Pear Demo

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On Hold (8x8in on canvas panel)

This morning I got to spend time in a high school classroom!  A friend of mine is a high school art teacher and has been trying to set up a time for me to come do some painting for his class – and today was the day!  It. Was. A. Blast.  I spent about 15 minutes telling them about myself and how I got started, and the process I use when starting a painting.  Then got right into painting a still life in front of them.  Terrifying I know – but my hope to inspire out weights my fear of people watching me paint…usually.  These kids were so great, they asked the best questions and were so encouraging.  At one point my teacher friend asked them what they thought of how I was painting and hearing it in their words was so helpful for me.  Wish I would have recorded it.

Unconventional Friendship

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 $65.00 USD (8x8in on canvas panel)

I’m mentally prepping for a painting demonstration I’ll be doing for a high school class tomorrow – I knew I wanted to do this metal pitcher, I just think metal can be a scary thing to want to paint so I want to show them how to break it down.  But I haven’t decided what to reflect in it yet.  Lately it’s been a lot of round objects so I thought I would try some new shapes today.

This is one of those paintings I wish I had “photoshop” for – I noticed none of my objects are touching the edge and I really like a broken edge, wish I could just zoom in and re-crop.

Waiting on the Irises

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On Hold (18x24in on stretched canvas)

I made myself some green tea and finished this guy today!  Standing for this preggo is getting less appealing these days, and I definitely wanted to be standing while painting this one – it’s so important to step back often when painting from life and covering lots of canvas.

The irises were actually blooming when I woke up this morning – as opposed to yesterday when I bought them and they were all closed.  That’s when we decided to call this still life ‘waiting on the irises.’  Alas, I just studied their colors and carried on, pretending they were still closed.  Though, I did take lots of photos of this bouquet all blooming today to reference in the future, even though irises may not be so appealing in October > I paint what I want to paint.

Irises Again

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A friend was coming over to paint with me today and one of our favorite things to paint is giant bouquets of flowers and just freely throw paint on the canvas and see how things progress.  So I went to pick out some flowers and ended up getting a bouquet very similar to one we painted a couple years ago – it was one of my favorite paintings and I remember it being a lot of fun so I went for it.

Here are some progress shots from today – need one more session to finish it I bet.

And here’s the similar bouquet from last year.

The Fairest Pearest

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SOLD (8x8in on canvas panel)

Yesterday I decided to paint something I wanted to paint, and just for fun.  No commissions, no requests, and it was glorious.  I was craving this metal pitcher again so that was easy then I just grabbed some produce I had and went for it.  I felt free and comfortable.  And, it turned out well – all in all a great painting day.

My daughter even woke up before I finished but we got out her new favorite toy and she played while I completed it, without asking for me to play with her.  What!?

Sunflower Shadows

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On Hold (10x10in on canvas panel)

I kept these sunflowers out for a lesson today and we created the greatest shadows with them this afternoon!  My lessons with these kiddos are becoming less and less lesson and more just hanging out and painting.  So cool.  She had a very Eric Carle vibe going today.

Next Wednesday I’m heading to a high school in town to do a demo for a friend’s class – yikes!  How cool though these guys get to watch an artist paint in their art class, I would have LOVED that in high school.  I’m nervous, but I just keep reminding myself to just do what I do naturally.  The desire to pass on a skill is bigger than the fear I have of painting in public.

Sunflowers From Nancy

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For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans in Fort Collins, CO (10x20in on repurposed stretched canvas)

My mother in law brought me some fresh sunflowers yesterday!  We’ve been teaching my 2 year old everybody’s name lately, so when she walked in my daughter says, “it’s Nancy!”  I cracked up, and now can’t think of anything else to call this.

I invited a friend over to paint giant bouquets with me (our shared favorite subject) this week; maybe I was doing a little practice for that.

Pink Copper Pumpkin

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SOLD (8x8in on canvas panel)

I had one more request for the copper and pumpkin – and I’m okay with that.  These subjects have been so much fun to paint!  My mother in law dropped off a large bouquet of sunflowers today though so I might have to shift gears and do those next!  Maybe if I start complaining about my lack of apple pie in the house someone will drop that off next…..maybe. ::wink::

Tricycle Shadows

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Tricycle Shadows (5x5in on wood block)

My friend L came over today in need of some inspiration and re-excitement about painting.  I’m glad people reach out in times like this, apathy as an artist is a scary emotion.  Anyways, she brought her plein aire easel over and we set up in my front yard ( I had to stay in baby monitor range after all) but luckily we found some good compositions to paint there.

We did my daughter’s trike for a warm up, then switched over to my neighbor’s colorful trees and swing.  Overall, lots of encouragement and excitement happened.

(8x8in on canvas panel)

Copper Harvest

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SOLD (8x8in on canvas panel)

I got a request for copper, pumpkin, and sunflowers among all my fall paintings this week.  But my sunflowers are biting the dust….so I did them anyways, and I think it works.

Fall Colors

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

For an art lesson today I told my friend we would be painting the Fall colors this week hoping we could look out the window at the neighbors trees and do sort of a landscape.  But on my walk to the library today my daughter and I collected all these vibrant leaves on the sidewalk, so we made a still life instead.  It turned out better than I thought it would, though I think I’ll try again on a more neutral background next time.  I especially love the glowy shadows under each leaf.

Pumpkin Patterns

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

Hmm, the background is a little greener, but with the snowy day I couldn’t quite get a good picture of it.

Anyhow, the last few days have been gloriously Fall-like.  We just have a bizzare snow shower happening today.  My kitchen is currently full of buckets of the last of the garden’s harvest – which include 3 large pumpkins!  The pumpkin in the painting is the last one my daughter picked out at the grocery store around the corner and I wanted to make sure he got his spot on a canvas too.

There’s a snowman in my front yard and I’m resisting the urge to put on Christmas music and paint wintery things….it is still October after all.

First Fall Sunflowers

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

I’ve had my mom in town again, and while she is a very easy and gloriously helpful visitor I still don’t sit down to paint while she’s here.  But today I did – my soul just needed to.  I did these sunflowers a couple days ago but it didn’t turn out.  Sometimes that happens.  So I tried again today and learned from the last one and I think this turned out better.  I also had time to throw out a mini from the same still life.  I probably should have done the mini first to loosen me up…..alas.

For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans in Fort Collins, CO.

(5x5in on wood block)