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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Bike Parts!

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This was a challenging one, but my obsession with bike parts marches on!

This week, my son and I had parallel love-hate relationships with bikes.  He had some great, huge smile days riding with no training wheels, as well as a couple epic meltdowns and a scraped knee.  I had a couple “ah-ha!” moments while painting the gears, as well as a moment where I almost wiped the whole thing off because I can’t quite get my spokes straight (grr!).  But we both soldiered on — he got back on his bike and I fixed my spokes as best I could.  We’ll both try again tomorrow, and (hopefully!) get better with practice.

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