Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, February 25, 2013

Doug's Beautiful Home

A few months ago I posted a painting I did as a commission for a former student/friend of mine.  He recently sent me a photo of the painting - beautifully framed and hanging in his home.  Thank you so much Doug for showing me how nice it looks. My former students are so special and it is a treat for me to be able to paint for them.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Colorful Chevy Truck

I revisited my experiments with color on this painting - the painting is  5" x 7" and is painted on a canvas panel with Craft Barrel acrylics.  I decided to paint a vintage Chevy truck as the subject - one of my favorite subjects, as most of you know.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Painting in the style of Mark Gould

I recently discovered the work of wonderful artist, Mark Gould,  www.markgouldart.com.  He is such a wonderful painter who specializes in colorful abstract acrylics.  I was inspired to try an acrylic painting in his style and came up with this one today.  This is VERY similar to his paintings, but was not directly copied.  Tomorrow I plan to come up with a completely original painting inspired by him.

This painting is 7" x 5" and it is painted on a canvas panel in Craft Barrel liquid acrylics - not the best paints for this type of painting, but all I have in acrylics.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Tangling Muses

 We spent last Thursday at Rosie's house - had   delicious soups (from Rosie) and wraps (Theresa) lunch.  I introduced them to zentangling and then we spent the rest of the afternoon doing Zentangles.  What great fun and a great day!
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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Rocks and Ripples

This was painted for the Watercolor Workshop February project - "all paint from one photo."    The theme for this month is painting texture and the source photo for this painting certainly has a lot of texture.  I decided to do this in a traditional manner - drawing in the ripples and painting around the ripples, one submerged rock at a time - from the top down.  The final painting leaves a lot to be desired, but over-all I am happy with the results since I have never tried to paint water ripples before.

The painting is 7" x 5" and is painted on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold-pressed watercolor paper.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Greg's Beauties

A friend of mine, and mother of a former student (I had 20+ years ago,)  commissioned these "kitty" portraits for him for a Christmas gift this last Christmas.  I didn't really have good photos to work from, but I did like the fact that the two cats were in similar positions.  She framed them beautifully and they now hang in his apartment in New York City!  He Loved them.

I didn't work for a lot of detail, but tried to catch the attitude of the cats - especially the upper picture, where she barely had her eyes open and was watching the camera very suspiciously.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Snow for a Snowy Day

Since I have taken a couple of days off from painting,after completing the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, I am posting a small watercolor and acrylic painting I did on YUPO paper Thursday afternoon with our Thursday painting group - the Muses.  I used indigo watercolor and white liquid acrylic paint.  The camera picked up darker lines than are in the actual painting - the value isn't actually this stark.  This is small (4" x 6") and will probably end up as a greeting card in the near future.