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I paint many demonstration paintings as I teach and most of the time I don’t go back and finish them up because I don’t usually have time before I am on to something else.  But occasionally I will go in and tighten up one or two so that they are a little more complete.  Here are a few that I did add a little more to recently.  You can see the original posts for these paintings here:  Still Life,  Sailboat Landscape, and Tulips.

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The Virginia International Academy students painted this little still life this week.  We have been working on a variety of subjects and styles since they started painting at The Studio.  They are doing beautiful work!

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20170302_221511.jpgI often get asked why I don’t post my paintings along with the paintings that the people at Paint Parties do while at The Studio.  The answer is that I don’t often finish mine!  I am usually walking around helping others put the finishing touches on their work to be sure they are satisfied with them before we wrap up the party.  From time to time I get back to my canvas to finish up.  I did in the case of the Famous  Painter Party this week because I really like the Piet Mondrian still life that we chose to do.  Here is how my painting turned out.  I love the complementary blue and orange colors.

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Fam Painter Feb 2017.jpgWe had a terrific group of painters join us at The Studio for Famous Painter night as we recreated Dutch painter Piet Mondrian’s still life of a Plate with Oranges.  Didn’t these ladies do beautiful work.  I love these.  

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Kids Paint Pie!

Kids Pie.jpgThe kids painted Pumpkin Pie at class yesterday in preparation for Thanksgiving Dinner!  Great work everyone!!!  That’s  a LOT of  pie.

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duane-keiser

Dragonfly on Wood Type by Duane Keiser, oil on board, 7″x6″

About 10 years ago I read an article in USA Today about a Virginia man who started the “Daily Painting” movement.  Duane Keiser was bringing art to everyone by making small paintings each day that were affordable and easily accessible online.  At the time I was trying to decide which direction to take….either work again in the non-profit world or paint full-time.  The concept of daily painting was intriguing to me so I decided to give it a try.  I started daily painting the very next day and soon after started the blog, Life of a Daily  Painter, and have been doing it ever since.  That was in 2006…and it’s been a terrific journey that has led to The Studio.  I continued to follow Keiser’s blog.  He started painting much bigger pieces and less of the small paintings but from time to  time he still does  small pieces that he offers through eBay.  And while I have bid on them in the past it is only recently that I acquired one…..and I am thrilled to have it.  This is a terrific example of his small works.

 

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A little painting that the kids did from mini pumpkins that I bought at the Farmers Market a few weeks ago….and they all took a little pumpkin home along with their painting.

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