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4 Paintings A Week

Our Daily Painting group is at it again! Heather Earnest, Pat Weaver, Nancy Johnson and Lynn Ashford and myself have committed to the challenge. To encourage bigger works, we have redefined our goals and decided on 4 paintings a week and a blog about it on Thursdays. My first week at it resulted in only 3 pieces but they are huge and I love them!! Here's what each of us did.

Christine Peloquin;  acrylics, charcoal, fabric and paper collage on wood panel

Heather Earnest; watercolor

Pat Weaver; watercolor

Nancy Johnson; watercolor

Lynn Ashford; watercolor and acrylics

Florida Watercolor Society

I have had the huge honor of being asked to do a demo at the Florida Watercolor Society 45th Annual Convention in September. (wahoo!) I figure it is my duty to attempt a watercolor piece and to enter into the show to go along with my acrylic (done in an aqueous manner.) My challenger insisted! Well I love a challenge and I just love how this piece came out!! Here is The Inspector done in stages. I'll let you know if I get in! 

15" x 22", watercolor, casein and graphite aquarelle on 140# arches paper

Using Acrylics in an Aqueous Manner

Yeah. You people know who you are! I have been challenged to get a piece into the Florida Watercolor Society Show. So here's my new piece per instructions. "Using acrylics in an aqueous manner...". Nothing ventured. Nothing gained. Butter Me Up.

Butter Me Up, 21" x 15", graphite aquarelle pencils and acrylics in an aqueous manner on 140# arches paper

Butter Me Up, 21" x 15", first layers; graphite aquarelle pencils on 140# arches paper

My great-grandmother

I love the women in my family. I just happened to end up the oldest daughter, of the oldest daughter, of the oldest daughter....in other words, the first child, grandchild and great-grandchild. One straight line of strong willed women!  My grandmother told me stories about how she remembered sitting in a car with no heat in the middle of a snowstorm, with her 4 siblings, during the depression, while her father went into the bar for 'a' drink and to gamble. My great-grandmother found the courage to go into that male only bar and demand that he bring them home. She was brave. She was filled with only love and gratitude for us grandkids and great-grandkids. She was the glue that kept the family together for a long time. She was simply amazing.

My Memere was a huge source of love and compassion for my Mom and her sisters. I am so honored that I got to experience being her first great-grandchild! (That's me in the first drawing.) These drawings of her were commissioned by my Aunt for her two sisters ..and I did one for my Aunt too. Happy Birthday Judy, Elizabeth and Shelly! Memere's love still shines down on us all. 

In my haste to hit the birthday deadline, these got shipped out without being photographed! Thanks for taking these pics of them Mom! 

Little Slugger

Finished! Little Slugger got worked on at my demo for the Leesburg Art Association at the Leesburg Center for the Arts. This was a great example of the balance between what to cover up and what to leave revealed. I just loved the pattern of the outfit but it was seriously clashing with the original background patterns. Think this works...

Little Slugger  , 12" x 12", acrylics, charcoal, fabric and paper collage on wood panel

Little Slugger, 12" x 12", acrylics, charcoal, fabric and paper collage on wood panel