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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Illustration Friday & Studio Friday!

This was painted a few years ago when I was making my mini-tea-cup series---these little watercolors were about 2 1/2" x 3". This week the topic for Illustration Friday was Trick or Treat, and for Studio Friday, it was Orange! Hope you're enjoying some great orange autumn colors this week, or if you're in the southern hemisphere, maybe some bright orange spring flowers?

Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Two new paintings

Here are my latest glassless pastel paintings---both made it into a juried show this month. They were started on site, first on campus here in town, the second a field looking south, just east of town. Both finished in the studio. Happily the field was one of the award winners at the juried show! It's so nice to work on a piece and then not have to bury it behind glass, order mats, frames, glass, deal with measuring & cutting the mats, framing....Once the boards have been prepared (or built as in the case of the larger square painting) I paint, spray intermittent coats of diluted pva size, then when finished, several coats of pva ending with a final couple of coats of UV resistant acrylic gloss spray. Wire the back and voila! Finished!! So thrilled to discover this method!

Monday, October 08, 2007

Illustration Friday on Monday---theme: Open

Thought this was a good painting to go with the theme Open and also to celebrate Autumn, my favorite season! These chestnuts are falling all over town, getting crushed underneath car tires, collecting in the grass below the trees, showing off their shiny hard shells. Painted years ago in watercolor.