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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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Daily Painting: Blueberries

My daughter and I love blueberries, not so much my Hubby, but that’s his problem. I wanted to try painting cloth today. It was surprisingly easy to do with the wax. I find I am far better with organically shaped objects than objects with a hard edge. I will continue to push myself, though. The way wax can be both opaque and transparent is a God-send. Anyone used to oils would love this medium!

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Daily Painting: Line of Figs

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Figs are funny little fruits. Some people love them, some hate, and some have no idea what they are. I believe one friend of mine thought they were mini eggplants… I got a whole basket of these little guys at the store the other day. I cut them up, and coupled them with a slice of goat cheese and wrapped them in prosciutto. Yummy. I’ve had them with blue cheese before, also, but wasn’t a big fan of the blue I’d picked. Anyway… a good bottle of wine was the perfect thing to wash them down.

I also did 2 paintings, one big and one small so be sure to scroll all the way down to view both!

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Daily Painting: Daylight Pear

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My daughter and husband really like pears. I like a pear in a glass of lemonade (likely with vodka) on a hot day, or cold… anytime, really. Pears are one of those fruits you see a lot in still life’s, but it’s also a fruit people seem enamored with. I find the array of colors to be what draws me to them. They go well with cheese, too. What’s a fruit and cheese place without pears? My favorite little bar has a fruit and cheese plate with dried pears. Love it! So anyway, here is my daylight pear!

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One-A-Day-Painting: Big Cat

I have two cats, one we recently put outside for the first time in his life. He loves it, if not a little too much. He’s gone native. There’s a black cat that was coming around, my cat has gone after him twice now. I think the black cat is a stray, but it’s good to know my sweet, lazy indoor/outdoor toothless cat can hold his own in the ‘wild’. He’s even on Prozac and still he can’t handle the black-cat-invader. My poor drugged up kitty, maybe one day he’ll learn to relax and get along with his friends.

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One-A-Day-Painting: Key

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My daughter likes to use this key as her ‘car key’ in her little red pedal car. I put a string on it so she couldn’t lose it as fast. I’m pretty sure this key was from our first house. I loved that house, we remodeled the whole thing down to the studs. It took us a year and we did everything ourselves! We lived without a kitchen for 6 months. Looking back, I’m not sure how I survived!

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One-A-Day-Painting: Pyrex Eggs

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So, I’m going to join the bandwagon here and start doing smaller, one-a-day paintings. Not that I’ll do one EVERY day, but I’ll at least finish it within a 24-hour period. For my first try at mundane, everyday objects, I chose my breakfast. Many do.

I have a love affair with eggies. I love eggs. I eat eggs every morning–two eggs and a slice of spelt toast. I like good eggs, too. Orange yolks, a hard thing to acquire from the grocery store brands, but, I’ve found a few that are good. One day I’ll have a coup. Just not now.

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