Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Waiting for the Museum to Open

Holly and I were anxious to see the Celebrating Georgia Women Artists show at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, especially as Karen won first place in Pastels! We arrived to find the Museum not yet open, so we had time to spare. Naturally, our first thought was of coffee and food. So we went to Sugar Cakes, a wonderful Patisserie on the Marietta Square. The pastries were so beautiful that we had to photograph them for painting and did just that today. As you can see, I love Bran Muffins! Check Holly's blog to see her favorite.

And, Karen, all our congratulations. We used some of your techniques from your class demonstration to start our food paintings. Of course, we strayed away, but that's another story......
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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Memories of the Summer

I started this painting of lily pads in class on Tuesday night and finished it on Wednesday when Holly and I painted together. The photo was taken at a wildlife preserve in Florida. It looked like the little Iris had chosen the lily leaves to showcase it's bloom.
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A Little Fun

When Holly and I get together, we like to experiment with different art techniques. These little trees (3" x 3") are the result of one of our "play"sessions. We used acrylic and dimensional paints; it was so much fun that we can't wait to do more! Holly's are the bottom two, while mine are the ones on top. We could only have had more fun if Karen had been with us!
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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Mistress of the Garden

On a garden tour a couple of years ago, I took this photo of the garden's owner. At least in her own mind. She graciously allowed us to visit and accompanied us on the tour. I loved this shot of her vigilantly guarding her garden.
Another study on a prepared gator board. Holly and I played today and had fun using pan pastels on the board; it's a totally different experience. There was no photo reference - just going with the board surface.
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Sunday, January 6, 2008

Fantasy Forest, etc.

The colorful cows live in this fantasy forest; where else could they live? These two little paints were just a fun exercise completed on a surface prepared with gesso and acrylic paint.
I took this photo of a grackle last summer when Karen, Holly and I traveled to Harbor Island. Since Karen painted a beautiful cedar waxwing today, and Holly painted a lovely bird nest, I had to paint something avian as well. I liked this bird's stance.

More than anything, I would love to paint beautiful trees. However, I seem to have a mental block against being able to do so and have avoided the homework assignment to paint trees. Today I finally decided to give it a try with this little Maple dressed for Fall.
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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Cowler Wheel

Another homework assignment: paint the same picture 6 times, using the primary and secondary colors. I decided to paint a photo I made of one of my brother's cows; you can tell by her ears that was not happy that I was so close, as she had a baby calf.
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