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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Best Blooms

After painting with bright colors for a week, I enjoy switching gears for some more understated painting. This one is has color but more muted and neutral.these flowers were such a pleasure to paint.
My daughter has started back teaching art in a new school district. It is hard to believe she is beginning her seventh year. It gives me a sense of continuity that she is following the career path that I took.Teaching children can be a headache sometime but it is a worthy endeavor.What other job has people so glad to see you walk down the hall?

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Market Share

I love walking by flower markets, even the flowers in front of small groceries in big cities like Boston. I think it is the combination of all the colors. Each flower by itself is not as impressive as the group. Maybe that could be a metaphor for our lives?

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Garden Chair

I like garden settings that look inviting. This blue cushioned chair is just waiting for me to sit and and enjoy the view. Rather than smooth brush strokes I chose to add texture with some stronger strokes.I love that every time I sit down to paint I never know what is going to happen. That really suits my personality. I remember loving to substitute teach because everyday was a new niece hated doing that because she liked to know exactly what was going to happen. We need all kinds of people ( her house is much neater than mine!) but I will keep doing what I do.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Serious Pansies

This is a small(6x8) painting of a few purple pansies. I like the very close up approach. I am thinking that maybe I get a little too close. I went to the eye doctor yesterday. I examined my glasses before I went and found several tiny dots on the surface. I realize that they are paint! I was able to get them off of the surface. Maybe I need some welder's headgear!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Rose Gate

I saw a lot of this kind of scene when traveling in Massachusetts this summer. It is like roses are meant to hang around white picket fences. Summer is going to fast; although I won't be sad to say good bye to the upper '90's we are having this week. Think cool!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Afternoon Shadows

Often when I am out looking for things to photograph I find myself searching for shadows first.they can become more important than the objects .this reminds me of a scene that might have been in an old Alfred Hitchcock show. All that foreboding black and white photography.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Rose on the Edge

I like this Rose. It seems to know that its days are numbered but exhibits some optimism.Or hours!
There is a new song out by a group from England called Bastille. The song is Pompeii, a song about what happens to the doomed city. One of the lyrics say"if you close your eyes, nothing is happening. I'm going to be an optimist about this"very clever lyrics and catchy tune.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Reservation for Three

I like the drama of the shadows from the jars. Lighting from windows is always pleasing to me.
We had the pleasure of keeping our 5 year old granddaughter yesterday.She has started kindergarten but they only attend one day the first week in a small group setting. We did a lot of things but she liked the spin art we did the best. She said"this is a good experience" haha I hope all of her art experiences in the future are good!
Art tip: take an old salad spinner,tape a piece of card stock or small paper plate inside, squirt paint from small acrylic paint bottles onto paper, then spin!
A really fun project!

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Roses and Daisies

I painted this one today in my painting group. When I say group I mean one other friend who paints in watercolors. We meet at our church and solve all the world's problems while creating new work. What more could you ask for?

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Red Lineup

This is a large (16x20) painting that I have finished for a big art sale in November. I have to prepare about 15 paintings framed pretty soon. I think I won't have a problem having enough; the hard part will be choosing which ones!

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

August Zinnias

We have had such a cool summer here so flowers are still thriving. Something about the beautiful colors of zinnias makes my heart feel the way it does when I hear a saxophone! I can't quite explain the way I feel about music. I don't play the piano or an instrument but I do love music. For our 25th anniversary this summer we have scheduled 5 concerts. We see James Taylor here in Memphis next week and then a few days later David Gray in Nashville. Fun!,

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Daisy Bucket

This is what I call a casual bouquet. Stems just dropped into the bucket are just nicer than an artfully arranged florist type bouquet. I just read with my book club a book entitled The Language of Flowers. It is a novel but references the qualities and words associated with each flower. Kind of like a horoscope for flowers. I would recommend it.

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