New colors today

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Yesterday my little art student came over and we drew goldfish – so captivating with their fins all over the place.  So I snagged a print I prepared the day before and put him on it.  Thought the orange and gold was a good goldfish match.

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This Flapper print has all my favorite colors lately.  The drawing just doesn’t feel right, I might give her some friends.

Hidden Treasure or Silly Neighbor?

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I’ve woken up so many mornings this month ready to go throw some seeds in the garden beds and get things growin’, and then I remember….it’s still February.  Not diggin’ the grey and brown everywhere- last week I almost walked outside and created a huge mural along the outside of the fence so the neighbors would have some color, then my husband gently reminded me that they would be the ones staring at it every day and might want a say in it. ::smile::  Alas, the sun is out today and I couldn’t hold off any longer.

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I have big dreams for the alley in our backyard, but for now – I’m hoping all the dog walkers will enjoy this little pop of color among all the brown.

268, 269 Bee and Beets

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I’m having the most uninspiring time lately.  Today especially.  So gloomy outside and the kiddo is so crabby.  All morning I actually sketched different things to paint all over our backyard fence – just so I could add color to this grey day.  Alas, the husband said I better ask the neighbors before I paint anything they have to stare at all the time.  Good advice, but it killed my creativity after that.  I managed to pop these out today, but it was a stretch for sure.

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267 Fancy Cat

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I painted this kitty a while back as a commissioned surprise gift and it popped up in my email as never posted.  I think it’s been long enough right?  Hopefully I didn’t spoil any surprises.

Playing with Prints

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I might play with this last one a little more, I’m thinking about painting in the face to look a little life-like > unless someone snags it first. ::smile::

Getting Art Ready

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It’s time for the February YART SALE at the Downtown Artery here in Fort Collins.  I’ve got my box of daily paintings all organized and ready to go, along with some more recent larger ones.  I discovered these prints I made in a workshop with artist Joan Fullerton last year and finally got them framed!  Whilst framing I was re-inspired to create some more with an added Teddi Parker twist.  Stop by and check them out this weekend if you’re in town.

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259 Station Sketch

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Last night I had a quiet house and loads of uninterrupted time, so I was desperate to paint something.  I tried a few things but nothing was working right, so I threw some paint on a canvas and just walked away for the night feeling very unsatisfied and blue.  Today I tried to redeem this painting, and I feel like I got it to a place I can enjoy.  Just having one of those painting weeks I guess.  Spring is coming fast here – at least there’s yard work to do so I can get that sense of accomplishment  ::wink::

258 Nap Time Tea

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The brushes I was waiting for came in the mail today!  I’m still satisfying that Van Gogh itch and requested a few round brushes from my family’s home in MN.  So, of course I had to use them!  I snagged a couple pictures from morguefile today and enjoyed the choppy little brush strokes.  I did the painting below first – the red/orange and sea foam green caught my eye originally, but I think I cut out too many things from the original photo, I’ll have to try it again.  Good thing this interior painting turned out better > I kind of want to try it with my flat brushes too.

Break Time at the Museum

Break Time at the Museum

256 Feed Yer Pacas

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Sometimes my friends post cool pictures on Facebook and I save them to paint for later.  This picture was posted back in December and was just the thing I needed today to pull me out of a painting slump.  It was risky trying an effect I’ve never done before (the sun shinning right behind the subject) on a day where my emotions could be highly affected by the quality of the outcome – but I really like how it turned out!  Yummy colors, no?  Thank you Jesus.

255 Commission

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The new blue bottle is back for another go!  Unfortunately I didn’t have those wonderful carnations anymore, but I snagged these beauties from my left over bouquet I painted all last week.

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Baby went down for a nap so I felt that nagging feeling to paint a commission whose due date is rapidly approaching.  They requested a scissor painting like the one I did for the Dailypaintworks challenge quite a while ago.  I started begrudgingly but then really enjoyed the end result, so much so I painted them again on a larger piece of masonite I had in the studio.  Feels good to paint something other than flowers, actually.

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I just love painting all the different shades of purple and blue in a shadow.

252 Bouquet Remnants

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Still on the Van Gogh kick, if there wasn’t two feet of fresh snow on the ground I’d walk to the book store down the street and buy a couple Van Gogh books to study.  For this painting I used the same little round brush for the whole painting – really forcing myself to paint with swift strokes.  I considered having two different paintings going, one in this style and another in my usual style.  I just love these little yellow flowers!