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Just working with what was on my drawing table, I thought Iā€™d try drawing this pumpkin with the gnarly stem using white on black. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2019 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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After working on this painting on and off for a couple weeks, I had to put it aside to rest my eyes šŸ˜‰. On second sight, I thought it looked better. Like cheese, paintings sometime improve with time. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2019 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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Mushrooms from Mark who has been selling his mushrooms at the farmerā€™s market. This week will be the last market for the season. Look for one more mushroom post next week. www.skagitgourmetmushrooms.com Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2019 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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This painting was a composite of images in a couple photos, one of a fisherman, another of the water scene, with some visual ā€œad libbingā€ Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2019 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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This purple cauliflower was so eye-catching, I could not resist purchasing it, first to paint. I browsed the produce section for other veggies to include with the cauliflower. The bright stems of the rainbow chard made a nice base, the very ripe tomato for accent, garlic for a neutral contrast.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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More mushrooms from the farmer's market. Fun to paint, delicious to eat! It took a couple weeks to complete this painting, pondering the background color. Mark at www.skagitgourmetmushrooms.com has been patiently waiting to see the finished painting of his Pioppini Mushrooms. Meanwhile I did this quick pen sketch of Mark's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2019 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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I have been watching these two large buds, waiting for them to open; an early morning treat, strolling around the garden. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2019 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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At the farmerā€™s market last Saturday, I found these irresistible blue mushrooms, Pleurotus Columbinus. I told the grower, Mark, at Skagit Gourmet Mushrooms I was going to paint these beauties before eating. http://skagitgourmetmushrooms.com He was right, the blue diminished the next day after being refrigerated, but even so, I spent... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2019 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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Sun shining into this private courtyard made an irresistible view! Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2019 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
Our apartment was only a five minute walk from this spectacle. After dinner, we often walked here to marvel, yet again, at the sight. There were always one or two spray paint artists, wearing respirators, surrounded by a couple dozen cans of aerosol cans, deftly wielding stencils, spraying away. In... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
This was fun to paint, once I got the proportions right. I sat across the street in a tiny park area with a few benches to do the drawing. The painting I did back at our apartment where I had more room to spread out mixing these colors, not to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
The door to our apartment in Rome. https://www.clairecreates.com/.a/6a01b8d27f99f2970c022ad3be5acf200b-pi Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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Posted Oct 31, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
The buskers are playing perfect music for painting. A tourist buys their CD, then asks if she can take my photo. https://www.clairecreates.com/.a/6a01b8d27f99f2970c022ad39ceb5b200d-pi Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
Before the tour groups blocked my view, I enjoyed some quiet early morn art time. Everywhere I turn, I see beautiful ruins to paint! What a visual feast! https://www.clairecreates.com/.a/6a01b8d27f99f2970c022ad3bc8bbf200b-pi Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
Sitting on the stairs leading up to San Pietro in Vincoli, St. Peter in Chains, I painted this tower with a small olive tree. It was a lovely Sunday afternoon, perfect for enjoying the sights. https://www.clairecreates.com/.a/6a01b8d27f99f2970c022ad3744382200c-pi Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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This wrought iron gate is along the long stair climb up to San Pietro in Vincoli, St. Peter in Chains. Besides the chains, the church has the impressive Michelangelo statue of a massive seated Moses with the 10 commandments tucked under his arms. Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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This is a suggestion of Berninniā€™s baroque fountain of the four rivers: Nile, Ganges, Danube, and Rio de la Plata. The rivers represent the four parts of the world: Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas respectively. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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This was just before deluge! In the foreground are the Pines of Rome, made famous by Respighiļæ½ļæ½ļæ½s symphonic poem. Have a listen sometime. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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The tower on the left was drawn with my new gray Playcolor pen which I just learned is very water soluble. Using that to my advantage, I blurred the outlines with lots of water. The dome glows with Daniel Smith iridescent gold and sunstone which, alas, do not photograph. Use... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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I saw a jumble of buildingsā€¦sketching, trying to make order out of visual chaos: Roman Building Blocks! Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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The Museum of Imperial Forums had a large room, walls lined with rows of amphorae, all sizes and shapes, catalogued by owner, location, contents. Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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Another quick sketch, just brush on some color. Everywhere I look, I see more to draw, paint! Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"
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Done very quickly, concentrating only on essentials. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at "I never met a color I didn't like!"