Still Life Practice…..Again and again and….

Still Life Practice…..Again and again and….

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Wanting to improve at an endeavor….that’s what this is all about for me. Not getting attached to the outcome, the potential, anything …. Strife for progress…throw away perfection…Don’t compare myself with other artists..(that’s a tall order!)

I try to paint everyday…I also play piano and try to practice everyday as well! Life isn’t over because you “retire”…in fact it seems like it is just beginning without the expectations…
Sounds good to me.

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Still Life Practice

Still Life Practice

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This was yesterday’s still life practice. A little trivia for you, my friends….

The word grenade referring to the explosive used in war came from the french word for pomegranate…because the shape of the pomegranate resembled the little bomb and also when thrown on the ground the juicy seeds scatter …. like it’s unfortunate namesake.

Thanksgiving came and went with a lovely quiet time spent with my family. Children home from college, lots of games of scrabble, a movie night, and for the feast we all went out for Thai food.
My kind of holiday…hope yours was wonderful as well.

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Feathered Friends …

Feathered Friends …

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Look at this cutie! I just love birds and painting them….birds are the indicator species for our environment. Where there is an abundance of birds, the environment is healthy. So true for the opposite…
I became interested in birds when my husband of 23 years and I began dating…In fact our first date was to go birdwatching! Not your usual first date, but I was curious…Early in our marriage we went on a “birding” trip with overly enthusiastic birdwatchers to Costa Rica….They proved a bit extreme for our liking. Didn’t do that again!

My husband feeds the neighborhood birds…so there are lots of little lovelies to look at all day. There are wetlands near our home here in Santa Cruz, Ca. where we can look at ducks to our hearts content…just couldn’t ever imagine harming one let alone hunt one….I prefer to paint them and appreciate the joy they bring to my everyday…..

The piece above is available for purchase as are all the paintings you view here on my blog.
For now, if you are interested, please contact me via email and we can work something out!

In the meantime, go out and look and listen to your feathered friends…..

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Paper is so important!!

Paper is so important!!

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I just love these mountains . This is my second rendering of this image. The current administration wants to decrease the size of this beloved National Monument…..ugh.

Today , I needed to paint in the most desperate way…It is where I can forget my worries and obsessions and get lost in the world of color and texture and NPR…or sometimes KBACH classical music station.
Today’s palette was in keeping with the local color of the photo reference. Yet, I was disciplined and PLANNED!!

I chose my limited palette before I began using three little dishes from my mother’s china collection to separate darks, middle values, and lights.

With fewer pieces of chalk in front of me, I was able to keep my focus on the values and KEEP IT SIMPLE.
WHAT A GREAT METAPHOR FOR LIVING!

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Color Series #2

Color Series #2

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It’s been a frustrating week for me in the studio and beyond…..sometimes my negative inner voice (whom I call “Ramona”) gives me all kinds of grief… “Push through ” , I tell my college age son who is sometimes challenged with an intense workload…..”Push through”…. why?

Because resilience is a life saving skill. Because life is rough sometimes and the world is sometimes unkind…..

“Comparison is the thief of joy”
Theodore Roosevelt

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