Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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Beauty As Well As Bread

Beauty As Well As Bread

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. 
-John Muir

Yellowstone National Park is one of my favorite places to visit. It is a place that does heal and give strength to my soul. This pour of Yellowstone Canyon took me the past couple of weeks to complete. I chose to do 7 layers of pours and was really nervous about how it would turn out. Masking all those layers seemed confusing at times. I had to get up and walk away from the painting when I started to go cross-eyed.
I usually stick to 3 colors when I pour but decided to add an extra color - quinacridone sienna. It helped give the canyon walls a nice earthy color, yet keep the vibrancy that I enjoy when I paint.  I also chose to use both the red shade and the green shade of the phthalo blue. I started out with the red shade but decided my greens were becoming too dull so switch to the green shade. Plus the green shade worked better for the water.  I have to say that I really am quite please with it.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

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Varnishing Brush

Varnishing Brush

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am spending time with family this month in Idaho and haven't had time to paint or to post much. However, I was able to paint the above brush.
It is one of my varnishing brushes. I use it to varnish some of my watercolors so they don't have to be put under glass. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

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Fan Brush

Fan Brush

I'm back to painting more of my supplies. This one is my fan brush. What do you need a fan brush in watercolor for? Why for cheering you on while you paint grass and fur, of course!

Friday, August 5, 2016

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Born A Country Girl

Born A Country Girl

During the past month, not only was I trying to paint my supplies on a daily basis, I was also completing some unfinished paintings. The above portrait was demonstrated for a class of mine this past spring and I finally got around to finishing the hat and background. The model is my cute niece who happens to love horseback riding and all things country. 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

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Day 31 Month Long Project

Brown Eyed Girl

It is the last day of the challenge and I am so happy that I did! It has been difficult on some days to take the time to paint, especially with the weather being so nice. I also did some traveling during the month but discovered that if I planned my time well and got up early, I was able to get a small painting completed.

For my final post of the month, I thought I would show what I have been working on when I wasn't painting my supplies. 
It is a portrait of my daughter's friend. 

Painting everyday has made me fall in love with painting again. As mentioned before, due to circumstances, I got away from it and forgot how doing something creative on a daily basis improves my mood, keeps me focused, and inspires me to be a happier and healthier person. 
I must admit that it will be difficult to continue to paint daily, especially since I will be spending the rest of the summer with family, but I can bring my studio and camera with me as I try to stay inspired.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

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Day 30 So Much More Than A Toothbrush


I have a few toothbrushes in my studio and I use them for a variety of reasons - from splattering paint to scrubbing paint off. I thought it would be fun to try to paint one of the. 

Friday, July 29, 2016

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Day 29 Mechanical Pencil

Mechanical Pencil

Another must have for an artist is a pencil. I prefer using a mechanical pencil because I like to have a sharp point at all times. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

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