February 06, 2016

154 Bouquet

154 Bouquet154 Bouquet

6 x 8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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I was at Trader Joe's today and went a wittle bit overboard on buying their beautiful selection of flowers. This bouquet I decided to paint before unwrapping and putting them in a vase. I just really like the look of the craft paper wrapped around the flowers. So minimal and beautiful.

February 05, 2016

153 Single Rose

153 Single Rose153 Single Rose

6 x 6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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In addition to the carnations, I bought a single rose at the florist yesterday and painted it today. I used the palette knife for the flower and leaves and then a brush for everything else.

February 04, 2016

#jennydohtips :: Painting Tip 12 :: Pinky Coral

Painting Tip 12 :: Pinky Coral (oils)

To mix a really beautiful pinky coral with oil paints, this is how I do it: Cad Red Medium (Utrecht), Caucasion Flesh Tone (Gamblin), and white (Windsor Newton). To make it lean less pink and more orange, I reduce the Cad Red and increase the Flesh.


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152 Carnations

152 Carnations (1)
152 Carnations

7x5 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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I was at Macres Florist in Santa Ana today (a lovely family-owned and operated business), ordering a corsage for my son's date for high school winter formal. After I ordered the corsage, I saw these cute little carnations in their flower fridge and decided to bring some home to paint. They're not the most expensive flowers but I think they're really pretty and interesting. I painted this work entirely win a palette knife (except for the toning which I did with my favorite new brush: a large 2-inch ivory short flat brush by Rosemary&Company).


February 03, 2016

151 Magical Magnolia

151 Magical Magnolia151 Magical Magnolia

5 x 7 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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When I was taking a photo of the courthouse (previous painting) I saw this small Magnolia branch on the ground. I brought it home and decided to paint it today (my second painting). Sometimes I feel I have multiple painting personalities as I experiment with how thick I apply the paint, how I draw, color and composition and subject choices. I was having a bit of a crisis today feeling like I was floundering and all over the map. Painting this work helped me feel a bit calmer.

150 Santa Ana Courthouse

150 Santa Ana Courthouse150 Santa Ana Courthouse

8 x 6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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One of the most famous historic buildings in Santa Ana is its county courthouse. So famous that there have been many film crews from Hollywood who come to shoot scenes in this beautiful locale. I took several photos of the building yesterday and used one of my photos as reference for this work.

February 02, 2016

149 Pacific NW

149 Pacific NW149 Pacific NW

6 x 6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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I love seeing beautiful photos on my Instagram feed. I used one such photo of the beautiful Pacific Northwest that Terri Brush posted to use as reference for this work. The photo was so minimal already that I didn't have to do too much reduction of details.

February 01, 2016

148 No Lifeguard on Duty

148 No Lifeguard on Duty148 No Lifeguard on Duty

6 x 6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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The California drought has caused ironic scenes to happen all over the state, like bodies of water that have all dried up, with lifeguard towers that say "No Lifeguard on Duty." I found one such ironic image on the Internet and used it to reference this work.

January 31, 2016

147 Shade Balls

147 Shade Balls147 Shade Balls

10 x 7 inches :: original watercolor/gouache painting on paper

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Last year Los Angeles released its final batch of a total of 96 million shade balls into its water reservoirs. The 4-inch black plastic balls are designed to help prevent water from evaporating - a human response to California's severe drought. Such strange times.

January 29, 2016

146 Parched

146 Parched146 Parched

24 x 18 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas

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The topic of water is close to my heart. It is such a basic necessity for survival that many third world countries don't have. The water crisis in Flint, Michigan has been heartbreaking and maddening to learn about. The consequences that are in store for the state I live in (California) with its severe drought also frightens me but like most people, the fright can be kept tidily arms-length away as we go about our days sort of in denial about it all. Anyway, I used a photo from the Internet that I found as reference for this work, to pause and consider what our drought looks like.  

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