With the pollen settling down and the temperatures swinging hot to cold (wish it would make up its mind already!), SPRING is happening in my yard! I love seeing the daffodils and tulips in full bloom...
The pansies are hanging on despite the warming temps. I think because they want to see the lilies bloom.
Not only does rosemary make food taste yummy, it blooms!
I hope your plants are smiling for you and that these pics bring a smile to your face. :)
In my Top Five Snack Foods List (because I cannot name only one favorite!), chocolate chip cookies are a fantastic selection! I made a batch a few nights ago and snapped some pics. Here are three that were eaten shortly after I took the photo. Evidence they did exist... :-) Watercolor on 140lb cold-pressed paper
Yesterday I varnished four paintings ready to go to new homes (yay!). I used a favorite wide flat brush to keep the finish smooth. It did beautifully! I rinsed it out thoroughly and set it out to dry. Well, I thought I rinsed it thoroughly...
I picked it up tonight for underpainting a few new canvases (Cadmium Yellow...my fave!) and the brush was stiff as a board!! After a flash of despair at possibly losing one of my favorite brushes, I got out the Pink Soap and went to the sink. After a good fifteen minutes of swishing and washing, the bristles were nearly free again! Whew! So now the brush is soaking for a while to free up the last bits of varnish.
Hoping for the Best...
So on to the prep work. I learned several years ago that a stark white canvas can be less than inspiring...scary even! So I started painting a light color wash first thing. Used rinse water worked pretty well just to break up that blank white space. My art mentor, Jill shared a similar concept of underpainting, but with a vibrant color (like Cadmium Yellow...my fave!). This really makes the painting "glow". I'm hooked! 9 out of last 10 acrylic paintings are underpainted Cadmium Yellow. So perhaps an upcoming challenge for me is to try a new underpainting color...? Stay tuned :-)
I hope you enjoyed the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge as much as I did! It was fun and challenging to create a new work nearly every day for a month...something I have never done before. I am SUPER PROUD that I DID IT! Thank you for celebrating with me! Follow me to keep up with the fun to come!
I make a fast guacamole by mashing two avocados and mixing with my favorite salsa until I like the texture. To finish I add salt to taste and serve with blue corn chips. When I want to take the time to make it from scratch, I consult one of my favorite foodies: Alton Brown. His version takes some prep time but is sooo worth the effort. Try some this weekend for your Super Bowl party! 8 x 10 acrylic on stretched canvas
In honor of our sunny and brisk(!) day today...a fun sunflower! I can't believe this is the 29th painting I've painted in the past month! I am proud to say "I did it!" :-) One more to go... Watercolor on 140lb cold pressed paper
"It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving." -Mother Teresa
I heard the song lyrics "Put a little love in your heart!" and was inspired to paint this fun little gem. Remember your Valentine(s) with some love from your heart! :-) My scanner blew out the background colors so here is a (too dark :-\) photo. You can see the "watery" watercolor effects. I painted the entire space with water, then dropped watered down colors onto the surface. I had so much fun I splattered outside the lines...that is totally allowed I say!