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Cherry Blossoms 1-11-15Cherry Esplanade – Brooklyn Botanic Gardens – watercolor on 140# Arches coldpress

Now, I’m not one to complain but…oh wait, I AM one to complain.  So let me begin.  It’s a new year and after we’ve finished wishing each other a happy, healthy and prosperous new year it’s now the middle of January and really, what’s changed?  I work. It’s cold. It’s dark. I haven’t lost the 8 lbs I gained over the holidays.  I’m tired.  Everyone one the subway seems to be sick and breathing on me.  But,  looking on the bright side, the days are actually getting longer.  Yay!

I’ve been working on a few paintings and finishing up other ones. Since it’s been so cold, nothing says Spring to me but cherry blossom trees.  So I decided to paint some.   This is of the Cherry Esplanade in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

reid wine bottle 1-11-15

I also decided to do a painting from a Charles Reid book for practice. It’s a wine bottle with an orange and lemon.  Charles Reid is always fun to study from.  For fun I changed the writing on the label.

I finished FATE on the Gowanus Canal and the Red Tulips.

Fate finished 1-11-15

red tulips finished 1-11-15

Hope you are all hanging in there! Stay warm.  Stay healthy.  Spring will be here soon.

still-life-study-chariles-reid-3-15-09Charlies Reid is famous watercolor artist.

I am not.

But I wanted to try something different, something that I could do quickly and not agonize over.  This is the result. I did a study of one of Mr. Reid’s paintings.  It was fun.  Yet, I still stumble over the same things time and time again.

Teacher: You’re all middle values, get some darks in there.

Me: (dumb look on my face) uh,  OK

It’s the same thing every week.  And every week I think. really, why am I doing this?  Maybe I should pack up my brushes and go watch some more TV.   I like TV.  I do not like movies.  I like books.  I like Broadway, especially musicals.  I still don’t like movies.  I don’t know why I don’t like movies.  I find them long and boring and contrived.  But I am also picky about my TV shows.  There are some network shows I love, but mostly I like the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, the Science Channel.   And some shows on USA.  (Love Burn Notice!)

I’m still a little shaken by a scuffle (and I’m being kind) my dog got into with a schnauzer.  A feisty schnauzer since my dog outweighed her by at least 7o lbs.  Ugh.  Now I have to be extra careful and keep that choke chain high and tight.  Like my husband’s haircut.  That made me laugh.  Ok, I’m drifting.  Time to end this blog and go watch some TV.  Big Love is on tonight.  I can’t wait.  Barb is going to get excommunicated!  I have no life.

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