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WIP – Begonias on Parade Finally Finished!

5 May

This painting may have seemed to drag on forever – really completed a few weeks ago, however, our computer was in for repairs and just today we are getting things back up.  And OMG what adventure this has been.  Apple has a Voice Over function – it says everything you do, including ever number or letter you type or button you push.  Drove me crazy until, with the help of my friend Google, I was able to figure out how to shut it off.  I was beginning to think I would never be able to use this computer again!

That aside, here is the finished painting.  There is a spider hanging out, see if you can find it!

Begonias On Parade by Helen Shideler

WIP – Begonias on Parade?

3 Mar

This is a new way to torment myself.  Little flowers ans icky picky detail.  What in the work am I thinking – I can guarantee my next two paintings will be poured paintings! I will need to get the cobwebs out after this one!

Thinking Begonias on Parade but open to other titles.  This is a  22 x 30″ watercolor on Ampersand Aquabord.

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First painting completed in 2011 – "In Full Bloom"

10 Jan
We live in a suburban area.  Which in New Brunswick means we share our property and gardens with a population of white tail deer.  Although beautiful, they are known in our region as “garden rats”.  Almost nothing is sacred.  They eat almost everything! Especially tulips, lilies and hostas.  Apparently tulips and lilies are like candy to them. They wait until the bloom is about to burst open with color and munch them while we are sleeping.
Every now and then I am successful in foiling their snack.  We apply blood meal regularly, especially after each rain – apparently, the deer do not like the smell (I understand, I don’t like it either). 
This grouping of tulips were spared from the ravenous appetites of Bambi and friends.  I photographed them each day – quite a novelty to see open tulips in these parts. I could not wait to start the painting.  (Although I had to finish “Amethyst Lilacs” and the “Quince” paintings first.
So, “In Full Bloom” is my first completed painting in 2011.  Here is hoping for another colorful tulip display this coming spring.
Painted on a 12 x 16 sheet of Ampersand Aquabord with transparent watercolor, sealed with Krylon Acrylic Archival Varnish.

Fiesta – a Garden Party

29 Nov

This is an acrylic painting of blanket flowers in my garden. This painting seemed to go on and on forever. Layer afer layer of transparent washes to get the intense colours. But in the end – I am glad that I stayed with it. It reminds me of a garden party.

I originally saw these flowers while at a painting plein air art event in Hampton, NB -I searched garden centers until I found some to purchase.

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