Day 20 ~ Mini Tulip Bike Basket

I decided to go ahead and do a series of these mini bike paintings, as they have been a popular selling item of mine in the past. This one was inspired by a picture I saw on Pinterest…

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4″ x 4″ oil on mini black panel

$35

Here it is on it’s little easel…

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Day 12 ~ Finicky Flowers

Wow… I’m tired and the challenge isn’t even half way through. I’ve been working on a commission all this time, and I was hoping to finish it and post it today, but it didn’t get finished. Instead I took one of the mini paintings that I didn’t like and scraped it and painted something over it and scraped it again and that is why I’m naming these flowers finicky…or am I finicky…

 

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4″ x 4″ oil on mini canvas

$35

Day 8 ~ Mini Ranunculus and Heather Bouquet

This painting was an experiment. I’ve been trying to learn different tips from different artists. One artist said she doesn’t like to adhere to the rule of 3rds, which got me curious about what that was…

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So briefly what it is to my non-technical mind is dividing your canvas up into thirds and choosing the points of intersection for your focal points. Many of you probably already know all about this, but I didn’t. So in my little painting I put the yellow ranunculus in the upper left focal point…

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But that is not all… then I watched a video about using the color wheel in your paintings. According to the artist the background color should be the opposite color on the wheel of your focal point color…

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My ranunculus in the focal point was  a yellow ochre color and the complimentary color of that was purple. He also said to use the horizontal colors around the focal color, which would be green and red. So I did that and I thought the purple background was way overboard, so I toned it down with gray.

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I don’t know what I learned from this, but I think I’m up for more experimenting…

Day 2 ~ Echinacea, Yellow Roses and Oatgrass

What a combination… I had such a hard time collecting flowers from my flower garden this year. Everything did so poorly. Even my tomatoes only grew about half the size they normally do. And I haven’t figured out why…

This mini painting is one of the small bouquets I picked to paint. Echinacea (purple cone flowers), yellow roses, pink phlox, oat grass, sage and wormwood in a small white pitcher…

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5″ x 5″ oil on  panel

$48

Love how it looks with this stand…

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