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A new blog direction for 2023

I can scarcely believe we’re nearing the double digits of February and I have yet to post a blog in 2023! This is not altogether unintentional, as I have been mulling over what to do with the blog this year.

I have discovered that as my interest in art grows, my enthusiasm to write diminishes. Thus I’m planning to let the blog reflect that this year. There will be less posting and the subject will shift from writing to art. In that department, I have some happy new developments to tell you about.

In November I heard about artist Jed Dorsey’s mini-art lessons that involved a short tutorial in acrylic painting each week for a year. I signed up and since December 30, ’22 a lesson is delivered online every Friday. We’ve already completed six! Here are some of the paintings I’ve made, using Jed’s reference photos and following his 30 minutes of instruction.

“Sunlight Through Trees” – Acrylic, on canvas paper, 6×6 inches (completed in class with Jed Dorsey).
“Misty Morning, Little House” – Acrylic on canvas paper, 6×6 inches (completed in class with Jed Dorsey).
“Trees & Canadian Rockies” – Acrylic on watercolor paper, 7×5 inches (completed in class with Jed Dorsey).
“Dappled Road” – Acrylic on watercolor paper, 5×7 inches (completed in class with Jed Dorsey).
“Sunset Rocks” – Acrylic on watercolor paper, 5×7 inches (completed in class with Jed Dorsey).

In late January Jed’s organization, Acrylic University, hosted a several-session masterclass in acrylics. Through that I became aware of a smorgasbord of teaching (current and archived) offered through that website. Again, I signed up and am now a monthly member. I am learning so much and there is an embarrassment of riches to explore. My previous infatuation with watercolors has been joined by a growing love of acrylics.

“The Golden Hour” – Acrylics on watercolor paper, 12 x 9 inches (completed in class with Dianna Shyne).

I have also challenged myself to paint a weekly food subject called the Food Paint Challenge, an Instagram meme (reference photo supplied by members of the #foodpaintchallenge group).

In 2022 I painted a series of these as mixed media and watercolor cards.

This year I’m painting these food still lifes on small canvas panels using acrylics.

“Bag of Oranges: – Acrylic on canvas panel, 7 x 5 inches – unavailable.

“Cucumber” – Acrylic on canvas panel, 5 x 7 inches.
“Aubergines” – Acrylic on canvas panel, 5 x 7 inches.
“Valentine Kiss” – Acrylic on canvas panel, 4 x 4 inches. (Finished just last night).

So, though I’m not doing a lot of writing, I’m busy creating—exploring God’s beautiful handiwork at close range with a view to depicting it in my simple way.

But enough about me! What new things are YOU learning and creating this year?

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