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Arches National Park Utah on Masa PaperArches National Park, Utah – watercolor on  21″x 14 ” Masa Paper

Toned MasaToned Masa Paper

First WashFirst Wash

I showed the final painting to a few people before this post and not one, not two, but THREE people told me it reminded them of the Flintstones’ house.   Fred and Wilma, I’ve renovated your place.  You’re welcome.

Quin colors

A while back I got a box of Quinacridone colors from Daniel Smith.  I’ve used them on occasion, but decided to do a test of all of them on watercolor paper to see all the colors together since many of them are similar.   Here they are in all their Quin Glory.  I had started the painting at the top using some regular watercolors, but decided to add some of these colors to the mix.  I like the splash of Quin Pink in the bottom left corner of the painting.

And again, for no reason, here’s another picture of my dog.  Hey, get off the bed!

Woof

Utah – Bryce, Scenic Byway in Moab, and Arches on 1/2 sheet of 140# Arches coldpress.  Each image is approx 5 x 8 inches with approx. an inch and 1/2 space in between.

I’m back in Utah! Well, not physically, I’m still in NYC, but blog-post wise I’m back in Utah.  I feel like I’ve been astral traveling:  Utah, NYC Urban Sketching, Utah again and then a quick stop in Florida (see the decoupage under glass plate below.)   If only I could get some frequent flyer miles for all these trips.

The left panel is Bryce Canyon.  The middle is on a scenic byway in Moab. Which was a beautiful road.  The Colorado river was a muddy rust color, with purple-ish mountains on the other side and trees that clearly had been burned in a recent fire and then these bizarre little clumps of neon green grass growing.  The final panel is from Arches National Park (I think).

This is the first time I did a triptych.  I felt it worked well with the imagery I chose to paint.  I have so many images in my head (that often fight with the voices) and I’m torn between my cityscapes and this amazing Utah landscape.

I’m also working on some coasters and plates for the upcoming Putnam Arts Council Holiday Craft Sale.  I have to work like a busy bee the next few weeks to get some inventory ready for the sale. I just finshed this 7″ plate of Florida Oranges.

Decoupage under glass – 7 inch glass plate with Florida Oranges image, with metallic and acrylic paint.

I have a number of these 7″ plates which I plan to sell along with some vases and other glass items.  I will go into busy bee mode to make a bunch of coasters for the holiday sale.   I can’t believe I’m already thinking about the holidays.  So, if you don’t hear from me, check to make sure I haven’t collapsed under a mound of glass coasters, Elmer’s glue and metallic paint.

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