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Beach Scene II

Beach Scene II

We had a new student in our morning painting class yesterday.  And when someone  new joins the class I usually paint along with them on the first painting they do so as to show them how to color mix and use brushes, etc.  She chose a beach scene as her first painting.  The one she did has just the dune on the left but before the evening painting class I worked on it a little more and added a little more interest.

So this is “Beach Scene II”, acrylic on canvas panel, 8″x10″.

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Wildflowers Along the Road, acrylic on canvas

Wildflowers Along the Road“, acrylic on canvas, 8″x10”.

Reference Photo by Suzanne McMinn, www.chickensintheroad.com

Reference Photo by Suzanne McMinn, http://www.chickensintheroad.com

This is a demonstration painting for an upcoming retreat that I will be teaching in West Virginia that’s theme centers around wildflowers.

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Completed Pet Portrait

Completed Pet Portrait

Reference photo

Reference photo

Last week I posted about working still as a Daily Painter and showed you a couple of paintings that I was working on.  (See that here.)   Here is the completed pet portrait that I was working on in that post.  It’s all framed and ready for pick-up Saturday and it will be headed to its home in Memphis, Tennessee!

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An idea for an upcoming Retreat painting that is just sketched in

An idea for an upcoming Retreat painting that is just sketched in

A Pet Portrait commission in progress

A Pet Portrait commission in progress

An art class demo that needs just a little more work

An art class demo that needs just a little more work

I get questions all the time about “daily painting”.  The most often asked is “Do you paint every day?”  And the answer is “almost”.  When I first joined the daily  painting movement I did paint every day. And I completed a different small painting everyday….for a long time.  I did this for about 4 years.  Then I started working on larger paintings and while I painted every day I didn’t complete one each day.

But then I started offering other types of classes besides painting so it required me to create in other formats (like crocheting, multi-media, etc.) to prepare for classes so now my answer is that I create something everyday.  It may not always be a painting like it was in the beginning but I do something creative each and every day.

Right now I have a couple of paintings that I am working on that still need a little work to be finished.  Here are a couple.  You will hopefully see the finished paintings soon.

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Students wrapping up painting

Students wrapping up painting

Demo Painting for TVOR

Demo Painting for TVOR

The demonstration painting from The Village at Orchard Ridge class is finally complete. (Here is an earlier look at this painting.)  Since we only meet 2 Fridays per month it takes a little longer to complete these.  And I want to be sure the students get their painting to the place they want it to be before we call it done.  They all did great!

Now to see what they want to paint next!

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Completed Rooster

Completed Rooster

Rooster going to his new home

Rooster going to his new home

Rooster in original state

Rooster in original state

Rooster with Gesso

Rooster with Gesso

Yesterday Lynne and her very funny hubby, Michael, came by The Studio to pick up their Rooster-a commissioned piece she asked me to do.  (You might remember that Lynne is my friend who went to the Pioneers and Primitives Retreat at Sassafras Farm with me last September.  You can read more about that here.  Lynne is the first one on the left on the second row from the bottom in the photo.)

She purchased this large cut-out of a rooster and wanted it painted.  It was a little bit of a challenge as it had the grooves cut in it but in the end that made it really interesting.

I started by painting it with a coat of Gesso.  Then it was a matter of laying in a variety of colors to make him have some depth.  In the end, it turned out great.  I liked it and I think Lynne and Michael were happy with the result.

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20150109_131822_resizedViolets by the Window” is a painting that I have been working on for several weeks with the group I teach at The Village at Orchard Ridge.  The ladies there are very good painters and they enjoy a challenge.  This painting is an acrylic on canvas panel measuring 9″x12″.

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Morgan's Tea Paty

Morgan’s Tea Paty

Years ago I gave one of the first large paintings that I ever did to my niece, Morgan.  I probably painted this in the early to mid 90’s.  She was a young girl at the time that I gave it to her and it hung in her room.  While visiting Brother’s family this week at their new home Morgan showed me her bedroom….and there it was, hanging on the wall.  I love that she still enjoys it all these years later!

The gift of art lasts forever!!!

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Gulfstream Final

“Gulfstream”, acrylic on 12″x12″ canvas

I painted this view of a Gulfstream that Brother flies as a Christmas gift to him.  I don’t write about family much so you may not know that Brother is a retired Army aviator and now flies for a large US company’s CEO.  He was an instructor pilot for Gulfstream for many years before going to work for a private company.  He has flown since he was in his mid-teens so it has been really cool to see him do something as a career that he has always enjoyed.

Original Reference Photo for Gulfstream Painting

Original Reference Photo for Gulfstream Painting

When he was in Virginia on a work visit this past summer I met him at Dulles for lunch and that is when I got the photo of the new plane he was flying and I loved this composition so much that I thought why not paint it for him.

I gave it to him yesterday and I think he liked it!

Happy New Year!

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golf paintng 1This is a painting that I did for Allen for Christmas.  It’s on an 8″ x 24″ canvas in acrylic.  I forgot to take a photo after finishing it so he took this shot with his phone for me.  Hopefully I will take a another photo to post soon.

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