Taking a short vacation

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Because we had our BABY!

I’ve been meaning to update the blog for a few days now, but that’s just how things roll around here lately.  Quick shout out to all the friends and family that have brought meals, cleaned my house, worked in my yard – we are SO blessed and thankful for you.

Here are some photos just for fun : )

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35 weeks-ish

early morning smiles

early morning smiles

211 The More The Merrier

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Commission (16x20in on Stretched Canvas)

Whenever I need inspiration I usually go back to painting glass…or sunflowers.  Luckily, I was asked to paint another sunflower still life as a commission > and just like that I’m inspired again!  I get so jazzed making the colors for this wonderful teal vase, the dark darks make me so happy for some reason.  It’s an artist thing.  Anyways, had so much fun painting this, get ready to see lots more glass and lots more sunflowers – in between pet portraits and APP paintings of course, you know, the things I’m supposed to be working on ::wink::

Show at Big Al’s

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Steve and I hung a summer show at Big Al’s this morning!  I’ve had a couple shows there over the years and always enjoy having my art there. And to just say how great they are – they bought us breakfast while we worked.  Yum!

Go check them out, and grab a burger, Mountain Ave in Old Town Fort Collins.  I’ll be hanging through September 2015.

In other news, here’s what I’m working on today.  Let’s see how many sunflower paintings I can do before they die.  I kind of want to paint them as they wilt too, if they wilt nicely.  My last batch just went from perfect to icky.  Cross your fingers.

sunflowers in the studio

sunflowers in the studio

210 Sunny Duo

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SOLD (12x12in on Masonite Board)

The sunflowers are back!  I got a commission for a sunflower still life so I picked some up today to play with.  This was a quick sketch to loosen me up for the larger one.  I used the same materials and technique as my Happy As A Sunflower  painting a few months ago.  This one is a little lighter but got a bit washed out in the photo, it’s not so ‘white’ in person.  Had fun though!  Excited to sketch out the larger guy and paint some glass again.

208 Alice Makes a Friend

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(6x8in on canvas panel)

I was out for coffee with a girlfriend last week and her little girl likes to wander while we chat.  A neighbor cat came by and they were both so curious about each other, a mini photo shoot began.  This is a shot my friend captured and I had her send it to me so I could paint it.  A nice warm up to get the week of commissions going.

Prepping for Monday

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I don’t have set days for painting, but lately the pattern has been that my ‘work days’ are Monday-Thursday.  I got to post yesterday because I painted two on Thursday.  It’s all about finding what’s a good flow for you.  For me, I’ve learned I get a little more excited and ready to approach a canvas on Monday if I have the canvases completely prepped so there’s no excuse to avoid the studio : ).  Next week I’ll be working on some dog portraits and maybe another sunflower commission!  Trying to wrap up these commissions before baby comes – not that I’ll stop painting once she’s here, but I bet the schedule will be different until I figure out a new groove.

Happy weekend!

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I was inspired by all the negative space in this painting by Dede Gold >

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Isn’t this clever!?  Not sure the owner will go for this, but maybe with a future pet portrait : ).

207 Fabulous Friend

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A friend of mine posted this wonderful photo on FB last week and I saved it because of all the great colors and fun shapes.  I just keep thinking the word fabulous to describe the photo.  Bright bold lipstick and glamorous pearls, keep it up friend!

Beware when you post photos on FaceBook, I might just paint them. : )

206 Wedding Peonies

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A friend of mine posted this photo and I asked if I could paint it.  These peonies were just too beautiful not to capture forever in paint.  I especially loved the leaves that had deep purple edges, and the peachy-orange of the flowers.  Yum.  The petals took a little re-working, as happens when I paint most flowers, and some re-brightening once I had the background in.  But I think I like the result.  Happy wedding weekend Jen!  You’ve got good taste friend.

Series done!

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As promised, here’s the whole set.

And yes, my art room floor is striped!  : )  Hoping to get back to painting today, took yesterday off to learn to crochet with my neighbors.  So fun.

 

Never Grow Up

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I’ve been singing ‘he can fly, he can fly, he can fly‘  all afternoon.  Happens every time I work on these Peter Pan commissions.  Today I made great progress on this series for a little girl’s bedroom!  I got to whip out the big brushes for this one, which I love.  Big and chunky.  I have one more to go, then I’ll post the set all together.  It’s going to look so cool all together, they’re all different sizes and styles.  Get ready!

Here’s the other one I did today too.  I got the image straight from Google though – don’t tell anyone.  Wish I could take credit for this composition and style, but it was too cool not to include in the series.  All the others are more original. : )

Mermaid Lagoon

Mermaid Lagoon

203 Classic Bunch

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 $95.00 USD (16x20in on Stretched Canvas)

The forth and final retro still life for my church project.  As part of an effort to make the fellowship room more “homey” I painted some bold floral still lifes.  Here’s a shot of all of them together:

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I hope to find big gold frames for each of them, to add to the homey-ness.

And just for fun, here’s a shot of my palette after today-

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