Ice Expected

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No. 437, 6″ x 6″, acrylic on hardboard
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Ice has been expected and has arrived.

Gathering Supplies

I’m so ready to get back to painting. Monday is the big day, the house will be empty and I can finally focus on a few paintings. I’ve been painting in my head for a while. Just imagining myself back at work. Of course, I’m an amazing artist in my mind. In reality I do OK. πŸ™‚

supplies

I snapped a picture of the supplies I will be using this week. On the left there are flowers. I love Hydrangea’s and was SO happy to find them in a bouquet at Trader Joe’s this morning! On the right are my paint supplies. I will be painting on hardboard panels with my Winsor & Newton University brushes (bright sizes 8 and 10). I have a limited palette of paints lines up: Titanium White, Cadmium Red Medium, Quinacridone Magenta (extra and great from pinks and purples), Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Ultramarine Blue, and Phthalo Blue. I use Golden and Liquitex heavy body acrylics.

If all goes well, I will have a few paintings to share with you this coming week.

Party Bunch

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No. 434, 6″ x 6″, acrylic on hardboard

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Just love the colors in this painting! So much I started thinking of using it as an inspiration for colors in our home.

Do You Realize

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No. 432, 7″ x 5″, watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper
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“Do You Realize” is a song by The Flaming Lips. It’s one of my favorites, but makes me cry every single time I hear it. Have a listen here.

What about you? What’s your favorite song or one that makes you cry? Or both?

ALSO…I’ve lowered the starting bid on my watercolors. I’m just not including the mat. I’ll combine shipping for up to 5 paintings! πŸ™‚

Flowers for Betsy

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No. 431, 7″ x 5″, watercolor on 140 lb. hot press paper
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Betsy is a name we don’t hear very often, but it’s one of my favorite. I have met 3 Betsy’s so far and they all seem pretty cool.

Blue Monday

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No. 430, 7″ x 5″, watercolor on 140 lb. hot press paper
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I had a hard time getting motivated today.

True Blue

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No. 415, 11″ x 9″, Β acrylic on canvas panel

I played around with acrylics a little this summer. Just a little something for the house.

The art festival went really well. In great Nebraska fashion the weather went from perfect, to raining, to windy and never really made it back to perfect.

Letting Go is Hard to Do

This summer I lost my best friend. Her name was Zoe and I shared 15 years with her.

Her passing has kind-of derailed me. I feel like a piece of me is missing and to tell you the truth, I’m a bit lost without her.

Artsarben Prep

I am in the midst of preparing for Artsarben! It’s a juried art festival at Aksarben Village and it’s happening this weekend!! Fun fact, Aksarben is Nebraska spelled backwards and was first developed in 1919 as a horse racetrack. You can find out more here.

I just wanted to get things updated around here. I haven’t posted many paintings lately, but I have been painting! Here’s what’s new:

Color Riot No. 2

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NO. 413, 7″ x 5″, watercolor on 140 lb. hot press paper

Experimenting with painting wedding bouquets. Does anyone have any bouquets they would like painted? This is my daughter’s from her wedding in October.

Sometimes & others

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No. 407, 7.5″ x 5.5″, watercolor on 140 lb. hot press paper

I’m behind on posting paintings!

Here’s how the week went:

Hope you had a great week!

Behind the Scenes

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No. 379, 7″ x 5″, watercolor on 140 lb. hot press paper

My usual approach for painting in watercolor is to just start making shapes. I usually don’t draw out my floral paintings (except for the close up florals).

Currently, I am enrolled in a class about painting large florals in acrylic. In the class we talk about creating energy and layers in our paintings until our final image reveals itself. A part of that energy is seeing the original drawings through the layers. Creating spin drawings and making a huge mess. Very different for me, but exciting!

Today I thought I would try drawing my still life with water soluble colored pencil. Not exactly sure how I feel about it, but I’ll probably experiment with this approach more.