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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Thursday, June 8, 2017

#213 The Barn Challenge

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Painted for this week's DPW Challenge.  I know there is a lot to improve on this painting.  I won't mention all the things driving me crazy about it.  But it was good to paint something yesterday and I'm glad I gave it a shot.  One thing I do like is how the trim turned out around/on the windows and doors.  When I painted them, I just painted it in quickly and thought I would go back and fix them.  But I like how that part wasn't overdone.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

#212 Pink and Orange

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I named this painting "Pink and Orange" because those were my inspirations.  The bowl is actually my 4 year old's and has a picture of Cinderella on it, but I left that part out!  Ha!  I never thought I would enjoy painting the color pink as much as I do.  Maybe it is the time of year?  It was good to work on just a basic 6x6 still life after trying some new things recently.  

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Monday, June 5, 2017

#211 White Rose



14x11 inch oil on gessobord

I used an artificial flower in this painting and it worked great.  It was my first time painting a white rose.  I painted all of it one evening and then fixed a couple of places the next day.  I tried blocking in the painting, again, this time.  I also worked from dark to light for most of it.  I also went for a softer look.  I'm still exploring so much about art and who I will be as an artist.  I think it is good to try new things and new ways of doing things.  I do think that every painting is helpful...even if it doesn't turn out well because I still learn things.  I will be selling this painting at the Indie Trunk Show this weekend.  If it doesn't sell, I will have it listed online!

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

#210 Homeward Bound



10x10 inch oil

I took the reference photo for this painting while I was driving home from the art workshop in Alabama.  I think this was Arkansas.  I had a great trip home.  It was long, but the weather was beautiful and I listened to an audiobook, which helped pass the time!  Ever since painting clouds for the Daily Paintworks Challenge a few weeks ago, I've been wanting to paint more.  I'm going to try to sell this piece framed at the Indie Trunk Show next weekend.  If it doesn't sell there, I will list it online!

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

#209 Foodies

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Painted for this week's DPW Challenge from the photo that was provided.  Carol Marine took the photo reference when she was in France recently for an art workshop she taught!  I have only done 1 or maybe 2 other figurative paintings.  I'm usually too intimidated to try, though I LOVE figurative works by others.  It was actually a lot of fun.  I started with a thin block-in using paint mixed with with mineral spirits.  I learned to do that at the Gina Brown workshop.  I also worked dark to light and came back with some thicker paint in some places after the block-in.  

Here are a couple of other pictures showing sketches before I started painting.  



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Friday, May 26, 2017

#208 Fun Flower Challenge


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I painted this flower last Sunday for the Daily Paintworks Challenge,  but didn't get a chance to post it until now.  I had a great week in Alabama at a Gina Brown Workshop.  If you have never seen her art you should check it out!  I will write a whole post about it soon. Right now I'm trying to get this written quickly before putting my 4 year old to bed :)  I felt a little crazy in the middle of this painting but I like how it turned out in the end.  The pinks in the painting are warmer than they appear in the photo.  It was hard to get it to match!  

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Friday, May 19, 2017

#207 The Yellow Truck


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I had a hard time getting a photo of this painting without the glare!  My daughter and I were driving home yesterday when I spotted this yellow truck in my neighborhood.  We pulled over and I took a quick photo.  Truth be told, I also took several pictures of a nearby mail truck and hope to paint it before long.  I don't know why, but I'm always inspired by mail trucks around town!  It was really fun painting the yellow parts of this truck.  I tried to keep the rest simple and without much detail.  I like landscapes like that.  I'm very inspired by Michael Chamberlain.  You should check out his art.  It was a challenge to draw.  

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

#206 Light on Berry

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I took the photo reference for this painting about a month ago, sitting at a stoplight, when I was taking my daughter to AWANA.  The clouds in the sky were beautiful that evening.  I took a couple of other photo references at lights and maybe I will get around to painting them, too.  I'm glad I attempted more clouds.  I had a little more of a plan for how to approach them this second time.  I started by painting the lightest parts, then the darkest values, and then the values in between.  Seemed to work pretty well.  What is your process for painting clouds?

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

#205 Sweet Cherries


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I'm so excited that cherries are back in season.  Not only are they delicious, but I really enjoyed learning to paint them last summer.  It's also fun that I've been oil painting for almost a year now and I'm returning to subjects from last year.  I can already see an improvement, which is very encouraging.  Hoping to paint a  lot more cherries this summer!  I'm still trying to use thicker paint and more pronounced strokes.  I'm also trying to play around with the edges more than when I first started painting.  The background of this painting is a little more mint green than the photo shows.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

#204 The Cloud Challenge


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This week's Daily Paintworks Challenge is to paint clouds.  Since I've never painted a cloudscape, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to give it a try.  It was definitely challenging!  I respect artists who paint cloudscapes even more now.  It was hard for me to slow down and really pay attention to the value and color shifts in the clouds.  

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

#203 Lemons and Blue Bowl


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This was the second painting from Monday night.  I don't usually paint more than one in an evening but I was on a roll and didn't want to stop!  I painted the bowl at a place in OKC called The House of Clay.  It's a pottery painting place.  I also painted a ceramic vase that I want to use as still life prop soon.  I'm hoping to go back and paint more pieces to use in my paintings.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

#202 Little Yellow

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I painted this lemon on Monday evening.  I was tired and almost didn't paint but I'm so glad I did.  It was one of those rare times when I didn't over think things and cared less about the result than the process.  I experimented with thicker paint and I really like how it turned out.   I think I get stingy with paint at times and also lack confidence when mixing up a pile of paint.  This time I tried to let those things go!  I painted a second painting afterwards that I also really like.  I'll post that one tomorrow!

