NOTE: The original scan I posted wasn’t accurate, too contrasty and colors were not accurate, so I photographed it the next day and replaced the image.
I am participating in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days painting challenge for the month of September. As in January, I don’t expect to create something each day, even every other day would still be great. Most paintings are small, and I’m going down the list of ones I’ve been wanting to do.
This was painted from a photo I took in August 2015 and many people commented on it when I posted it. I’ve always wanted to do a simple little painting of it: my colorful dresses and skirts moving gently in the breeze, the bricks in the patio outside my basement door, the bright sun and shadows, Mimi relaxing on the concrete step in the shade of the laundry. Just a nice memory of a simple summer morning. Since others seemed to like it as much as me it was even more of an incentive.
I painted this in watercolors on my 6 x 9 pad of 140 lb. watercolor paper. I enjoy painting on that little watercolor pad, the perfect weight, texture and size, and I’m so glad I found it. just working with it makes me more confident.
I’m not sure what’s up with my scanner, though. It’s usually right on the mark when I scan any of my artwork, but lately I’ve had to do so many adjustments, and even photograph my art to get the colors right. I may end up getting a new scanner and rescanning them, but likely anyone else would have to study the painting to see what might be “off” about it.
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It’s Mimi napping in the shadow on the cool bricks among the geraniums, near the vintage aluminum tub where I grow pole beans. Mimi was so happy to be outside she only rested in each position for less than a minute, and the sun was in and out behind the clouds. The temperature was in the 90s and we weren’t doing much but looking for a comfortable spot. Find it on Portraits of Animals.
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