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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: Humble Bumble Bee

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I decided I’m going to paint a bee. I like bees, I have to if I’m going to make paint out of beeswax. I love how this bee is almost looking at his own shadow. Granted, I don’t love a bee when it’s buzzing around my head, but they sure are cute in a picture!

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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 Peach

I think I’m the only person in my little family that likes peaches. I don’t know why. Growing up there was nothing better to me than an anemic canned peach in all that sweet syrup. I love peaches with plain yogurt, or whipped cream. Not a big fan of cooked peaches, though. No… This peach was actually a little on the raw side, crunchy, that was good. Just like and under-ripe pear!

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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: 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: Lemon Water

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Lemon water is my all-day-every-day go to for thirst quenching. It’s alkaline, good for your body, and tastes REFRESHING. Anyway, since it’s something I see and do so much I assumed it would make a great subject for my Daily Painting this weekend… enjoy!

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