This pansy wilted completely flat as I painted — felt like a race against time. It perked up again once I put it in a vase with water. I love that velvety purple.
Here’s another victim of our apple picking trip. This is an Autumn Beauty. I love that orangey red color.
I was thinking of my grandma while I painted this. Zinnias are a favorite of hers. Happy birthday, Grandma!
This is my 250th post. Whew. I started posting about five years ago, so that works out to nearly a post a week. That is what I aimed for at the outset. There have been dry spells and some more prolific weeks. Sharing my work this way has been motivating and very encouraging thanks to all of you :).
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One of the neighbor kids picked out this leaf for me to paint. The autumn color is really showing now. We’ve had a string of cloudy, rainy days but the sun was out yesterday. I put the leaf by the window and let the sun shine through it.
The girls and I went apple picking at Edwards Orchard this weekend. We did our best to pick them by the stems, but a few twigs broke off, and they make for fun painting. The proper picking technique, according to pickyourown.org: roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist; don’t pull straight away from the tree. Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Autumn Beauty were the available varieties, and these Goldens were our favorite by far. Click on the painting to see it in my etsy shop.
This has been on the shelf for a couple weeks. I thought it was finished but stalled on posting it. Last night I sharpened up a few edges and blurred others, and I’m much happier now. These blooms have such interesting structures. Nasturtium and smartweed. The garden is a thriving jumble again this year.
The girls and I went to Artprize in Grand Rapids last week with my mom. I loved it. If you go, keep an eye out for Tim Lowly’s Bower and Rick Beerhorst’s City as Muse. The girls especially liked Phillip Lynch’s Shimmer and the cotton candy cart.
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