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30 Paintings in 30 Days: Day 12

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30 Paintings in 30 Days: Day 12

Day 12 I can hardly believe it is already day 12...we are almost half way through the challenge.  Time sure does go fast when you are having fun (and when your busy). Untitled  8x10 oil on canvas sheet   I have this pitcher that sits on my coffee table, and it is one of my favorites from Christmas.  Can you believe my 10 year old picked it out for me from Joanna Gaines' Hearth and Hand collection?  [My family knows me so well.]  I knew the moment I saw it that it would one day hold a bouquet of flowers,...

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30 Paintings In 30 Days: Day 10-11

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30 Paintings In 30 Days: Day 10-11

There are those days when you have to stop and listen to your body, and yesterday was one of those days.  My father has been in and out of the hospital with a severe foot infection so my time is being split between helping my parents (my mom had a stroke about 2 years ago), working in the studio, and taking care of my family.  I'm happy I get to help my parents, but going in several directions can wear a person out.  It was a struggle for me to surrender my time in the studio in exchange for rest,...

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30 Paintings in 30 Days: Day 9

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30 Paintings in 30 Days: Day 9

Isn't it funny how a good nights sleep and a bright sunny day can shed new light on a painting? This cow that I couldn't wait to scrape off with my palette knife didn't look like a lost cause this morning.  The natural light that awakened the studio made me see the painting in a new light (figuratively and literally), and I entertained thoughts of touch ups instead of a redo. I worked my way to the studio this afternoon to make my final decision because I still wasn't sure if the cow was worth more time and effort.  I...

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30 Paintings in 30 Days: Day 8

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30 Paintings in 30 Days: Day 8

I know what you may be thinking...where is Day 7?   As I'm working on this challenge, I am also working on an upcoming collection.  Yesterday (Day 7) I set the palette knife aside, and went back to my brushes to finish a larger piece in that collection.  I posted the photo of that painting as my Day 7 on social media, but I chose to not blog about that one since a future blog on that collection will be forthcoming.   Day 8 Do you ever get these grand ideas that sound good in theory, but when you try...

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30 Paintings in 30 Days: Day 6

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30 Paintings in 30 Days: Day 6

The palette knife is slowly becoming my friend.  He once annoyed me with his unwillingness to bend in difficult situations, and I started to think there was no toleration for him in my life.  But, I gave him the benefit of doubt, and continued to spend time with him.  Six days and many hours later...I think he is growing on me! Day 6 (untitled  8x10 oil on canvas sheet) It was another late start in the studio today.  I had my monthly art class that I teach for a home school co-op, and then my Southside Artist Association meeting directly...

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