Nest

Here’s my progress today. I work on it until I cannot get it any better. I highly recommend this because no one’s opinion can hurt, or help, when they comment on it. Bravery to make your best and that’s your armor. Artistry for the Brave!

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Two days later: 

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October Green

Today, I framed and delivered Deanna to her mom! The finished product has a blue metallic frame. She might hang it in Grilla Bites. I’m pretty excited.

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Here is my freshly curated wall at Arts of Snohomish.  

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Here’s my progress on the nest: 

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My fresnel lens sold at the Arts of the Terrace Show. I might drive to Grays Harbor this weekend to take a new picture of the lens.

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I might love greens.  

Blue Serenade

Beachy Breeze. 

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I was listening to Sade while painting this one. The leading hoof was right and now is wrong, but I’ll fix it.  

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Tricks

Here are my new magician’s tricks today:

Take tiny pictures and compare them side by side.

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At least for green, dark blue is better contrast than black. 

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Four at a Time

My horse painting is taking longer than normal to get looking okay. Cabbage Lady is going well. Nest in a rhododendron is on day 2 and has the most potential. Mr. Spaz the cat is on day 2 underpainting. Thanks to the sunshine, I’m able to set my wet work outside and speed up layers. 

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Today I added brown, lime green and transparent white.

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I’m painting sick, can you tell? 

Every painting is a puzzle. I will figure each one out, but it does take longer than I like to admit. For Spaz the Cat, I did two underpaintings and then combined magenta and kelly green to make black on top. I don’t know yet how I’m going to add hairiness and make him look unflat, but I might try adding a small brush of thinner or lighter paint. 

 

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Here I try adding Mars Black and gray to the coat. Green, browns, and rose to the ground. I’m letting this dry and put mega details in his face tomorrow. I need to finish tomorrow. 

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I am probably close to done now.

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I might be obsessed with my horse. This one is fat from perfect, but I like working on it. Next, I’ll fix the large triangle of shallow water going into her chest.

Giant Cabbage

Here is my progress on the giant cabbage. 

 I’m going to be working on her mouth and shirt and hand. The most detail will go into the cabbage.

I’m going to be working on her mouth and shirt and hand. The most detail will go into the cabbage.

The best lighting is outdoors, especially with a gray sky.

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