Candy Apples

I sat in Kathy Johnson’s class for 4 weeks, in hopes of getting some new ideas and I was not disappointed. This was my first time using gouache on a watercolor painting. The apples are covered in dark and white chocolate. No, I could never eat one, but they are pretty.

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Patrizia – cugina bravissima

When I was young, my grandfather gave me an address so I could write to my cousins in Italy. One cousin, Patrizia, wrote back to me in English! She invited us to her home in Rome. We took her up on this offer, my mother and I traveled to her great city, and for a week Patrizia gave us the grand tour. 15 years later, she graciously shared Rome with Donald and me. Patrizia is a world traveler. She has been almost everywhere, from desert with camels and pyramids to icy places covered in snow. She was my inspiration to travel, and she continues to be. I just finished this commission today, and I think her smile is very contagious.

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Enza in a sunbeam

Enza is one of those cats that commands the room. She is quiet, confident and smart. She is also particularly fond of sunbeams in the winter. Look out, she will steal your heart. She is also a shameless beggar. I used a “bull’s eye” technique on the background of this painting. It really caught the glow of the sun on my wood floor.

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Happy New Year!

For the 28th day of our drawing a day challenge, we were told to do roosters! Ruthie, our instructor at Seattle Art League has given us a brilliant set of challenges this month. Happy New Year to you!

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Arizona wild life – stop here

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In 2009, while Donald rode his bike 120 miles including a 30 mile mountain climb, I went to the Saguaro national park in Tucson, Arizona and plein aire painted this little scene. A very ubiquitous plant here is the prickly pear, and in this painting it is joined by some Saguaros and a Cactus Wren. The Cactus wren is a loquacious and fearless little bird. It had a lot of different things to say. During this trip, we became acquainted with them. Really neat little birds.

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