Monday, August 14, 2017

#243 Afternoon Lemons


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I painted these lemons on a little table in front of a window in my studio.  I don't think I've ever painted anything in this kind of light.  It gave the lemons a really different look than when they are in my shadowbox.  I want to experiment with it a lot more.


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Friday, August 11, 2017

#242 Blue Vase, Flowers and Peaches"


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Tried to keep the flowers somewhat loose by mostly just blocking in the lights and darks.  Also wanted to add some peaches because they will only be around for a little while longer!  This is the blue vase I purchased from At Home a couple of months ago.

A couple of process shots below...






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Thursday, August 10, 2017

#241 French Light


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Painted for this week's Daily Paintworks Challenge, The Light/Shadow Challenge.  The photo reference was taken by Carol Marine in France.  I was pretty intimidated to try this painting, but I'm pleased with how it turned out!  

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

#240 Lemons and Bottle on Blue


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I set up this still life last night after my daughter went to bed.  My intention was to paint something simple...like a lemon...because it was late and I was tired.  But once I started working on the composition I ended up with this!  It was fun.  I love lemons.  They are so pretty and challenging.  It's hard to get the subtle variations in color and value.  I'm pretty happy with how they turned out in this painting...though I wish I had played around with the edges a little more.  I'm also always challenged by painting this blue background.  It's hard for me to keep the color rich but show the difference between the light value and the dark value in shadow.  More glass...of course!

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Monday, August 7, 2017

#239 Vases and Water


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When I first read about last week's Daily Paintworks Challenge, "The Water Challenge", I immediately had 3 ideas pop into my head.  Painting the ocean, painting this still life and a painting of my daughter playing in the pool.  I didn't get to the last idea yet, but hope to paint it at some point.  Overall this was a fun piece to paint!

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

#238 Summer Melon


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I was super tired the other night.  It had been a long day with a melting down 5 year old.  I still wanted to paint, but needed to keep it simple.  I accidentally bought a seeded watermelon at Sprouts and I'm so glad I did!  I like to eat seedless, but prefer painting with seeds.  I painted it on a new linen panel I ordered through Jerry's Artarama.  It is a brown color before painted.  That threw me off a little at first, but it worked out fine.  I actually bought quite a few linen panels to experiment with them more.  I like the texture it gives the painting.  At the same time, I love the buttery smoothness of the gessobord.  It's nice to have options :)

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Friday, August 4, 2017

#237 Seaside



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I painted another beach painting.  Started it yesterday, but only had a very short time to paint and so finished it today.  I still have a lot to learn about painting this type of scene but it was fun to change things up!  


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Thursday, August 3, 2017

#236 Pear in a Pink Bowl


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I have these posts a little out of order because I painted this pear last week when I was in a pear streak.  I like painting this bowl.  It's challenging to get the drawing and values correct, but I like the color and especially the color in the shadow.  

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

#235 Rest


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Painted for this week's Challenge- The Water Challenge.  Though I live in landlocked Oklahoma I love the beach.  Obviously, it is beautiful.  But it also reminds me of the bigness and faithfulness of God.  It was fun to paint...using my favorite colors.  

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

#234 The Green Pair


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Painted the two pears again.  I couldn't get the color in the photo to quite match the painting.  Not sure why that is harder with some paintings than others.  I used a new light bulb for this one.  It is a spotlight and focused the light a lot more than the other bulb I've been using.  I don't think I did the best job capturing it but I tired to make the area in the bottom right corner show the light that was pointed there.  I like painting an object on two different colored papers and seeing how the color of the shadow changes.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

#233 Pears and a Glass Bowl


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The second in a series with pears!  I'm really happy with how the bowl turned out.  I had to simplify some of the shadows and reflections and this time it worked!  I like the green highlight on the rim.  I also like the purple stroke under the left pear.  It's the little things, I guess :)

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

#232 Pear on Pink


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When I'm needing to refocus, it often helps me to do a quick painting of a piece of fruit.  Just keep it simple.  This time I chose a pear...which I've only painted one other time for a 10 minute painting exercise.  I love back light and I can't seem to get away from pink this year. :)



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Monday, July 24, 2017

#231 Lemons and Blue


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I painted this piece last Friday.  The glass was another dollar store purchase...blue/green, of course!  I love how the shadow of the glass is colorful and light.  I really enjoyed painting on the linen panel, again.  I have one more and I'm hoping to do a third painting with lemons on it.  My plan was to do it tonight, but I was too tired from the weekend and a full day of work and errands today!

