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Complementary

Things that complete each other, that go well together, are complementary. Colors are called complementary if they are across the color wheel from each other; they mix together to make a neutral. This painting brings together the complementary colors of yellow and purple to depict a kayak and a paddle, two items that are better together than separately!

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Shine

Today’s World Watercolor Month prompt is “Shine,” and I thought about all the times we have run across an antique car show and stopped to admire the old cars, lovingly restored to their glory. The paint shines, the upholstery glows, even the engines are clean! Do you remember your first car? Most people do, as this is a major purchase and a big responsibility. What kind did you have? What color was it? (For purchase information, click here.)

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A Favorite Song

One of my favorite pieces is Ottorino Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances, which I listened to while painting this response to today’s World Watercolor Month prompt, “Favorite Song.” This sketch is a first attempt to start a scene in which all kinds of instruments are at a ball dancing (instead of sitting in the orchestra). What other instruments would you include? Would it be male or female? What is your favorite song? How would you depict it visually? For purchase information, click here.

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Gruyere Cheese Cave

We visited the cheese factory in Gruyere, Switzerland, about 20 years ago, but I haven’t forgotten the wonderful tour we had. It was fascinating to learn how the herbs which the cows eat change the taste of the cheese. We got to walk above the production room and see the milk become curds, be cooked, strained and then packed into wheels. The final stop was a model of the cheese cave where the cheeses sit to ripen. Today’s World Watercolor Month prompt was sharp, and I thought of sharp cheese. For purchase information, click here.

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Tomato and Basil

Tomatoes and basil is one of our favorite summer combinations and I love being able to go out into the garden and pick things that we will eat! Today’s World Watercolor Month prompt is “Abundance” and we have an abundance of both of these delicious things! What is one of your favorite things to eat in the summer? For purchase information, click here.

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Alone

I like taking long walks on the beach, either alone or with company, so when today’s World Watercolor Month prompt was “Alone,” I knew a beach scene would suit me. I like being with people, but I also need a certain amount of time by myself. For purchase information, click here.

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Fascination

The World Watercolor Month prompt for today is “Valuable.” In this painting, I see many things that I value highly: communication, relationships, music, and sharing our talents are a few. What do you see in this picture that is “valuable?” For purchase information, click here.

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Organic

This painting contrasts the organic shapes of the tulips with the vase and the hints of furniture in the background. Painted in response to the World Watercolor Month prompt, “Organic,” this painting sought to capture the sunlight falling on the flowers and leaves, lighting them up while the rest of the room remains in shadow. Photo reference by Elizabeth Ramskugler.

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Full of Wiggles

For today’s World Watercolor Month prompt of “Wiggle” I didn’t have to look any further than my back yard, where the bunnies come and eat early in the morning. Their ears wiggle as they listen to everything around them. Their noses wiggle as they sort out all the scents in the air. Their mouths wiggle as they chomp on the grass and clover. Their muscles twitch under their fur as they lope gently to another patch of clover. Another painting to celebrate World Watercolor Month. For purchase information, click here.

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Favorite Scent

Today’s World Watercolor Month prompt is “Favorite Scent” and after much deliberation, I decided that one of my favorites is my morning coffee. I like smelling the grounds as I scoop them out of the jar. Then the smell intensifies as the hot water hits the grounds. Finally, I get to sit in my chair looking out at the morning light on the creek and take that first sip of hot, dark, roasted coffee. What scent is your favorite?

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