Christmas Cards

 

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It has been a lovely week for small paintings – mostly card sized. If you would one of my original hand painted Christmas cards, please send your address to Lucy@artlover.com (if I already have your address, just send a holiday note).

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That Empty Space

There is a hole in my heart where the school tent should have been. There is so much beautiful child art waiting to be shown. Parents, grandparents, if you are your child’s earliest and possibly only suporters, make the most of that refrigerator gallery. These beautiful creations deserve that their inspirations be appreciated.

However, alongside that, it was a stimulating environment for a loose sketch in watercolor to restore my connections to the ultimate creator.

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I did see some marvelous work by students around Citrus County and many professional artists.

You will want to stop in the restored Valerie Theater to see Rebecca Pujals-Jones backlit Bodies of Water photo art exhibit upstairs, and also visit her website: photographybyRebecca.com

My favorite professional painter today is Barbara Batchelder of Summerfield who painted a boat on the water that rises gently on nearly imperceptable swells “Waiting” for me to raise the funds to buy it. 1509824989929-1281433959

New Saturday Sketch and Paint Classes!

Starting next Saturday, November 11, I will be teaching Sketch and Paint to all ages 6 and up at the Florida Artists Gallery in Floral City.

Sketch and Paint Classes for ages 6 and up on Saturday afternoons 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. for $15 per student or family discount $10 per sibling.

Learn how to make a pencil sketch by drawing what you see, then add watercolors for a completed painting. Materials provided.

Lucy Lowry is an experienced art teacher of children K-12 and adults of all ages, having earned her BAAS from UT Tyler plus an AA and AAS in Arts and Multimedia/Graphic Design from Navarro College. You can view her watercolor art and blog online at VisualFling.com

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8219 Orange Ave. Floral City, FL 34436
www.flartistsgallery.com  

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Postcards from Maine on Display in August

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I am showing my postcard paintings and other watercolors from nature at the Lakes Region Library of Inverness, Florida for the month of August. This show has many plein aire pieces from our summer visit to family in Maine.

Some of the paintings were sent to Florida friends and borrowed back for the show.

Anyone wishing to paint with me can join a “Postcards from Florida” free mini class outside the library from 9 to 10 am on Saturdays during August.

Mini Plein Aire Projects

Here are some of the paintings from my portable watercolor kit while on vacation in Maine.  Come by the Lakes Region Library (Inverness,  Florida) on Saturday mornings in August 9 am to 10 to paint your own “Postcard from Florida”.

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Outdoor Fun

We are having a great time with family in Maine. The weather has been very favorable.  Every other day we run into another family member or friend in these tiny woodland towns.  We have had some fun with these unplanned reunions. This week we went to my Dad’s church with him and my stepmom for Father’s Day. Yesterday we went to the Common Ground Fairground for Farm & Homestead Day. IMG_20170618_125401We watched a blacksmith at work and got a paper-making lesson.  We had delicious fresh made and foraged food. Sweet clover is really a wood sorrel,  and the heart shaped leaves are sweet and sour yummy.  My grown son learned how to use a scythe to cut hay, and we watched a window glazing lesson. Today he is out on Grampy’s woodlot with an axe. IMG_20170618_145953

I have been painting every day.  If you would like a painted postcard from Maine,  email your address to Lucy.artlover@gmail.com

Happy summer!

 

Visiting The Frugal Crafter’s Blog

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Inspired by Lindsay at The Frugal Crafter, blue skies and birch paint-along:  https://thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/lets-paint-blue-skies-and-birch-trees-today/

Sometimes I overcome painter’s block by taking a walk outdoors,  looking at snapshots from previous outings,  revisit a sketch, or finish a painting that was not sparking properly at first go.  Lately a purse sized portable set has been easy for short sketches and cards.  Today I tried another fun video paint-along/tutorial from The Frugal Crafter. Thank you for posting Lindsay!

https://thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/lets-paint-blue-skies-and-birch-trees-today/

Another try it from The Frugal Crafter, watercolor teacup tutorial (around here it is renamed,  “Moxie after Midnight”).  https://youtu.be/M1EGRDF3Qso  Though lacking a Naples yellow,  or the decadent pies,  it was still fun to keep my brushes busy until I have more time on the weekend.  This is the last week of school,  and the kids are so very excited!

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My Moxie Babies

My babies are now officially grown.  Both had milestone birthdays this week (18th and 24th) so today’s mini painting is from my Maine Moxie and was critiqued by the younger (who has renamed himself in my phone as “the Moxiest”). It reminds me of my oldest sitting on “mermaid rock” when she was little.

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Enjoy the very merry month of May,  celebrate every day,  as we do.

Fun to be Done

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Now that I have graduated with my Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences at UT Tyler, there is much more energy to fill up my sketchbooks. For my trip to Maine I am trying out portable painting options and experimenting with ideas from my notebooks.

https://visualfling.com/sketchbook/

I am excited to go to Maine,  despite the long drive. I look forward to the reward of seeing my father,  who was so moved with pride and love when he told me that I  am the first in our family to graduate from university, for I know I could not have done it without his example and encouragement.

Crissy’s Front Walk – Iris

 

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The beautiful things Kathy and I see on the way to Ladies’ Bible study. (We are using a series by Nancy Guthrie showing Jesus in the Old Testament. http://www.nancyguthrie.com/book-dvd-list)

There are some more sketches (mostly 6×9″) on the sketchbook page.  I have been trying out three new portable boxes of paints- Yaka White Nights, Daniel Smith,  and Prima Confections Tropicals. https://visualfling.com/sketchbook