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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Miniature paintings

My latest paintings have been watercolors on canvas - mini canvas! Most have been on 4x4 inch canvases with 1 1/2 inch wide sides which I've painted, continuing the watercolor image around on the edges. I also have been painting tiny canvases, little 2x2 inch and 2x4 inch with a 3/8 inch painted edge. I'm experimenting with a finish that will be waterproof and tough. First one I ended up sanding back off, it was just too foggy and unacceptable (to me at least...). I'm in the process of repainting that one (also an experiment - can it be saved?!)

Here they are--I've included my hand holding them to show a size comparison:

This first one might look familiar.

This is my second home grown tomato painting---you can see the first here:

Some holly from the field next door:

And last, but not least, a satsuma - yes, it's satsuma season! A favorite!

Next up, sealing these gems without destroying the colors. More experimentation... wish me luck!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Art Show at Starbucks

Just a note to let any local folks know I have 4 paintings up at the Timberhill Starbucks - Woot! It's a terrific wall, although not very visible, considering it's as far back in the shop as a customer can go, but the rich yellow paint color compliments my paintings nicely. It's good to get the paintings into a new location. You can also always see my paintings at Art In The Valley Gallery downtown if you miss out on the Starbucks show. If you're like me though, you want any excuse to go out for a coffee treat, so stop by and check them out if you're in the area!

(no coffee purchase necessary, but don't tell Starbucks I said that!)

Friday, November 06, 2009

Pear & random face

I've been painting a pear lately, in watercolor on a small canvas again, and in the process this face appeared! I knew it had to go, or it would be all that I'd see, so before I made it disappear, I had to at least take a photo.

This first photo shows the pear I was painting and the first layer of watercolor with some of the pencil sketch showing through still.

Next we have the pear with the face---can you see it?

Here's a close-up of the face. It's not just a pear shadow anymore!

The face is now gone, and the pear is about finished (maybe it is, I'm still trying to figure that out). I'm painting even smaller canvases now---the pear is 4x4 inches. The 3 canvases I'm working on yesterday & today are 2 x2 inches & 2x4 inches.

I'll post some pics of those soon.