Saturday, July 20, 2019

Three Cuties

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Here's one more of the trio of flowers from my granddaughter. Soon they are headed back home to Texas, and I am off to Seattle for a few days. Ahhh, summer.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Cute Flowers From a Cutie

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My granddaughter (5) has been visiting this week. The other day she gave us each (me, hubs, & son) a little yellow flower. So of course I collected and painted them, while they lasted. It tickled me to show her the paintings later. She was impressed that her old grandma could do such a thing.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Being Seen

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Some people seem to get dressed in the morning with the sole idea of being SEEN. I find this especially funny when the outfit looks uncomfortable. But over-all I am so GLAD about it! Because I get to 1. enjoy it, and 2. take pictures to paint later! So, if fashion is your thing, thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

This is a scene I photographed in Florence, and actually tried to demo for my students. "Tried" being the operative word. Luckily it was the only demo that didn't turn out. But of course I had to try it again in the comfort of my own studio, and this one I like.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A Market Chat

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Here's one from my France files. Suppose they were chatting about produce? Girls? The weather? Oh well, I guess it would all be in French anyway, which I know only about 3 words of. Loved the light though!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Taking Notes

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I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to make this one work. I had to remove a few awkward people in the background (and their shadows), and another weird shadow near the front, but it finally came together. The finishing touch was the white zipper on his jacket. I debated about putting it in, but when I did it was so right.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Confrontational Cups

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For some reason it was really hard to photograph this one without glare. I finally did it, but the image doesn't look exactly right, even adjusting it in Photoshop. Update: I took a better picture and added it, but it still looks better in person!!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Single and Blue

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Here's number four in this cup series. One thing I love is when I can find two objects that are the same "color" (blue here) but slightly different shades, put them right next to each other, and then paint them. It is a real challenge. And you thought it looked so simple - ha!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Cool Cups

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I chose all analogous colors for this one (from yellow to blue), so I added some tiny orangey-red bits to balance it out. Also to mention, there are two completely lost edges, which I love. Can you find them?

Monday, July 01, 2019

Fear of Orange

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It's interesting what happens to me when I don't paint for a while (a while = a week or so) - ideas just start popping into my head. And suddenly I HAVE to paint them! It was cups this time. Surrounded by color. I did several of this theme, but am heading off tomorrow for a family trip, so I'll post the rest after I get home.

Meanwhile, here is what my husband and I have been building while I wasn't painting. It's a little deck for the workshop we also made. I designed it, so of course it couldn't be square. Which meant it took five times as long as it would have otherwise! But I think it turned out super cute, so it was worth it.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Waiting in the Afternoon

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When I was in Florence last month, there were a lot of people sitting around, waiting. For what? I don't know. But they were wonderful to photograph, and even more so to paint.

That said, I haven't been doing a ton of painting since I got home. Besides camping, my hubby and I have been doing some outdoor projects, and we have a lot of family stuff coming up. That and I caught a stupid summer cold - ack. I feel a little funny, having a written a book called "daily painting," to be taking so much time off, but that's life, huh? As my friend Bren used to tell me, "honor the ebb, Carol." So it's all cool.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Black Socks

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Do you know what they say about black socks (which are suddenly ... in?)?

Black socks, they never get dirty
The longer you wear them, the stronger they get
Sometimes, I think I should wash them
But something keeps telling me, no, no, not yet.

This was a camp song I learned in girlscouts many, many years ago.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Lunch in Italy

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Here's another scene from Florence. I got a lot of comments after my previous post about taking pictures of people, mostly very positive(!), but I just wanted to clarify something. I've done my research, and it is completely legal to take pictures of people if they are out in public. They might not always like it, and it might sometimes feel a little weird (even for me), but it's legal.

To anyone who might feel it is stealing or morally wrong, or I should ask for permission every time (ugh), there's this: 1. I am never shooting for a likeness when I paint them (if I was, I would definitely ask) and 2. I try to be very discreet. I never ever get in someone's face - I have a zoom lens and I use it. If they see me, I move on.

No one has complained to me about my picture taking in years! The last one was in San Francisco, the guy was homeless, across the street, and I wasn't even taking pictures of him!!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Saturday Morning with Dad

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I took the references for this one at our Saturday Market here in Eugene, right before I left for Italy. What's funny is that I felt really funny about taking pictures of people in my hometown, when I don't at all when I'm anywhere else. I ended up leaving after about 20 minutes, and this was really the only usable scene I captured. What was I afraid of? I'm not sure. Anyone else had this experience?

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Guys with Glasses

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One day in Florence we got a tour of some of the main spots in the center of the city. I encouraged my students to snap photos as we went. I think just about everyone got a few of these guys! One or two even painted them in class. This is my go.

My husband and I are headed out for some restorative camping therapy. This means I won't be able to ship from now until 6.17.19. I apologize in advance for the inconvenience.

Friday, June 07, 2019

Walking Fido

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Here's a very gray scene from Florence. I actually expected a bit more color in the buildings, but I guess we were in a very old part of town - lots of stone. I'll try not to complain.

Thursday, June 06, 2019

A Break with Birds

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Here's another one from Florence. This was a massive, paved, uh "yard" in front of a palace. You can sort of see the line of people waiting to get in, in the background. I had to rearrange the birds a bit, but I just love how they're surrounding the sleeping man and his wife.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

High-Rise Florence

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I took the reference photos for this one with absolutely no intention of painting the scene. I just liked the composition. But then I thought, well, lets give it a try! And now I wish I'd taken more like this! Because I kind of absolutely love it.

Monday, June 03, 2019

And Then I Want to Go There

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Not that it matters particularly, but these people are in Florence! Or they were, when I took the reference photos. So this is my first Italy painting. : ) Unfortunately the weather was mostly overcast and rainy while we were there, but we did have a couple of sunny outings, and this is when I most enjoyed taking photos. If you know me at all, you know I love light and shadow! And you can't beat this gal's feet, right?!

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Bug in Shade

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A few years ago I did the "painting" to the right as a demo at the Plein Air Convention in San Diego. I had an hour and a half to paint in front of about 200 people AND talk about how I do what I do. Which, wasn't enough time to actually finish. But I kept the start as a memento - of the time I almost died from being nervous.

I painted the version above recently, in Germany, without the first version around to see - only the photo reference. What's interesting to me is that I made a lot of the same decisions in editing the second time around.