Daily (Almost) Painting Dec 2017

You can find all my daily paintings in my ETSY or EBAY stores. Here’s the rundown for December 2017:

Tutorial Review: Artist Lynne Hoppe

I’ve admired some of Lynne Hoppes’ art for awhile. First, because I love painting faces. Second, because the simplicity of her art is divine and third the color combinations! The artist has written out the steps for her face painting process in her blog “how I paint faces” so let’s

Daily (Almost Painting) Nov 2017

You can find all my daily paintings in my ETSY or EBAY stores. Here’s the rundown for November 2017:

Daily (Almost) Painting

Having just come off the Inktober challenge in October,  I found myself pretty uninspired to create anything. EEEK! I was in the proverbial artist’s block. I’d read it took some artists 5 years to get out of their own way…that was way too long for me. What to do? I

Date Your Colors

Many times, I use those color palettes littered throughout Pinterest that show a nice photograph accompanied by a series of 5 or more colors. I love these color schemes and pin them as much as anybody else and also use them as inspiration for paintings. Here’s one from Design Seeds

Stepping Into the Abstract World

Abstracts are fascinating, aren’t they? They look so simple, but like any good art, they come with a set of rules which are yours to learn and break. After reading Realistic Abstracts, (several times!) I was willing to give it a go. Poppies had just passed the season here, but I had several photographs to work from. Now, I needed a palette.

I’ve been keeping my palettes simple lately, generally 2 complementary colors and then various shades of each color. In search of the perfect palette, I found this lovely seafoam green, red and black palette from colorpalettes.net that seemed perfect.

Vintage Collage

I’m more than a little infatuated with the wonderful texture of collage…tried a few flowers and went way overboard… In “Ruby Tuesday” (below), I pulled way back with a minimalist attitude toward the collage pieces. I’ve used a gorgeous Vermillion from Van Gogh and Peacock Blue from Holbein. Mixed together,

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