Melody Demo

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For sale at Trimble Court Artisans in Fort Collins, CO. (8x8in on canvas panel)

My friend and neighbor is also a painter – how lucky am I?  But she’s been in a funk with art lately and needed some inspiration/motivation/excitement to get back into it.  So she joined us for dinner, then we pulled my big comfy chair into my little studio and put a glass of wine in her hand and she watched me paint.  Because sometimes you just need to watch someone else throw paint around for a while.  It was such a fun evening I wish we could do it every week.

 

Siverware Play

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For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans in Fort Collins, CO. (8x8in on stretched canvas)

Wow guys, silverware is tricky.  You got the foreshortening going on, reflections, and bent shadows!  I have a new fun commission I want to prep for and silverware is one of the subjects that came up as possible ideas.  First of all it was hard getting an interesting composition; do I go OCD and nice and lined up, or do I lay them down as if they just ‘fell’ there.  Hard.

Anyways, I like the result today – and will have to explore this subject more.

On another note;  I just packed up my new (thrift store score) plein air painting easel for our trip to Minnesota.  We’ll be on the lake for half the week and I’m hoping to be able to play a little with it while we’re there.  Mmmm, lake scenes.  Not sure if I’ll get a chance to paint again before we leave, so keep your eyes open for some plein air paintings next week!

I got it for $8 guys!  Makes me want to go to the thrift store every day in hopes of finding another one so I can plein air with a friend.

Radishes No.2

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For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans in Fort Collins, CO (8x8in on canvas panel)

I don’t often buy radishes, or eat radishes, but I’m trying a new recipe this week and it called for some.  They always look so fun to paint in the grocery store – and I’ve seen some really well done paintings of radishes.  I have painted them once before, let’s see if I got any better;

August 2014

I think so, though I wish I had leaves like this painting on the current bunch!  Mine were pretty wilted today.

Copper Pear No.2

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For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans in Fort Collins, CO (8x8in on canvas panel)

Yesterday I took a power nap after the babe went down, but when the alarm went off I could not get out of bed!  Alas, I made sure to make time to paint today – I even squeezed two paintings into nap time this afternoon!

I bought this pear at the grocery store this week to take a little break from flowers.  I always enjoy when the stem of the pear sticks out in the shadow, fun details.  A good simple game in composition today.

Down to Two

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SOLD (12x12in on 1in deep streched canvas)

As these sunflower still lifes progress, I’m not sure why I’m taking out more and more flowers.  Maybe in hopes to simplify?  Saying more by using less?

Anyways, I paired them with the lavender again and filled my pallet with all the purply-blues.  The light made the purple go orangey right in the middle, yum.  And the spiky shadows are still my favorite part to paint.

Growing a little tired of flowers though, I must admit.  Might switch subjects the next time I’m in the studio.

Lion Flowers

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SOLD (12x12in on 1in deep stretched canvas)

While painting this one I felt like I was painting lions looking in different directions.  Maybe I’ve just spend too much time around sunflowers in the studio- but they came to life today.  I’m still having fun with my new background colors I got a few weeks ago – just different sheets of the scrapbooking paper at the craft store.  It was hard not to do the same deep peacock and yummy lavender from yesterday, but I resisted.

I’ve been so blessed to meet some of my local buyers this week and in some instances see where my paintings are going to hang in their new homes!  It is so humbling to be connected to all these people forever.

Deep Thinkers

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SOLD (12x12in on 1in deep stretched canvas)

I’ve been working in such light hues lately I wanted to try some other deeper colors for the backgrounds.  Unfortunately my peonies didn’t make it past the last painting, but I found these sunflowers at the store this week!  Not sure what it is lately, but I can’t get away from painting flowers.  Girly, or just summer settling in?  My favorite part; the purply – speckled shadow under the flowers.

Endless Peonies

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(8x8in on Canvas Panel)

My Instagram post today asks the question, “how many compositions can I find with just these two peonies?”  So far it’s only been 3 but I feel like I’ve been studying these guys for weeks!  I will paint them till they’re too far gone.  Maybe I’ll try a new background color tomorrow.

Here are the other two:

Quick Peony Buds

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For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans. (5x5in on wood)

I only had the gumption to do these little guys tonight.  I have my first shift at the gallery tomorrow and I wanted to bring some back ups with me in case there are any gaps in my display.  Come visit if you’re downtown tomorrow (tuesday the 13th) 10-noon.

 

Proud Peonies

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SOLD (8x8in on canvas panel)

The weather is gorgeous and all my neighbors are outside, but I couldn’t stop thinking about these peonies sitting in the vase in my studio waiting to be studied again.  So after spending all morning with the neighbors, I snuck back during baby’s nap time and re-arranged the set up from yesterday and tried them again.  I just love all these colors!  And hopefully that blue vase behind the flowers is readable – I’ll just say I heavily suggested it. ::wink::

Here’s a couple progress shots:

My Own Peonies

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SOLD (12x12in on 3/4in deep canvas)

Oh. Man. This was fun.  I took a couple days off from painting, but the last two days I was imagining this still life – the copper, the teal and the pink.  Yum.  The bouquets of peonies at Wholefoods were $14!  So I mustered up the courage to cut one of my own off our bush out front, and it delivered!

Snapdragons Again

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For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans in Fort Collins, CO. (8x8in on Canvas Panel)

I was re-inspired by an older painting of mine with some snapdragons in the bouquet.  I didn’t quite capture them like last time but still loved these colors!  I’ll have to keep playing.

Here are some white ones too:

For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans in Fort Collins, CO. (8x8in on canvas panel)

This summer has been fantastic so far!  My peonies have opened and Fi is loving being outside again.

Quick Peonies

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SOLD (12x12in on 1in deep canvas)

Painting came before chores during nap time today.  Priorities.  Still waiting for inspiration to strike again.  I feel like before all the visitors and traveling I had so many ideas floating around that I was excited about, but now they’re all gone.  Hmph.  No offense to my lovely visitors – we had a blast!  Just waiting to throw paint around so freely again.

In the meantime, I will paint peonies.  Another one of our bushes here is blooming!  I want them in the house, but I’m afraid if I cut them they won’t last as long.  Painting them makes them last forever.