The Six of Us

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Last October, I painted four of these 5×7 cards – one for each of our children – to mark the 20th anniversary of becoming a family.  My husband and I met in 1986, when I signed up my son for Cub Scouts, and my future husband was the Cubmaster.  He, too, was divorced, and was raising three children.  We were married in 1988.  The painting I did represents each member of our family.

My husband is the paint brush (he is a plasterer and painter).  Our oldest daughter, somewhere along the way, fell in love with a beautiful, blue Morpho butterfly, which represents her in this image.  Our second oldest daughter, who was an exchange student during high school and college, and who remains passionate about global issues, is the globe.  Our oldest son is represented by the rainbow, a symbol of pride for the GLBT community.  Our youngest son is represented by the playing card, “Ace,” because that is the name he prefers to be known as during his clandestine outings (hmmm…).

I, of course, am represented by the camera because there is always one in front of my face.  No one really knows what I look like any more.  Which is probably a good thing.

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Oranges and Irises

So, where was I….a month ago…  (This will never be a daily, or even a weekly, blog!)

Last month, I mentioned that I love watercolors, and had decided to jump in and try it (two years ago).  Which I did by joining a watercolor class in Chicago, taught by Ed Hinkley of Ed Hinkley Studio.  He is a wonderfully talented artist, and a very patient teacher!  I learned a lot from that one 10-week session in the summer of 2007.  I also worked at home with a few how-to books, which allowed me to follow step-by-step and take my time doing it.  Here is a painting that I copied directly from a how-to book, “Watercolors, a step-by-step guide.”  

Oranges, mug and pepper mill [Note: This book is no longer being sold by Barnes & Noble (who also published the book), but one used copy can be found here.]  While I enjoyed painting these oranges, and I actually like it (it’s hanging in my kitchen), I really prefer the “loose” style of watercolor – which is what my teacher was trying to teach me.  That is much harder than I thought it would be!  One painting that I did in class was of irises – it isn’t great, but it isn’t terrible.  I love the heads of the flowers, but the leaves are pretty awful.  In fact, I won’t even show you the whole painting.  : )

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I was seriously thinking about Photoshopping everything out of this painting except for the two large iris heads and their stems – I may still do that, and use it on a greeting card.  

I am definitely going to practice leaf painting.