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

#201 Watermelons on Green


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I'm late writing this post.  Finished this painting a few days ago and have already moved on to lemons!  I used green and red because they are complimentary colors and usually work well together.  Worked on my values and creating a sense of light.  

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Friday, May 5, 2017

#200 Yellow Pitcher and Watermelon


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This one was a struggle.  I don't know what it is about ceramics that is so hard for me!  I started with the watermelon slices and their shadows.  Then I started on the pitcher.  I went back to it later in the evening, wiped off the handle and corrected the shape of bottom of the pitcher.  I also darkened the values on the right side of it.  I don't have time to paint today, but I'm thinking about doing a 10 minute mug challenge...or something like that with a ceramic item to help me loosen up a bit and not overthink it.  I also had a hard time getting the photo to look right.  

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

#199 Watermelon Slices

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I started painting this while my daughter was "napping" and finishing it up once she was awake and at my feet!  Didn't go so well! Ha!  I was so distracted and went back to it again in the evening to correct the things that didn't look right.  I had to make the shadowed sides of the slices a darker value and I brightened up the background a little, too.  Hoping to paint more watermelon again this week.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

#198 April Book Club


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I'll admit I really like this one.  When I set the still life up in my box I wasn't too sure how it would go.  I like the color of the apple, I like the gold in the background and I like the pink of the eraser.  Maybe the book is a little crooked?  I haven't loved my last few paintings so it was nice to do one that I'm more pleased with.

For April we read "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman.  Very interesting!  We will talk about it this Sunday and looking forward to it.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

#197 Yellow Daisies


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I think this will be the last painting from the bouquet I purchased last week.  Wanted to do something a little more dramatic for this one.  It was actually a lot of fun to paint.  I used a piece of cardboard next to the light source to push the background into deeper shadow.  I also experimented with my brushwork a little though you can't tell as well in the photo.  

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

#196 Daisy Bouquet


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Another painting from the bouquet I bought at Sprouts last week.  Some of the flowers didn't make it, but I have a few that are still hanging on!  I really tried to focus on values in this painting and keeping it simple...though it took longer than I thought it would!  I'm struggling this week.  I still feel so wiped.  I think I'm either fighting something off or just have bad allergies right now.  It's also the end of the ministry year (I work part time in college ministry).  Makes sense I would be feeling tired at the end, plus I already started my summer assignment for work.  I just have not had much energy for painting...and another very busy week in front of me.  Hoping to hit a groove again soon.  

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Friday, April 28, 2017

#195 Daisies and Lemon


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Painted a little bigger for this one.  I wanted to paint more of these flowers while they still look good!  I also decided to paint if for this week's Daily Paintworks Challenge...to paint lost edges.  I tried to include a couple.  Do you see them?  Overall it was fun to paint and my daughter actually took a nap today...so nice to not feel rushed!  

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

#193 and #194 Pink Gerbera


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I wasn't able to paint for a week!  I was at a conference for work Thursday thru Sunday night and was totally wiped by the time I got home.  I spent Monday and Tuesday taking care of our home and getting a little break.  I think the combination of getting ready for the art show and then travel for work was lot for me!  But I pulled out my paints today while my daughter was resting and decided to paint one of the flowers that I bought at Sprouts this week.  I wiped off the petals initially and started over.  It worked better the second time around.  


6x6 inch oil on Archers Oil paper

This painting was an experiment.  It was my first time using oil paper...completely different from canvas and gessobord!  The paint felt really dry while I applied it.  I just tried to capture the values and colors in this painting.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

#192 Orange Buds and 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk


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I painted this one last night late and after a long day, but I had it in my mind and wanted to see it in real life!  I've had a lot of fun painting oranges this week.  The tulips have been fun, too.  I'm not sure what I will paint next.  I might try something for the DPW Challenge.  The challenge is to focus on brushstrokes and maybe even try different brushes than you are used to using.  I really haven't explored brushwork too much so it would probably be good for me to do.  I'm leaving town on Thursday and won't be back until late Sunday night. It's for work.  My time to paint this week is definitely limited.  Hoping to get 1-2 more painted before I leave!  

Friday night was the 2nd Friday Norman Art walk in downtown Norman.  I've never shown any of my art there, but this month I showed 28 pieces at a place called The Social Club.  Not only was my art there for the art walk but it will hang there for the next month!  It was a great night.  A lot of my sweet friends stopped by to encourage me and I sold some art!  I included a few pictures below.




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Saturday, April 15, 2017

#191 Tulips, Pink and Oranges


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Painted these flowers and orange slices a couple of days ago, but I didn't like it too much.  I don't usually go back to a painting and try to correct it, but this time I did.  I made the light sides of the tulips more saturated and gave the background a little more color, too.  I think it helped.  

I had a great time at the 2nd Friday Norman Artwalk last night.  I showed my paintings there for the first time.  I'll write more about it in the next couple of days.  Too tired tonight :)  Been getting the house ready for Easter lunch with friends tomorrow.  Though I did manage to squeeze in another tulip piece tonight.  Post that one tomorrow!  

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Friday, April 14, 2017

#190 Citrus on White


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This painting is my second attempt at painting orange slices.  In my first one, the composition wasn't great.  I thought it looked good in the shadow box but not on the panel.  For this one I was more careful with the composition and I think I got the values more accurate.  I love the look of oranges in paintings so I hope to paint more soon!

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