Flare

Posted on Sep 13, 2011

Flare

This is a harness racing horse I saw at the State Fair a couple of years ago. It’s painted in M. Graham gouache. I love gouache!  The matte surface is so velvety. I’d use it more often, if it didn’t require framing under glass. Available on Artfire

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Holiday Road

Posted on Sep 10, 2011

Holiday Road

Funny how some paintings grow on you. When I finished this one a few weeks ago, I didn’t think it was up to my standards. I was going to wipe it off and start over. But it had so freaking much paint on it. Wiping it would have created a toxic mess. So I put it aside, thinking it would be easier to deal with when dry. Over the weeks, my revulsion mellowed. I started thinking maybe it wasn’t so bad. Maybe even I liked it a little bit. The warmth of the colors made...

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Redear Sunfish

Posted on Sep 9, 2011

Redear Sunfish

This painting proves that just about any subject can be found at the State Fair if you look around enough. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has a beautiful display of fish at the Indiana State Fair. Outdoor ponds and indoor aquariums showcase native and introduced species.  There’s even a catch and release fishing pond where kids can learn to fish under supervision. What attracted me to this redear sunfish was the translucence of his fins. The light shining...

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Goatee

Posted on Sep 2, 2011

Goatee

I never really thought about the source of the word “goatee,’ until I saw this guy. He had quite a nice beard, long, silky, and clean. Here are a few shots taken along the way: Available on...

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Stare Down

Posted on Aug 28, 2011

Stare Down

Chickens scare me a little. I’m glad this one was locked safely behind bars at the State Fair. Though, if looks could kill… Any chicken experts out there know what breed this is? When I took the photos, I thought it was a Salmon Faverolle, but when I checked my photos against images on the web, there appeared to be too much red.  

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Twenty Lashes

Posted on Aug 25, 2011

Twenty Lashes

This pig had amazing eyelashes,  hence the title. This is another ink drawing done live at the fair, with color added in the studio. Available on Artfire

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Feed Me

Posted on Aug 24, 2011

Feed Me

The sign actually said, “Please hold hand flat when feeding,” but the goat’s eyes said, “Please feed me.” The key to photographing petting zoo animals is to carry a few pellets in your hand and wave them around every so often. Otherwise, you’ll be ignored. These animals have no patience for anyone not bearing a tasty treat. This one started as a live pen and wash sketch at the fair. Later in the studio, with my memory jogged by photo...

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The Buzz

Posted on Aug 19, 2011

The Buzz

It seems like months since these happy little bees rolled into the state fairgrounds on the back of a truck, but really, it was just over two weeks ago. My husband was over at fairgrounds as the carnival rides were arriving for the fair, and snapped some photos of the unassembled Bumble Bee Bop ride  – the cutest ride in the world – knowing I’d jump at the chance to paint it.  I got to work on it right away,  but then the Fair started, and I put it aside...

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For Luck

Posted on Jul 29, 2011

For Luck

Thought I’d try a more subdued palette for these water lilies. These plants were part of an indoor Japanese garden at the Indiana State Fair last year. Further proof that I can find just about any subject at the fair. Speaking of my state fair, it opens next week. I keep a running list of subjects I still need to photograph and paint for my book. Number one on my list this year is Dachshund racing!  I crave doing a painting of them. Dock diving dogs are another one...

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