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Congratulations to Ann Kinlaw who won my Kathy Surprise!
Happy Valentine’s Day to all my peeps, I am enjoying my lettering online class… here’s the latest rendering


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Hi friends, the winner of my Kathy Surprise has been selected by random.org and I have emailed the winner. Waiting for a response so I can announce the name… In the meantime today was a glorious sunny cool day, perfect for open doors and a tulip painting beginning.


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Nothing’s sweeter than a cupcake





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Hello followers, I do hope your 2013 is full of lovely moments you can truly cherish. This past weekend was a blast with a paint buddy of mine……we traveled to Onslow County to paint with the OOPS group (Onslow Outdoor Painting Society). Usually OOPS paints plein air, but decided to paint still lifes in the studio.

floral still life with bird

floral still life with bird

Using a cool APP called Value Viewer, I edited my photo of the still life to display a grid and to change the colors into light, medium and dark values.

value viewer app

value viewer app

Painting values now……..

floral values

floral values

Mosaic Dreams

My delightful inspiring paint buddy Laura and I.

Laura and I

Laura and I





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dried paint on my palette

dried paint on my palette

Scraping off old oil paints from my Christmas commissions and getting ready for 2013 paintings. This scraper came from our local hardware store, Bladen Builders in Elizabethtown.  It is the perfect tool to scrape off old dried paint from my glass palette.  My glass palette came from Five Lakes Glass in Elizabethtown, NC. It makes “out with the old, in with the new” much easier.




I’m starting with a fresh curiosity in 2013 by taking an  online workshop working with a shimmery delicious watercolor, here’s my color chart. My fave color is  “plum crazy”, imagine that?  You’ll be seeing more, stay tuned…………….

color swatches

color swatches

I know this might be a little early for some (pardon) , but I have some Valentine-ish little paintings that would make THE perfect gift, let me know if you see something you like. I ship, just email me  kbunn@ec.rr.com if you would like for me to help you with your Valentine shopping.


mermaid calendar with valentine and sock monkey painting

mermaid calendar with valentine and sock monkey painting

little paintings, little Valentine's gifts

little paintings, little Valentine’s gifts

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I love this time of year when there is so much cheerfulness and happiness in the air.  I’ve been really busy painting and I am enjoying listening to Spotify as I paint on my Christmas commissions. I love those cheesy Lifetime and Hallmark Christmas movies too when I finally get to unwind in the evening.

My hands are in water constantly and when I find a good thing I like to share, so I’m passing along a really good hand soap and lotion( like the soap better than the lotion)………from Bath and Body!  The hand soap is so creamy and it’s whipped, it feels like you’re washing your hands with lotion, it’s not drying at all.  As much as I wash my hands, that’s a plus, I might have to stock up on this and use it all year long!soap

And here’s some exciting news! I owe people that went to Chambers’ Arts in Cary and voted for my painting “Cassie’s Dream” a big thank you.  It won “Peoples’ Choice Award”, happy and grateful that this is the second “People’s Choice Award” that I have received in three months. This painting came about when a young lady posted a yummy cupcake on Facebook.  I messsaged Cassie and asked her if she would take a few more pictures, she did and I had fun painting “Cassies’ Dream”. Thanks Cassie! http://chambersarts.com/2012/11/28/french-kisses-peoples-choice-award-kathy-bunns-cassies-dream/

Cassie's Dream

One more item to offer up in my Holiday Studio Sale, a “Lake Santa” 5″x7″ print, email me at kbunn@ec.rr.com if you are interested.  “Lake Santa” easily fits into a 5″x 7″ frame and is reasonably priced.

"Lake Santa"

“Lake Santa”

My easel is full this December and I couldn’t possibly take anymore commissions for now, but I sure can offer  a gift certificate for a painting or have a special one created for you for a unique Valentine gift! Wouldn’t a beautifully painted yummy sweet cupcake be perfect for that sweetheart of yours?

Thanks so much for following my blog, enjoy this time of the year friends!

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Happy Halloween Eve friends, first I would like to announce that I will be featuring “The Twelve Days of Angels” starting tomorrow.  I will be featuring a different angel each day for twelve days as a prelude to their release on November 11, 2012. Their release will coincide with Smellie Bloomers’ Christmas Open House on that Sunday from 2:00-6:00pm. You are invited to come see me at the Christmas Open House and register for a free angel print. Save the date!!

One more wonderful thing, I am proud to announce that my son Stevie will have original paintings, prints and cards for sale.  Look out also for his new Facebook page called “Painted Wheels”.  Stevie creates these paintings with his wheelchair as he pours and drips paint on canvas, then rolls over the paint and canvas with his wheelchair, sometimes Leroy (his service dog) helps by adding paw prints.  Stevie’s cards and prints can be affordably framed for keepsakes. Stay tuned……………..

