Sunday, December 30, 2007

With Apologies to Monet....

Holly and Karen came to paint today. I really didn't want to work on any of our homework assignments, so I rifled through a stack of photos set aside for possible paintings and found the waterlillies. So, I had to give them a try. They're far more complicated to paint than they appear, and I worked on them most of the afternoon. All in all, they were a good learning piece. I have higher hopes for the next version!
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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Natural Elements

And the homework resumes, now that Christmas has passed. I took this photo on a trip to North Georgia with my dear friend Holly. It was a natural choice for the homework assignment to paint rocks.
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Friday, December 21, 2007

'57 Chevy

I find painting cars a challenge, because they must be somewhat precise in order to look "right". Nevertheless, I painted this quarter panel of a '57 Chevy for Dave, my ex-husband; he will be receiving it for Christmas. I photographed the car one summer day in my driveway.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2007


Not a great photo, but Spotty and Dotty are now framed and ready to go to their new home. I'm pleased with the final result and hope my friend will like them
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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I See Spotty...and Dotty

Spotty and Dotty are the beloved dalmations of friends. Both were rescues through the Atlanta Humane Society. Spotty (bottom photo) is the oldest and is deaf; when Dotty was adopted, the two became inseparable. I painted these pictures for my friend Lynn as a special "get well" gift.
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Thursday, December 13, 2007

I always look for feathers when walking and usually find at least one. This was a plain brown feather found lying on the beach at Harbor Island. I chose it for another homework assignment: paint the same picture twice, using warm colors for one painting and cool for the second. Though no feather is truly plain, this one did not distract with a variety of colors or patterns.
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Friday, December 7, 2007

We Three Sheep of New York Are...

My friend Barbara took this photograph of her friends' sheep when she was on vacation in up-state New York three years ago. She e-mailed the photo me, and I have been saving it with plans for a painting. With a homework assignment for a painting using only black, white & gray, the fit was a natural. The sheep are beautiful and I may paint them again, using colors. Thanks, Barbara, Danny and Kathy.
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First Snow

My friend Barbara shared some wonderful photographs made by her friend Charlie Smith. The pictures are really striking in composition and subject and, of course, I wanted to paint them! Charlie was kind enough to allow me to do so, and this is the first of several than I plan to paint. I loved the simplicity, the silence, the interplay between Autumn grasses and the remnants of a first winter snow. Thank you, Charlie.
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