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Here are the paintings from the dates listed above.  I was sick for a few days, so I had to paint several paintings in one night to play catch-up.

This one is a watercolor inspired by a Kandinsky that I saw in an art book.  I think that I will try to repaint this one in oil.  The paintings below are two more watercolors that I painted because I was out of canvas to paint oil paintings on.

I later found a great deal on canvases at Michael’s Store.  I got a 7 pack of canvases for $19!  What a  deal.  The paintings below were either inspired by dreams brought on by my fever or inspired by television that I watched when I was resting in bed.

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I still  had smoke and flames on the brain so I painted this watercolor picture of a man with his head on fire.  I think that I will add some char to the neck.  It really doesn’t make any sense to have your head on fire with not charring on  the neck or smoke for that matter :).

 

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Today I decided to give a crack at painting pearls in watercolor again by trying to paint my pearl bracelet.  I’m thinking that this will be my last watercolor painting.  Tomorrow I hope to go back to painting in oil.

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I did a good job painting my pearl in earring in oil, so I thought that I might be able to do a good job at it in watercolor.  I think that I did a decent job translating the irredecence of the pearl earrings, but I did not do a good job painting the color of the wood dresser that the earrings lay on or the shadow and reflection of the earrings.

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Things are very topsy turvy in my life, but everything will work out in due time.  I must keep moving forward and see how the chips fall.  I decided to stay in and watch Netfix dvds today.  Pretty boring but I need to rest up for a busy day tomorrow.  Today’s picture is a still life following the composition rules in my watercolor book.  The picture features a mini easle and a wine bottle.  The wine bottle is a Chardonnay that I am reviewing for my other blog www.wholefoodswinencheese.wordpress.com .  I haven’t posted the wine review for that wine yet, but hopefully I will get to posting it soon.  Painting is taking up a lot of my time.

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Painting number 60! Woo hooo.  Today’s picture is another attempt to master the watercolor technique and the drawing the human figure in appropriate proportions.  Ugh, I’m making baby steps with each technique.  I have about 10 more watercolor paper pages left in my notebook.  I think that will be as far as I go with watercolors unless I have so great breakthrough.  I like painting will oil much better, and it’s an easier technique for me to wrap my head around.

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I am stricken with fatigue today. One good thing to report is that I found one of my old how to paint watercolors book. I actually read the instructions this time and found out that you are supposed to paint a light hue wash first, let it dry and then layer the darker hues on top. That’s opposite to how I paint oils. This was a good thing to learn. Previously with the watercolors, I wasn’t letting the layers dry, so everything was bleeding together, plus I wasn’t painting in order of light to dark. Good thing to know! Today’s picture is a copy of a composition in the how to paint watercolors book.

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Today I saw an awesome photo in the Chicago reader of dancer in an advertisement for an upcoming performance for Thodos Dance Company. The dancer had amazing form and the garment that the dancer wore looked beautiful as it was floating suspended in the air.  You could feel the passion fo the dancer through the picture.  I thought that this photo would make an amazing watercolor painting and give me the opportunity to practice painting the human body at correct proportions.  Today’s picture is a watercolor of one of the Thodos Dance Chicago preformers.

 

 

 

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I was walking downtown yesterday and saw a salon that had circles of one color outlined in another color.  I thought that it would be something nice to paint.  To today’s picture is another attempt a watercolor of those circles on the window.

 

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Today I went to Walgreens to pick up a prescription.  While waiting for a prescription I looked throught the $3.99 movies bin.  I found a made for tv documentary on the Da Vinci Code.  Not a documentary on the movie, but on symbolism in Leonardo DaVinci’s artwork.  Perhaps I should try to put hidden mathematical codes, or secrets about history in my artwork.  Lol.  Of course it’s too late for me to be cleaver enough to put an algorithim in my artwork, maybe for tomorrow.  One interesting part of the documentary focused on DaVinci’s drawing of a man inside a square and a circle while pointing out all of the perfect repeating proportions of man’s body, i.e. the torso is 3 times the side of a man’s head, his wingspan is equal to his height, etc… Then I thought, eureka!  I just bought a drawing book on the human anatomy.  So here is my tie in moment.  I will practice drawing the perfect proportions of a man, represented in my art book, while paying tribute to the $3.99 DaVinci DVD that I watched today.  Sidenote:  Its funny how the practice drawing of a female figure in my artbook is a full head to toe drawing of a woman that resembles a pole dancer, however the practice drawing of the male figure only shows his torso!  So typical, so typical.  Lol!  So here is today’s picture: a watercolor of the male torso.  I don’t know why I picked green to paint the picture.  But now that I look back at it, the dude looks like the incredible hulk.

 

 

 

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Oh boy what a day!  I accidently left the car charger for my phone in the cigarette lighter and it killed my car battery, so guess who got to walk home carrying their grocceries….Me! Yay!  LOL.  The day got even more interesting.  The weird ex-boyfriend that indirectly inspired me to write this blog, decided that he wants to convert to christianity start going to my church, eventhough today was the first time that he ever stepped foot in my church.  Being cordial to him at church is the Christian thing to do, however I know tha he only showed up to check up on me.  Good grief, now I will have to find a new church 😦 lol.  Anyways,  I searched and searched for things to paint since couldnt get a “how to paint watercolors” book from the library today (my library branch is closed on Sunday).  I found a very colorful advertisement for salad dressing in the latest issue of Good Housekeeping magazine.  The salad has strawberries, green beans, carrots, leaf lettuce, raddicio, and feta cheese.  I’m pretty proud of how the feta cheese crumbles came out with the water color.  Today’s picture is a water color rendition of the plate of salad in the magazine advertisement.

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Today I used a much needed groupon for 50% off of $30 worth of art supplies at Lakeview Art Supply.  I was going to buy canvases but they were expensive, so I decided to buy material for watercolor paintings.  Painting in watercolor terrifies me.  There is nothing that you can do to fix a mistake that you make when painting in watercolor.  You can cover up mistakes in acrylic and oil by just plopping new paint on top of the mistake.  Watercolor is so tricky.  I also bought a “how to draw the human anatomy” book.  I’m learning a lot about body proportions when painting.  Today’s picture is a watercolor of the female human form.  The far left of the painting is the charcoal drawing straight from my book.  In the last two thirds of this painting, I decided to expand the picture by painting a larger scale of the torso of the lady in the picture.  The last third of the painting in the far right is the a larger scale painting of the lady’s left thigh and calf.

 

 

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