Tulip Acrobats

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Okay, okay enough of these tulips, right?!  I wanted to squeeze just one more in before they really bite the dust.  Plus, don’t they make more interesting shapes when they’re all bending over and stretching like this?  I’ve enjoyed every phase of these flowers – no fear of painting tulips here anymore.  And it has been nice painting from life again, I feel like I have fresh eyes for the world.

Sugar ‘Lips

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These tulips haven’t lost their petals yet!  I tried them with a pink background today.  That sugar bowl had some nice ‘lost edges’ so I’m adding it to the lost edges challenge on Daily Paintworks this week.  The sugar bowl always seems like it’s going to be a piece of cake, but it’s actually quite challenging every time; I always want to paint it looser but get so caught up in all the details.  Just means I have to use it in still lifes more often.

Tulips Making Friends

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I painted this scene last Saturday but then started tiling our bathroom with my husband and didn’t have time to post.  I’m afraid the tulips will be beyond their prime when I return to them next.  Shoot.  But they look like they made some friends during their time in my studio.

Tulips and Copper No.2

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My husband and I were talking about the painting from yesterday and he said he wanted to see me do this still life again from a different angle…so I did!  I just love these soft red tulips with the shiny copper pitcher.  Tomorrow I hope to do a slightly larger one with tulips!  Gotta crank ’em out before they get too ripe.

Tulips and Copper

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Took my daughter on a WholeFoods date in hopes of buying a big mixed bouquet of flowers to play with for the next couple days.  Unfortunately they didn’t quite have what I was hoping for, so I jumped on the tulip wagon.  I haven’t had much luck with tulips in the past, but I must have learned something because I really enjoy this one.  I might just add one of these copper vases to each still life now, they are such a nice pop of dark values.

The glass item here is an old wiskey decanter I recieved ages ago.  I’ve always loved the circle details on the sides but could never get the glass topper off.  So today I just pretended it wasn’t there – it was the perfect glass addition today.

And like a good artist I hope to get a couple more good still lifes out of these guys.  Stay tuned.

Layers of Glass

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I was missing still lifes lately so I put this one together during nap time.  I really enjoyed the whole process – I love those.  And I’m jazzed about this lightbulb, can you believe they don’t really sell these little clear guys anymore.  Everything I see is opaque white ones.  I found this guy on the floor at the thrift store!

I thought these progress shots were too cool:

Iris Patterns

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I did an iris bouquet from the top about a year ago and can’t remember what happened to it.  I loved it so much so I tried another iris bouquet from the top – what crazy shapes they make.

Last March’s Irises

Recently sold Irises.

I think I’m just mourning not seeing these on my walls anymore – but so glad they are in happy homes for others to enjoy.

Stick Together

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On a whim during yesterday’s art lesson, we switched from our monochromatic plan to these guys.  When you’re inspired, you’re inspired.

Here’s another gem from this week’s art lessons.  Yosemite National Park.  This is our 3rd in the National Park series.

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Studio Tour 2017 – what’s it all about?

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This month has been CRAZY full of art already and the big show hasn’t even happened yet.  I wanted to explain this cool even happening the last weekend in April.

Every year the Lincoln Center here in Fort Collins puts on this Studio Tour – where local makers can sign up and get put on a map, so that on the studio tour weekend anyone is free to stop by and see their space or watch them create!  Everything from pottery, jewelry, painting, fiber arts, etc.  Such a cool thing.

In the past it has been in July, but this year it’s in April in hopes that more people are in town to take advantage of this cool opportunity.

I’m participating this year, but instead of being at my home (maybe next year) I’ve joined a group of other makers and we will all be at the Wolverine Farm Letterpress and Publick House.  All month our art is on display – so go check it out – then April 29th and 30th we will all be there talking about art, making art, and selling art.

I’m hoping to paint as long as I’m there both days – with a break to go check out some other studios.

Mark your calendars and I hope to see you there!

