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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Look of Spring

I love the mottled backgrounds I see in photos where the foreground is sharp and the background is muted.  I tried to get that look here with watercolor while painting the butterfly and flowers in acrylic.  I think I hit the mark (for once) :-)

Monarch on Yellow Daisies

Link to the Auction

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Mountains, Mountains, Mountains

This week the DPW challenge was "Mountains".  I did two for the challenge and one that will be on auction at midnight tonight.  I find them easy to pull out of my imagination.  The one thing I can't do is make too many.  Some artists have only a few topics they enjoy.  I try to vary my work as much as possible.  It keeps me interested and hope my work keeps you interested too.

Oh...before I forget.  You can join this blog and you certainly can comment.  I'd love to hear from you because after awhile I begin to feel I'm the only person here! :-)  You are always welcome to browse my gallery at Daily Paintworks (link below)

The top one is a 5 X 7 inch acrylic against a watercolor sky.  The bottom one is a 4 X 5 inch acrylic.  Both can be found in my gallery:


Friday, May 30, 2014

Pastel Art - The Lesson

This is a soft pastel on Mi Tientes Pastel Paper.  I don't do many of these.  I'm kind of allergic to the dust a pastel drawing makes while you're working with it.  Still, with laytex gloves, a surgical mask and the great outdoors, I manage to do one now and then. 

This is one of the paintings done years ago that I am finally trying to find a home for.  Its done in Rembrandt soft pastels and Conte A Paris pastel pencils on Mi Tientes Pastel Paper.   I'm 73 now and its time....I can no longer keep my favorites stored up.  They need to find homes.

I call this one "The Lesson" because every good wolf needs to teach his young the proper way to howl at the moon!

"The Lesson"
11 X 14 inch Pastel

Link to the Auction

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Another Crack At Daily Paintwork's Monthly Contest

I never win these things, never even get in one of the 15 top spots for the month.....that's okay.  I understand competition and I also understand one should never just give up ;-)

This is my entry into the current monthly contest.  Its kind of far out...but sometimes, so am I.

Starlight Nebula

Link to the Auction

(a Daily Paintworks Auction Pick)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

New Challenge: Paint Mom or Something She Liked

My weekly challenge this week was kind of difficult since all the paintings I put up on Daily Paintworks are for sale.  I try not to keep any of them.  I didn't want to paint my mom and then sell her...that didn't seem right.  So I painted a young lady very much like my mom at that age...doing her favorite thing...gardening:

Mom's garden was always spectacular.  She definitely had a green thumb and she was really happy when she was in the garden all day.


Link to the Auction

Thursday, May 08, 2014

What Mood Are You In Today?

Its fun to paint.  When I want something sweet, I paint up a bunch of jelly donuts:

Available in my DPW Gallery

Today, I felt like having a quiet, peaceful day:

also available in my DPW Gallery

The great Norman Rockwell said "being able to draw and paint is like always having a bag of lemon drops in your pocket". He was right...creating art is a joy and one must do it for the sheer joy of it.  Try it :-)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

This Week's Challenge Painting on Daily Paintworks

I did one challenge painting...a patch of bright yellow daffodils.  Our challenge this week was something colorful and blissful.  Seems that wasn't my mood today. I had to have something different...something a bit outside of the box. So my mind turned to this rubber duck with red and green stockings. He's sitting and enjoying a very large piece of cake with a cherry on top. What could be blissful then to enjoy a large piece of cake with a cherry on top on a bright Spring day? This auction starts on April 15 but can be seen now in the Challenge section.

Link to the Auction