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All free patterns are now on my tatting website:

Tatting Just For You

Click on the free patterns link in the upper right hand corner...and while you're there,
please check out my pattern books. Sale of those books keeps me on the internet ;-)

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

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Real Challenge!

Daily Paintworks runs a "challenge" to artists each week. This week it was to paint a picture using only four tubes of paint. Here is my entry using just black, red, blue and green:

Girl with the Red Umbrella"

Link to the auction
A lot of people don't know or don't realize the versatility of acrylic paints. I watered down my acrylics until they handled much like watercolor. In doing so I get the transparency and mixability of watercolors. In this painting I mixed the red and green to make the brown you see and I used the paper itself for white. Those artists who use acrylics, try it...its a completely different side of acrylics.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Oh...I Love This Time of Year

I can almost feel it...Springtime! A time when flowers peep up out of the cold ground and trees display a pretty pale green from new leaves forming.  Its on the way and next month is Easter and that means my favorite candies will be all over the markets! Yes, I'm a Peep addict and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE jellybeans. If left with a bag of jellybeans I will dig out all the orange ones first (my favorite) followed by the red ones then purple....and so on.

Thinking of this candy, I sat down and painted some in watercolor. They are up on Dailypaintworks.com to be published on Thursday, March 6, 2014:

Link to the Auction

Thursday, February 13, 2014

I Love Surrealism...So Why Don't I Pursue It?

You see a painting...it interests you and maybe you even buy it, but do you know what went into it? I don't mean the usual questions buyers sometimes ask sellers like "how long did it take you to paint that?" I know, its almost as funny as "I can't even draw a straight line" or "is that that paint by numbers stuff?" No, serious painting is something I seldom get to do and then chances are it will sit in storage for many years before the right collector comes along. This painting...done in the mid-2000's just found the right buyer:

Pretty simple...paint a horse, an ocean, etc. What's the big deal? The big deal is it takes thought...believe it or not and also time.  Sometimes a LOT of time! An Artist will sometimes walk around for weeks or months with a thought in his/her head and it will grow and grow, then some sketching or doodling...finally transmitting it to canvas.

This painting "Toward the Light" took over a year from first thought to completion, then sat in storage for years until I finally decided to make a serious move toward promoting and selling it. I wanted to represent life...from birth to death and that is what this painting represents. The black and white tiles representing the ups and downs, good and bad of a person's life. The moth (which I prefer to paint more like a butterfly) is called a Painted Lady and represents myself in the scene.

An artist can sit down and paint something from the heart....or a vase full of roses.  Mostly, we paint the roses...they look good and sell well.  Neither is right or wrong, but It takes a special person to appreciate the heart that goes into the work of a painting like "Toward the Light".

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Just Something a Bit Different

I don't make many of these. They are wooden nesting dolls and fit one inside the other. This set is six pieces that I call "A Walk Through the Secret Garden". On sale on my own website or Etsy or Zibbet.

Decidedly Different Nesting Dolls

Each doll is hand painted by me and each is OOAK. When I get the blank wooden dolls I sand them until they fit together with little effort.  Then, I make up the painting on each one as I go along and sometimes this takes weeks because I have to think up the next step, the next nesting doll until they're done. Then I paint them with about 5 coats of lacquer, sand and wax. A lot of work indeed....which is why I don't make many of them :-)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Some Artists Jump from Holiday to Holiday

Yep, that's me. I paint the holidays and enjoy doing it. I just finished up with Christmas and now I'm on to Valentine's day:

This is a 4 X 4 inch acrylic on artist's stretched canvas. The painting continues down each 3/4 inch side which makes this painting ready to hang without a frame.

Link to the Auction

I do hope there is more of an interest in art this year among buyers. Artists can't continue if they are not supported in some way. We depend on sales to help us keep on painting. Please remember that as you check out all the works on Daily Paintwork.

Thank you.

Patricia Ann Rizzo

Friday, January 03, 2014

Plants on my Patio

When I lived in New Jersey, raising plants outside was a challenge.  Even plants in the house were a challenge.  Then, I moved to Southern California and plants here seem to grow no matter where they are.  My patio is very very sunny even with the help of two patio umbrellas there isn't much shade.  So, I started putting potted plants under my patio table.  They LOVE it there.  For some reason that is the premo spot on the patio.  This is a painting of the plants hiding under the table.  Some have been there for over 10 years and just keep blooming.  I find the Cyclamen blooms best in Winter and has few blooms in Spring and Summer.  My latest work with a link to the Daily Paintworks auction:

Plants Under My Patio Table