Life Part Two

The adventures of Fay and Bob as they move beyond the 9 to 5 life


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Flowers and impressionism painting

Here are my latest paintings. A large and small impressionistic painting done with a palette knife so LOTS of texture. This was my last OLLI class.  The little tiny flower with blue background was done at a Kym Easter class at White Rabbit and is acrylic and it is about 4″ square. The other two are the first ones I have worked on at home on my own with my new water based oils paints. Lots to learn here with the canvas being very rough and learning how to mix the paints. Most of the time paint was too thick and I had a glop to work with but learning. I just added the $2 bill so you could get and idea of the size.

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Painting mountains and water and plants

My newest pictures the last few weeks. All are oils and from the same instructor. The two together are little pictures about 6″. I have one more pallete knife this Thursday.   Started a rose painting on my own at home so learning a lot. Did a very cute little 4″ one last Monday so stay tuned. What are your favorites?

Spring in the mountains

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Calm day at the beach

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Little baby pictures.   This canvas is very different, much coarser,  so having trouble getting the paint to flow.

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Lilacs in copper vase, my least favorite.   Done with a pallet knife.
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Mountain stream

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Stormy skies

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Chihuly at Biltmore Estate

Went to the Biltmore Estate yesterday for the Chihuly glass exhibit. The photos don’t do it justice. It is a one of a kind beautiful experience. Greenville has one sculpture and that cost $300,000 so that gives you an idea what this is worth. It will be there until Oct. 7.   Enjoy the pictures.   Here is a link to the one in Greenville.   I can’t believe Bob and I haven’t seen it yet.  We will soon. https://www.greenville.com/news/2015/10/chihuly-sculpture-display-falls-park/

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Travelers Rest & White Rabbit Art in Bloom Exhibit

I forgot the pictures I took a couple weeks ago at the Travelers Rest Artist Alliance White Rabbit Gallery Art in Bloom type of exhibit. This is the first year they did this. Loving TR Art.  Enjoy.

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Making progress on my fairy garden

Here is the first peak at how my fairy garden is coming along. I ordered five minature plants today and they should arrive early next week. They are in 2″ pots if that gives you an idea on size.  Also ordered some green moss to cover the dirt. I don’t know if it will look like grass or not. Either way, brown or green is fine. I will keep moving stuff around as I continue to look at it. I had to assemble the little fairy house. See the swing with the bluebird? I will wait a few more weeks before putting it outside. Not sure if I will stay with that fairy house or have Bob build me one.

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My most recent paintings

Here are some photos of my latest paintings. I really like the blue winter scene. It has lots of texture and some sparkles for the snow. The rocks turned out better than expected.  It is a very calming peaceful painting.

The hummingbird has sort of a playful quality with the dancing leaves. Coloring turned out better than I expected.

The chickadee is very simple, that’s the way it was supposed to be. If you look close you can kind of see brush stokes that look like feathers.  She has a little texture too and is perched on a sprig of rosemary.

The butterfly in the hydrangea was A LOT OF WORK! It has sparkles in it too. Definitely more fantasy feeling. Enjoy.

The same instructor will be doing four landscape pictures in June so plan on taking that class.   Will probably do a few others this spring at the White Rabbit Gallery.

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