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15 Paintings Challenge – Flowers: Lilac, #13


I hope to catch up on everyone’s blogs tomorrow – the last couple of days was spent painting and working in the gardens.  Only two to go more paintings left in the challenge ~ continuing the countdown. Lilac, #13 is … Continue reading

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Thursdays Drawing: Sodus Point Lighthouse, #2


Aren’t you glad it’s Thursday?  This week is flying by, so time for an update on Thursdays drawing ~ Sodus Point Lighthouse, #2 (9×12) on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper using all graphite for this drawing.  I forgot to mention last … Continue reading

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What is PMP (Paint-My-Photo)? And a new painting: A Windmill, oil pastel


What is PMP (Paint-My-Photo) – it’s really quite simple.  There are lots of great photographers on the internet, and there are many artists of all abilities who would like to paint from a photograph or need a creative boost.  The … Continue reading

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15 Paintings Challenge: Geranium, #12


We are getting to the end of this challenge with only three more flower paintings to go – count down is on!  The last three flower scenes have been selected ~ #12, Geranium (10×8) an oil pastel painted on gessoed … Continue reading

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15 Paintings – Flower Challenge: Red Roses, #11


Two years ago I took a photograph of some roses I brought in from the outside and have been waiting for a good time to paint them – well actually until I felt a bit more confident.  The flower challenge … Continue reading

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Thursdays Drawing – Sodus Point Lighthouse, #1


The start of a new project, always exciting – starts out weak, but hopefully will end on a high note. Sodus Point Lighthouse, (9×12) will be drawn entirely in graphite pencil on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  The sky and middle … Continue reading

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15 Paintings Challenge – Flowers: Sweet Pea at Window, #10


I really enjoyed painting this scene – it was an arrangement that allowed for exploring all types of pinks, magenta and violet, along with varying textures. #10 Sweet Pea at Window is an oil pastel (12×9) on a gessoed prepared … Continue reading

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Thursday Drawing: Grand Slam, a Pictorial Process


As I begin the process of selecting a new scene for my next Thursday Drawing project, I wanted to share with you the pictorial process of Grand Slam. Click onto image for a larger view ~ Hope you are having … Continue reading

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15 Paintings Challenge – Flowers: Coreopsis Early Sunrise, #9


Continuing with the flower challenge, #9 Coreopsis Early Sunrise are flowers I know well – they are just beginning to bud and hopefully within the next two weeks we’ll see them open. #9 Coreopsis Early Sunrise, an oil pastel (8×8) … Continue reading

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Artists Who Inspire: Meet Rita DiCaprio


It’s a real pleasure for me to introduce you to Rita DiCaprio of New York North Fine Art.  Rita was one of the very first artists that I met online when I began painting four years ago.  She also paints … Continue reading

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