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Day 17. Proud as a Peacock

You remember December me, right? The one who said January me would be cleaning out the studio, getting a fresh start, creating watercolors at my desk so as to leave the studio open for a major overall? Yesterday the date just stared at me. It had been sixteen days,...

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Day 16. You’ve got something on your face

As I was skimming through photographs looking for some good faces to practice portraits with, I came across a photo of my nephew Beau eating an ice cream cone in my backyard at my son’s sixth birthday party. I loved the expression on his face, so I sat down and got to...

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Day 15. Lesson Plans

This little one is an ultramarine flycatcher, a bird you can probably see in India but not so much Louisiana. I typically paint birds I’m more familiar with, the kind that fly into my backyard or wonder near the ditches on the highway en route to the grocery store...

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Day 14. Chasing Cardinals

Since day 1, I’ve painted three cardinals. It’s a subject matter I’m all too familiar with when it comes to oil painting-- a real crowd pleaser. But I’ve not (yet) posted any of the cardinals because for some reason I cannot seem to figure out, they just aren’t...

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Day 13. It Can’t Wait Till Monday

One of the reasons I do these painting a day challenges is because it forces me to fit painting into my life whether or not it is convenient. One painting every day no matter what.  I painted at a wedding in the French Quarter last night (photo coming soon), and...

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Day 12. Ballet vs. Power Lifting

For today's painting I referenced the photo I had taken at the Audubon zoo that has been the basis for nearly all my oil flamingo paintings. I wanted to see how the image translated into watercolor.  I realize I rely so much on texture. Big globs of paint can...

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Day 11. Baby Bird

Well, it was bound to happen-- I couldn’t quite find a way to sneak a bird into this one, but this little guy is my baby bird (don’t tell him, he despises the word baby). He is adventurous and smart, out-spoken, assertive, unafraid to tell you what he thinks. He asked...

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Day 10. My lost art— drawing

Just before Christmas I splurged and impulse bought myself an iPad with one of those little drawing pens. I’ve not much used it (though I am typing this post on it now despite the fact that even my tiny fingers find the keyboard I’ve attached a bit too small). For a...

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Day 9. Adding Square Footage to that Comfort Zone

Last Saturday I painted at my first wedding of the new year. The bride contacted me over a year ago to set it up. She told me that her grandmother, who lived in a French Quarter apartment, would not be able to attend the reception. She asked if I would be able to...

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Day 8. The other one

As promised, here’s the second whooping crane from the original painting (see day 7). I imagine the two being displayed together once they are framed, but I’m open to them going their separate ways. I like today’s painting better than yesterday’s. I was tempted to...

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Day 7. Dance with me

A few months ago, a bride-to-be whose wedding I will be painting, messaged me asking if I’d ever painted any whooping cranes. She explained that her fiancé has a special place for them in his heart because his grandfather once rescued one and nursed it back to...

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Day 6. Persistence

Pelicans-- the birds I used to watch before I watched birds. Persistent little things. I suppose all fishers have to be if they want to survive. Persistence is what 31 in 31 is all about after all-- getting after it whether or not the desire is there. Funny thing is...

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Day 5. Like hummingbirds’ wings

Day 5. Already? Just?  I typically move at the pace of a hummingbird's wings-- 70 flaps a second just to stay afloat. What is it about water that says, slow down, don't worry, be still? Last night I attempted two other little paintings that weren't quite right. I...

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Day 4. Procrastination

  This whole watercolor thing started because I wanted to give myself some time away from my studio to clean it out, declutter, reorganize. What’s actually transpired is that I’ve shut the door to the messy studio and settled into my desk in the sunroom. Out of...

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Day 3. It’s a Process

I used a pen this time which, I don’t know, feels too harsh. I was able to go outside the lines more with the actual paint (something I really want to do) but those black pen lines feel so precise, I can’t tell if the painting is free-spirited or completely rigid....

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Day 2. Hey There, Watercolor.

Hey there, Watercolor. I’m Denise. I know we don’t really hang out and it’s mostly because I’ve been so involved with my other friend oil. I hear you don’t mix (although I’ve got some ideas about how to get you together for a little soiree on the same canvas but more...

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Day 1. A Kinder, Gentler New Year

This time last year, I was exactly where I am now-- on my couch with my computer, sipping a cappuccino. But last year the document was titled “2018 goals” and three pages later, I was still going strong. I can’t quite bring myself to revisit that document though I am...

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31 days of…

Forgive me reader for I have sinned. It has been months since I wrote my “weekly” blog, a 2018 new year’s resolution I first embarked upon with heartfelt enthusiasm and dedication and then let dwindle into the background of a life overrun with emails, paint stains on...

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The Art of Weakness

"Jen" 30x40, oil on canvas SOLD I came across the following blog post I wrote on this day exactly two years ago. I was doing a 30 in 30 challenge in which I did one painting every day for the month. Each painting was based on a story sent in to me. The theme was...

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Why Art? Part 2.

Why Art? In my last blog post, I posed a question that a child had asked me when I told him that I was making a painting. “Why?” Why art at all? The other day, my six year old was asking me about different jobs adults have. As we went through a rather generic list, he...

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Finding Your Why

I didn’t think about it much at first, and now I can’t stop wondering if I’ll ever really know the answer to it: My why. Last weekend I was painting at a lovely New Orleans wedding when a little boy who couldn’t have been older than eight approached me. Decked out in...

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