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Splash Ballerina

Splash Ballerina
                                                                         9"x12"
                                                                 Pastel/Copper Leaf
Well here is another version of Splash Ballerina.  I used the copper leaf which I think I got down a little too solid compared to what I was going for, but ....  Anyway, the ballerina herself is in pastel.  I really like the look and feel of the movement of the piece.  One of the attractions of these dancers is the sheer elegance of how they use and place their arms and legs.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

Fall Leaves

Fall Leaves
                                                                         5"x7"
                                                          Watercolor with Copper Leaf
We are having one of our typical dreary days here in Atlanta.  Guess it is going to get worse before it gets better as they are calling for 3 days of rains, but at least we should get something wet if it is going to be gray.
Yesterday I was able to collect more leaves from the trees in our development and wanted to try to get them onto paper - just overnight they dried out and lost a lot of their color.  I wanted them to curl up but guess I really need to keep them under glass to keep the colors more intact.
I am having a ball enjoying doing the leaves this year.   Maybe it is true the older you get the more you enjoy the simple things in life.  Anyway, more copper leaf as the background as it makes the colors pop.  But leaves bits …

Zebra

Well today is date day with my hubby, and since it is a beautiful day, might be the last this year before we get cold and rainy again, we are going to picnic in the park.  We are fortunate to have a beautiful state park not far from here that has ruins of mills destroyed during the Civil War.  They also created, in modern times, a reservoir from the rapids that ran the turbines for the mill.  So posting early so I can enjoy fresh air, turning leaves and my hubby - not necessarily in that order!!
Here is this week's experiment, this zebra is in copper leaf except for the eye and the nose.  I am out on the nose and am seriously thinking I am going to put the nose to copper leaf - but before I do what do you think?  I am thinking right now the gold leaf which I didn't like, covered with several glazes makes your eye go right to the nose and really the eye should be the focal point I think.  
Thanks much for stopping by and have a great weekend.

Swiss Miss

Swiss Miss
                                                                          9"x12"
                                                                      Watercolor
Here is the second in the series of Domestic Divas.  While I didn't think I would do them in watercolor, she came out in a more traditional watercolor form than Blue MOOn.  I also toyed with using the complementary colors.  At first she was kind of a shy, shrinking violet, then I jazzed her up using more darks and hope she translates and that her blue eyes stand out.

This Swiss Miss is very patriotic and really enjoys her sports.  She is from the area around Emmental Switzerland.  She is medium bodied, pretty agile, but while she could, she doesn't melt easily into the background.  Her coat has a very lacy appearance and she sports a unique mane braid.  Her BFF is Arnold, a pig, they pair very well together, guess it's that…

Autum Leaf

Originally I wasn't going to post this, but have had such a good reaction, thought I would do,so.  This is another attempt at figuring out how to use copper leaf.  I like the color,of the copper almost better than the gold, but remember the gold I Have is a liquid gold paint and really doesn't have the same refractions.  Walked In our neighborhood and the leaves are just starting to,change, so magnificent knew I had to try to get it on paper  Thanks for stopping by and take a look.

Blue MOOn

Blue MOON (aka Blue Cheese)
                                                                        9"x12"
                                                                     Watercolor
Got to thinking about all those cows out there that are so popular and thought for Christmas I would try to put together a series, going to call it "Domestic Divas", and maybe set up a shop on DailyPaintworks to see if I can sell some things.  Would like to get rid of some picture inventory and also make some money that might pay for some of the supplies that I use and want to keep trying.

So here is the first in my series that will introduce you to the girls, with personality, that make up the various cheeses that we all love.  This one happens to be in watercolor, not sure that they all will be.  Ok, so my right brain might be going a bit outside the nine dots, but ....    Part of the fun thing is I can let my imagination go …

Poppies

I feel like a bit of color and like the graphic nature of this piece.  Although I think it is softened by the flowers.  Thanks to Rosemary Clark on PMP for the poppies to kind of use as a reference.  I find now that I really don't see the final product until the end, just like you, until that point I am only trying to paint shapes.  Mostly it surprises me to see that yep, it does kind of fit together better than it looks like while it is in process.
I think this might be the first of two pictures that were meant to hang together, but could still stand just as a single picture.  I am working my way up to doing a triptych.  This is the first pass of the design and practice on painting the flowers, while I am trying to decide if I will like it enough to buy two gallery wrapped canvases to do the final paintings on.  I still haven't found really reasonable prices on frames, but have a new option I need to check out.  I think even on paper it would look good framed in a black fram…

Rrrrruff Day

Rrrrruff Day
                                                                            12"x9"
                                                                        Watercolor
I had so much fun when I did Terrie, Renate's dog, during the challenge I thought I'd take a shot at rying watercolor again. Then I saw this dog that was foreshortened, which is a challenge, but just loved the expression.  I thought he just really looked like a dog's life was pretty tough and he was weary - guess he had to chase and not catch too many squirrels.  I do get impatient however and it takes multiple layers and combinations with black  to get rich darks.  I also try really hard to not get hard edges and for me that is a challenge. Hoping he puts a smile on your face.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend.