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Oil Painting: Mandarin Orange

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Mandarin Orange, 6 by 6 inch, oil on hardboard, ©Deb Anderson

This is a radiant little orange. I was having some trouble with it – I accidentally put the orange right in the center of the board. I wiped the painting down, started over and it came together. “Brave little orange faces the future.”

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Oil Painting of a Red Maple Leaf

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6 inches square, oil on hardboard
6 inches square, oil on hardboard

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.

Oil Painting of Nasturtium with Smartweed

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10 inches square, oil on hardboard.
10 inches square, oil on hardboard.

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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Oil painting: Orange with Steel Bowl

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

I got so caught up in the reflections and colors in the bowl. Like glass, reflective metals are a fun puzzle to paint. Is that really what I’m seeing?!

I’ve been working with live setups rather than photos lately. I’ve always done some of each. Working from life motivates me to finish – more time pressure since things wilt or droop or get eaten or moved. The paintings I’ve had a hard time finishing are all from photos, and it’s just easier to walk away from, knowing I can come back to it later, but by then the paint is drying and the focus is interrupted. Painting from life has a different look, too.

The girls joined me for the painting session last night. I love it when we paint together. Meredith started a scene with a train, but hasn’t finished it yet. Here is Holly’s nest.

8 by 10, acrylic on mat board
8 by 10, acrylic on mat board

Oil Painting of Nasturtium

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11 by 14 inches, oil on hardboard

With the dry weather and my skimpy watering these nasturtiums didn’t do well this year, but there are a few blooms and some pretty lily pad leaves. I love this orange against the gray background.