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Dancing Moon Memory

A nostalgic mountain stares at the tree.
A tree peers into the distant mountain.
Above, the moon dances and shimmers.

This is a painting from last fall. I really like the simplicity of the composition. It spawned many other paintings for me, focusing on structure and how each entity interacts with another. It’s so nostalgic, a feeling of timelessness.

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24 Red Crane Sky

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Two Red Cranes at Play
Underneath the Red Lit Sky
Shine Brightly Tonight

UPDATE (2012-04-12): Renaming this painting to “Love Cranes Playing”. Thought it was more fitting and it’s a play on “love birds.” They really are having lots of fun!

The red cranes continue to inspire for painting number twenty-four. I had originally painted the backdrop with this wonderful dark blue textured background and it found home to this composition. I love the cranes and their expressions. Two good friends enjoying their time.

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Here’s the time lapse video of “Red Crane Sky”:

23 Flying Crane

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Flying above the lake
Soaring above its mirror
Neither me nor you

A haiku to accompany the painting. Inspiration comes and I follow to where it leads.

I was on a short break from painting. Recharging my batteries and needing to prep & cut more panels for future paintings. Closing in on the last week of painting and wanting to finish strong.

Any ideas on paintings?

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18 Sunrise over San Francisco

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Painting #18 keeps me in the city I love, San Francisco. This sunrise was taken from my last trip to San Francisco on our way back to Oregon. We left early in the morning and were treated to a great view of the sun greeting the city. I love the Golden Gate Bridge leading the way to the city. Barely any fog covering and giving my eyes a wonderful gift to experience. The brisk cold morning was tolerable after this sunny greeting.

Here’s the time lapse video of me painting the magnificent sunrise:

Day 15 – Buddha and The Red Box

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When it comes to still life paintings and pulling out amazing vibrant colors from the subject, Clare Carver is phenomenal. I had the pleasure of painting with her today and was that ever a gift for me. I brought in my Buddha and she brought over her tiny red box, a Japanese toothpick container, to create our still life subjects. We gave each other an opportunity to paint subject matters that we both found challenging. Talking art and painting resulted in a fun and expressive little red box & Buddha.

What are your thoughts?

 

Day 12 – Tea Time

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Decided on painting a still life for today’s painting. I actually set up the objects and had a go with the canvas and paint brushes. There were lots of nuances to the glowing colors & textures from the tea pot. It was a great challenge. I especially enjoyed painting the bamboo in the pot.

Today’s time lapse brought to you by Katula Teas.  Not really, however I do enjoy her teas and brewed it afterward. She’s a friend of ours and Kate blends all her teas.

Day 11 – Tiger at High Noon

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Sun was shining on this day and the treetops melting off the snow from the previous night’s snow storm. It was a beautiful site of the rising sun at midday and the mist glowing over the mountain range far ahead. That was day 11’s inspiration. Along with a shadowy figure enjoying the sunshine and brisk air possibly doing Kempo forms or a nice, good stretch.

Check out the time lapse video and you tell me:

Day 10 – Enlightening Snow Day

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So much snow was falling on our hilltop today. I had to create another snow scene with the snow-covered trees and my Buddha statue in the foreground. I loved how the sun was glowing from behind the statue and creating amazing shadows on the statue.

Here’s my time lapse video. You can see that I made a change to the painting towards the end. Let me know your thoughts on the process and change. I’m happy with the result.

 

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Day 9 Lantern Signpost

Today’s painting, I took inspiration from all the snow falling up on our hillside. I enjoy watching the snow fall and cover the ground. We take hikes into the forests behind our house and are treated to some amazing views of the valley. It looks quite majestic at times. I included a lantern to aid the travelers in with their direction.

I added an extra challenge today by painting on the textured side of my masonite board. It added extra grit and gave it a canvas feel.

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Here’s the time lapse video: