Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Autumn Leaves

With only a small window available for running and painting today, I hit the North Coast Inland Trail as soon as we arrived home.  Running is such therapy, as if I am running away from all those things I don't wish to think about, and one by one they are left in the dust behind me.  The hard and fast run is the best for this, and when I wear out, it is time for a quick paint.  Today, however, I ran extra miles and could only pick up leaves on my way back, to paint after our appointments.  So, here I am, studying leaves with pen and ink, and longing for my dad.  Painting number 2118 in 2118 days.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

301 East Avenue

This is one of the ink drawings done on site, and tucked in my bag to add color to at a later date.  These little works gave me focus during a difficult time, allowing me a little relief before returning to the real world.  The tiny palettes of the Watercolor Confections pack anywhere, a pocket or a bag, so I am never without paint.  I've grown so used to them, they are now like old friends.  Painting number 2117 in 2117 days.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Veteran Park

Oh I have missed my oils!  Deciding to pick up a few primary colors while we were last in town, I now have the basics to keep in my trunk.  I went with a Zorn palette selection, choosing vermilion as my red.  Boy, do I miss that alizarin crimson!  It was very hard to get a cool violet, I kept adding ultramarine to cool it off.  I have never really used vermilion, which is one reason I wanted to try it.  It is very warm for a limited palette, but I'll adjust.  This street scene is very appealing to me, it is the view from the kitchen window in my parent's house, and I look at it every morning.  It is the perfect choice for Veteran's Day, as it is the Veteran's Park.  Painting number 2116 in 2116 days.
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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Sugar Creek Bridge

Whether biking or running, I thoroughly enjoy spending time on the North Coast Inland Trail.  Nothing melts away the stress like a hard run for me, and oh how I've needed it.  I have found that I can take a couple of tiny papers, fountain pen, and tiny palette in my running arm band that holds my phone.  So, when I see a view I can't resist, I can pause for a quick painting, and then sprint for a distance to make up for the stop.  The autumn color just made this covered bridge irresistible.  Painting number 2115 in 2115 days.
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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Tree Trimming

I am going to miss this lovely antique shop! Soon to be replaced in the name of progress, this local icon has been a wonderful place to sketch and paint. Hidden treasure at every turn, I found myself shopping as well as drawing, finishing off with lunch in the cafe.  A special place to spend the morning with my Art Mob friends.  Painting number 2114 in 2114 days.
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Friday, November 9, 2018

Old Big Red

I often see this wonderful old fire engine when I'm on Main Street in Belton, and sometimes I stop to do a quick sketch or painting.  Here, I had inked this earlier, waiting until I had a little more time to add the watercolor.  I love this vintage fire truck - one day I'll have to do it in oils.  Painting number 2113 in 2113 days.
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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Antique Christmas Trees

A holiday watercolor painting from the Mission Road Antique Mall, ready for Saturday's show and sale at the mall.  It's a shame I won't be there to share it. Painting number 2112 in 2112 days.
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