Bottles and Bell

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8 by 8 inches, acrylic on gessoed illustration board
8 by 8 inches, acrylic on gessoed illustration board

Meredith and I both used the black gesso as a ground this time. Painting glass and shiny things is a lot of fun. I went back and forth several times on the bottles, making them more and then less visible. Holly painted a portrait of me, calling out colors of what I was wearing before applying them. That bright red patch is my nose, if you’re wondering.

9 by 12 inches, acrylic on paper
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Chives

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acrylic on illustration board, 6 by 6 inches
acrylic on illustration board, 6 by 6 inches

I’ve been falling short of one painting a week. I’m not surprised or discouraged, and I hope to have more time for painting in a few months. The quality of my work seems to be going down instead of up, but I see reasons for that, too. When I do paint I’ve been spending much less time, under a hour, instead of several longer sessions.

The chives are blooming. M did her own preliminary drawing today, usually she asks for help getting started. I primed my board with black gesso I picked up last week. We worked in the living room where the rays of morning sun were shining in – the light moves fast!

Trillium

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oil on canvas, 8 by 10 inches

Rose

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acrylic on illustration board, 7.5 by 10 inches
acrylic on illustration board, 7.5 by 10 inches
acrylic on illustration board, 7.5 by 10 inches, with stickers

Green Pears

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acrylic on board, 7.5 by 10 inches
acrylic on board, 7.5 by 10 inches

The weather’s been so nice, I hope to try plein air painting soon. I plan to do more solo painting as well.

African Violets

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acrylic on board, 7.5 x 7.5 inches
acrylic on board, 7.5 by 10 inches
acrylic on board, 7.5 by 10 inches

I’ve had fewer opportunities to paint lately. It felt great to get everything out again for these flower paintings.

Oma and Girls

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acrylic on panel, 8 by 10 inches

Happy belated birthday, Oma! I think this is done. The girls helped by gessoing the board and painting the flowers. They also helped with many critiques.