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Duck Hunting

24 Mar

So, again it is no secret, I love ducks.  When my husband and I got up this morning, I asked him if he had any plans.  Well he did.. I asked him… well do they have to be this morning.  He looked at me with a look of familiar curiosity and asked what I had in mind.   I said DUCK HUNTING!.

The huh?  look on his face was priceless.  I handed him two cameras and said …let’s go!

I have an idea for two more, maybe three more painting ideas..sharing the photos – just not the ones I am going to paint!

Here a few expamples of my duck paintings, Mallard Trio , Dapper Dabbler and Sitting Duck

 

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Brushed Off?

3 Jan

There are so many things I love about getting new painting supplies.  For example, I love the relationship I have with my brushes.  When I am selecting a new brush, I “paint” my cheek with it before I make a purchasing decision.  Then I showcase any new brush in a special container on my  painting table.  When I finally reach for it, it is almost a ceremony – definitely a ritual.

Most recently, I’ve  had a whole new brush experience!  This year my daughters were shopping on-line for Christmas and had the gifts shipped to the house.  Hmmmm.  Not too shabby.  And quite easy!

Then one evening when I was catching up on reading  blogs that I follow, one artist was talking about a special acrylic pallet she always uses in the field.  Well, I never heard of this type of pallet before and so with help of  my trusty fiend Google – I found it.  On Amazon! And well, they had note at the bottom of the screen that said people who purchased this also purchased these….brushes.  A perfect set of five Kolinsly sable watercolor brushes in a storage case and at an irresistible price.  And they also had a set of teeny tiny detail brushes!  Well how in the world could I not purchase both sets of brushes?

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And so I ordered them on-line.  Without even the opportunity to rub them against the back of my hand or my cheek. What was I thinking?  Oh yes, I was swayed by the incredible deal.  And oh the money I’d save!

I ordered them proudly and then impatiently tracked their shipping.  Only to see they got misplaced somewhere along the journey.  My patience was waning with each day they were delayed, I started thinking that it is only a deal if you actually get the foolish brushes and the charge was already showing on my credit card.

Finally they showed up after Christmas (phew) and I am the proud owner of some lovely new brushes.  The teeny tiny detail brushes came in just in time for me to play with the ducky paintings (already gave up on that idea).  And the watercolor brushes, well will become part of my ever faithful collection.  Did I mention I love them – thank goodness!

Green With Envy – WIP Complete

21 Oct

I have reached the nearly finished stage of this painting.  I will stare at it and scrutinize it for a few days to see if I feel the need to go back in and color balance or make any adjustments at this time.

The amount of work on this painting reminds me a lot of a previous transparent watercolor piece “Raindrops on Sedum” (below) in terms of complexity.  This painting won Best in Show at the CSPWC S’s For the Love of Art  Associate Show in Halifax in 2006.  Both of these paintings had a false start.  I had them drawn out, started painting them and decided to abandon the first drawing and start over.  Phew, thank  goodness I do not get that urge too often!

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