Yes, we've come to the end of this particular series, at least for now. I'm going to hang the show at the doughnut shop this Sunday. Spring is just around the corner and you know what that means.... TULIPS!
Apparently 7:00pm is not a good time to find jelly doughnuts at the local grocery store. There was, however, cherry pie. This was my first and quite possibly last painting of pie. It was far too yummy to have around.
I purchased this cutie from a specialty doughnut shop nearby called Frost, the home of the bacon maple bar. I chose this variety for it's good looks. Had I known at the time it was called "white chocolate raspberry truffle" it would not have lasted long enough to paint.:)
A few weekends ago the moms group I've been a part of for sixteen years abandoned their families for a relaxing weekend on Whidbey Island. We rented a gorgeous house on the water. I painted this interior during out stay there. If it was daylight, you would see the Puget Sound out those windows. It was truly awesome. What a way to chase off the post holiday blues!
Up to this point I'd been really good about not eating my doughnut models or, at the most, just sampling them. This Bismarck, though, took me down. After taking enough bites to get the filling to pleasantly ooze, I drooled the entire time I painted it. About three minutes after the painting was finished the doughnut was no more...
This is by far and away my very favorite doughnut painting. Once again I put myself and the doughnut at risk by taking a bite to expose a ruby red center. However, one bite exposed only a tiny bit. Oh my, two bites were in order...
Okay, now it's time to get a little silly. Earlier I enjoyed painting hanging ornaments, so why not a hanging doughnut? And yes, I made the ultimate sacrifice and took a bite out of it to add a little more interest. :)
Congrats to the Seahawks! Who would've believed we would get to go to the Superbowl two years in a row? Amazing!
I really struggled coming up with interesting ideas for doughnut compositions. A great benefit of daily painting is the opportunity to try out various ideas without a scary investment of time and materials. If I think about it long enough something good will come my way. :)
In February I will be showing a group of paintings at a doughnut shop in Seattle. It occurred to me that a few paintings of doughnuts might be in order. I had no idea how hard that might be. Sigh. So here is the first in my doughnut odyssey.
As you may have noticed I'm using the 30 in 30 challenge to help me catch up with posting. So bear with me here, this is a painting I really like but didn't have a chance to post before Christmas. I love this poinsettia. The pink mottling reminds me of peppermint.
Snohomish has the coolest winter solstice event. A group of volunteers lead by the Mayor and her husband line the river walk with luminaries. What a beautiful site. This was my second year of trying to capture the experience in paint. I think last years effort was more successful. I will keep trying. Maybe by year ten I will be able to do it justice. :)
On a visit to Pikes Place Market in Seattle last week I was excited to see some mandarin oranges with leaves still attached. I gleefully bought a few to paint at home. By the time I got a chance to paint them though the leaves had dried up, some in very funky positions. This particular leaf happened to dry in a graceful shape.
After going a bit crazy buying Poinsettias at Molbaks, I couldn't resist doing a painting of these glorious plants. It kept me well occupied during the week surrounding Christmas. I put the last strokes on it yesterday.
A great piece of advise I once heard about participating in a 30 in 30 challenge was to paint ahead. So if, for one reason or another, you weren't able to paint on a particular day you could still post. Here's one from my paint ahead stash. :)
A quick post tonight as I've come down with a cold and am feeling sorry for myself. :( Not the best way to begin a 30 in 30 challenge. It could be worse though. At least it's not the flu, which appears to be making the rounds too.
We're back from a great little family vacation. Now it's time to take on the new year! Once again I've decided to participate in Leslie's 30 in 30 day challenge, a great way to refocus after some time off. On the last challenge I had a goal, which you may or may not have noticed I totally missed. So this time I've decide to heck with a goal, I'm going to just paint what moves me. :)
Thank you so much for all your support in the past year. It's greatly appreciated. Wishing you excellent health, much happiness and prosperity in 2015!