Thursday, January 26, 2017

Pink!

This is the day six painting in the 30-n-30.  Unfortunately I don't have more to follow this one right now, but still hoping to get going again.  I don't know if it's the weather, the move, life crazies, retiring early, or what - just finding it difficult to get back into a routine.  The studio in our new home is fabulous so it must be something else. . . . We are still pinching ourselves with how wonderful life is in our new home and embracing all the changes that come with moving: logistics, finding our new favorite restaurants/shops, paring down, and dare I say right-sizing!  

This painting was more complicated than most but exciting as it all came together.  I love using PaintMyPhoto for reference because it's all focused on photos for ARTISTS to paint. Certainly helps with my composition-challenged-brain.  Rosalind Amorin offers really delightful setups.

Pretty in Pink
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Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Daisy

Another great find, PMP photographer Sanne Madeliefje, Daisy.  You can’t really tell, but this is a lone flower emerging from a crack in a sea of asphalt.  Beautiful and confident despite being mired in what appears to be a hard, unforgiving environment.  Reminds me that we’re all just trying to thrive in the world around us and hopefully working to make it a better, happier place.  This is a personal favorite!

Apologies for re-doing the blog posts, but using new photos and adding auction links for those who may be interested.  

Recent attempts have been wipe offs which used to hardly happen to me.  Maybe that will go away once I get back into the rhythm of painting and posting every day! Fingers-crossed.


Street Daisy
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Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time. 


The Bear

The bear from day 10 of the 30-n-30.  Finally, the professional photo vs. me with an iPhone at the end of the day in a dark studio!   Love the way he turned out and I have to repeat the little poem we used to say as kids about my sister's favorite bear - the one so loved he was a bit tattered. The good old days when things were loved despite how they looked.  


Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear,
Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair,
Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't fuzzy,
was he?

Fuzzy Wuzzy
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Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Looking Forward

Valentine's Day cup inspired by Daily Paintworks' The Cuppa Challenge. Bought this cup for my husband a few years ago, he seemed to like it.  The challenge suggested the cup should be painted with something hot inside it.  Taking artistic license to the max, decided that this cup is filled with love . . .  'nff said.  What would you fill it with?


Valentine's Cup
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Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Puddle Challenge

A fun challenge from the Paint My Photo website to paint something with an obvious puddle. Cardinal reflected on an icy road.  I also painted it for my art club since that challenge was to paint something different - as in try new things.  Since I usually focus on still-lifes, there's not many opportunities to paint reflections. It was indeed a challenge.

Reflections
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Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time. 


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Honey Bear

Trying to get a jump on Valentine's Day - well either that or wishing it was already mid-February!  Actually the weather in northern Virginia has been quite mild this year.  Hard to believe some still doubt climate change. . . . 

New glam shot for the cutest Teddy Bear ever.  Act fast, three day auction!


Honey Bear
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Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time. 


Friday, January 20, 2017

30-n-30 Auctions

Quick update - been sick for the last few weeks which has really impacted painting every day.  Hoping to get things going this weekend.  Meanwhile way better photos completed and will load all for auction on DPW.  Forgot how much work it is besides the painting part. Feels good though to be back into the swing of things!  

First up is below - modified to give it a bit more balance.  The best part of this one is the thick paint on the berries and the lost edges.  

Holly with White Pine
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Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time.   Happy New Year too!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

30-n-30 - Day 12 What a Bear!

A day of constant floor sanding (think dentist for er. . . 6 hours straight!).  Oh well, the outcome is worth the pain.   These guys do incredible work if you need refinished floors in the DC metro area, let me know.  We’ve discovered a word-of-mouth network.  They don’t advertise ‘cause they don’t have to.


Today’s painting was a bear, literally.   Found it on Pixabay (new for me).  Great stuff, free photos.  This one looked a little battered and I think I battered it a bit more.  Wasn’t your favorite childhood toy the most abused and tattered?  Okay, well this one certainly seemed quite loved!  Reminds me of my sister's fave - Fuzzy Wuzzy.

Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, 
Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair,
Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't fuzzy,
was he?

Long establish nursery rhyme, Author unknown.


Fuzzy Wuzzy


Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

30-n-30 - Day 10 Stuck, but Trying

Another great find, PMP photographer Sanne Madeliefje, Daisy.  You can’t really tell, but this is a lone flower emerging from a crack in a sea of asphalt.  Beautiful and confident despite being mired in what appears to be a hard, unforgiving environment.  Reminds me that we’re all just trying to thrive in the world around us and hopefully working to make it a better, happier place.  

Trying to get back on track with painting every day.  Stairs being refinished, so at least I'll be up at the crack of dawn. . . .  

Street Daisy

Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

30-n-30 - Day 6 Pretty in Pink

What a wonderful reference photo to find on PMP by Rosalind Amorin, Flowers For Klaus.  I’m not sure who Klaus is, but one lucky person.  It was definitely challenging, but also quite a bit of fun!   I guess this one was motivated by the light dusting of snow today and uh, oh the threat of more to come.  Everyone stay warm AND safe!

Pretty in Pink



Enjoy, life is joy we make one moment at a time. 

p.s. for the above PaintMyPhoto (PMP) link to work, you need to register (free).  It's a great source for reference photos.  Please abide by their posting rules :-)