In the Studio This Week – A Horse, An Octopus, and A Birdhouse
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In the Studio This Week – A Horse, An Octopus, and A Birdhouse

In the studio this Week I finally felt better after the short illness and feel a little more motivated. I went on to finish the horse painting I had nearly completed before being hit with the bug. The next lesson in the Mastery Program directed the use of metal leaf as a mixed media tool,…

In the Studio This Week – Not Much to Write Home About
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In the Studio This Week – Not Much to Write Home About

I don’t have much to write home about this week. I caught something and don’t feel up to par. I did manage to squeak out a monochrome pencil portrait from Kaleidoscope 2023 and started on a mixed media painting from The Mastery Program.  So far, I’ve managed to keep on track with The Mastery Program…

In the Studio This Week – Abstracts and Dreams
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In the Studio This Week – Abstracts and Dreams

In the studio this week, I ventured into the world of abstracts. I found the process freeing and frustrating. It’s difficult for me to paint without a model or reference photo. I also ventured into tapping into my dreams for creative inspiration. The jury’s still out on whether my dreams were worked for me or…

In the Studio This Week – Portraits, Spray Paint, and Collage
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In the Studio This Week – Portraits, Spray Paint, and Collage

In the studio this week, I worked on finishing the portrait from last week. I named her “Greta Grunge.” My husband thinks she looks like Eliza Doolittle from “My Fair Lady.” I then ventured into using spray paint and deriving an image out of the mess. Finally, I started on another portrait, this time using…

In the Studio This Week – Distractions and Some Mixed Media Work
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In the Studio This Week – Distractions and Some Mixed Media Work

In the studio this week is a misnomer. I wasn’t in the studio very much at all due to the New Year’s distractions. I did start the second painting with Mark Making from the Mastery Program. I also managed to play a little with watercolor and painted an owl. Mixed Media Piece I started another…

In the Studio This Week – Christmas Gift-Giving and a Little Art
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In the Studio This Week – Christmas Gift-Giving and a Little Art

In the studio this week, I tried to squeeze a little art in but mainly focused on spending time with family. I spent nearly one whole day going full on “Suzy Homemaker” mode in the kitchen and baking up sweets for the weekend. I don’t bake much anymore, and I could tell I was out…

In the Studio This Week – Continuation of a Theme with Mixed-Media
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In the Studio This Week – Continuation of a Theme with Mixed-Media

In the studio this week I started the next section of The Mastery Program, moving into mixed media, a technique I thought I was comfortable in. I completed (?) two paintings and decided to stay with a continuing theme of using horses as reference material. I completed week 18 of the Mastery Program. By the…

In the Studio This Week – Harsh Reality!
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In the Studio This Week – Harsh Reality!

In the studio this week I was faced with harsh reality – doing a self-portrait! Although I’ve done several portraits in the past, including some whimsical ones of me, I had never really done any that were focused on painting me exactly as I look – no makeup or “airbrushing” the flaws. Facial Features The…