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Watercolor Painting: Moon Over the Ridge

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Watercolor, 5.5 by 6.5 inches
Moon Over the Ridge, Watercolor, 5.5 by 6.5 inches

We just returned from a road trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. I did a little plein air painting and sketching, also hiking, rock climbing and relaxing :).

Here are two more sketches, one watercolor and one quick oil, and two watercolor paintings by the girls. I’ve nearly finished two studio paintings based on our trip, so check back soon for more Rocky Mountain goodness.

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Oil sketches of Alstroemeria

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8 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard
8 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard

Happy Thanksgiving! Among other sweet gifts, I was given a bouquet of beautiful alstroemeria for my birthday this week. They remind me of my first job, at a greenhouse where we grew these and many other flowers.

I painted these timed sketches over top of a failed star painting. It was cool seeing the blossoms take shape among the stars, and I can still see a few peeking through. This one is a bit bigger than recent sketches—8 inches square. Click on the image to see it in my etsy shop.

Oil Sketches: Red Leaves

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6 by 6 inches, oil on hardboard
6 by 6 inches, oil on hardboard

We visited the Chicago Botanic Garden yesterday. It was beautiful, quiet and very cold. When we got back I went to work on the thousands of leaves in the front yard, raking and mulching. I found some bright leaves in the backyard and brought them in for more timed studies. I struggled with the first two – seemed too intricate for the tiny size and the 15 minute limit. I picked a few leaves off the twig, and the third and fourth sketches were much simpler to navigate.  Leafy day.

Oil Sketches: Three Grapes

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6 by 6 inches, oil on hardboard
6 by 6 inches, oil on hardboard

Another set of timed sketches. These were done with a lamp with a ‘reveal’ daylight bulb instead of daylight. I wish I had painted some of the fall leaves before they turned brown.

Oil sketches: Acorn Squash

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6 by 6 inches, oil on hardboard
6 by 6 inches, oil on hardboard

I have three paintings in progress that I’m having a hard time finishing. I’m out of practice. I always enjoy these timed sketches. It was partly cloudy yesterday and the sun kept fading in and out.

Apple Studies, and Number Rhumbus!

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6 by 6 inches, oil on hardboard
6 by 6 inches, oil on hardboard

I  worked on timed studies of a cortland apple in the sun. Vibrant color and light.

But here’s my big news: I am proud to announce that our second iOS game is available NOW from the App store. Number Rhumbus is freshly finished and ready to play – check it out at this link! Punch in math expressions and rack up coins -it’s fun! Here is some of the artwork:

Download Number Rhumbus from the App store!

Download Number Rhumbus from the App store!

Another Drawing: Crowned Figure

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14 by 17 inches, pen and watercolor on paper
14 by 17 inches, pen and watercolor on paper

Another quick drawing – these are relaxing and fun. Sharpie markers and watercolor paint on paper. I started this with more of the round “where’s waldo” eyes but it looked absurd, so I scribbled them into a downcast glance. Thinking about Hundertwasser gets me thinking about crowns – he has some interesting quotes about being a king, having only to set a crown on his head. I once saw a series of 100 ladder sculptures an artist had done, I saw this at Calvin College when I was in high school. It would be interesting to do a series of crowns.

Watercolor sketches: Look, Listen; Snowday

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14 by 17 inches, pen and watercolor
14 by 17 inches, pen and watercolor

It’s been a busy month, with only a little painting. Meredith and I broke out the watercolor paints this afternoon. I read that the artist Hundertwasser became fascinated with almond shaped eyes. The eyes in his paintings range from wise and beautiful to strange and creepy. With this in mind, I’ve been doodling these wide, round eyes for a while. Alert, nervous, goofy, vacant. Looking and listening.

Meredith hopes for a little more snow this winter. She’s not going to get it tonight. It’s a balmy 60 degrees out there right now.

17 by 14 inches, watercolor on paper
17 by 14 inches, watercolor on paper

Oil Painting of Glen Trail with Clouds

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6 by 6 inches, oil on hardboard

Another landscape attempt from photos I took in the Glen.

Pencil drawing of a woman with fauna

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17 by 14 inches, pencil on paper

I drew this yesterday, while pondering the crush of life on this planet — how we’re immersed it in, connected to it, and pitted against it. A girl or princess with a bird on her hand seems to be a symbol of goodness and innocence. So this is like that, only moreso. I’m really looking forward to making screen prints of something like this.