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Monday, November 28, 2011

Rural Landscape

8" x 21"

Thought I would take a break from decorating for the Christmas holiday by doing this painting. There is so much to do...but you still have to take time to fill your soul. Enjoy!

Friday, November 25, 2011

He's Watching You

21" x 21"

It's time to hang Santa...no, not really. Time to hang him up in the kitchen. This is a painting that I did of my dad who used to be Santa. I have many fond memories of those years.

Friday, November 18, 2011

"Working on the Railroad"

14" x 21"

This is a painting that I did with my husband in mind. He was working on this piece of equipment. No, he is not one of the guys standing to the left. He is actually on top of this doing the wiring and electrical work. It sure was a different subject of me. No way for me to be loose on this one.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Dunes Sunset
6" x 12"

Tried another acrylic today. They are really a lot of fun. Some ways a bit different than watercolor. You can easily change things. This is a bit trickier to do in watercolor.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Fall Acrylic

fall landscape
6 x 6

Did another one of those little 6" x 6" acrylic on canvas paintings. This is just a wrapped around canvas. It was fun to do, but I feel like I am cheating since I have painted in watercolor all of my life.

Today I went to see the David Becker 11-11-11 exhibit at the Palette and Chisel in Chgo. It was the closing of his exhibit which was up for 11 days. Today was also his 50th Birthday. What a way to celebrate. I even bought one of his paintings. I will be happy to hang it in my studio for the students to see it. It was a fun night in the city.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Winter in Acrylics

6" x 6"

Yes, you read that right. It was even hard to type...I am so used to typing watercolor. Today I did this little acrylic. I had the whole afternoon class working with them and trying them out. They all enjoyed it. It's our secret that we did this in my watercolor class. But...I think I am going to try it again. These would make nice little Christmas gifts....hint, hint....

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Watercolor on Watercolor canvas workshop

12" x 12"

Today I had a workshop in the studio on how to paint on watercolor canvas. We were painting pumpkins so that they would have something to decorate their homes with this Thanksgiving. It was a challenge to paint on the canvas, but they loved it. We also found out that the student grade paints just don't match up to the professional brand of paints. I personally use Holbein paints and I just love them!! The colors are so intense and you do not get all of that filler that you do in some of the other brands. You get what you pay for. Use the best supplies to get the best results!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Fall Boat Yard

14" x 21"

Here is another painting inspired from my trip to Michigan a few weeks ago. Today I was back to Michigan delivering some paintings for some shows coming up. If you live close to the Box Factory, you'll be able to see 4 of my paintings. I believe it is in St. Joe, Michigan. Stop at the Round Barn Winery and you will be able to see my work there, too. That is at Union Pier, Michigan. Tell them I sent you :)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Jack's Jonquils

12" x 12"

This is a demo that I did for my class yesterday. We were all trying to paint loose. Those of you who know my work know that I do not paint really loose so this was a challenge for me too. It is done on a new board called Arches we board. It has a hot press surface to it. The thing I noticed about this board is that it didn't lift like other hot press surfaces.

See how loose you can paint!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Michigan City Boat Yard

watercolor 14" x 21"

After going out to Michigan to deliver a painting last weekend, I took advantage of some of the fall colors that were still hanging onto the trees. I came across this boat yard and it was exciting to me so I thought I would paint it. I hope it is exciting to you, too!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Step-by-step of the court house painting

watercolor 14" x 21" on 300# wc paper.

This may help you to see the process of this painting. This is tighter than I usually paint, but I felt that the subject warranted it. Enjoy.