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I want to revive my “Tuesday’s Treasure Chest” blog posts which I started a long time ago, but got out of the habit (sorry, I’ve neglected by blog and post frequently on Facebook). Let’s do this, I’ll start by sharing THREE terrific things that I treasure………..
First I’ll start with something you might not know about me, in the last year I’ve become an Artist-in residence (kind of). I had the opportunity to trade paintings for Ocean Isle Beach lodging. What did I paint? A mermaid, of course! The beach has long been a treasure of mine, I grew up seven miles from the Atlantic Coast. I’m looking for Artist-in-residence programs, haha.

Katie

Katie


Here comes the bride, well at least her shoes. I enjoyed painting “Jessica’s Wedding Shoes” after attending her fabulous wedding. Years ago Jessica and her family lived in our neighborhood, my how time flies, leaving treasured neighborhood memories.
"Jessica's Wedding Shoes"

“Jessica’s Wedding Shoes”


Drawing is becoming a treasured and renewed passion of mine, here’s a new mermaid teapot drawing, thinking of painting it, what do you think? Carolina Artists’ Colony is having The Great Teapot Extravaganza in a couple of weeks so I better get busy if I want to enter.
Mermaid teapot study at Starboard

Mermaid teapot study at Starboard

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Impressionist paintings have always been a favorite of mine and a couple of months ago I got a chance to paint like Monet (ha) down by Bear Creek in Hubert, NC with some friends of mine. Gail, our hostess and my newest art friend has a beautiful home and studio overlooking the river and she has a Monet-like lilly pond. Rain prevented me from completing my Monet that day but hopefully with a few more brushstrokes it will be finished soon.
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I am so excited to announce my new Christmas painting theme, it’s all about bunny rabbits this Christmas season. I used to think that Christmas in July was so not cool until I started painting seasonal subjects, now I understand the time and planning that must be done prior to Christmas.
I will be posting new bunny paintings each month before Christmas… Would like to hear from you.

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I gave away my old jewelry and buttons a few months ago, of course I need them now, sigh.
My artist/friend Betty K. has inspired me to create bling assemblages with “pretty” junk, so I have been visiting antique/flea markets scouring the broken jewelry cases and displays. Sometimes I come away with some finds and sometimes I leave with lots of sneezes.
Last week I finished my first bling assemblage and started my second one, the second one includes tiny shells and jewelry.
I am hooked on bling junk now, thanks Betty K.

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Last Sunday one of my dreams came true-I painted poppies right smack dab in a field of poppies. No I wasn’t in Tuscany, these brilliant poppies were located right before the Emerald Isle bridge. What a gorgeous day to paint with the OOPS group, better known as Onslow Outdoor Painting Society.

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I have a brand new color love going on–ALCOHOL inks!!! They are so much fun and easy to drip, drop and stamp abstract designs on ceramic tiles.
It was easy to create spontaneous designs but I wondered could I create a more recognizable form with these color saturated inks? I spent a few hours in the studio today trying to create more recognizable shapes and forms— BLISS!image

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Happy Tuesday friends. People ask me all the time “What brushes do you use? What is that thing? What palette do you use?” So here’s some sharing.
I use a Silverwhite script brush for details and long lines – here I’m using it for a curvilinear decorative design on one of my commissions.
This Winsor & Newton Gold Finity Artists’ Acrylic paint is good quality and is awesome for metallic touches.
This Jerry’s Artarama water and brush bin keeps your brushes from soaking in the water which prevents the bristles from paint dry it becomes more beautiful. My mother gave me one when I was in college and I still have it- it’s retired like me but brings back good memories when I look at it.
Here’s a little tip- after you wash your brushes let them dry horizontally on a cloth or paper towel-it keeps the water from collecting in the metal ferrule.
A beautiful day to paint on the porch, don’t you think!

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