Wasteland Fruit

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(8x8in acrylic on canvas panel) For sale in my DailyPaintWorks gallery.

Today I was thinking ahead to a Valentine’s show I was asked to participate in – so I saved a couple reference photos, but after putting the babe to bed for nap I came back and wasn’t super excited about any of them for today.  I still have this lovely branch and a few grapes left (after snacking on a couple) so I used them again.  This is super similar to the painting I did the other day, but there’s just something about this metal pitcher and the eucalyptus branch that I just love.  And I wanted another go at the grape bunch too.

Maybe I’ll be excited about Valentine’s stuff tomorrow.

Grape Caper

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(8x8in acrylic on canvas panel) For Sale in my DailyPaintWorks gallery.

I tried something new again today.  I’ve always loved the shapes this octopus toy has, and I went to the grocery store this morning so my produce stash is back on point.  I dunno, just played today.  Once I finished initially there were no stripes and the composition felt really off – I had to do something.

Right?!

Back to the Basics

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(8x8in acrylic on canvas panel) SOLD

Ugh, guys.  I tried painting some more animals today, a pixabay photo of turtles I’ve kept in the ‘paint someday’ pile.  The whole time setting up I felt like I had no vision on how to approach the painting so I should have known it wouldn’t work out.  Alas, this I started over and pulled out some familiar items and am much happier.  Phew.

Flamingo Gang

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(8x8in acrylic on canvas panel) For Sale in my DailyPaintworks gallery.

I took a break from still lifes yesterday to paint some animals.  My daughter and I went to the library and got some pretty inspiringly illustrated animal stories – I just wasn’t feeling like painting the usual subjects.  It’s fun to mix it up.

I was afraid all the heads gathered together wouldn’t read well, but I think it worked out.  All those red-oranges and shadows in the white were so fun to make – such a yummy palette.

Exceptional Distortion

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(12x12in acrylic on 1in stretched canvas) For Sale in my DailyPaintWorks gallery.

I didn’t think all these details would fit into an 8×8 so I grabbed a little larger canvas today.  I recently got my art back from a show here in town and ended up chatting about my All That Glass piece – and I was inspired to play with that glass vase and the stripes again.   I absolutely love painting strong patterns through glass, they make such excellent distortions.  And I need to learn the name of this leafy branch, it creates some great shapes where ever I put him.

Lazy Light Bulbs

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(8x8in acrylic on canvas panel) For sale in my DailyPaintWorks gallery.

This color palette is yummy > light pink, soft greens and white.  Maybe I’m channeling this little girl in my belly with these colors.  I kept the light bulbs out from yesterday and invited some new players into the mix today.  It took me a while to warm up to the final result, I let my 2 year old play around the house since she’s a mellow gal – but every now and then she would come into the studio and want to touch the still life.  So the painting session wasn’t as calm and enjoyable as usual > but I do love that girl.

Lightbulb Party

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(8x8in acrylic on canvas panel) For Sale in my Dailypaintworks Gallery.

Struggled a little to find something exciting to paint today.  And then struggled a little making the values work here.  I knew this day was coming, but I’m still thankful for the chance to throw paint around this afternoon.

I especially emphasized the orange bits in the filaments – doesn’t all that teal just make you crave some orange?

A Few from the Holidays

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We were fortunate to spend 2 full weeks in the midwest with my family this holiday season and fully soaked up the vacation.  Though, I never manage to spend that much time away from playing with paint – and my mom graciously supplied me with canvases and paint for me to use while at her house.  Here’s what I managed to create:

These are some copper balls on a wreathe above the dining table at my parent’s house.  Might have to pick some up for myself and try again with familiar materials.

 

I gave poinsettias a try.

 

We all ended up road tripping to Des Moines, Iowa for a conference with our church while away.  The drive down was during a bit of snow and the colors along the highway were so inspiring.  I played with that color palette when we got back.

 

Winter Snack

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(8x8in on canvas panel) For sale in my DailyPaintworks Gallery.

My first official painting of the new year!  I did a couple while spending time with family over the holidays, I’ll post those next.

My daughter has been so intrigued by pomegranates lately so I’ve been cutting them up for her and letting her play with them.  But each time I open one up I’m reminded of their breathtaking colors!  So, I had to paint one.  After extended breaks from painting I usually pick something easy or familiar to start with to kind of, brush off the rust.  I figured fruit was safe, though I don’t know that I’ve painted a pomegranate for years.

Looking forward to popping into the gallery and seeing how supplies are. December was good to us, thank you Jesus.