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

#230 Lemons and Linen


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I had a lot of fun experimenting with a linen panel for the first time.  It was really different from using gessobord.  I've already painted another on linen and plan to paint one more in the same way.  Maybe it will be a little series when I'm finished :)  Was out of town with my family over the weekend but hoping to paint again on Monday evening!

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Friday, July 21, 2017

#229 Morning Flowers


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I almost never paint in the mornings, but on Sunday my daughter was occupied and I had a little time before church so I decided to get started on this one.  It was nice to paint while I was still kind of fresh in the day!  Ha!  The flowers were tricky.  I started with them and wiped them 3 times before getting it like they are now.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

#228 Get Loose


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Painted for the Daily Paintworks Challenge. It was really fun experimenting. I definitely see a different between the first apple and the last, but it was hard to make it get a little bit looser each time. I definitely want to try this again!

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

#227 Mr. Serious


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Painted for last week's DPW Challenge.  I started it last week but didn't get a chance to finish it until yesterday.  It felt pretty out of control when I started but it came together in the end.  

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

#226 July Book Club


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We read "Orphan Train" for this month's book club.  It is historical fiction and I really enjoyed it.  I experimented with a pattern in the background of this one.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

#225 The Blue One


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I painted this last week and I'm just now posting it here.  I purchased the mug at the dollar store when I was buying supplies for my daughter's birthday party.  I'm always drawn to things that are blue and green.  I struggled with the mug but in the end it turned out ok.  

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Friday, July 7, 2017

#224 Pinky and Wild


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I tried to kind of go back to the basics last night.  I think part of why I've been struggling this last week is because I'm trying to be further along in my painting journey than I really am.  I watched some Carol Marine Artbytes last night and I was reminded of why daily painting is so good for growth as an artist.  For now, I need to stick with painting daily (or close to that) and not worry so much about producing a masterpiece.  That last part is hard for me.  I need to give myself time to grow and not be so hard on myself!  I painted a pink lady apple from Sprouts and a little green apple my husband picked off a tree this week.  

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

#223 Breakfast


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Painting has been such a struggle ever since I returned from my trip to Texas.  I've had the desire but I haven't liked much that I've tried painting.  I painted this piece for this week's DPW challenge to paint breakfast foods.  I tried two other compositions and wiped both.  I'm still not sure what I think of this one.  I'm in a weird place with my painting these days.  When I first started painting, if the object I painted was recognizable it was a success!  Ha!  I also used mainly one technique...the one I found the most help with on line.  Now I'm experimenting with different techniques, trying to figure out what compositions I like, etc.  I think it will be good in the long run, but it is messy along the way!  

Friday, June 30, 2017

#222 Circles and Colors


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I was drawn to the colors in this set up and all of the circles.  Composition is really hard for me.  Is it for you?  When I first started painting, I sort of took it for granted.  Over time I've realized how important it is.  I still have a lot to learn about it.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

#221 Pink and Green Berries


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I didn't paint for almost a week because I was out of town visiting family in Texas!  On Tuesday I attempted painting a purple/pink rose for the DPW Challenge, but it wasn't quite right.  So I wiped it off on Wednesday afternoon.  Last night, I tried to do something more simple and it was good for getting back into the swing of things.  Still trying to decide what I'm going to paint tonight.  I have a couple of apples and an orange.  Or I might try the rose again!  

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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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