Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Laughing with Leaves

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An artist friend of mine, Julie Douglas, recently published a wonderful book called "Notes from the Atelier - Practical Steps to Successful Observation Drawing and Painting."

I haven't read the entire thing (because it's BIG and chock full!) but what I have read so far is wonderful! So if you or someone you know would like to learn to draw and/or paint (most of the exercises use watercolor), or need a refresher course, and can forgive Julie (British) for spelling the word "colour" wrong ; ), consider this book. You can't go wrong. (read more reviews...)

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Please Don't Leaf Me Alone with This Guy

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I've been taking advantage of the last bit of fall here. These are some leaves I collected on the walk to my son's bus stop in the morning. I thought of the title while I was setting it up. : )

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Corralling Potatoes

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I thought I'd have one more go at these little potatoes before they're added to stew. Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to paint!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Onions and Potatoes

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A while ago I stopped painting onions because I decided my style just made them look like odd-colored balls. But because I think we should regularly question old decisions, I had another go. And what's equally odd-ball-ish? Little red potatoes.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Hogging the Mirror

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This scene reminds me of the girls bathrooms when I was in high school. All the girls would crowd around the mirror to check hair and makeup. I avoided the bathroom unless absolutely necessary.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Just Steps from the Courtyard

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Today I picked up a new order of books - my little collections of 100 small paintings. I have a brand new book this year - vol. 8, and I think it looks super fine!

Because I have limited storage space at my house, I am only going to keep printing 5 books at a time, so I will only carry volumes 4-8 for now. I still have 8 copies of volume 3, so get them while they last.                              ORDER BOOKS HERE
(ps. they make great Christmas gifts!! ; )

In Honor of Citrus

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I'm re-posting this one because my buyer fell through. It happens every once in a while.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Parked in France

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This was another of my favorite photos from my time in France this year. I discovered this little scene just down the hill from the chateau we were living in, on a walk-around with some of my students.

The past few months I've been doing a lot of non-painting stuff. I've painted here and there, but yesterday I realized that I'm not going to grow as an artist unless I'm painting more often. Wait, I seem to remember a book mentioning this ... a book about ... daily painting? Maybe I should crack that again. Anyway.

So in re-devoting myself to art, I learned (again) that when you're rusty, it's good to gift yourself some "learning time." This could mean warm-ups, or it could simply mean a few "uglies." I've come to expect them, the uglies. I mean, they happen on a regular basis, but they happen often when we've been away a while. So expect it. And if it doesn't happen, yay! But if it does, you won't be disappointed, right? You'll just think, ok, here they are, it can only get better from here.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

One of Us?

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On this, the day before Thanksgiving, I'd like to express my gratitude for:
pretty much all things shiny
and you
for all your encouragement.
Thank you so much,
and happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Shopping with Purpose

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This is one I started a couple of weeks ago and was interrupted halfway through. I stopped right in the middle of a VERY ugly stage, so it took me a while to get excited about it again. But I finally did, and while I fear I may have overworked it, I'm happy with the result.

In other news, I wanted to point you to an artist friend of mine who sells his larger landscapes in galleries for big $, but is currently letting go of some small gems on Daily Paintworks for peanuts. His name is Paul Kratter, and here is his website, and DPW gallery. I've mentioned him before because he's one of the organizers of the Sierra trips I go on sometimes, plus just an all around great guy!

Friday, November 17, 2017

You Just Don't Understand, Mom!

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I found these two peppers at the grocery store the other day and this scene just popped into my head. Maybe it's the fact that I'm currently dealing with an almost teenager? Nah - couldn't be.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Family Three

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And here's family number three. We had such high hopes for little Johnny, but he turned out to be not a terribly bright bulb. But we think Mary Jane is a shoe in. : )

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Family Two

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Here's my second in the "family" series. I think the uncle in the front is a bit of a lush.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Family One

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I had an idea the other day to do a series of still life paintings that reflect the odd combinations that make up any given family. I mean, even siblings can be pretty different from each other, and their parents, but then add to that mix in-laws, step-parents, ex-spouses, and then how about the ex's new family once they get re-married. Well, yes, not everyone has the same kind of family gatherings we have, but still, families are ... well, interesting. We don't always see eye to eye, but sometimes, in glorious moments, you sit around a table and can all laugh at the same thing, at the same time, and in those moments, family seems pretty great.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Pumpkin Patch

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Recently I started a painting of a German city-scene and got interrupted right in the middle. It was also right smack-dab in the middle of its "ugly phase." It sat on my easel for days after, very distinctly NOT calling to me. So I finally went and got something - anything! - else to paint. Eventually I'll get back to the city-scene. But for now, pumpkins.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Choosy Bird

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This was QUITE a challenge to paint. Anytime I have a painting with this many similar values ... oi. Nuf said.

The Patient Husband

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You may recognize this painting. It's a long story, but it traveled far and wide looking for a home, and in the end returned to me. So in case you missed it the first time, here's another chance.

I also wanted to say, since I've gotten a few worried emails, I am fine. My family is fine. And I'll be back to painting and posting soon. : )

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

What THEY Say

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I wish I could give you a longer lead time (it wasn't under my control), but...

Registration for my France workshop (next July)
will open tomorrow (Thursday, Nov 2nd) at 11am, PST.

Here is all the info (scroll down once you get to this page). I've had quite a bit of interest for this workshop, so I expect it to fill pretty fast. BTW, there are spots for artists, but also for non-painting partners. This was SUCH a fun workshop this year, and I'm really looking forward to next year!

In other news, I survived camping with my husband. : )

Saturday, October 28, 2017

To Love or to Eat?

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This pig has a dilemna. Should he love and adore the tomato, or should he eat it? He's very perplexed. Thank goodness my husband loves and adores me, as he's taking me camping for a few days, and I'm pretty sure he's not planning on having me for dinner. Back soon, fingers crossed.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Cutting Edge

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So, about that last workshop I taught in San Antonio ... I promised a report, so here it is. Honestly, it was like, a really great group of kids! Quite a few were from Texas, and a number from the NE, so the accent mix was quite interesting.

To the right are the few photos I managed to take - sorry there aren't more.

I also didn't get photos of any of my demos, so I'll end with our group photo. Thanks, y'all, for being such great kids for my very last still life workshop! : )