Sunday, October 23, 2011

Breakfast Buddies

This is a quick painting I did when a friend was over for some tea. The challenge was provided by Jen Smith of Rookie Painter.
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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Tulips, One Heart

This is a 5x7 oil painting of a photo either I took or my daughter took of the Tulips at Descanso Gardens. It was taken a long time ago but just got around to painting them.
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Monday, August 15, 2011

Beach Rocks

These are some river rocks that I picked up from a beach in Oregon. I painted them per a request of one of my daughters. This is the first time I ever used acrylics. I love how they dry so quickly on the rock but I hate how quickly it dries on my palette.
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

I Break for Tea

This is this week's challenge for DPW we were supposed to paint our favorite mug. Since no photo was supplied I took my stuff outside into the sun and set up my own composition. I had never done that before! I enjoyed playing around with the objects. I then took a photo and printed it off and begun to paint. I LOVE tea and this is one of my favorites, Peachberry Jasmine Sutra which has a lovely color and smell. The big mug allows me to stick my face in it and smell it as well as taste it.
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Thursday, August 4, 2011

I'm Sill in Love With You

This was for the DPW Challenge. The challenge was to get the values correct. We were given a black and white photo and told to paint it then check our own painting in black and white to see if we got it right. I think I got the values pretty close .
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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Yoo-Hoo Taxi

This is an old challenge from A Day Not Wasted but ironically I must have done so because this challenge was a year ago! My eyesight is not very good at seeing detail so my eyes got tired quickly doing this and I took far too may breaks.
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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Glorious Groundcover

This was painted for the DPW challenge. We were limited to the colors we were to use, we were asked to paint from nature not a photo and we were given an hour. So this is what I came up with. Definitely better than an old painting of mine that I painted over. Still if I had more time...
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Monday, May 30, 2011

Zoe II

This is my finished version of the dog challenge for ADNW. I touched up the background and redid the top of his head.
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Monday, March 28, 2011


This is my 21 year old daughter, Hannah. I am doing my best.


My twenty four year old daughter Grace. Sorry girls I am trying.

Bag This

This is my submission for the rookiepainter. It was definitely a tricky one.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Little Red Headed Guy

I am still working on my portraits. I like working with watercolor pencils and a Niji water brush when doing portraits. They offer more control than the normal watercolors. I think of them as training wheels almost. I made a mistake by using a black pen for out- lining, oh well live and learn.
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Medussa's Plant

This was just for fun.
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Monday, March 7, 2011

Pitcher Picture

This is my submission for the Rookiepainter Challenge. The original photo showed all the pitchers lined up in a row. I decided, like some of the other artists, to change the composition. This is the first time I used the Masque pen. I need to work on either painting larger pictures or controlling the amount of fluid that comes out of the pen.
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Reflecting on Apples

Apples are one of my favorite subjects. I don't know why. This is for The Rookie Painter Challenge. I was upset about the line through the top apple. I did not realize that this paper had another drawing on the other side of it until it was too late. When the paper got wet it showed through and unfortunately dried that way too. .The other picture on the pack was an oil pastel that had stuck the next page to it so I did not notice. Lesson learned! Alas I will not submit it, but you can go look at the others if you want.
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Monday, February 14, 2011

Ahhh Beans !

This is in response to the Paint and Draw Together Blog Challenge hosted by Lela Stankovic who has been a wonderful virtual teacher to me . Not to say that I have mastered it by any means. I know I have a lot to learn and that is part of the fun. She challenged us by giving us a photo with nothing but a gray background and she asked us to use aerial perspective. I had no idea what this meant but she took time to explain it to me and gave me some examples. Now I at least know what it is and here is my attempt at it.
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Lake Powell

This is a painting from a photo I took last summer at Lake Powell, Arizona on a boat tour in the canyons. Today is 82 degrees in California and it feels like summer again even though it is a wild winter almost everywhere else. I am sending warm thoughts your way.
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Monday, January 10, 2011

Objects of Desire

This is my submission to the Paint and Draw Together Challenge 13. I just realized I missed the deadline by two days! Dang! Take a look at the original photo if you have time and let me know what you think. The flower was added at the end because the original photo reminded me of a Salvador Dali . So I know that he liked to float things in the sky so I thought I'd try it. The flower is a xerox copy,cut out from the painting I did last month. So with or without? I have not glued it on yet.
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