Second Day Tulips

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

Had a friend join me in the studio for painting today – last time she came I did holiday ornaments so today I thought I’d pull the tulips out again.  I haven’t painted this white vase for a LONG time so I was a bit nervous to throw it in the still life today.  Painting white things is actually so fun, watching it grow and seeing all the colors I find in it that make it read ‘white’.  And that yummy yellow background, I really enjoyed painting this today.

A New Addition

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

I bought these glass ornaments to craft with my daughter for Christmas, and while making them yesterday I thought – ‘I could add this to a still life!’ So I saved one and tried it out today.  I love how it adds another circle and another dimension with it’s clarity.

I also did some christmas light minis yesterday as an art lesson.

These paintings are available today but if they’re still in my studio by Friday I’m bringing them to Trimble Court Artisans to fill space for First Friday that evening.  Enjoy!

 

Tulips in November

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

Another brief break from the holiday paintings – I couldn’t resist these tulips at the grocery store today.  I love painting tulips in all phases; not open, blooming strong, and wilting.  Let’s see if I can manage to get a couple more of these guys painted this week among all the Christmas baubles.

 

Holiday Paintings are Available!

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Setting up the holiday show at Trimble Court early tomorrow morning! (Nov. 24th)  Go check them out.

More to come.

I also made the ones I replaced from the gallery available again, so look for those on the DailyPaintworks gallery too.

Happy Gatherings

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(8x8in on canvas panel) For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans for the holidays.

I’m seriously considering just painting these Christmas themes all year – Christmas in July as a friend called it today.  There are endless possibilities for these lovely circles across the canvas, I love painting circles.

A local artist friend came over and took home both of my paintings with the ornament/lightbulb combo, so I thought I would work on some more of those until I bring the collection to the gallery Thursday.  I am humbled by all your compliments and social media support about this collection, thank you all!

More Holiday Minis

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(5x5in on wood block) For Sale at Trimble Court Artisans for the holidays.

It’s finally here!  I’ll be bringing the whole collection to Trimble Court later this week – look for them after Thanksgiving.

I whipped up a few more minis – because I kept one for myself – and these guys go so quick at the gallery.  I really enjoy staying extra loose and bold with these small ones.  And I’m so drawn to the light blue / turquoise color combo.  But maybe for the next batch I’ll try something different.

This pine branch one was something I threw out at the end since my kiddo had just fallen asleep, but I think I might explore it more on a larger scale if I still feel like it tomorrow.

Pinecone Compromise

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(8x8in on canvas panel) On hold for the holiday show at Trimble Court Artisans in Fort Collins, CO.

I didn’t have as much fun with the pinecones so I did this little compromise painting – and added an ornament. ::smile::  The colors are more yummy in person, the sun went down by the time I snapped a picture of this one.  I just love these silver bulbs on this light blue paper.

 

Winter Pine

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(8x8in on canvas panel)  On Hold for a holiday show at Trimble Court Artisans in Fort Collins, CO.

I was thinking about taking a break from ornaments and trying some pine-themed paintings, turns out they’re not as easy!  I had one scrapper before I got this guy – I think I can re-work the earlier one a little and find a good thing, but since nap time is so precious I moved onto something else quickly.

Don’t Flake On Me

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(11.5×11.5in on 1in deep stretched canvas)  On Hold for now.

This is the other wrapping paper I snagged the other day, I love snowflake patterns.  In fact, for Christmas I cut out loads of paper snowflakes and fill all the windows in my home…no joke.  Anyways, this was another joy to paint.  While I still might do a couple minis of the ornament series, I think I’m going to take a break for now and move onto some pine-themed paintings.  Give me a few days, maybe I’ll do some more and make them available to the public. ::smile::

Wrapping Day

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(8x8in on canvas panel) On hold for now.

I bought some simple patterned wrapping paper to play with in reflections.  Man did my brain get a good exercise in trusting my eye and not just painting what I think it should look like.  It’s a great thing to practice, especially for reflections.

I’m hoping to bring a stash of holiday paintings to the gallery next week, so whatever doesn’t fit I’ll put for sale on my DailyPaintworks gallery site.  Stay tuned, and thanks for your patience!

I really had to trust my eye here, hoping it would make sense once I painted the stripes on the ground.  So. Fun.

Copper and Fall Fruit

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(8x8in on canvas panel)  To purchase go to my DailyPaintworks gallery. 

A minor break from the Christmas ornaments tonight, but don’t worry, I’ll be back at them tomorrow!  I have some new items to include in the next couple still lifes, get excited.

I bought this pomegranate and persimmon at the grocery store this week because I’ve been admiring other artists’ paintings of these items lately and wanted to try one myself.  I’ve never painted a persimmon before but the oranges next to the yummy red-purples of the pomegranate made this palette a delight to work with.

Muted Holidays

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(8x8in on canvas panel)  SOLD

I’m so glad these ornaments are still turning out – after this many I was fearful that I would start getting bored and that boredom would reflect in my paintings.  Phew!  Not the case.  I love how this one turned out so ‘muted’ feeling and less sparkly-Christmas feeling.  A nice addition to the collection.

I apologize that none of these holiday paintings are available yet!  Once I get a few more and can make sure the galleries are stocked for the holidays I will post what’s left!  I did buy a couple items at the grocery story today in case I need a break from the Christmas themes lately, so keep your eyes out for that.

Holiday Bulbs

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Check it out at Art Resources Gallery in Minneapolis, MN. (8x8in on canvas panel)

Trying to mix it up and give my eyes a break from the ornaments, though I’m still not tired of painting them yet.  I actually picked up some fun wrapping papers to use in the reflections.  Get excited.

