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Friday, October 31, 2014


This is a watercolor for a change. These flowers were in an art center in Pennsylvania where I took classes.At the time it was late afternoon and the shadows were wonderful. It was a pleasure to paint them.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Daffodil Time

Of course it is not really daffodil time but here we are anyway.I am sure some greenhouse somewhere there are some growing but a photo will have to do for me.The red tulips add a little pop to the whites of the daffodils.I am reminded of spring which reminds me that I need to buy bulbs soon. We always try to time our purchase so that they are on sale later in the season. Our climate is so mild here that we often don't plant until late December.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Aqua Vase

Zinnias continue to fascinate me. I love the shapes the flowers and the leaves make.The still life is made up of pieces like a puzzle;hopefully they ultimately fit together perfectly.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Gray Ladder

This is a slice of life painting.i like the strong shadows cast by the pots.I seem to choose the close up corners of buildings rather than the whole structure. Maybe this because I like to leave something to the imagination.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It is hard to explain what catches my eye for a painting subject is hard to explain. It is kind of like the phrase" I know it when I see it."It could be some interesting shapes or colors or just some unusual objects that catch the light in just the right way.Once I start painting it is always a mysterious journey to see what will happen. I think that is what I love so much about painting. I really appreciate the opportunity that I have to pursue this wonderful thing I am blessed with.It beats shopping for entertainment!

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Location:Window Dressing

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Cool Shadows

Although the flowers are bright and colorful in this painting, I think the cool shadows become the important element here.
This summer was our 25th wedding anniversary. Instead of a jewelry gift for me I suggested a "summer of love" concert tour. (homage to 1969) Tomorrow night we will attend a Ryan Adams concert in St. Louis as our last concert of that tour. We saw James Taylor twice,Ray Lamontagne,David Gray and Counting Crows. Best summer ever!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Hidden Hills

Landscapes are an abstraction to me. When painting distant objects I naturally think of the scene as an abstract. Maybe because there are less details. I enjoy popping in unexpected colors.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Geraniums and Shutter

Good things come in threes- especially in compositions in paintings. An odd number always works, even numbers sometime divide the painting into equal parts that aren't as pleasing. There are exceptions to the rule when the objects are not equal size and there are other elements included. I have found that when organizing a composition if I trust instincts it usually works out. ( one of the few advantages of age)

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Sun Geraniums

I paint a lot of geraniums;I think they are such happy flowers. The best view is of a sunlit plant that shows a variation of shades of colors. It would be pretty boring if everything was the same color. The background is just a suggestion. The camera does that for us in photography so we have to do it for ourselves in painting from life.Ofherwise our eyes would be on overload taking it all in.

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