Rosemary on a Rainy Day

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Oil on canvas panel board.

One of my favorite things about springtime is going to the garden center to choose new herbs, like this rosemary, for my outdoor veggie gardens and back porch/summer art studio.  Yesterday was a rainy, gray day, and I felt lucky to have such a lovely potted rosemary plant to paint, right on my back porch!

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Tree Peony

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The other day, a friend gave me this tree peony blossom from her yard.  At the time, it was a small, closed bud.  But by the next morning, it had opened up into this gorgeous, dramatically huge flower.  I loved the way the sunlight was hitting the edges, and I had to paint it!  Using the lightest values around the top edge of the flower so that it almost disappears reminded me of my Gears! painting that I did for the Daily Paintworks Exposure Challenge a couple weeks ago.  I feel like I’m learning something valuable and transferrable with each painting.

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Green Apples

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I’ve been painting green apple studies for the past few days, trying to get my values right.  Although I’m not thrilled with my brush work or values on the apples in this one, I do like the way the bowl turned out!  These Granny Smiths are going back into the crisper, but I think I’ll keep the bowl around for the next painting.

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Gears!

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I painted these bike gears for the Exposure Challenge on Daily Paintworks.  It was a great painting exercise for me this week.  I learned a lot from painting this, and was reminded of the importance of value studies!  Related to this, my painting teacher just reminded me yesterday to keep working on getting good contrast in my paintings by focusing on my values, getting the darks and lights right.  So, my plan is to follow his advice and work on a series of small, everyday objects in order to really study the values and transitions from dark to light.

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