Anyways, both my kiddo and hubby were sick Sunday.  So after putting them both down for naps I sat down and cranked out this guy.  I like that feeling of everything quiet in the house – good focus time.

Find My Art in Minneapolis

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Some exciting news > today I’m preparing some art to ship it to a gallery I’ve recently partnered with.  You can now find my art at Art Resources Gallery in Minneapolis and Edina, Minnesota.  My whole family still lives in Minnesota and I got a chance to visit this beautiful space when I was in town a couple weeks ago.  I am excited to start this new adventure with them.

Holiday Minis

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(5x5in on wood block) Catch them at Trimble Court Artisans next month!

Oh man, I expect these to go fast and I’m excited to crank a bunch out.  Here are two silver guys – not necessarily meant to be sold together, but I thought it would be cute if they have reflections of each other in them.

Christmas Ambush

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On hold for Trimble Court Artisans in Fort Collins, CO. (11.5inx11.5in on repurposed stretched canvas)

Another dramatic nap time for my kiddo, but once she was downt I had time to try something larger.  I loved how the silver bulb turned out the other day so I featured those guys, plus a gold one, so the lightbulb isn’t totally outnumbered.

Also, I was thinking I would just do a simple grey ground, but once I got there it felt boring….so I added the polka dots.  ::smile::

right?

Simply Red

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On Hold for Trimble Court Artisans in Old Town Fort Collins, CO (8x8in on canvas panel)

Right after my friend came to watch me paint the scene from yesterday, my little 11 year old student came over for a lesson.  I got her excited about these Christmas bulbs and she picked the red one to try together – good choice.  She was also brave enough to try the polka dots on the ground paper!  I wish I would have taken a photo of hers, it turned out so lovely.  She has this very Henri Matisse feel about her paintings, in his paint days.

I’m hoping to do a bunch of 5×5 minis of these ornaments and light bulbs for the gallery for the holidays too, keep a look out.

The Day After Thanksgiving

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On Hold (8x8in on canvas panel)

Sometime I ask my husband for help titling these paintings, and he always delivers.

If I was going to take a break from painting at all this week today would have been the day.  Sick kiddo, exhausted preggo…but a friend wanted to come watch me paint and this was the only day that worked for her – so I sucked it up.  And I’m glad, these Christmas bulbs have been a joy to paint each time, though I did struggle the longest so far today setting up a good composition.  I knew I wanted big red front and center, and the polka dots helped fill some negative space.

I actually had an art lesson with another little friend right after I finished this one and we painted just the red bulb together, so I’ll post that tomorrow.

Vintage Holidays

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(8x8in on canvas panel) SOLD

I wrestled between taking a nap myself today or painting again during my 2year old’s nap time and again was called by these glorious reflections.  I also need to start stocking up for the holidays at the gallery here in town – so there’s that.

The hardest part in this painting was the brightest colors in the lightbulbs.  Using the house paint that I do it’s sometimes hard to get real pure color since they’re all made with a white base.  So I did have to pull out a tube or two of my acrylics to get that bright blue and green to make sure they get the glass look.

Ornament Trio

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SOLD (8x8in on canvas panel)

I was so excited about this still life I set up last night that it took so much will power not to sit down right then and paint it!  But I had other things that needed getting done.  #housewifeproblems.  I had loads of fun with this and it sold so fast I might just have to do it again.  I also have some classic Christmas lightbulbs waiting to get into a still life soon but can’t find the right composition for them yet.  Get excited.

New Reflections!

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SOLD (8x8in on canvas panel)

>Check out that reflection reflecting the reflection of the gold ball into the green ball.  Woah.

I’ve been thinking of other things to paint that aren’t my same metal pitchers, though, I’m still not tired of painting them.  Friends on Daily Paintworks have been painting Christmas ornaments and I was inspired.  So off to the thrift store I went and grabbed a whole bag of them for $1.60.  ::fistpump::

The trick is always how to simplify the reflection – because I don’t want to paint my big pregnant belly in the reflection each time.  So I squint a lot, and color block a lot.

Painting all these different reflections in different colors has been a good challenge.  I have more colors for tomorrow!

Vegetable Gems

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On hold. (8x8in on canvas panel)

The red, gold and green all felt like precious gemstone colors as I was thinking through a title for this one.  Rubies, emeralds and gold – yummy words.  I’m glad I can get such yummy colors with the house paint I use, I remember wondering if it was possible to paint with acrylics and make it look like oils.  I think I’m getting close!

I’m putting a collection together for a new gallery I will be joining this month in downtown Minneapolis.  I’ll post more about it when I get things organized.

Leafy Admirers

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On hold for the gallery (8x8in on canvas panel)

I just can’t get enough of these reflections.  I love grabbing new items and seeing how the vases stretch and distort the reflection.  I did buy a new “gold” vase last week, but was afraid to paint something unfamiliar today as it’s my first day back in the studio after traveling – I’ve learned my lesson there.  But keep your eyes open for that guy!

Lovely Yellows

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On hold for the gallery. (8x8in on canvas panel)

This was the painting from an art lesson I did last week, but just wasn’t satisfied with it.  So I began simply after traveling for a few days my first time touching a paintbrush again in the studio was to just adjust this guy.  He needed a focal point and some brighter yellows.

There are no leaves on the trees around here anymore, but last week there were the most beautiful yellows and blue sky popping through them – I saved some photos for later.