just get my one year progress daily painting.

Here’s a fun flashback from my first daily painting, to just the other day’s:

First Attempt  -SOLD

First Attempt -SOLD

May 2014  – first daily painting

 

178  Happy As A Sunflower | Acrylic on Masonite | 12x24in | $85

178 Happy As A Sunflower | Acrylic on Masonite | 12x24in | $85

April 2015 – most recent daily painting.  Yay for improvement!  Everyone starts somewhere.  I hope this encourages you to take on that thing you’ve been wanting to commit to – practice really works!

177 Revisited

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This is the revised version of the post from 2 days ago.  I played around with some paint pens and blue paint – things got a little too overdone so I went back and simplified.  Sometimes that happens.  I like the additions here much better than the before.  Hopefully nobody wanted it the way it was : ).

178 Happy as a Sunflower

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It’s paintings like these that really pull me out of slumps and make it so fun to paint!  My husband has band practice all night so I brought the bouquet over to the art room in hopes to do a quick sunflower sketch that I could collage with later to keep me busy.  But the paint just kept coming and it morphed into something I didn’t want to change.  It fell off my brush.  Yum.

 

177 Disobedient Sunflower

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(updated, check out the 4-8-15 post)

So this is the one I did yesterday with leftover paint.  I do want to play around with it and some sharpies, but I thought I’d post it here in case anyone HAD to have it like it is : ).  Act fast!

176 Ta-Da!

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It’s sunflower season again!  I bought a whole bouquet when I was at the grocery store today.  Leave it to sunflowers to make me feel like painting again, cliche as it may be.  Van Gogh got it.  Doesn’t it look like this sunflower just finished a performance?  I think I’d like it to have more soft edges and blur than it does, but this is the first still life I’ve done in a while and it felt good to just do it.

I had some paint left over, and not being one to waste paint, I did another quick sketch I might play around with for tomorrow.  Be patient.

Akinz Show

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The First Friday event last night was so much fun!  Big thanks to Suzanne, owner of Akinz, and Will for printing all those shirts and bags.  It was great meeting new people and I was so encouraged by all the feedback.  Seeing how screen printing works now I feel like I could have so many more cool designs : ).

Here are the original paintings the prints are based on:

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Monocle | Mixed Media | Canvas Panel | 8x8in | SOLD

Monocle | Mixed Media | Canvas Panel | 8x8in | SOLD

My art will be up at the shop all month, and the two designs we printed will be for sale – though you can’t pick out the shirt personally anymore.  Enjoy!

photo 1 (15)

photo 2 (16)

Another pull from the archives

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(Beets in the making | 36x48in on stretched canvas)

Whipped this out the other day from the stack of started-but-never-finished paintings.  I added some more green-age and some gold but I’m at another pause as to what to do next.  Any ideas?  I thought about going mixed media on it, taking out the black paint marker and jazzing it up.  Or I could stay the realism route.  Not sure yet, but it’s fun to go big.

T-shirt Prints

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Getting ready for the Akins show on First Friday.  If these work with the scanner (silly technology) this is what you’ll get to put on a t-shirt!