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Abra Johnson

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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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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: 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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Tangerine Juice

I actually found this photo, it also included a cutting board and knife, etc, but I loved the cropped feeling of cutting that part off. I sometimes pull inspiration from images on Creative Commons, a site that shares photos available for this sort of use and re-creation. Usually it’s a way to pass time while my daughter watches “Frozen” for the 300th time.
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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: Lavender

I have a very small lavender plant on my front porch and the flowers were finally dry enough to pick. They smell amazing. I’m not sure if theres any use in putting them in water, since they’re basically dried up, but it looks nice that way. Anyway, for my daily painting today, they were it!

– My parameters are to sell these on ebay with a starting bid of $1/sq. inch.We’ll start with that, see how it goes.

Status: SOLD

– 9″x12″x1.5″

– Encaustic wax on wood

– Signed

Lavender

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