Summer Veggies

5"x 7"
acrylic masonite

This colorful arrangement of summer vegetables was the current image for Karin Jurick's Different Strokes From Different Folks .
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The "Gathering Of The Gals" On The Wall

8"x 10"
acrylic on masonite

The main meeting and gathering place in Avalon on Catalina Island, is "The Wall" which serpentine's along Front Street and the beach where most of the city's action takes place. It is the perfect place to sit, relax, watch people, contemplate life, or "forget your troubles come on get happy"! I can't help but wonder about these four ladies and what they're discussing, what they've been through together, the length and strength of their friendship and how many years they've been gathering together on The Wall.
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A Colorless Challenge

This challenge from Karin Jurick's Different Strokes From Different Folks blog was tough for me! As you can see, the reference photo is colorless.....thus the challenge. Make up the color! How hard can that be? It's farmland and sky! Ahhh, but there are MANY different colors of blue and green and gray. I spent several hours on what I thought would be very straight forward and simple! After painting many, many swatches trying to decide on the right color for the mountains in the background, I reminded myself (as I often do) that I could paint this a billion different ways and just pick a color and start!!! Unfortunately I lapsed back into indecision when I got to the foreground and had to remind myself again! Trial and error and thinking and planning are good , up to a point......then you just have to paint!
The good part of this was that after I decided on the colors, and established the darks and lights, I found myself referring to the photo less and less since it wasn't providing me the color information I needed. It made it very clear just how much I rely on my visual resource!

4"x 12"
acrylic on board

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