Sunday, November 23, 2014

I Dream of Copper

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I have so much to catch you up on that I will have to split it up into two posts. First of all, I taught my last workshop of the year (and next, since I won't be teaching in 2015) recently in San Antonio. A word about the organizers - these two AMAZING women (bottom right in the next collage), who I am proud to call my friends, transformed an old corner store into a beautiful workshop venue called Whistlestop Corner, and then threw a party of a workshop!

During the days we got down to business and painted like crazy people. My kids were actually really well behaved (for some strange reason), and ended up painting some lovely things! At night we either went out to eat on the Riverwalk or stayed in and watched movies. We laughed, we cried, we danced, we ate too much really good food, and generally had a good time. Here's my whole group, plus me and the organizers, looking the most serious I think we ever did all week. I'll miss you guys!

Next I'll report about being queen for the day at my book release/baby shower party last night! : )

Friday, November 07, 2014

Where's the Party?

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This one is a bit of an irregular size because I cut a 16x16in. panel in half to make it. The other panel was exactly 8x16in., but this one, because of the width of the table saw blade, is 1/8th of an inch less than 8 inches tall. Let me know if you have any framing questions!

Tomorrow morning I fly to San Antonio for my next/last workshop of the year, and for next year too (did I mention I'm taking 2015 off from teaching?). After the workshop I'll be in Texas for an extra few days visiting my dearly missed friends and family! I'm ahead by a few paintings, but when/if I post will depend on how much fun I'm having. ; )

BTW, I still have a (smaller) pile of autographed books to give away to buyers. I apologize in advance that I won't be able to ship anything until I get back from Texas (Nov. 21).

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Sunset Walk

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I snapped the picture for this in Ventura, CA. It was just too perfect to pass up. I thought I'd died and gone to heaven.

Speaking of heaven, I am still basking in the glow of all your comments/posts/emails about my book. My head has gotten so big I can't make it out the front door! This is a problem, especially since I have a workshop coming up. Somebody - take me down a notch - quick!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Boat Bumpers

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I took the photo for this one when I was in Ventura, CA recently. I love the abstract nature of it. But you can tell what it is, right?

Today was my official book launch day! So many of you have written or posted about it and I am OH so grateful for all your kind words!! Some local friends are throwing a baby shower (for the birth of my book) later this month, and I wish you all could be there. I'll post some pictures for those who can't make it. : )

Also, my family and I just got home from a little camping adventure to the Redwoods. I posted some pictures on Instagram, in case you're interested, under the moniker, carolmarine.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Sea Slice 2

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Here's another sea slice from Ventura. Plus a lovely little video made by my friend/artist, Julie Ford Oliver about my book! Don't worry, it's just a short, flip through. Just 2 more days to get the pre-order rate for my book!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sea Slice 1

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During my recent trip to Ventura, CA, I took a few pictures of the ocean, intending to paint them. I had seen some really simple paintings of beaches, years ago, in a gallery, somewhere ... with just a few horizontal stripes to describe the water. That is what I had in mind for this, but in the end it just didn't work for me without the details. So there you go.

Tomorrow morning, at 9am PST, I will again be co-hosting the AHA (Artists Helping Artists) show. This one is about using photographs for paintings (how/where to take them, what to look for, how to edit them, etc.). The show is recorded, so if you can't listen tomorrow, you can always hear it later.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

My Yellow House

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No, it's not MY house, even though the title says so (my house is green). Yes, I made the front end of the car a little "long." No, it wasn't on purpose - but it could be a station wagon! Yes, it's from my trek around Springfield. Yes, I like it. : )

Yes, here's another peek inside my book - a bad/good apple example + the first part of my explanation about it.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Fall Shadows

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Recently, before the rain started in earnest, I ventured over to Springfield, our sister city. Yes, it's the one from the Simpsons! They even have a mural, done by the Simpson people, to prove it. I'm pretty sure that's their one claim to fame. But I was more interested in the fall leaves and the funky neighborhoods. I spent several hours wandering around taking pictures, including the reference for this one.

Here's another peek inside my book. It's from the chapter on marketing, and includes a little grouping of small paintings to show how they might be hung in someone's house. Actually, it really is hung ... in MY house! Some of the paintings are mine, some are by friends of mine, and some I bought.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

How to Eat an Apple

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One of the things I've been itching to do lately is paint larger. So I'm doing it! Finally. This one is 16x16 inches, on the same gessobord panel I normally work on. Just bigger. : ) I've put together this image <-- to illustrate the difference between this size and my normal 6x6. And I've decided to set a fixed price for this one, rather than auction it.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Colorful Reunion

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This was really a joy to paint. I think of it like a sculpture - each brush stroke carves the form.

