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It is interesting, I am working hard right now to get my paintings done for the  national Nature and Wildlife show as I have said before.  Since they are charging the same entry fee for one or three paintings,  I feel that three is definitely the way to go.  BUT they must be very good or they will not be accepted.  So one's efforts must be toward QUALITY not quantity per se.  As I said before, I consider my horse painting done, yet I continue to tweak it here and there.  I will wait to varnish it until right before I submit the photos to the show.  That way, should I decide to tweak it some more it is easy to do so.

     In my latest tweak, I was doing more highlighting of the largest horse to make it stand out from the others.  I began thinking about the "disappearing lines" that are so important in fine art.  That is one thing I don't always remember to do, unfortunately.  And this is one of those times.  I want the largest horse, the stallion to look very r…
I said I was finished, but I decided to do some more highlighting on my horse painting.  In the process I decided that the rock between the horses was distracting so I removed it completely.  Then I didn't like the light blue grass on the bottom right.  So...I turned it into more rock and just added flowers creeping in and around the rock.  I like it MUCH better now!  And I am declaring it officially finished.  FINALLY!  The picture is below.

     I received a phone call this morning from the St. Johns County Community Education.  They asked if I still wanted to teach Acrylics and said they had a slot for the summer.  SO...as of June 13, 2017 I will be teaching a class called Beginner / Intermediate Acrylics.  It is a 6 week course and we hope to draw at least 10 - 20 students!  I am very excited to make this announcement.  It will be nice to work with a large class.  I usually only work one-on-one or small groups because I don't have much room.  I think this will be so…
Except for a few minor touch-ups, it is finally finished.  Yea!!  this painting has taken me over a month to do.  I wanted it to be special as I love horses and the highlands.  What a better subject than to combine loves?  These are Connemara horses as I mentioned before.  They are from Ireland, are a very sturdy breed of horse, and are usually white.  So this painting is the Irish Highlands.  They can be very stormy and brooding.  Hopefully I captured that feeling here.  The clearing storm has made the grass very green as it can be in Ireland.  The stallion has stopped and is looking out toward that green grass as he recognizes that he is finally home.  The mare with her head turned back is waiting for him to continue.  She is his lead mare and is about ready to foal.  What a poignant story to tell.  At least I hope you see the story here, and are moved by it.  BTW, this is a night scene.  After thinking about it for some time,  I have decided to name it "HOME TO THE HIGHL…
As I said before, I am finally back to working on my large painting for the Nature and Wildlife show.  I had set it against the wall out of the way of harm, or so I thought.  When I picked it up and set it on the easel I saw small paint spatters all over the painting!  They were all colors and sizes.  OUCH!  I almost panicked, but took some deep breaths, sat down and studied it.  Apparently I spilled or splashed paint on it while working on other paintings.  It was against the wall, behind the easel!  Big mistake!!  I won't do that again!

     Anyway,  I looked again carefully and moaned.  The splashes weren't huge, but there were many different colors in those clouds and grasses so it was going to be difficult to touch up without it showing  as dots of color that were different!  It took me about an hour of painstaking mixing, dabbing and smoothing in colors to cover the splashes without ruining the work that was there. Lesson learned.

     Next, I studied the painting…
I decided to talk to you this week about different techniques of painting.  I will readily admit that I am not familiar with all the different types of painting.  I was very firm in my decision that I wanted to do realistic painting at a very young age.  In fact, my art teacher got very frustrated with me several times because I had no desire to try different types of art such as sculpting, collage, encaustic, so forth and so on.  She just couldn't understand that I had made up my mind what I wanted to do.  I wasn't interested and that was that.  Hurt my grades though!  Oh, well.  I didn't care.  I knew what I wanted to do and I wanted her to teach me that, and that only.   Any of you like that?  Hopefully I'm not the only one.  Interestingly, I still have no interest in those other types of work.  I enjoy seeing them but don't want to DO them.  Of course, there are more types of painting now than there used to be, maybe that has something to do with it.  I do…