Painting Faces

I almost never draw human faces, as they are devilishly difficult to do. No matter how close I get, I’m still a few millimeters off from a good likeness or centimeters off from even creating something that resembles a human. This particular little face is of my neice in Paris from a photo I had taken when I visited there last fall.…

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Learning to Swim

When I was a kid, the public pool was the only place nearby where one could go swimming. Unless you were one of those rich kids who lived on the lake, which I wasn’t. I had to learn to swim in a large concrete communal tub with so much cholorine in the water that it burned your nose…

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Eat Your Vegetables

Growing up as an American in the Midwest, vegetables were not a main ingredient, but more of a reluctant afterthought. Sandwiches might have a bit of lettuce and an occasional tomato, and were usually paired with some version of fried potato. Botanically a vegetable, but more of a starch and once fried, nutritionally suspect. That said,…

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Nesting

With a busy day and very little time to paint, I decided to try a different kind of experiment. This time, I skipped my trusty fountain pen, scribbled a quick pencil contour and jumped straight in with watercolor to create a few little eggs in a nest. This was done quickly just before heading to Costco and…

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Just Sweet Grapes

Since I just painted a leaf and didn’t feel like painting one again yet, for today’s prompt of “plants” we have some grapes on the vine. Grapes are a personal favorite of mine, not only in their raw form, but also because they’re the primary ingredient in the wine I’m about to drink. Actually, on second thought,…

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Rock On

I’m running short on time again today and rushing to complete this post, which ended up being about rocks. Other than the memories of skipping rocks across the water, I’m not entirely sure I have much of a story to share. What comes to mind instead, are the various uses of the word rock that have…

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