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It’s cherry time!! Gotta love warm, sweet cherries straight from the cherry tree, right?

Cherries, 8x8 original watercolor painting on gesso-covered watercolor paper. $50. Matted to fit into a 12x12 frame

Cherries, 8×8 original watercolor painting and watercolor pencil on gesso-covered 300# watercolor paper. $50. Matted to fit into a 12×12 frame

Happy Thursday everyone!

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My 16-year old son and I ran (er…drove) to the grocery store this week to buy fruit and gummy bears. All in the name of art, of course. I had it in my mind that I wanted to paint whatever fresh fruit I could find in the store. We ended up with raspberries, mangos, strawberries, and a coconut. Bonus, after I set up the fruit for a photo shoot, we ate it! Yum!

My son insisted on a mango, as well as a coconut purchase, where I was a bit doubtful on both. First, I am not a huge fan of mangos, but he loves them. Second, I explained, coconuts are extremely hard to open. Bah…I can do it, Mom. Huh. Okee-dokee. Coconut it is!

We came home and he promptly pulled up a You-Tube video on how to open a coconut, then got right to it (smarty pants).

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My son, cracking a coconut

He made it look easy, like he had opened a million coconuts previously. He was pretty happy with the results, but after I set up a photo shoot, I was thrilled!

Sometimes when I take photos, I know that the painting will sing. And this coconut was, quite simply, beautiful. A perfectly tussled model, his tresses spiked just so. He had interesting jagged edges, and when in contrast with white silky meat, proved to be a striking photo. And the smell? Yummy. All warmth, laced with summer sun and island breezes.

Island Coconut, 8x8 original watercolor on gesso-covered watercolor paper. $50

Island Coconut, 8×8 original watercolor on gesso-covered watercolor paper. $50

Island Coconut is one of those paintings that came together quickly and strikes the perfect tone. Doesn’t it? I love the juxtaposition of the warmth in the hairy, spiky husks against the cool, satiny-white smooth surface of the meat inside. Thanks to my son, it came about. Otherwise, I never would have bought the coconut, or, if I did, I’m not sure I could have opened it so artistically.

As for the gummy bears, stay tuned!

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Bananas are the name of the game today! Cut them up, freeze them, then use them in a frozen smoothie with other berries and almond milk with a touch of cinnamon. My son LOVES these banana smoothies! So, to honor his favorite smoothie, I offer up an original painting of bananas for thirty dollars, today only. This painting is normally $50 retail, so grab it quickly!

Bananas, 8x8 original watercolor on gessoed watercolor paper

Chiquita Bananas, 8×8 original watercolor on gessoed watercolor paper

Let me know if you want this little banana cluster, Chiquita Bananas, an 8×8 image size, matted with foam core backing to slip into a 12×12 frame.

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We had just gone to Costco (love it/hate it) and bought one of those HUGE bags of limes for our weekend graduation party (No one can drink a Mexican beer without a slice of lime, right? It’s just not allowed), when I realized just what I really had in my hot little hands. That’s right. A painting opportunity! When we got home, the afternoon sun streamed through the juniper trees into my backyard and I realized that I just couldn’t pass up an chance to paint these beautiful orbs of green. My husband wondered what in the world I was doing as I carried out a wooden cutting board, my camera, a knife, Grandma’s bowl, and the bag of limes to the backyard. Though I think, by now, he pretty much gets that I have weird behavior. NEVER QUESTION AN ARTIST. Ok? We just have stuff going on and it may not make sense at the time, but maybe, eventually, it will become evident what we are doing. Well…I said MAYBE…

Anyway, I snapped off some photos of the limes:

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Photo reference for lime painting. Taken in my back yard.

Next, I drew it out on a piece of watercolor paper that I had gessoed. Blue painter’s tape held the paper securely to GatorBoard to keep it from moving around and keep the edges down while I painted. Once the paper has been gessoed, it does not shrink, bubble or curl up like regular watercolor paper, so there is no need to soak and stretch the paper as is traditionally done. Here’s the drawing:

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Drawing of Slice of Summer

As you might be able to see, I removed one of the limes from the background to keep visual confusion at a minimum. I also elevated the horizon line to the top third of the painting. This provided a contrast to the green of the lines and made the limes “pop”. Here is the finished painting:

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Finished. A Slice of Summer. 8×8 unframed on gessoed watercolor paper. $30 today only.

I love the background purples. By spraying water into semi-wet watercolor and dabbing it off, amazing texture can result, which is exactly what happened here. The limes are fresh and bursting with citrus-y color. Enjoy the Thirty-Dollar Thursday, everyone! Message me if you want the lime painting for $30 today. These sell for $50 in my online store. First come, first serve! They have been selling like Hot Cakes every Thursday, so if you want it, jump on it right away.

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If I had to do it all over again, I would have done it differently. What, you ask? No, not my first boyfriend, though that experience probably would benefit from some improvement if I could re-write it! Wait…do I even remember it correctly?!

I do digress…If I had to do it all over again, I would have thrown out the pear. The offending fruit squished and exploded slime all over when I reached for it. Now, to clarify, I LOVE pears. But exploding pears? Not so much. And my freshly mopped floor? Not so clean anymore. So this painting reminds me of my volcanic pear incident. As I’m painting it, though, I’m thinking smell and taste, and all this I love. But I wouldn’t have grabbed the super-ripe pear, had I known. This painting, however, has been a bit of a bear…er…pear problem. How to make fruit colorful when in a shadow? It’s tough. Here’s the process: My photo reference is from Portland Saturday Market (LOVE this place). It seemed out of season for the spring(?), but a few pears were there in all their glory. Sunlight sang through and spotlit a group in front of the rest. Detail, below, of their container:

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Detail area of pears in cardboard box

The painting has been a struggle. Mostly because of the shadow areas in the back. I want to spotlight the foremost pears by “killing” the back pears. A recessive wash seems to deaden the whole area. Also, in the handle area of the box, pears poke through visually. Maybe a little too much?

