Thursday, April 30, 2020

"Social Distance Hugging" 6" x 6" Oil

Blue went for a walk and saw his friend Pink and she wanted to give him a hug but needed to keep the social distancing.  So she just fluttered around.

I painted this on Tuesday and kept forgetting to post!!   I need to work on my follow through.

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Friday, April 24, 2020

"Hanging Over" 6" x 6" Oil

The Grape family, the whole cluster of them, leaned over the edge of the bowl to hear what the twins were saying.    The twins were just saying that they loved them and to stay healthy.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

"Clustered" 6" x 6" Oil

Everywhere the grape family went they went together wether they wanted to or not.  This painting looks very patriotic with all the red, white and blue.  Funny the things you don't see until it is reduced to a small square.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

"Visiting" 6" x 6" Oil

Pear One and Pear Three thought they would go and visit Pear Two who is in isolation because he is sick.   They can wave, wink and holler, but no touching.

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Two lumps please! 6" x 6" Oil

These sugar cubes remind me of a by gone era when sugar was measured in cubes for your sugar or coffee.   However, when I grew up no one sweetened their coffee everyone drank it black, which is the way I like it, but I love the idea of the cubes.

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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Ahh, Coffee! 6" x 6" Oil

Coffee in the morning is one of my pleasures.   But I have found that I don't want as much as I used to want.   These days I only make half a pot and that is fine as long as get two cups.  Sunday I make it a little extra special and put in almond creamer.   Yum!  I am allergic to the Casin protein in dairy which makes me stuffy and can give me headaches and sinus infections.   Maybe some of you have experienced this.  I cut out dairy back in 1978, and there were no good substitutes at that time.   I used to put grapefruit juice in my cereal.  

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Little Red Dice. 6" x 6" Oil

When I look at this I feel that the dice is telling the ribbon a secret and the ribbon is absorbing it all!

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Singled out. 6" x 6" oil

Decades ago when I was in school, my fear was to be singled out, to be called upon to answer a question or heaven forbid, give a oral book report. Most of the time I was not paying attention, but even if I thought I knew the answer I would say that I did not know.   I never gave an oral book report, I knew I would get a bad grade but I preferred it that way.  I would rather go unnoticed, to slip through the halls and classrooms and never be seen or called upon.   Maybe that is why I am totally comfortable staying at home involving myself with chores and my many other creative outlets.

I hope all of you are getting the comfort, love and support you need during this crisis.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Blackberries 6" x 6" oil

With all this time available, I have been organizing my paperwork and studio.  Already built shelves for my shed and organized there.   There are other rooms to tackle.   I am concerned that I will not get all my organizing done before the staying at home ban is lifted.   This has been a great staycation so far.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Coffee, cream & sugar. 6" x 6". oil

This is another painting that I neglected to post.   I love the bold color and simple strong graphic feel. Maybe I should have called it "Coffee for One".

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Monday, April 13, 2020

Four Gate Bourbon, Outer Loop Orbit, 8in x 8in, oil

This bourbon company is getting great reviews! This FOUR GATE bottle is Outer Loop Orbit, and rated a 92 from the publication WhiskyAdvocate. (See below) 
They blended a 5.5 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon with a 12 year High-Rye Kentucky Straight Bourbon and put it in barrels that were first used for Orange Curaco, then someone used the barrels to finish a batch of gin, then they let nature take it's course!  There is more to the company than I can put in this blog so here is a link to FOUR GATE website where you can read all about them.

92 - Four Gate Outer Loop Orbit, Orange Curacao-Gin Cask-finished, 60.15% (120.3 proof), $200.   A pleasantly oily nose, rich with botanical notes, orange peal, black licorice, herbs, vanilla frosting and macaroons.  The palate is sweet, with tropical notes of pineapple and mango, grapefruit, dried apricots and gentle spice.  A lengthy finish offers lemon cream pie, vanilla cream light pepper and tobacco, ending with a hint of bitter chocolate.  A very unusual bourbon, divisive within our tasting panel, but also very unique, balanced and flavorful.  

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Saturday, April 11, 2020

The Exception. 6in x 6in Oil

I can remember to paint but I forget to post!  This one of little apples has been on my mantle and I have enjoyed looking at it for 5 months!   Painting it was the important thing to do and evidently posting it wasn't.   Here it is now!   Completely dry, varnished and ready to ship just in case anyone likes it as much as I do.   Cute little guys :-)

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Friday, April 3, 2020


On a good day of painting confidently I use about 3 brushes a painting.  Today I used 10!!   This tells me that I have a way to go to build my confidence back up.   I feel this is over worked but at least it is a painting!!   Trying to get into the habit of painting daily is taking some mental awareness.

I got up this morning at the crack of dawn, 6:20 to get to the grocery by 7:00 which is the time Seniors can go.   Now why they think old people get up that early and appear in public is beyond me. But I did it today and now have groceries to last 2 weeks.    So I got a late start on my painting.  This is no excuse for lack of confidence... just sayin.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

White House, after Colley Whisson. 12in x 12in oil

TAAO, Tucson Art Academy Online, sent out art instruction from Colley Whisson and I jumped on it.   I had not been painting as much and was in in a slump as far as my painting was concerned.  I thought this might stimulate me enough to get excited about painting again.   Landscape is not a subject I paint very often which was refreshing to me.   

During this time of staying home alone gave me the perfect time to spend a day painting with Colley. I started the 2 hour video and got my paints out, and followed along with him pausing the video to occasionally clean my palette or get more coffee, lunch, more paint.... and I had a great day painting!

Below is the result of the painting struggle.    He starts out simply, roughly blocking in general shapes and color values, usually going darker that it will be in the end.  I would like to show you the photo we were working from but I feel it would compromise copyright but I can tell you that the picture was less color and had more detail.    What Colley does is makes it his interpretation of what he feels the scene evokes.

I loved every minute, dirtied too many brushes and learned a lot.
This White House painting demo and instruction is no longer available but below are links to what is currently offered at TAAO.

This one of mine is not for sale because it is not an original of mine.   I just wanted to share that sometimes artist struggle to keep going for many different reasons.   That is OK, just dust yourself off and start again, doing the same or trying something different.... just do something.   You never know where it will lead.

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