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Can’t Take Photos of Myself

Mr. Basketmaker has been hounding me to show pictures of me working on paintings for my upcoming show in June. I reminded him several times that I cannot take pictures of myself painting. So he has taken many a shot. And wonders why I’m not posting them. Well, I guess it’s easier to just give an example…

Every shot he has taken is out of focus. And I’m not sure why that is since the photos he takes of his baskets in his little photo studio always look so perfect. I wonder if there’s a subtle message he’s trying to send me…

The one below is okay but I was not eager to highlight what a hot mess my hair was!! He seemed to capture that very well…


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Saturday Night Art Walk: Springing in Tennessee

The beginning of the week it was quite warm and I grabbed my camera to take shots of all the signs of spring around our property. Many of the blooms I don’t recognize—all part of being a Tennessee transplant from New England.

So tonight, I’m showing some of the photos I captured with a few I’m going to use for some new paintings in the near future.

First up is a bloom I cannot identify. It is probably one of the many “tree-weeds” we have here. I liked the color combination of chartreuse, yellow and pink hues.

The next blooms I do recognize… they are from our peach trees in the back yard. We have about 7 of them on the property. They have produced hundreds of little peaches but I’ve never been able to harvest any of them because of all the insects feasting on every one. I talked to a native gardener awhile back and she said it’s impossible to produce fruit without using pesticides. Last season I saturated them with organic solutions but not one peach could survived. Really makes you question on what “organic” really means. Just how do you keep insects away from juicy peaches?

Below is a closeup of the new growth from one of the peach trees. I am going to paint this composition. It will look great as an abstract.

Image below is not a sign of spring— I simply liked the aged texture and the creams and browns surrounded by green. Anyone know what this is? It almost looked like cotton to me; but I’m sure it’s not.

The following photo shows all our pear trees blooming along the woods out back. I love all the white flowers and with the time of day when I took this shot, it cast a pretty blue hue over everything. I’m going to paint this one too.

I have no idea what kind of plant this next one is but I loved the spindly growth forming around a new bud emerging. It’s quite peculiar.

I’m done with the winter season and ready for everything to be lush and green—out with the past and in with the new!

Have a good evening and don’t forget to set your clocks forward tonight!!

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Saturday Night Art Walk: Watercolor Patterns 1935-1942

Haven’t done a Saturday Night Art Walk in a long time. I’ll try to remember the format…

Oh yes… I’m supposed to say what I’m drinking and what I’m listening to…

Actually, I have a marathon of Big Bang Theory going on in the background. And I’m drinking a nice glass of Shiraz.

Tonight I found some cool work by watercolor artists. The subject? Quilt patterns. I enjoy artists who choose interesting subject matter. I wouldn’t have thought of a quilt pattern being depicted by using watercolor medium. But turns out, it’s been quite popular for a long time. Enjoy!


Artist: DaytonBrown Title: Quilt 1937. Watercolor and Graphite on paper.


Artist: Elbert Mowery Title: SilkQuilt 1941. Watercolor, Colored Pencil and Graphite on paper.


Artist: Lena Nastasi Title: Crazy Quilt 1936. Watercolor, Gouache and Graphite on paper.


Artist: Francis Law Durand Title: Crib Quilt 1942. Watercolor.


Artist: Jules Lefevere Title: Patchwork 1936. Watercolor on paper.


Artist: Ruth Barnes Title: Coverlet 1936. Watercolor on paper.


Artist: AliceCosgrove Title: Quilt TulipPattern 1941. Watercolor and Graphite on Paper.


Artist: Cora Parker Title: GrapePattern 1935. Watercolor and Graphite


Artist: Cora Parker Title: Velvet Pieced Quilt 1938. Watercolor and graphite on paper.


Artist: Ralph Morgan Title: Quilt Pattern 1935. Watercolor.


Artist: Ralph Morgan Title: Silk Quilt 1935. Watercolor and Graphite on paper.


Artist: VernaTallman Title: Friendship Quilt 1935. Watercolor, Colored Pencil, Pen and Graphite on paper.


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