“The Storm is Almost Over” Acrylic on Canvas 22 x 30

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“Be still, sad heart, and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.” ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It’s a rainy, dark day here in NC.  I actually started this painting yesterday with a totally different painting and painted over it today.  I like how it seems the emerging sky is taking place (behind the clouds the sun is still shining)…Again my iphone takes sucky blurred pictures – it looks clearer in person…:-)

“In the Grass” acrylic on canvas 22X30

In the grass Another experiment!  A couple of layers of paint and then at the end decided to use my fingers to finish it off.  There is an animal (deer or antelope) hiding in there but tough to see with the picture.   Starting to feel the ‘muse’ again!  I’d love to be back up on the coast of Maine again but alas that’s not for a few more years!  Until then, my imagination and creativity continues to drive me 🙂

Painting the Edges?

I’m torn about painting the edges of the canvas or not.  Is there a ‘rule’ or is it just personal preference?  I’ve been doing a little of both – when I finish a painting sometimes I’m just ‘done’ and don’t go back to edging until much later which isn’t good because the paint doesn’t always match.  If I remember sometimes I’ve edged right as I’m finishing the painting so the paint does match.  At this point I’m not sure if I”m going to frame or not so I’m torn.

Is it unprofessional to leave the splatters of paint that may have gone over the edge?

What are your thoughts?

Paint the edges or no?

Shattered

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This was a fun technique using a credit card to make the squiggly shapes.  These are the same colors that I used in “Out of the Mist” which I love and is hanging over the fireplace.  Hmm…maybe put the two together….

Painting Over Graffiti

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Started this one a few weeks ago and didn’t like some of it so I cut out some square shapes and covered the areas I didn’t like and left the bits that I did like.  Kind of looks like it’s in the middle of being painted over…

Snow Day in Raleigh

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Similar to the rest of the US, we’ve experienced an usually cold and snowy winter here so the locals tell me. They aren’t prepared to handle an inch never mind the 6 or so we got on top of ice last Wednesday and Thursday. The roads were a mess – slushy and icy – with patches of black ice. Cars spun out of control all over the highways and local roads.

This painting actually started out as a spring flower arrangement! I’ll get there.

“Summer Abundance” Acrylic on Canvas 22×28

Summer

I received some new paint colors and mediums yesterday and had to paint something. Used Cadmium Orange Pure and Portrait Pink mixed with a bit of gloss medium as the background. Then worked in the pure orange and cadmium yellow. I used some twine rope that wrapped our christmas tree and dipped that in Medium Magenta for a cool effect. Titanium white for the outline.