Sunshine in the Winter

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(8x8in on canvas panel)  SOLD

I had these sunflowers left over from a commission for Christmas, and they turned out so creamy and delicious for the commission I wanted to try them again.

I brought over the last of my stash for the local gallery and ended up selling this guy today!  Fresh off the easel.  Enjoy!

Holiday Berry Minis

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(5x5in on wood block)

I also did a couple of these berry minis.  Each year I pull them out with my holiday decorations and get re-inspired to paint them.  I especially enjoy the swipes of wet paint that get pulled around.  I’m usually drawn to circles, branches and negative space – which I find in lots of the dried up bushes this time of year.

These will also be for sale at Trimble Court in Old Town Fort Collins.

Wrapping Day No.2

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

My husband and I were looking through all the holiday paintings on my DailyPaintworks gallery and deciding our favorites.  My favorite was the other striped wrapping paper and ornament one, so with my painting time today I tried another.  I really have fun with the pattern reflection challenges, I love the drastic distortions.

Need a challenge to trust your eye?  Try stripes reflected on a round surface.  Paint what you see, and not what you think you see. ::wink::

Holiday Commission

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(16x20in on stretched canvas)

Finishing up the last of the holiday commissions this week!  I didnt’ take on too many this year, but I can never say no to family and friends ::smile::  Check out this cool progression:

Holiday Minis

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(5x5in on wood block)

I did them all during the same nap time, but challenged myself with 4 different bulb colors!  These are so fun to make.  I’m keeping these for myself to give out as gifts, that’s allowed right?

Royal Holiday

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

Don’t the colors purple, gold and white just feel royal?  I was hesitant to use white as the ground color in fear that the painting would feel colorless – but I tend to emphasize the colors when I paint white things, and I was seeing so many colors in this white.  I used a size 10 flathead the whole time (minus the reflection details) but I feel like that helped me to stay really loose here.  This is one of those paintings I wish I could keep for myself.

Here are some progress shots because it was so fun watching this come together:

Ornament Sandwhich

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

I’ve been playing with the idea of doing ornaments in a line on the horizon, so I set it up for our art lesson today.  My young student thought we should pull one forward a little to make it more interesting – so I didn’t get my full dream, but I think it turned out pretty good.  Her’s is looking awesome too!  I’ll have to take a picture when she’s finished next week.

Christmas Thinker

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(8x8in on canvas panel)  Find this guy at Trimble Court Artisans in Fort Collins, CO.

Thank you for all the local support!  The gallery has some major gaps and I’m working on filling them back up.  I tried a new character in the ornament scenes with this angel figure.  I’ve painted him before and I love painting white things, though he’s always a challenge.

Under the Mistletoe

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(8x8in on canvas panel) $85USD

We went on a hunt for a Christmas tree this morning with our neighbor friends.  While out searching, my neighbor picked up this sweet little branch with a berry on it and I was inspired!  So today during nap time I painted a mistletoe mini, and then this guy.  I love painting berries at Christmas time, picking up all the subtle highlights and low lights and then making them look like balls with all those colors in them!

(5x5in on wood board) $40USD

And here’s my favorite picture of the day>

Winter Tulips

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(8x10in on canvas panel) $90USD

Oh man guys, this third trimester is finally setting in and I’m choosing naps over painting more and more.  But yesterday I just wanted to paint SOMETHING.  My tulip bouquet was beginning to wilt and I wanted to paint them once more before they die for good, but I couldn’t get anything to work.  After breaking another head off I gave up and grabbed the little pitcher from the day before and used him again.  Plus an ornament, ’cause why not.