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Friday, July 25, 2008

Path in the Woods

Lately I've been working on a few unfinished paintings to get them to a point that I'm happier with. I painted this path at Honeymoon Island in plein air a few months ago. I just didn't feel satisfied with it and put it away for a while. Now I've touched it up to where I like it.

Path in the Woods, Oil, 9x12"

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Bird Sketches, Watercolor.

I decided to post a few sketchbook pages that I painted in Phoenix while I was at the hospice with my mom. I usually carry a small drawing/watercolor kit with me anyway, and this turned out to be a good way for me to get through some of the long hours there. I tried painting some of the birds I see often in Florida, as well as a few doves that hung out in the garden there.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Patio Garden 2, Watercolor, 8x10

I painted the same view of my sister's garden several times while I was in Phoenix. In this one, the colors are more intense and I included the view outside her garden wall. This being Phoenix in June, it was very hot, and I wanted to capture the intensity of the heat and sun.
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Monday, July 14, 2008

Patio Garden 1, Watercolor, 8x10

I'm posting a series of small watercolor paintings I did while in Arizona from May through June. I went back home to be with my mom. She spent her last month in the Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix as the cancer took over the rest of her body. I was with her every afternoon and night. I saw her pain and confusion and struggle, but also I became aware of a grace I didn't know she had. In the mornings, I painted on my sister's patio and walked her dog. The emotional anquish and impact of this time affected me deeply. I became aware of some changes I needed to implement in my own life, which I have started since returning to Florida. It's not easy. Anyway. Painting is my grounding and my outlet. I need to paint. The next few posts I'll put up some of the little watercolors and sketches I did while waiting with my mom for her next journey.
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