Monday, June 26, 2017

#220 Fuzzy Friends 2

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Painted these peaches last week, but I'm just now posting!  I was in Texas for the last several days visiting family and celebrating my daughter's 5 year birthday.   I really enjoyed painting peaches.  I'm pleased with how the background turned out.   A lot of times I like the painting until I do the background.  I keep thinking that should be the easiest part but it often trips me up.    

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

#219 Fuzzy Friends

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Painting peaches was challenging because they are fuzzy!  I wasn't able to rely on a highlight to give it that pop, either.  To make them fuzzy, I added some strokes that were primarily white with some yellow, red and blue mixed in.  I put them in the places where I could see the fuzz on the fruit.  I think it went pretty well for a first attempt.  I was happy to use my striped fabric.  I'm hoping to find some more patterned fabric to use in future still lives.  

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Monday, June 19, 2017

#218 Pops of Sun

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I really enjoyed painting this piece.  I bought the vase last Friday and I was very excited to paint it.  Isn't it pretty?  I thought it looked great with the sunflowers I purchased at Sprouts yesterday.  I set this still life up around 8pm last night and felt like it needed to be bigger than my 6x6 or 7x5 inch panels.  I found a canvas I purchased last summer and decided to give it a shot.  I haven't painted on canvas in almost a year. It was different than the gessobords I've been painting on but I enjoyed it more than I did in the past.  Ever since the workshop I attended in May, I've been experimenting.  I've felt kind of lost because of it...still do, but I think that experimenting is so important and I trust that it will lead to good places in the future.  For this painting I experimented by using canvas.  I also blocked in the whole painting by thinning down my paints a little with mineral spirits before going back in to add the details.  For the details, I used a little medium in my paint.  I painted the light and more saturated parts of each object first and then the parts in the shadow.  I noticed with the canvas, it was harder for me to make distinct brush marks.  I probably need to apply thicker paint to make that happen?  I still have 2 other "large" canvases from last year that I want to give a try.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

#217 Cherry Bowl

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I painted this about a month ago and somehow forgot to post it!  Have I mentioned I love painting cherries?  This was an exercise in painting glass, an ellipse and and white...which sometimes throws me off!  

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

#216 Swim Lessons

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My daughter has been taking swimming lessons this week and I'm so proud of her!  She started the week not wanting to put her face in the water and ended the week doing so well.  She loved it.  I took this picture of her and her teacher on Wednesday and painted it that evening.  It was a total experiment.  Not only was it figurative, but I had to paint people underwater...but I think it turned out pretty well...all things considered!  

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

#215 Avocado and Tomatoes

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After several days of not painting it was so nice to paint something and like how it turned out.  When I feel stuck or frustrated with what I've been painting, I'll often try painting a fruit or vegetable.  Not because they are easy for me, but they are easier!  I tried painting more thinly by adding some mineral spirits to my paint, but just a little.  Then I tried going back in some places with thicker paint mixed with medium for the details.  I kept the edges softer than in the past.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

#214 Second Chances

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I painted these flowers pretty quickly last week.  I tried to just have fun and not overthink it too much.  My husband said the white flowers look more like lights than flowers, but I kind of like how they turned out!  I'm always trying to paint this dark blue background in my still lives...sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't!  I like how that part turned out this time.  After I painted it I realized the shape of the one flower on the right is a little awkward.  Oh well!

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