I returned home from this last trip to a big pile of books from my publisher! I've decided to keep one for myself and give the rest away to buyers. So, from now until they're gone, each painting I sell will be accompanied by an autographed copy. Here's what's currently available, or you can just watch for what I post next. : )

Friday, October 24, 2014

No Competition

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Sorry for the silence this week - I was at the beach! To be precise, I was in Ventura, CA, with new and old artist friends: Leslie Saeta, Margaret Sheldon, Dottie Leatherwood and Debra Huse. We spent 4 glorious days eating, drinking, brainstorming, photographing, painting, playing darts, recording a radio show, soaking it all in ... and did I mention drinking? I wasn't at my best (due to the damn lingering hives) but these gals put up with me, bless them. And now I'm home, catching up. Again.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Just Because

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Painting white is one of my favorite things. I have one whole shelf in my studio devoted entirely to white cups of various sizes/styles.

Here's another peek into my book. --> This one lists the top 6 mistakes made by students (again, IMHO), and includes a lovely painting by David Lloyd (not related to the 6 mistakes!).

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Standing Still

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Unfortunately, wide paintings never look good here. And it's too bad because I really like this one. It has everything awesome - cups in a stack, bottles, polka dots, a spoon AND a lightbulb! So please, click on the image and look at it big. For me. Thanks.

And click on this book-peek too. <-- This one is a list of things to keep in mind while painting (IMHO).

Friday, October 17, 2014

Bad Intentions

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I've caught the still life bug again. I got burnt out with them for a while. 8 years will do that to ya! And not that I'm going to jump back into only still life. But I totally remember now why I fell in love with it in the first place.

Here's another peek into my book. --> This part's about why I like putting down a ground. Can you tell from the painting above that I put down a orange/red ground? I love the colored bits showing through in a few places.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pink House 2 Again

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I painted this same scene, years ago, in Colorado, from life, here. I guess I took a photo, because I found it yesterday and decided to give it another go. I didn't look at the old painting until I finished. What's amazing are the similarities!

Here's another peek inside my book. -> This page is about using a viewfinder. I'm amazed at how many workshops I've taken from people who don't use one at all. Crazy.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Path Less Taken

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Last weekend my family and I went on a little "adventure," trying to find access to a particular creek up in the mountains that a friend had told me about. We eventually saw the creek, but couldn't find an easy way to it, as weird as that might sound, but we did have lots of fun along the way! I took tons of pictures (because while my family is great, they are not patient enough to wait while I paint outside). When we got home my son asked to see them. When he saw the reference for this one he said, "Wow, great light!" So I painted it. And I love how it turned out.

Here's another peek inside my book. This one is the beginning of chapter 5, about color mixing. -->

And speaking of, tomorrow I'll be interviewed about the making of (my book) on Artists Helping Artists! Give it a listen live, at 9am PST, or listen to the recording later. I'll try not to make a fool of myself. : )

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Rocks Water Rocks

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Another little intimate landscape from Sweet Creek. I spent more time on this one, really focusing on the rocks under the water.

Here's another peek inside my book. Chapter 3 is about different subject matter for Daily Painting. This page has two of the landscapes I feature, from a couple of my favorite artists, Robin Weiss and Barbara Jaenicke. They were very kind to let me use their images in my book!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Means Business

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I found this guy in Lake Tahoe, on a trip this summer. Do you take a pink truck more seriously when it's carrying giant logs? Not that it was going anywhere - I'm pretty sure it was all just for show. I had to paint this twice to get something I really liked. Number 2 was way better than number 1. I'm thinking I should do that more often and then just wipe whichever one didn't work.

Here's another couple of pages from my book (in the section that highlights other daily painters and their stories):

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Magic Floor

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This is another scene from NYC, inside the Trump Tower. The floor is a giant expanse of polished granite. I got the photo reference as I was coming down the escalator, looking towards the front doors. I love the contrast between the orange reflections and the cooler colors coming from outside. I used the same loose style/brush hold that I've been using lately, getting a little tighter as the people started shaping up.

Here's another little peek inside my book -->

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Serious Shadow

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This is another little scene from NYC. I'm still playing around with my brush hold, and really paying attention to where the darkest values are, and not going as dark anywhere else. Do you see how the dark values on the right side of the street are not as dark as those on the cars and left side?

Since my book is coming out in less than a month, I thought I'd tantalize you with some shots of the inside. To start with, here's the table of contents (click to see larger) -->

Click to pre-order on Amazon (save $8 by buying it ahead of time)