This is me painting the other day wearing a bracelet I bought from Melina Bernhart who is also in our group for the tour – so keep your eye out for those.

The studio featured above is Diane Findley, another wonderful artist here in town.

We Need Bees

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As I’m watering my newly planted flower seeds I can’t help but wonder if the bees are out yet.  And today I saw some!  Not just one either – horray!

I have another underwater swimmer in the works but couldn’t get into it tonight, so some light hearted bees happened instead.

SOLD (8x8in on stretched canvas)

SOLD (8x8in on stretched canvas)

Some Thoughts on Canvas Prep

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My husband and I were admiring a recent painting and how warm it felt.  Which launched us into a discussion about my use of bright orange as a first coat on most paintings.  I never went to art school and never knew that painting a color on the canvas before you start your painting was a thing > so if any of you self taught artists didn’t know – try it now!

This pirate ship painting was brought up in our discussion last night:

Because I used bright orange as the first layer it made that sail almost glow!

here’s another example:

A favorite portrait of mine back from when I was painting people’s selfies.  The orange once again made all her skin tones warm and glowy.

I also like to put a first layer down because my brush flows so much nicer and holds onto more paint when it doesn’t just get absorbed into the canvas.

A fun trip down memory lane with some older paintings.  Just wanted to share these thoughts!

 

City Scape Value Study

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Friday means art lesson day with my color-science gal.  Today we continued our value study – so important- and did a monochromatic scheme.  It was the quickest I’ve gotten her to paint!  It helped that our lesson was cut a little short today, probably put the fire under both of us to move fast – whilst chatting and having fun of course.

I sold an old favorite from the Wolverine Press show for the studio tour, I’m in a little bit of a mourning, but glad to have it gone to a good home.

Swim With Me

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I had a realization the other night when my husband asked me why I looked a little blue.  There is lots of business-y art stuff happening in my world this month, and I noticed – as I sat down to paint – that I was picking subjects to paint according to what I think people would want to buy.  And even during painting them I would be so nervous as to their outcome I didn’t enjoy myself much.

So glad he asked me!  It probably would have taken me days to stop and think about it.  So before sitting down to do this one, I asked myself, ‘what would I want to paint?’

I’ve been so mesmerized by the underwater paintings by Samantha French > so I searched Pixabay and found these cute kiddos.

And because I like the process, here are some process shots:

Swimming Green

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Last night I just had to paint, after the not so relaxing Dump Truck painting after my 1year old woke up.  I just felt like I could do better.  So after the babe went to bed, and I knew there would be no threat of waking up, I sat down and opened this old image I saved from Pixabay > for when I knew I would have a moment like this where I just needed to paint SOMETHING but didn’t want to waste time searching for an image.

It’s funny.  I was nervous about the canyon but LOVED how the swimmers turned out – so ‘suggested’ versus detailed.  So I went out to get my husband’s opinion (he hangs out in his (recording) studio in our detached garage these days).  He said, “well it definitely looks like a canyon, but I’m not sure about the swimmers.”  Perfect!  I said.

Dump Truck Practice

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More practice for the upcoming mural this summer.  One of my ideas I submitted had some dump trucks, so I thought I had better make sure I can paint one of these guys.  Ode to little boys everywhere.

Black Sand Beach

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This is the second in the National Park Series I’m doing with my younger art student.  It’s from her trip to Road to Hana in Hawaii.  We had a great time studying all those colors in the ocean.

Also, I finished this commission today.  So out of my norm, but commissions are good for challenging me.

16×20 on streched canvas.

Tetrad Color Scheme

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My art student on Fridays is really into the science behind color, so we’ve been painting in different color schemes and learning a lot together.  This week we picked the tetrad scheme.

I chose red/orange, red/purple, yellow/green, and blue/green.  We used a black and white photo from Pixabay and cropped it for an interesting composition.  It’s so hard not relying on color but on values.

Next week we’re going to simplify and go monotoned- which we should have started with first….Oops.