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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Painting a Day 2011 - No 16 & 17

Notes from the studio come first today...

Yes, it's true, I've made a squirrel painting. Isn't he cute?! I have always had a soft spot for those little woodland creatures ever since going to the University of Washington and spending my time between classes sitting on a bench and feeding them. At least when I was there, the squirrels expected people to feed them, and would come right up and demand what was rightly theirs. If I was ever having a bad day, they could always cheer me up.

I am also planning a new woodland animal series (similar to "51 birds") and I needed to see if painting a squirrel was something I could do. I now need to practice a bunny, a mouse, and maybe a chipmunk or two.

More notes - I forgot to bring my lights back from the garage (where I unloaded after my show in Portland) to my studio, so I had to move things around a bit to get more light from the window. Unfortunately, that means in the video that the light keeps changing as I move in front of the window. Also, since I had the misfortune of video-taping myself knocking my easel over (not to worry, no canvas was harmed in the act), I thought I would slow down that section of the video for everyone to enjoy! Oops.

Without further ado - here are paintings No 16 & 17 from "Painting a Day 2011". I hope you enjoy!

"Blue Autumn"
Acrylic on Canvas
12 x 24 x 1.5 inch
starting bid: $27.00
available on eBay

"Squirrel Picking Daisies"
Acrylic on Canvas
8 x 8 x 1.5 inch
starting bid: $12.00
available on eBay at 4pm
Nov. 27, 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Painting a Day 2011 - No 14 & 15

"Black, No Cream, No Sugar"
8 x 8 x 1.5 in
Painting a Day 2011
No 14
Available on eBay

"Garden Joy in Red"
20 x 20 x 1.5 in
Painting a Day 2011
No 15
available on eBay

Painting a Day 2011 - No 11, 12, & 13

"Sunflower Bouquet"
Painting a Day 2011
No 11
Prints available at my
Imagekind shop HERE

"Green Apple"
Painting a Day 2011
No 12
Prints available at my
Imagekind shop HERE


"An Autumn Walk"
Painting a Day 2011
No 13
Prints available at my
Imagekind shop HERE

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Painting a Day 2011 - No 8, 9, & 10

"One Cloudy Day"
Painting a Day 2011
No 10
Gallery Price: $185
Auction Opening Bid: $12
Sunday Nov 13, 2011
on EBAY

"Ode to the Ritual of Morning"
Painting a Day 2011
No 9
Gallery Price: $165
Auction Opening Bid: $12
Thursday Nov 10, 2011
on EBAY

"Dining on Brussel Sprouts"
Painting a Day 2011
No 8
Gallery Price: $400
Auction Opening Bid: $27
Wednesday Nov 9, 2011
on EBAY

Notes from these painting days...

No 8 - I had a beetle crawling on my easel distracting me and had to really work to get brussel sprouts that looked interesting to me, being the first time I've ever painted this yummy (yes, I say yummy, although my kids weren't impressed) vegetable.

No 9 - I had a cold angry bee chasing me in the studio. I was very surprised when I viewed the video that he (or me dancing about wildly) did not get in the demonstration. I eventually coaxed him out the window, as I'm not big on squishing things.

No 10 - After drawing several birds onto blocks for a "50 Birds" painting I'm preparing for a show next weekend I felt like I could use some more practice at painting the actual wing and tail shapes and colors, so decided it was a good time to focus my painting a day on this lovely little, what is supposed to be a, Tanager.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Painting a Day 2011 - No 7


"Winter Poppies"
Painting a Day 2011
No 7
Gallery Price: $350
Auction Opening Bid: $27
Tuesday Nov 8, 2011
on EBAY


Notes of the day: No time for notes today! Painting, painting, painting...

Monday, November 7, 2011

Painting a Day 2011 - No 6


"A Gift of Thanks"
Painting a Day 2011
No 5
Gallery Price: $185
Auction Opening Bid: $12
Monday Nov 7, 2011 at 5:30pm PDT
on EBAY

Notes from the Day: It looks like Mondays will be my bouquet inspired day - and what a lovely way to get fresh flowers in my house/studio once a week! I finally figured out (I think) how to strip out the background noise. I'm still working on adding in my own music, but realized I need to record something a little longer (and maybe without so many mistakes!) Maybe tomorrow... In the meantime, I'm still working on loading up a video, but it should be ready by auction time. Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy!


Friday, November 4, 2011

Painting a Day 2011 - No 5


"Garden Blue"
Painting a Day 2011
No 5
Gallery Price: $585
Auction Opening Bid: $37
Sunday Nov 6, 2011 at 6:30pm PDT
on EBAY

Notes of the day: I love whimsical garden shapes falling in patterns across a canvas. This painting is not exception! I knew when I decided to paint bigger today that I needed to fall back on my favorite subject matter. I also noticed today that the studio light warms up the image a bit so the colors are actually cooler (as shown in final pic) than in the video. Live and learn, I suppose! And as for the continuing irritating background noise - I'm working on fixing that. I've recorded some piano music for the next video (also played by me). Yea!

Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy Painting Day 5!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Painting a Day 2011 - No 4

"Bird and Artichoke"
Painting a Day 2011
No 4
Gallery Price: $185
Auction Opening Bid: $12
Friday Nov 4, 2011 at 6:00pm PDT
on EBAY

Notes of the day: I woke up this morning thinking, "I need to paint a bird on an artichoke!" I have no idea where that came from, although I have been meaning to get a bird painting in the mix and I did notice the artichokes at the store the other day when I was picking out my pears for day 2. Hmmmm, maybe I do know where that idea came from! And now I get to enjoy some yummy artichoke dipped in butter. Too bad nobody else likes it in my family. Lucky me!

On another note - you'll see that the final painting (shown above) has a little more work to it than what was demonstrated. After I stopped the video I realized I wanted to work on the legs of the bird a bit more which caused more peachy-yellow to spill out onto the top left of the painting - oops! I love how it turned out, though, and hope you do too!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Painting a Day 2011 - No 3

"Autumn Mist"
Painting a Day 2011
No 3
Gallery Price: $165
Auction Opening Bid: $12
Thursday Nov 3, 2011 at 5:00pm PDT
on EBAY

Notes from the day: It was a lovely misty morning as I drove out to the studio today and I couldn't help but abandon my still life plan for a misty tree landscape. It took me quite a few tries and an unexpected scraping method (as you will see in the demo) to get the misty feel I was attempting. I hope you enjoy!



Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Painting a Day 2011 - No 2

"Lean on Me"
Painting a Day 2011
No 2
Gallery Price: $185
Auction Opening Bid: $12
Wednesday Nov 2, 2011 at 4:30pm PDT
on EBAY

Of special note on Day 2: In the video, yes I'm painting the sides of the painting and trying to use up left over paint. Also, the pauses are simply from me backing up to take a look at the progress or working on mixing the next color. I'm still trying to get the right angle too, as I'm still getting a glare and my arm is in the way of watching the actual brushstrokes. On the bright side, I should be an expert by the end of the auction though! Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy "Lean on Me".

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