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Monday, July 25, 2011

Granny Smith

Granny Smith 6x6 oil/canvas panel                        
I am teaching a workshop next month through the local art league on how to set up a blog.  I have been tossing around ideas in my head about why we do this.  The jury is still out on that but I will try to share with you in the coming week or two about that.  After all, what I really want to do is paint....Anyway, I really like running across websites that are interesting to read with varying opinions and ideas to ponder.  I ran across another today.  One thing I like about this one is that it is not just geared to artists but also to collectors.  So I hope if you are like me and enjoy following other articles on the subject, you will enjoy perusing this one!  Thanks for visiting mine!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Fall Color

Fall Color 12x16
This is not one of my 50/50 paintings but I wanted to post and say hi!  I am trying to remember that fall is not that far away!  It's hot.....Hope all of you out there had a wonderful Sunday-and restful-whatever you did.  We went to church this morning and then spent the day with our lovely daughter, our awesome son and his sweet girlfriend, and our really nice summer guest who is staying with us while he interns at a local computer corporation until mid August.  It's been a full day but very nice.  Sometimes I have to get away from the art world for a while-and I miss it-but my family is #1 in my heart I have to much as I do love painting.  Through the good times and the bad-it's all good in the end.  I am thankful today.  And thankful for you as well.  God Bless and blessings this week!

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'Worry looks around, Sorry looks back, Faith looks up.'  anonymous

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I'm a Little Teapot!

I'm a Little Teapot 6x6 oil on canvas panel
Ok, I am really happy with this little painting and I almost didn't post it tonight.  I thought about putting it in my kitchen instead!  Where the teapot sits....I like painting this teapot and what is it about still life??  I just like still life....a lot.  But I do love landscapes too.  Did I tell you I am going to Wyoming in Sept, October to paint???  Also to Brice Canyon??!!!!  Big Woo Hoo.  I am excited.  I am also excited about the colors I am playing with and I did try to use that new color idea on this-maybe not totally but I am getting there somewhat.  Anyway.  Thanks so much for visiting my blog.  And a very Big Thank you to Crystal Cook for that nice comment!!  I appreciate the time people take to post a comment.  We're all so busy.  Have a great day tomorrow all.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Flow Blue

Flow Blue  5x7 oil on panel-Starting bid $50.00
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I have several flow blue dishes.  They are difficult for me to paint..but fun also.  I was a bit happy with this one.  Thank you for visiting my blog!!

I promised to tell you a few things about the Munsell Color Wheel but we went on a long long drive this weekend and got home late last night so I have not had a chance to fully read my book (car sick if I read in the car! Ugh!)  Anyway, if you are interested in the book it's called, 'A Color Notation, an Illustrated System of Defining Color and Their Relationships'.  Purchased very cheaply through!   Honestly though, it's basically about experimenting with compliments other than those we were taught in school.  I am posting some pics of the traditional color wheel as well as that of the Munsell Color Wheel so that you can see the difference.  I am having a lot of fun doing this and am playing with a lot of different colored backgrounds etc.  I plan on posting one of the newer paintings on the site tomorrow night.  

And Here is a couple of pics of the Munsell Color Theory wheels where you can see the compliments are not quite the same.  With this one, you could actually use a turquoise background with a pair of red apples or push it one way or the other.  I find this interesting and a bit hard to put to use.   But it's fun also!  

Friday, July 15, 2011

Spiced Tea

Spiced Tea

I read an interesting article yesterday sent to my inbox - the Robert Genn newsletter.  Basically the article talked about the art of fishing and how it parallels to painting-it takes a long time to really understand what it is all about and to acquire the necessary skills.  It requires patience and more patience...a constant trying and working to really understand the my Munsell book today.  Looking forward to sharing more of those insights with you....

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Quote of the Day....
"Time, time--that is our greatest master! Alas, like Ugolino, time devours its own children." Hector Berlioz

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

If You've Got the Money, Honey.....

If You've Got the Money Honey....
6x6 oil on panel

Last week I was reading about the Albert Munsell Color wheel so this was one attempt to just try something a bit different and out of the ordinary for me.  It was fun!  Thanks for visiting my blog! 

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Friday, July 08, 2011

Start the Day with Roses

Start the Day with Roses!  7x5 oil on panel
Last night I was scouring the internet for some inspiration.  Do you ever just feel out of sync?  Maybe it's spiritual...I think I need to start reading some morning devotionals again before starting my day.  I have been jumping into painting without doing that mostly to get started before the house gets noisy.  I like quiet.  Anyway, I ran across these podcasts.....they are great and you need to listen to these, guys.  There are a year's worth of them and I have only listened to two, but they are really great, full of inspiration and information too.  So......I am excited to say that I have been wanting to experiment for a while and now feel like I am going to be doing just that.  I don't know about work may look exactly the same but maybe just better??  I have been reading a lot about color theory and will share those thoughts with you in the coming days but for right now, please, if you are in need of some inspiration for your art, click on the link below.  As always, thanks so much for visiting my blog.  Take care!

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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Bonnie Bunny's Garden 5x5

Bonnie Bunny's Garden 5x5 oil on panel
'Bonnie Bunny's Garden'  5x5

Just a fun painting.  I have several ceramic bunnies and birds and love painting them....they are like little friends.  :)

I love how she smiles......

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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Daisy Day

Daisy Day 7x5 oil on panel
I love to paint flowers.  Roses and Daisies I think are my favorites.  I am finding that it is pretty time consuming doing these small studies but I am learning a lot about color, edges, value and drawing.

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Friday, July 01, 2011

Aggie's Like to Ham It Up by Judy Crowe

Aggies Like to Ham it Up!  5x7 oil on panel
I can say this because my husband's an Aggie.  If you have ever been to an Aggie football game, you know what I mean-it's an experience everyone should have.  It's all in good fun and Aggie traditions are great!  Gig Em....!!  :)

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