No Brush Left Behind #4 – Polo Sketch

Didn’t even get to finish my sketch at the polo field on Sunday. Too much fun going on.

But, in addition to my travel brushes, take an extra to try. A Robert Simmons E85 round. Used it for the grassy area. Not a fan. Nice flexibility, held water, no point. Are we seeing a trend here.

NOTE TO SELF: Try with acrylics.

BRUSH REPORT 1/15/19 – Thankfully no new brushes found,

Used: 1 Brush

Remaining brushes to use: 154

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Here We Go Again

My first foray into the local art scene in Florida.

When we lived in NJ, I would quite often participate in the local art shows. A chance to get your work seen, enjoy the camaraderie of other artists, and perhaps win some prize money. Schlepping paintings, paying entry fees and banged up frames were the downside to these shows.

As our life is such a whirlwind of events, visitors and the beautiful spontaneity of retirement, I had not entered any shows in Florida yet. We never knew when we were going to be home to pick up non-accepted paintings or we weren’t here to pick paintings up at the end of the show. . Also, the wealth of talent here is extremely impressive…..and a bit intimidating. But, as far as I know, no one ever died because they weren’t juried into an art show.

For 2019, one of my other art goals (besides the No Brush Left Behind” challenge) is to get back to spending more time with my art. Experimenting, playing, painting what and when I want. Today I dropped off two paintings to the Suncoast Florida Watercolor Society’s Aqueous exhibition which will be held at the Manatee Art Center until the end of February. One was accepted.

Considering it’s inclusion in this show a good omen.

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My watercolor sketch from yesterday’s polo match at Sarasota Polo Club.

Friends from NJ were in town and we met them at the polo field yesterday. We certainly got great use of the picnic backpack and portable table we got from family as Christmas presents. Our little area became party central, as we shared munchies, wine and conversation with both old friends and new. Part of the charm of the Sarasota Polo Club.

And, I got to see one of the sketches I did at the polo field framed and hanging in it’s new home. Don’t always get that privilege.

It was a great reminder of how we’re all connected….the players and their ponies, those of you who read my blog, people from our past, and people we may never see again. Sometimes we just forget how much alike we are….all of us enjoying a beautiful day watching an exciting game.

Wishing you all the spirit of connectivity in the New Year. May your New Year be bright, healthy and happy.

Thanks for following along this year.

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Connecting Creatively at Christmas

Years ago I participated in a Plein Air event in our town in Medford, NJ. My choice of building to paint was the Medford Florist. It was always the best dressed window in our historic town. Before starting my painting, I stopped in the shop and introduced myself to the owner, a charming British gent.

Fast forward; the painting took first place, he purchased the painting. And since that time, I have painted flower arrangements he designed in the bay window of the shop during the town’s Art & Music Festival, painted my impression of the downtown buildings using red and green during the town’s Dickens Festival. These paintings were then used as part of his Holiday window decorations. We are still connecting, even though we moved from Medford to Sarasota, Florida almost three years ago.

This past year I asked his permission to paint from his photos of the beautiful floral creations he makes. He graciously agreed. When I recently posted an older painting of one of his Christmas arrangements, he posted another recent, very beautiful arrangement, suggesting it might be a good candidate for a painting.

So this one’s for you Simon….I have enjoyed our creative connection over the years.

“Did You Art Today?” I know Simon did!

Messing in the Studio

Just finished watching a great painting series by Robert Burridge. This series was completely free and hosted by Strathmore Artist Papers. Every year they offer some great resources for artists, and if you haven’t signed up to receive their emails, I’d highly recommend it.

Inspired by his fearless, but calculated approach to painting, I got out my acrylics and attempted a few paintings on mat board (he demonstrated in oil). The cardinal’s head has a bit of a crazy look to it, but I am somewhat fond of the goldfinch’s simplicity.

Thinking this is deserving of more exploration. Have you explored with your art recently?

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Card Art – Titmouse Trio

Fun playing with paper and colors today. Thank you to Pat Dolan for her generosity in allowing artists to use her photo on Paint My Photo, which can be found here.

These three paintings all measure 4″ x 6″. Enjoy doing these cuties, exploring color, and subject matter. As we have few hardwood trees near our Florida home, I don’t get to see these gentleman as often as I did in our New Jersey home. But then again we now occasionally get to see pink birds (roseate spoonbills) instead.

Do you have a favorite? Think I like the top one best. Isn’t it funny how I felt my signature belonged in different places on each painting?

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Four Tries – Card Art

At a Goldfinch today…..and you’re only going to get to see the two that aren’t totally embarrassing…though the upside down one is close!

A reminder of the work and practice that goes into a painting. Photos courtesy of Jan Nother (here) and Debra Underwood’s upside down goldfinch from the great reference library at PMP (Paint My Photo).

Need more practice!

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Card Art – Cardinals.

It’s a cardinal kind of week.

At this tine of year, so many are missing loved ones passed, I felt like the cardinals deserved a special place in my card art inventory.

The first one is painted using the same reference photo from Rodney Campbell which can be found here, and the second one was painted from another Rodney Campbell photo which can be found here.

A little softer than the bigger cardinal I painted earlier in the week, and a much quieter background. The bigger painting sold and is on it’s way to it’s forever wall in Kentucky. Thanks again DV for your friendship and continued support of the Arts.

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Cardinals Appear

“Cardinals Appear When Angels are Near”. Watercolor, 8″…10″ $75.00 + shipping

So happy to get some painting time yesterday. The studio has been quiet for far too long.

Painted this for the Paint My Photo Monthly Painting Challenge. The challenge was to paint something using mostly a primary color. Rodney Campbell’s bird photos are always outstanding, so I took his Winter Cardinal Photo ( which can be found here) and adapted it to the Primary Color Challenge, adding the suggestion of fall red leaves in the background. A reminder that as artists, we don’t need to be a slave to our references. We need to add a piece of ourselves to our work.

Using some Arches Hot Press paper, which I don’t normally mess with, I painted the bird realistically, then added the softer background using a wet-into-wet process. The HP paper allows the paint to lay on top and pool at bit. Not fun for the detailed part and did definitely not spread the way it does with Cold Press. But I had a big piece sitting around and decided that these monthly challenges are just that….a challenge. The paper reminds me a bit of the reactions you get with the synthetic “paper” Yupo.

Last month the monthly challenge on Paint My Photo was for items that had been decorated. My Arabian piece “All Decked Out” with the tasseled bridle took a second place.

I can definitely see those new palette colors influencing my paintings. Who’da thunk I’d use red and orange so much!

Hoping to keep the brushes dirty this month.

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