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Small Town Highrise
This is the grain elevator in my hometown of Mayerthorpe, Alberta. It’s the second time I’ve painted it. The first one I painted recently found a home with a long-time friend— you can see it here. This elevator was built in 1929 and is now a historical sight.

P.S. I just had to include a link to these great cardstock elevator sculptures (including Mayerthorpe)—check out this blog Vanishing Sentinels.

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Yellow Zucchini - 10" x 10"

I don’t think I’ve painted anything so yellow before. I know I haven’t, because I have had the same tube of cadmium yellow light in my paintbox for a couple of years and haven’t had to replace it. Today I am off to the art store to get some more.

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This is my second post comparing a painting to the photo I painted it from.

This one was done a few years ago. It is interesting to me to look at older work, because it always seems like it was done by someone else. I do remember working on this painting, but I can’t remember how or why I decided to use that vibrant purple, both in the foreground and background. But I’m glad I did, because I think it works. If I did this same painting today, I would probably make different colour choices. It worries me that I’m not as adventurous with colour as I used to be. I know that my style will evolve and change (hopefully in a good way), but I have to remind myself to be open to the happy accidents that can happen, and not to be afraid to experiment.

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Lily Leaves

Lily Leaves - 10" x 10"

Some people paint flowers, but I seem to be more interested in the leaves. I am quite happy with how this painting turned out. My husband suggested that the dramatic lighting and the pebbly bottom make it look like an aquarium and that adding a neon tetra swimming in the foreground would make it perfect. Helpful, isn’t he?

Anyway, I am happy with the dramatic, moody feeling. (And will not be adding any fish).

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