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Abra Johnson

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Still Life

Sweet Little Red Peppers

I started buying these cute little red peppers at the store. I like to buy organic peppers because they’re one of the most heavily treated vegetables otherwise. Plus, they taste better! I have always loved cutting into a pepper, the way the seeds sit in there, and contrast between the vibrant exterior and nude interior. So smooth and simple on the outside and yet so complicated inside. Fun to paint!

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Avocado and Parsley

I eat avocados every day. I love them, they make my hair and nails beautiful and offer me with plenty of potassium to keep my muscles ready for running (and golf!). Plus the color! The green flesh of an avocado is, to me, the most beautiful color in the world! It’s my favorite.

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Asparagus And Figs

I love to cook. Anyone who knows me well knows this and is ceaselessly bombarded by it on a daily basis as I post a lot of food pics on instagram… I can’t help it. I’m one of those people. I am dabbling with oils lately. they allow me more control and detail. I’m finally getting a hang of it and decided to try a larger painting. This one is a 12″x12″. I’m excited to see where my talents lead and how they improve over the next few weeks…

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Daily Painting: Empty Bottle

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I love empty bottles. All the shades of blue, so calming. Though this was a simple subject, it was the most colorful palette I’ve used lately. I really love the simplicity and calmness of this entire piece. So happy!
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Daily Painting: Double Cheeseburger

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Sometimes I think it’s better to paint a cheeseburger than eat one. I love Five Guys burgers. It’s sorta a chain I suppose, but they’re amazing! I had one this weekend in fact, all 1000 calories of it… and had a salad for dinner. But really, who doesn’t like a good burger, even vegetarian. There’s something about the layered ability of flavors. Sandwiches of all kinds are my hands down favorites. This little painting is only 6″x6″, making it so cute and little as it stands off the wall. Such a talking piece!

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Daily Painting: Red Chucks

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I always love a good pair of chucks. In college I actually had a kelly green pair that I loved… not sure what happened to them. My daughter has a tiny neon pink polka dot pair that she just grew out of. I miss those.

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Daily Painting: Honey Eater

I spent some time in Australia, lived there for about six months. I saw a few of these guys flying around while I was there. They’re called the Honey Eater. Australia has beautiful wild birds. I remember seeing pink cockatoos, just sitting on a wire, pelicans, and plenty more… including the annoying crows. Ibis were a strange sort of bird I saw a lot, trash birds like a seagull, always hanging around the garbage can. That made them less appealing despite their interesting shape. Anyway. Here is my adaptation of a Honey Eater!

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Daily Painting: Cracked Up Egg

I have done eggs before, but this one seemed fun, more challenging. I eat eggs every morning, two, scrambled, with sprouted wheat toast and jam. It’s one of the ONLY habits in my life. I don’t normally like routine too often. My daughter also loves eggs. She doesn’t like to eat them, but she loves to crack them. Of all her favorite things, I think eggs are up there. 

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Daily Painting: Baseball Mitt

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My husband played college ball in New York for a little while. He loved the sport, and was good at it. To this day i’m not really sure why he gave it up. He did get hurt once. I actually even knew my husband when he and my brother played t-ball. He lived in my neighborhood, even. To me, baseball carries little interest as something to watch on TV, but symbolically it means a lot to me! Besides, what’s more american than baseball!? I hope you all enjoy!

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