Friday, August 26, 2016

No. 51: Banana Bunch

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This is my first attempt at painting bananas.  It was hard!  I had a hard time figuring out what color I was seeing when I looked at the bananas.  Then, once I kind of settled on that it was challenging to mix it!  I really didn't think it was going to work out when I started.  In the end.  I think it is a decent first attempt.  I started another painting of bananas last night.  Hoping to post that one tomorrow!  And then I have one more idea with bananas that I want to try.  

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

No. 50: Cone Flower Street

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This one was challenging to paint.  I took the reference photo about 6 weeks ago when I was getting out of my car to meet a friend for lunch.  All the cone flowers along the sidewalk caught my eye. I haven't painted anything quite like it.  I'm open to feedback on it!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

No. 49: Red-handed

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I painted this piece for another DPW Challenge.  This is my second portrait of Ollie in oils.  The first portrait showed his happy-go-lucky personality.  This painting shows another one of his dominant character traits...being mischievous.   I snapped the reference photo for this a couple of years ago when I found him chewing on one of my daughter's legos.  The look in his funny...he knew he had been caught red-handed!

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Monday, August 22, 2016

No. 48: Apple Trail

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I painted another composition using the apple slices and yellow cup.  This time I added a whole apple to the mix.  I really liked the combination of all the colors and wanted to get more practice with these things before moving on to something else.  I really like the way the apples trail down the panel.  I painted this piece a couple of days ago but kept forgetting to take a picture of tit.  Once again the painting is warmer than the photo shows.  

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

No. 47: "Yellow Cheer"

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I really love how this turned out.  I had to wipe my first attempt.  My values were off and the mug was a mess!  But I learned from that attempt and it helped with this one.  The yellow of this mug is so cheery to me.  

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

No. 46: Hanging Free

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A fairly quick painting I did last night for the DPW Challenge this week, "The Laundry Challenge".  Again, I'm thankful for these challenges because I never would have painted laundry without it.  Still so much to learn!  I'm always welcome to feedback :)

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

No. 45: Citrus Bowl

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I really enjoyed painting the lime slices.  Not every day that you get to use those colors!  Plus, I did it in very few strokes.  I also enjoyed painting their reflections.  Though I love painting, it's not my real job.  :)  I actually work for a college ministry.  I work with a team at the University of Oklahoma, seeking to help students experience a life changing relationship with Christ.  Now that August is here I've been moving into campus mode.  My hope, though, is that I'll still be able to paint almost daily.  I'm probably going to sign up for a 30 in 30 Challenge that starts in September.  Hoping that will help me continue to paint and connect to other artists.  

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Monday, August 15, 2016

No. 44: USPS

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My daughter and I were leaving the park on Saturday when I noticed the mail truck down street.  Not sure why but I just had an itch to paint it.  So I snapped a quick picture on my iphone from my car window.  Ha!  I'm not sure if it is good but I had a lot of fun painting it.  Was nice to do something different than I've done in a while.  

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

No. 43: Magnolia Study 1

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I painted this as a study for a bigger painting that a friend has commissioned me to paint.  

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

No. 42: Some Kind of Brown

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I painted this horse for another DPW Challenge!  It's kind of a goofy looking horse.  I found the photo reference on pixabay.  I was actually initially drawn to it because I liked the back ground.  My husband chose the name for it.  I was painting in our kitchen last night and he overheard me say, "Ok.  What am I painting next?  Some kind of brown."  And he said, "That's the name of it!"  So, there you go.  

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

No. 41: Bashful

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Seems as though the apples are ready to talk, but the flower is feeling a little bashful.  There are parts of this painting I like and a couple parts I'm not sure about.  Overall though I'm really pleased with how the flower turned out.  It's the most loose representation of a flower in oil that I've done yet.  I'm happy with how it looks three dimensional and that I didn't paint too many details in the petals.  It might look too cut out though.  I wasn't sure what would happen if I started getting white into the surrounding shadows.  I can't believe I've already painted 41 oil paintings this summer!  

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

No. 40: August Book Club

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We took quite the departure from WW II historical fiction this month!  We read "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel.  It's post-apocalyptic.  It definitely made me think and will probably stick with me for awhile.  I started this painting last week, late at night, but wasn't able to finish it until today.  I was out of town for a few days enjoying time with my friends/co-workers.  My husband was able to come and it was good to get away!

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No. 39: Red and White

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Second attempt at painting these tomatoes!  

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Friday, August 5, 2016

No. 38: Following the Leader

I really enjoyed painting this one.  Does anyone remember the song from Peter Pan?  I'm following the leader...or something like daughter dances to it at gymnastics and it popped into my head while I was trying to think of a title for this painting.  After that, nothing else seemed to fit! 

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

No. 37: Ruby Reds

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I had a lot of fun painting these apples.  I started by painting the apples first, then their shadows, the plate and finally the background.  I wiped the panel once when I wasn't too far along because the colors were off. The second time, I wasn't sure how it was going to go either.  The reflected light often looks out of place until I get the background in around it.  In the end I tried to just trust the process and I'm glad I did.    

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Etsy Shop is Open!

I'm still selling my art work on Daily Paintworks, but I've also reopened my Etsy shop!  

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Monday, August 1, 2016

No. 36: Mug on Yellow

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I'm not sure how I feel about this one yet.  Had such a hard time getting anything to work this weekend.  I wiped 3 panels before I finally landed on this.  I wiped two attempts at painting oranges and one attempt at painting a landscape for the DPW challenge this week.  Sometimes I can see that something definitely is not good.  But with a painting like this I'm not sure.  I would love to find a way to get better feedback about my paintings.  I don't really have artist friends.  Thinking about asking a couple of other artists (that I follow on line) if they have any tips for a new artist/ways they have been able to get feedback on their work....when painting is primarily done at home, alone, it is hard to get that.  

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