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Now is the perfect time to explore your creative side. If you have access to the internet you are golden!

The internet is Loaded, and i mean Loaded with free art demo’s and creative advice.

Talented skilled artist have generously put their knowledge out there for everyone to see.

This week paint group took advantage of the excellent free advice of Amy Pearce and we proceeded to paint a daisy via her u tube demonstration “How to paint a daisy-Step by Step”,  We had a blast and we really enjoyed looking at the differences between out paintings. We were even inspired to branch out and use the same techniques with an entirely different color scheme!u tube post


I was lucky enough to spend a weekend workshop with irish artist and be in the company of the amazing artist/coordinator extraordinaire workshop pic 4 Roisinofarrell gave a wonderful presentation and demo of her work which was outstanding! Hoping she will come back across the pond  soon  and teach us some more:)workshop 3workshop 2As instructed I focused on tones/values and tried to use a palette knife for the entire painting and it was sooo fun!

I always see with a painters eye, when making ice tea i was inspired by the colors and shapes on my kitchen counter top before me. I grabbed my camera and took many shots of my ice tea preparations. I tweaked color, composition and perspective before i even picked up a paint brush. My goal was to have the painting look fresh, balanced and effortless as if it was just a  “Happy accident”making of iced tea

garlic paint 1garlic paint 2garlic paint 3While creating this painting my goal was to make the garlic look less pumpkiny (the problem i had in my first sketches) and more like garlic, so i decided to exaggerate the bulbous curves  of the garlic in the hopes it would look less like a pumpkin and more like a garlic, i think it worked?!

garlic sketch 1garlic sketch 2garlic sketch 3Is it a garlic bulb or a very ripe pumpkin? before i pick up my paint brush i pick up my sketching tools and my camera, after my initial sketches of garlic bulbs i realized my garlic was looking kind of pumpkiny. So… i drew some more and then i painted, will be posting my “Painting” results soon:)

Busy paint week and i love it! Starting to decorate my @amopainting 2016 calendar envelopes and

trying to capture the awesomeness of the local summer sunflowers:)

Sunflowers and 2016 calendar envelopes

Sunflowers and 2016 calendar envelopes

Thank you Emily and Cheryl for all you fabulous fancy stamp work the envelopes are looking good.

Signs of summer ready for my next painting!

Signs of summer

Signs of summer ready for paint!

Last summer i was able to take a wonderful class with Marcia Ballou at the North River Arts in Marshfield, MA

This photo is from a work i created in class using marker, spray paint and pastel, I had never used spray paint or pastel on canvas before and the canvas was very large so i needed to paint outside. I loved Marcia’s sense of adventure and i think all her students had a lot of fun while learning something new! I may not use pastel or spray paint again on my paintings but i know i will continue to use Magnum size  paint marker’s 🙂new web new class sunflower

What could be better than spending time w/family relaxing by the ocean and coloring/painting in Lisa Congdons coloring books? Sounds like the perfect 4th to me:) visit her site, she is an amazing artist and inspiration:) side therapy 2sea side therapy

Last summer I was lucky enough to spend some time painting at the beach. Limited resources lead me to paint on tiny canvases (8″ x 10″) Small canvases can be challenging and fun at the same time:)Small Stills