Flowers from My Guys

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My guys gave me a beautiful bouquet of tulips over the weekend, so I’ll be rearranging and painting them this week. Thanks, Pete & Kai!  The fun part with this one was trying to capture the way light and shadows were playing off of the glass and the water…a little tricky!

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Car Show 4

Proportion and perspective were very challenging for me on this one — definitely something I want to work on.  This is the last car for now…time to paint something else!

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Car Show 2

While I don’t think I quite nailed this one, I enjoyed trying to capture the way light and shadows were hitting the hood of the car.  When I’m painting, I try to shut off the verbal part of my brain, and just think in terms of shapes, values (lights vs. darks), and colors.  Since I don’t really know that much about cars or the names of car parts, they are great nonverbal painting exercises for me!

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Car Show 1

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Several months ago, my brother sent me some cool pictures he took at a car show out in California.  The colors, shapes, and light looked fun to paint, so I held onto them.  I’m so glad I did because I’m having a blast painting these!  Thanks so much for the reference photos, Justin — these next few are for you!!

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Lotus 3

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This is the last lotus flower for awhile, but I’ll return to them soon — they’re very fun to paint!  I used more paint and fewer brushstrokes to paint this one, and the process felt better to me.  I’m looking forward to trying this out with the new series I’m starting today.

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Lotus 2 – Bog Beauty

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One of the things I’m trying to work on is being more economical with my brushstrokes so that I don’t get bogged down (teehee…pun intended!) with fixing and fussing so much.  I fussed with this one more than I’d like — will try something different next time.

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Lotus 1

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I painted this one yesterday, a color version of the upper left value study from the other day.  Lots of medium-level values in this one, and I’m looking forward to tackling the other two, which have more contrast, over the next few days.

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to my painting blog!  I’m excited to dive right in with a project I started working on a couple days ago.  A word in a friend’s text message got incorrectly (and amusingly) autocorrected to “lotus.”  The next day, I started working on some value studies of lotus flowers.  In nature, these flowers emerge from the muckiest of places…I love that.  Happy New Year…here’s to emerging from the muck!

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