Sunflower Medley

Posted on Sep 17, 2011

Sunflower Medley

The hubby bought me sunflowers again, so I painted them. The red ones came from an Amish woman at the farmer’s market, and the yellow ones were from Fresh Market. In other news, Liquitex added more of my acrylic paintings to their Inspire site: Bumble Bee Bop, Rivalry, Portrait of the Chicken as a Young Cockerel, and Little Big Dog. Liquitex Inspire is a beautifully designed site featuring the work of a variety of artists who use Liquitex acrylics. Available on...

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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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Life Becoming

Posted on Jul 16, 2011

Life Becoming

This week I’m hosting the painting challenge on Daily Paintworks. It’s called “The Color Of Music,”  and you’re invited to play along! The idea is to paint a favorite piece of music, converting sound to pigment. My song choice, “Life Becoming,” comes from a long-time favorite album by Michael Nesmith called “The Garden.”   This mostly instrumental album comes boxed with a short novel. The idea is to play the music while...

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Summer Yellow

Posted on Jul 13, 2011

Summer Yellow

This pretty sunflower and its five friends currently reside on my work table, thanks to my wonderful husband. Usually I paint from printouts or my monitor, but this one was painted from life thanks to the impending demise of my computer.  Poor thing has been overheating and locking up every few minutes and generally making my life miserable. Tomorrow I’ll send it over the electronic rainbow bridge and set up its replacement. Then I can finally get some work done!...

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Gift Worthy

Posted on Jun 5, 2011

Gift Worthy

Confession: I’ve always wanted to paint a gift wrapped up in shiny ribbons, but it’s an iconic subject for some artists, and therefore one I stay away from. If you want to see what I mean, check out Karen Appleton’s work. Or Carol Marine, who does awesome bowage. (My word.) When Carol offered The Gift Challenge on Daily Paintworks, I jumped in, because everyone will be doing bows this week so it won’t look like I’m copying someone else. My...

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Red Tulips, Green Leaves

Posted on Apr 17, 2011

Red Tulips, Green Leaves

Soon, our tulips will be gone, so it was time to paint them. When the light shines through them, they look like glowing lanterns. I tried a couple of new things this time: One, a cradled wood panel by American Easel. They’re very well made, and don’t need to be framed. I used GAC 100 as a clear barrier so I could still see the wood as I painted. I wanted to leave the wood sides natural (varnished), but they looked unfinished, so they got a coat of black paint....

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Sunflower Memories

Posted on Apr 16, 2011

Sunflower Memories

My husband is so cool. Even though we have a yard full of flowers, he brought home sunflowers because we didn’t have any flowers in the house.  I painted them because there’s no better way to commit a sight to memory.  

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Favorite Things

Posted on Nov 26, 2008

Favorite Things

“Favorite Things” Oil painting on hardboard panel, 11 x 14″ A few of artist Karen Jurick’s favorite things. This was painted from her photo on her weekly artist’s challenge, Different Strokes From Different Folks. Go to the blog to see the reference photo we were given to use, and the many interpretations submitted by artists. Somewhere I have a similar painting I did ten years ago, of some of my favorite things at the time: A white ceramic...

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