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Quiet

July 4th – The World Watercolor Month challenge prompt for today is “Quiet.”  I think this picture speaks to be of quiet because the repetitive, soothing sound of the surf tends to quiet the competing voices and concerns in my head and brings me to a peaceful state of mind.  I especially like the shore at the ends of the day, when the sun is rising or setting. Where do you go as a “Quiet” place? This watercolor painting is part of my response to this month’s challenge, a series I’m calling “Thirty-one Paintings in 31 days for $31 each.”  The picture comes in a white 8″ x 10″ mat…

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Playful

July 3rd – Today’s World Watercolor Month prompt is “Playful.” We saw this guy several years ago when we were in Washington State. He makes me laugh every time I look at him! This painting is part of my series “Thirty-one Paintings in 31 days for $31.” For purchase information, click here. Thanks for visiting my site. How would you respond to a prompt of “Playful?”

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Texture

Watercolor Month, July 2, 2020 For today’s prompt of “Texture” I painted from a photograph taken by one of my friends. Early in the spring she spotted a pair of red shouldered hawks building a nest. In the early mornings, the sunlight would light up the area, and she took photos of the growing chicks.…

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Rejoicing in the Lavender

What is happier than bees buzzing in the lavender? July is World Watercolor Month, and the prompt for today, July 1st, is “Rejoice.” I went out to our garden where the bees were bumbling busily amongst the lavender and the other flowers. Occasionally one of them would use fly around me. Maybe she was looking at the flowers that I was painting!

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A Little Rascal

This little critter lives in a hollow tree in Quiet Waters Park, near Annapolis. One of my friends walks there frequently and often sees him sticking his head out, as curious about the walkers as they are about him! What interesting things have you seen while walking recently?

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Snowy Sunset in the Mountains

As winter strengthens, I start wanting to paint snow, even though we don’t have any on the ground here. It has been many years since we took our children skiing, but this is the type of scene that remains in my memory from those days. Evening comes early and it’s time to go back to…

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Intrepid Artist

I am honored to have been asked by the Annapolis Watercolor Club to be the demonstrator at their meeting in September. I’m going to show one of my favorite ways of playing with color, Imaginative Color. I usually use three transparent pigments; for this picture I chose new gamboge (a yellow), quinacridone magenta, and cobalt…

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Dragonfly

We took the boat out a couple of days ago. While we were in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay we received a visit from this guy. We have been visited by butterflies and biting flies while far from shore, but this was the first time for a dragonfly. After I told him he was…

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Deale Beach

This little slip of a beach on the Chesapeake Bay is hidden at the end of a neighborhood street. My friend and I stopped here early one morning with our painting and drawing gear. The overnight clouds soon cleared away and left us with some early morning sunshine, facilitating some good shadows.

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Flying the Colors

Here in the United States, we celebrated the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence last week. Since the holiday was Thursday, the festivities started Wednesday evening with cookouts and early fireworks. Thursday was a federal holiday and many people were off work on Friday, too, which made for a wonderful long weekend.…

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