Pears mid-way through

Pears mid-way through

Kind of cool, this photo above. Galleries and exhibition foundations remind artists to crop and clean up our photos. This one is out on my patio and shows pavers, chairs, table, and hence, the scale of my painting. I’m keeping the crop out! BAN THE CROP. Just kidding. Only for now. Okay, after re-working, here is the final photo of my painting. I have a critique-group meeting this week, in which I’ll present the painting and probably result in a change…a bit…but for now, here’s the finished piece. 🙂

Pearz. 22x30. Watercolor on plexiglass.

Sunshine in a Box. 22×30. Watercolor on plexiglass.

So here’s to you, you pears! Ban the squishy pears (which these weren’t) and ban the crop(ha!). It’s been fun. I love the cut-open pear and the brightness of all the pears in the sunshine(hence the title). In person, those front pears SING in the painting. And, of course, I love the container. I’m a big container-person. This one, this cardboard container with fake wood painting is wonderful. As for the reason I’d do it over? Never grab an over-ripe pears with freshly-mopped floors.

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It struck me this week that lilacs are in my top 5 list of favorite flowers.  Let’s see.  Why not list them and the memories they evoke:

1.  Peony (their smell…soft white petals..farm house and the big window above them…and…ants?)

2.  Lavender (Washington…fields upon fields of purple hills…and the smell, oh man the smell!)

3.  Lilac (tearing around on my bike next to the bushes on the farm…the sunshine smell…my mom)

4.  Rose (the old-fashioned kind…my bike was my “horse” and I speed around the bushes super fast)

5.  Dahlia (my house in Portland…my little boys running around catching praying mantis and other critters)

Huh.  What does that say about me?  All these flowers are old-school flowers! Does that mean I’m an old fashioned kind of gal?  Nah.  They just smell heavenly and remind me of growing up on the farm.

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Lilacs by my front door

I finally have lived in a house long enough for the lilacs that I planted to bloom!  Every house that we built, I would plant lilacs, with dreams of someday gathering them into my greedy clutches, planting my nose deep inside their purple-ness, and inhaling their memory-inducing bouquet.  Then, I’d clip them into a huge white bucket (oh, the senses!) and bring them indoors to fragrance the whole house.  Alas, we always moved before my bucket-of-lilacs dream came true.  Until now!  I have two large lilac bushes near my front door, and if the deer don’t chomp them down, they bloom like crazy.  So, in response to the Bucket of Lilacs dream, I decided I’d paint just that.

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Lilacs for the painting

Yes!  I DID place blooms into my painting.  Carefully clipping each tiny bloom, I placed them in between newspaper and flattened/dried them overnight.  The next day, I used matte Medium to adhere them to the gessoed plexiglass panel.  It was so much fun, I thought I might plaster them everywhere!  But I had to use restraint.  I had only clipped a few lilacs and it was time to paint.  No time to waste!

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First wash, showing general layout and real lilac petals

Okaayyy…great idea, hard to do.  Have you ever painted lilacs?  Or tried?  A bit difficult, I can tell you.  As always, I concentrate detail in a few areas near the focal point, and leave ya’ll guessing for the rest. The most difficult part of this painting was trying to get the mass of blooms to have depth and structure.

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Detail showing real lilac petals

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Detail showing real lilac blooms and paper texture

The colors in this painting?  Yummy.  I hope I gave the impression of lilac blooms?

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Bucket O’ Lilacs. 16×20 watercolor on Gessoed Plexiglass. $750 message me to own 🙂

Can you recall memories of lilac-filled days?  Maybe you can smell them?

Or maybe you have strong memories associated with other flowers. What are your favorites?  When you see them or smell them, what memories flood forth?  Comment…I’m interested 🙂

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Mmmmm….strawberries.  Tangy, sweet, tender and warm-from-the-garden burst of freshness on your tongue. There’s nothing like them. It’s Strawberries from the Market today for Thirty-Dollar Thursday!

I took this photo when I went to Portland Saturday Market in March this year.  They were an early batch, for sure.  They called my name.  Yoo-hoo!  Yeah, you with the camera. Over here!

I had to snap a couple of photos in all their red deliciousness.  Here’s the one I used for my painting:

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Strawberries at Portland Saturday Market

After a quick sketch of the yummy orbs (okay, okay, it’s not chocolate, but hey…it’s STRAWBERRIES!), I did a first wash:

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First wash of strawberries and their neato turquoise containers

I had hooked up my video camera to do a video of the process, but alas, no battery.  I think my video-making is jinxed!  Next wash:

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Adding more depth and color into the strawberries and their container

The strawberries…I can smell them!  I had fun with the final wash, because after I completely saturated the berries with Quinacridone Red, I covered the containers with plastic wrap and sprayed the berries with water. Then, I lightly dabbed the water off and lifted it back to white. When the berries were dry, I dotted them individually with flecks of red to make them appear to have seeds.  Cool, huh?

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Strawberries at Portland Saturday Market. 8×8 on gessoed watercolor paper.

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