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The Plunge; Day 27 #30paintingsin30days Challenge: Stacked Cups

Plunge, as in just go for it; dive in and give your all. Painting Is Like Taking A Plunge. Greetings!  As I near the end of #30paintingsin30days challenge, I find myself thinking about painting and taking plunges.  And,  it all applies to a painting about stacked espresso cups. Conversation With Dad. What?  To explain, I […]

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Center Of Interest: Day 21 Cappuccino V9 #30paintingsin30days

Center of interest – that is the area that I would like you to look at in a drawing or painting.  Put another way, it attracts your attention. “Cappuccino V9”. Greetings!  And, here we are at day 21 of #30paintingsin30days!  Add to that the ninth cappuccino study!  Is it getting to feel routine to you? […]

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Day 4 of #30paintingsin30days: Cappuccino With Milk, Naturally

A cappuccino, by definition, has milk.  If it didn’t, it wouldn’t be cappuccino; naturally! Cappuccino Barista. Greetings.  I’m a coffee barista of limited abilities.  I know how to make coffee, espresso and cappuccino.  Beyond that, I need to look up the recipes online. And? So, what does that have to do with an art blog? […]

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Improvisation. Day Three #30paintingsin30days, “Espresso No Milk V3”

Composing without a plan or preparation, that’s the type of improvisation I’m thinking about. Improvisation In Painting. Greetings!  I was thinking about my process for this acrylic study and the word “improvisation” came to mind. Its like riffing on a theme of an espresso cup and pitcher.  If musicians can do it, why not painters? […]

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Last Day And Lessons Learned, Day 31 #stradaeasel “From Life” January Challenge

I have learned a thing or two, (or three or lots!) over the past 31 days of the #stradaeasel “Drawing and Painting From Life” Challenge.  Update: there were about 500 artists participating in the challenge!  What fun! I’d like to share my initial impressions of “lessons learned” for doing the challenge.   Goal Accomplished! But […]

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Painting Reflections: Milk Frothing Pitcher (Days 28 – 30) #stradaeasel Challenge

Reflections Are New. That is to say drawing and painting reflections is something new for me! Intention. Greetings!  I’d like to share with you my last three pieces for the #stradaeasel January Drawing and Painting from Life Challenge.   What I’d like to talk about is drawing and painting reflections.  You see, I do not […]

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Day 26 & 25, Strada Easel Challenge; Rose Colored Glasses

About The Easel. Greetings!  Only five days left in the Strada Easel January Challenge!  This month seems to be flying by all of a sudden!   Life became busy and next thing I know, its Day 26! Recently, I was asked the question “what makes a Strada Easel so special?”   What an excellent question […]

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Its About Egg – Broken And Otherwise

Potato Salad Friday – With Egg Hi and Good Friday To You! I was making a potato salad this morning, with hard-boiled egg, and was thinking about the paintings I’ve been doing lately with eggs and egg cups. What is so special about eggs? I don’t really like eating just plain old eggs, though I […]

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Education of an Artist

Story Time: When I was in high school, I had the mistaken idea that once I was done with college, I wouldn’t have to go to worry about getting an education anymore.  I even questioned the value of college because I wanted to be an artist.  Oh, what I didn’t know.  Forty years later, I’m […]

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Embracing Gray

I’m evolving.  I’m embracing gray. Once Upon A Time… About 12 years ago I was called a “colorist”; I took it as a compliment.  I still do. I had several paintings hanging in a gallery and it was Art Walk night.  A gentleman came by and we were chatting.  He observed that I was a “colorist”. […]

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