Painted Wheels

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Bartering…as old as the Agora of Athens

a little wine shop in New Bern

Last week when my husband and I were celebrating our fortieth wedding anniversary (he went fishing and I painted the town during the day, maybe that’s the secret of our 40?) I started painting a quaint little wine shop in New Bern.  As the painting progressed the owner came out and asked me if the painting was for sale, and to which I replied “yes”.  The next day I delivered the painting, we worked out a bartering agreement where she got the painting and I got some really good wine.  Maybe I need to hang a sign that says “will work for wine” on my easel? Maybe not, but  I was happy to leave my little painting in her beautiful shop.

my little painting at home in Fraser’s Wine Shop

“French Kisses”, my second gallery select show….

I have seven of my newest pieces that will be included in the art exhibition called “French Kisses” at Chambers Arts in Cary, NC.  The theme is comprised of  small paintings that have to do with everyday joys of life, stop by and see my work and chat with me this Friday night, October 26, 2012 from 6:00-9:0pm. You can check out Chambers Arts here http://chambersarts.com/

“Pink Chiffon” for French Kisses Exhibit

a little help from my sister-in-law…

I have a couple more angels to paint, but wanted to show you my latest…still wet on the easel.  My sister-in-law, Ann, sent me a photo of a beautiful little boy, and “Nolan” became my newest angel inspiration. My Christmas 2012 Angels series will be available at Smellie Bloomers, a unique gift shop in Elizabethtown, NC on Sunday, November 11. Here is “Nolan” in the first stages of painting.

the start of “Nolan”

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A little art lesson………..

Sharing a brief angel painting art lesson with my friends and followers. It will show you how I start my painting and the progression of the painting from start to finished piece (I will try not to bore you).

1. First step is to find a photo that inspires you, I found a cute little boy named Bryce on Facebook (a friend). Can you guess which of Bryce’s features caught my eye?


2. Next, I blocked in the light areas with a transparent yellow and proceeded to block in the shadows transparent with magenta/purple/blue.

blocking in darks and lights

3. Sometimes it is hard to get a likeness, so I use this trick (copied from Leonardo I think? or was it Rembrandt? I googled it and it was Picasso!!!) I turn the photo and the painting upside down and concentrate on shapes, angles and relationships of one part of the face to another part of the face. This takes my mind off the fact that I am drawing EYES, NOSES, OR LIPS. This is important because we all have preconceived ideas of how eyes should look, instead of relying on the shape we see in front of us. This step is a little strange, but it really works! Local colors are then applied over the translucent paint. Oh, and I love love those chubby little cheeks!(sorry wordpress will not let me place Bryce upside down………..maybe that’s a good thing!)

4. Last, I turn the painting right side up and finish details, smooth and blend, add stronger darks and brighter lights. At this stage I step back several feet from the easel and take a look at the whole painting to see how all the parts look together, and make adjustments.

add final details and highlight/shadows

Turning 40! Congrats to US!

40 YEARS! My husband and I are celebrating our 40th Wedding Anniversary…October 15, 1972…Happy Anniversary to us!

Want to see more angels?

You are cordially invited to Smellie Bloomers Christmas Open House on Sunday, November 11, 2012. Smellie Bloomers is a unique gift shop in Elizabethtown, NC, and carries my artwork. All of my sweet angels will be revealed and will be for sale. I will also have some Christmas cards for sale. Joy, Carol, and Karen…….you can pick up your angel print that day because I used your angel quotes in my paintings. You will find me painting too, I’ll be on site with my easel, paints and canvases on hand! Save the date!

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a range of pencils helps achieve a variety of shades

I hope I never get too old to learn, so I’m taking an online portrait and painting class, I’m trying to sharpen my drawing skills.  It is such a delight learning in my pj’s from the young and fabulous teacher, Jodi Ohl. Class materials are drawing pencils 2B-9B and Silks Acrylic paint- which contain mica flakes. When the paint dries, it has a matte shimmery luscious finish.  Having fun fun with THIS homework……….

luscious Silks

Yesterday I took a little art trip with an art buddy of mine and her sweet grandson.  Our destination for this fabulous retired art teacher field trip was Carolina Artists Colony in Sanford, NC, what a treasure of a store. Over 100 North Carolina artists exhibit there, and I’ve put my name on the waiting list.  Check out their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/carolinaartistscolony?ref=ts&fref=ts

As I was tidying up my studio space today I realized I had organized my “desk” just like I used to arrange my teacher’s desk at school before I retired. There was one main difference, MY homework was on my desk.

my desk with MY homework

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