Sitting with my friend…

This week I am sitting with a friend while she has surgery so I am not at home to take photos of my art this week…sorry ūüôĀ But I do have some of my art on my iPad¬†to post. It’s a watercolor. Most people think that watercolor is only on paper but there is a
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Sayulita, Nayarit

Last week we went to Puerto Vallarta.¬† This place is so friendly and beautiful.¬† We drove the car around to the neighboring cities…if you want to call them that.¬† They are probably more like villages. The colors of the sunset on this beach was gorgeous.¬† Since I had brought my paints with me to Mexico,
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Taco Stand, 14x11, Watercolor by Milessa Murphy Stewart

WMO’s

Here I am…in paradise…paint gear, easel, canvases…and HATE the feel and stickiness of Water Mixable Oils (WMO’s)! What a bummer! I had hoped to post a painting that I had done while in Puerto Vallarta but not so luckily. ¬†However, I have my trusty iPad that has a painting on it that I did in
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Clouds 1, 56x24 Triptych, Oil

Triptych

What is a Triptych? It is a work of art divided into “thirds”. This painting and another, in champagne tones, was a request by a friend of mine…Gigi!¬† She said she just loves starring into clouds.¬† Me, too!¬† LOL.¬† I remember as a child laying on my back and trying to see faces or images
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Back to watercolor

Walking along the canal in Venice one morning, I spotted a girl feeding pigeons.  The shadows that were cast from the morning sun were so pretty that I wanted to capture the moment in watercolor. Watercolor has a flow about it and freedom that excites me.  For some reason I feel more in control using it than I
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Carnival Walk, Sold

WHAT…just walking my puppy!

About a year and a half ago, Larry and I, Niki Gulley and her husband Scott Williams¬†went to Venice, Italy for Carnival…to paint, take photos,¬† eat and be “merry”. It was so much fun. I loved “plein aire” painting in the streets and canals with the gondolas coming in right beside you singing.¬† So much
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Sunflowers

YUPO, what the heck is that?

YUPO gives visual artists an amazingly beautiful canvas to work with. Its smooth, bright white opaques and translucents give fine artists a medium that always does amazing things…all unique.¬† It is a synthetic, tree-free, waterproof paper.¬† Fun to create layer upon layers of color.¬† I used acrylic for this piece but many artists use watercolor.
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The Heat, Sold

Exploring

I am exploring the possibilities of abstract and acrylic.¬† I wouldn’t say acrylic is¬†a favorite…I actually struggle with it.¬† It is not as free-flowing and fun as watercolor.¬† It takes awhile to get it’s personality down but I am enjoying the process of the adventure.¬† Let’s see if some good “works” come from it…

Waterfalls…

Water, water-falling, water-flowing, streams, rivers, the ocean…all bring a bit of calmness.¬† I needed that calm this week.¬† I have been painting a lot in different mediums, which can be difficult changing from one to the other, like going from speaking and thinking in English and then changing back and forth to Italian.¬† Oh brother…mind
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St Catherine of Siena, Private Collection at Mt. Carmel Monastery

More about St. Catherine of Siena

In my last post, I gave a little history on the saint that I am painting, St. Catherine of Siena, but there is a lot more to her story.  She was born in Siena, Italy, during the black death era.  She was one of 25 children borne to the same mother, of which 13 survived.  She
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