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Sunday, March 30, 2014


Oil on Linen

Working still today on loosening up, leaving things alone, not losing the sketchy quality that I love while still refining things that I want's a narrow little road to walk on. Today, though, I was also painting with someone in mind.  The birthday boy....Vincent Van Gogh.  Yes, if he was still with us, he'd be 161 today, March 30.  So many things he taught us artists - living with rejection, with no sales, lack of respect, but also with great joy, a love of color, a love of nature, love of creating!  
I love his story because of his great passion in spite of his circumstances!

"I would rather die of passion than of boredom!" 
- Vincent Van Gogh

Friday, March 28, 2014

Springing Back to the Blog!

It's been awhile since my last post.
(I wonder how many other blog posts begin like that!)
I've neglected it, I know.  Sometimes I think I'm the only one reading it! LOL!  
Okay, enough of that!  

Here's what I've been working on this week: loosening up!
I bought some beautiful red geraniums...well, not red exactly, 
but that gorgeous "straight-from-the-tube-cadmium-red" variety. 
My challenge was also to not make it too "straight-from-the-tube-cadmium-red", you know?

So, here was the first one.  A little on the tight side, huh?

...and here was the second one.  Closer to what I was aiming for.'s the latest one.  Getting closer and I'm really starting to l.o.v.e. painting this geranium.  
I think painting the same thing multiple times is a great way to learn.
So, there will be more!  Added bonus....they look really good in my neutral colored kitchen! :)

Thank for reading and looking!