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July 25, 2016


318 That Very Shift


Lighthouse318 That Very Shift

18x24 inches :: acrylic and then oil on stretched canvas

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This painting first started out with acrylic paints on canvas. It was actually something I did as a demonstration while teaching a private painting lesson several days ago. After taking two days off from painting (in order to travel Bakersfield to attend my 30th high school reunion), I decided today to paint right on top of my acrylic work using oil paints and referencing a photo of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse by @jude_allen. I enjoyed how the houses I had made with the acrylic under layers worked together with the oil over layers to create a neighborhood of sorts, to surround the lighthouse.

While at the reunion, a friend from high school asked me where I was with my thoughts about God. I said that for the most part, I'm pretty much in the pocket of "I don't know" but that the more I get opportunities to really look at the vastness of the sky, into the petals of a flower, that I feel a shift from my "I don't know" to a "maybe there is." The sky in this work makes me feel that very shift.

 

July 22, 2016


317 Maple Bars


Maple bars317 Maple Bars

8x6 inches :: oil painting on gessobord

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My favorite donut? The maple bar. I mean, is there anything else as perfect? I used an image from the internet as reference.

July 21, 2016


316 Gerbera Daisies


316 Gerbera Daisies316 Gerbera Daisies

12 x 12 inches :: original oil painting on canvas panel

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My husband came home with these golden-peachy Gerbera Daisies a couple of days ago ... enough to fill two jars to beautify two rooms. They've been going strong in full bloom, and I decided to paint them today. Such happy flowers they are!

July 20, 2016


316 Cad Red


Cad red316 Cad Red

6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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This work is an homage to my tube of Cadmium Red oil paint. Cadmium is a chemical element (Cd) that to my eyes looks like pyrite, aka fool's gold. The way I understand it, there is a handful of pigments that have Cadmium in it, which produces super vibrant colors, namely Cad red, Cad orange, and Cad yellow. And within those colors there are slight variances that paint companies present with words associated to the cad-color like: light, medium, deep, dark, pure, etc. This particular tube is called Cadmium Red Medium Pure by Utrecht ... one of my tried and trues.

July 19, 2016


315 Opening Up


Roses315 Opening Up        

12x12 inches :: oil on canvas panel

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These are the same roses I painted two days ago. I've enjoyed watching them open up. They are the creamy-pinky-greeny kind that I love so much. The light source was at the top right, making the right uppermost part of the right uppermost rose catching most of the light.

 

July 18, 2016


314 Tried and Trues


IMG_2847314 Tried and Trues

11x16 inches :: oil painting on canvas panel

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Whenever I finish a tube of oil paint, I can't seem to bring myself to throw it out. I think it's mainly because I feel they are evidence of my hard work ... of my practice that reflect thousands of hours of practice day in and day out. These tubes in particular are my tried and trues ... Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Umber, Unbleached Titanium, Ivory Black, Naples Yellow, Cad Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, and Cad Red. With these tubes, I can mix just about anything I need. And to these tubes, I feel extreme kinship and gratitude.

 

July 17, 2016


313 Morning Nuance


Morning

313 Morning Nuance

12 x 16 inches :: original oil painting on canvas panel

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For today's still life, I placed roses in a mason jar and placed them on my kitchen table. There's a mirror that sits by the table on the window sill, which worked so well to help capture the lights, shadows, and reflections. I enjoyed painting the subject ... with attention to all of its beautiful nuanced and at times magical details.

 

July 15, 2016


312 Who I Am


312 Who I Am312 Who I Am

12x16 inches :: original oil painting on canvas panel

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This is the second time that I have referenced a photo by @niravphotography for my work. Studying how to paint lights and shadows ... an endless journey.

 

July 14, 2016


311 Doggy Paddle


311 Doggy Paddle311 Doggy Paddle

12 x 12 inches :: original oil painting on canvas panel

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I'm so attracted to paint subjects that are partially submerged in water. It always helps me learn new things. I used an adorable photo from @heloisapaulon to reference for this work. I wonder, is there anything cuter than a doggy doing the doggy paddle?

July 13, 2016


310 Pretty Pygmy


310 Pretty Pygmy310 Pretty Pygmy

12 x 12 inches :: original oil painting on canvas panel

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As much as I'd like to say I imagined the perfect pygmy rabbit in a perfect composition from my brilliant imagination independent of all influences, inspiration, and references, I didn't. I referenced a stunning photo by @joelsartore for @natgeo of a female pygmy rabbit to reference for this work. What a joy it was to paint.

And what a joy it is to create art that is clean ... referencing my sources for inspiration and giving credit where credit is due. Sometimes it's a chore to do so because life moves so fast and it feels more convenient to not reference. But it has been my experience that the process becomes better and more integrity-filled when there is transparency in this regard. I want to kiss this rabbit.

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