New Colors, Part Three

A shout out of thanks to Medford Florist in Medford, NJ. The owner has graciously allowed me permission to paint from pictures of the glorious floral creations he posts on his Instagram account that can be found here. Thank you much. Not sure my paintings will do his creations justice, but it’s a great way for me to experiment with this new palette.

This painting has a familiar feel. While I used the Quinacridone Magenta, Permanent Green Light and Ultramarine Violet (in my opinion a wishy washy color that is useless), I wound up adding my old standard, Quinacridone Sienna to get the darks I wanted, and a bit of Opera to pop the pink. Not sure it would look much different if I had painted it with just four colors and the Opera. May repaint this with my limited palette to see how much of a difference I get. Also, I used Fabriano paper versus Arches. Not a favorite either.

It’s all fun…it’s all new…and that’s the point. Stretching out the creative process to see what happens.

“‘Did You Art Today?”


First Day of Summer Card Art

We celebrated the first day of summer with a wonderful day at Coquina Beach.

As my travel palette only includes my trusty four colors , there were no surprises here today. However, the heat and breeze certainly made trying to get any soft edges impossible.

Measuring 4″ x 6″, this will be made into a greeting card.

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New Colors

“Lilium” 8″x 10″ based on a photo from Liz Phillips.

We whipped out those new colors again today. Not as much mud. Thanks to my astute husband who asked “isn’t the purpose of having more colors on your palette so you don’t have to mix them as much?

The colors feel a bit crazy bright at this point, and in some cases a bit opaque. But again, just my second attempt with this brave new world of twelve colors.

“Did You Art Today?”

For Every Dad

Sketched at Selby Gardens End of Spring Outdoor Concert today.

My Dad, while passed, lives in my being. His words echoing often.

He was funny, supportive and accepted his changing life with optimism and excitement like no one I have ever met.

May all the Dads know they are loved today. It’s the greatest gift anyone can get.

‘Did You Art Today?”


In my quest to keep decluttering, I recently watched some videos that were passed on to me by my mentor, Dan Hines.

Watching the master, Stephen Quiller, paint an amazing landscape, it struck me that I should add some colors to my palette. After painting with a four color palette for over 15 years, why I thought this was a good idea is still buzzing in my brain.

Perhaps it’s my upcoming social security check that made me to decide to splurge. If not now, when? And if these twelve colors were good enough for him, surely they could shake up the studio.

It has not been easy.

I cleaned my palette to the bones. Not an easy task after years of color in the same wells. It was sparkly white as I labeled the wells. Something I didn’t need with just a four color palette.

A trip to the local art supply is always a treat. So I was rather thrilled when I got home….a little too much as I over squeezed one tube of fresh new paint all over my pristine palette. No problem, I’ll just clean it up.

When I picked up the open palette, the hinge broke. Sending the palette to the floor….face down. Now there were puddles of fresh paint on the floor. No problem, I’ll just clean it up.

Oops….that’s not the orange I wanted. Okay, we’ll go back to the art store tomorrow to exchange the orange and buy a new palette.

Once they were all on the palette, I found myself not loving the vibe.

Normally I am very accepting of change. This has been a bit weird.

So today, I actually got to paint with the colors. It was awkward and unfamiliar. The paints haven’t yet to be transferred to a new palette. Figured I needed something familiar besides my brushes for now.

A simple floral, always a favorite to paint. Not feeling a big difference with the exception of the ultramarine blue, and missing my Quinacridone Sienna. And I found myself making more mud than usual. So many choices.

Resisting I guess. Even this blog has been a bit difficult. For some reason I kept deleting the photos. Yeah, I’m sure that’s a sign too.

Change is inevitable, but this change was a choice. We often don’t have a choice in the changes in our life. I am going to use this change to stretch and grow. Sometimes those changes that we don’t chose can be viewed the same.

But frankly……We’ll see how long the palette stays full,

“Did You Art Today?”

Color in A Song Title

Fields of Gold

“Fields of Gold”  11″ x 9″ watercolor.  Please message me if interested.

Paint My Photo’s Monthly Challenge for both June and July is to paint an image inspired by a song.   However, the chosen song must have a color in its titled.

Sting’s “Fields of Gold” immediately popped into my mind.  While looking through reference photos on this great website, I found one by Freda Austin Nichols of this woman with her violin.  While the original photo had her set against a gigantic moon, the beauty of being an artist is changing things to fit what you envision.

Humming the song since I read the Challenge, I also used the exercise to work on my people painting skills again.  Though cheating a bit as this one is from the back.

If you haven’t heard this haunting song recently, here’s a link.

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“Taking a Break” Approximately 10″ x 9″. If interested, just drop me a line.

Indebted to the wonderful website Paint My Photo, not just for the wonderful photos that photographers share copywrite-free for any artist to use for reference, but for the many resources and sense of community they bring to an artist.

It’s a free website that also has many groups hosting monthly or bimonthly challenges. Definitely a great resource. Currently free to use, they always appreciate donations.

May’s challenge for the Monthly Challenge Group was “The Figure”. Not in my strong skill set, but then again, what’s a challenge if it’s easy? And how many years have I told myself I’m going to work on my people painting skills. I used a wonderful photo by Rosie-Posie.

Part of the appeal of the photo (besides the ice cream cones), was the mystery. I couldn’t decide if they were tourists, or on their weekly shopping trip. Was this a routine, or a special occasion. While it makes no difference, I found their relaxed posture and obvious enjoyment a pull to put them down on paper.

What story do you see?

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