Saturday, February 13, 2010

Cherry Pie and Michael's Watercolor

It is almost Valentine's Day and the time of year to think about cherry pie - partly because it is one of Ward's favorites. So there is one in our oven right now.

In our last blog, I mentioned that I was going to be working on a watercolor for my grandson Michael. The first attempt had a lot of the wonderful yellow color, but did not work out well. After trashing it, I began again and finished the painting above right. I'm going to try again with another version, and we will definitely be sending a painting to him for his 25th birthday. If I decide on a different version, I'll post it for you to see.

Now that the holidays are over, it is time to think about getting ready for "Uncle Sam" and most of my part of gathering information is complete. My son Terry and his sweet wife Dani, sent us a DVD/VCR player for Christmas and now it is hooked up. We will be watching some movies - good winter recreation. I'm stingy with my time and watch very little TV, but I do enjoy movies.

Studio update: In our last blog, I told you about the small originals I will be painting. This is a nice break for me from working on larger commissions. I'm trying to learn to paint on thick 300 pound paper, and it is a challenge. The thicker paper has advantages and disadvantages for me. The paint dries slower, and colors do not seem as brilliant - probably because they tend to soak down into the paper. But it is easier to make corrections - and I'm going to try to get the "hang of it". As I finish these small paintings, they will be shown here and offered for sale on eBay. Six of them are in varying stages. I hope to have another blog out before the end of this month with at least one of these smaller originals posted on it.


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