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30-Days of Watercolors

Day 28- Transportaiton

My green dutch bike with a flat back tire.

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Color Chart Day!!!

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Day 26: GO Somewhere New

This is a picture sitting at the fire pit at Eldon Farms in Woodville, VA looking back at one of the old barns that had the roof recently repainted.

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Day 25: Old Things

This is a picture of the old reigns from the MSU judging pavilion in 1938. I work on campus and I have never stopped to look at these before but have always noticed why they were there and what they represented. The sun was coming down and projecting a shadow of the reigns on the wall the pillar they are mounted on.

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Day 24: Furniture

The back of a red Eames fiberglass chair on rockers. I want this chair in my office.

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Day 23: Everyday activity of people

THis is a friend of mine that is in the process of converting his 2 acre wood lot into prarie for goats. He is always there with a chainsaw and a fire going so I tried to capture that moment.

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Day 22: Texture

This is the ceiling in the auditorium at the National Academy of Sciences in DC. While it was more a unique pattern I felt that it was also a large texture that enabled the sound to resonate the way that it did throughout the auditorium. The ceiling was shades of gray and I have trouble blending my paints to get varying shades of gray.

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Day 21: Desserts

This is a piece of carrot cake...my favorite dessert. I think I drew it somehwat lopsided though.

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Day 20: Patterns

This is the front garden at the National Academy of Science in DC. It has not filled in yet and I like the pattern in the garden (can't wait to see it full of life). THis is the front half of the pattern looking down.

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Day 19: Accessories

A necklace my dad brought me home from Uganda. It is a red and orange glass speckled piece hanging off multiple pieces of cord.

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Day 18: bag

Day 17: Flowers

Green flowering tobacco plant. It is an annual that hummingbirds really love.

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Day 16: Animal

This is my dog Opie sitting in front of a large rock on the farm that we just carved his name in. He is a goldendoodle and I found it difficult capturing the curliness in his hair/fur.

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Day 15: Stranger

Sitting at the bagel shop and this fellow was siting in front of me. I don't like sketching strangers....I found it creepy spying on others.

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Day 14: Sketching Materials

This is my little travel Windsor & Newton watercolor set...I also have a pen and spray bottle but forgot to sketch them:)

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Day 13: Family

THis is a picture of my partner balancing in the old window well of a dealpitated stone house from the early 1800's.

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Day 12: Collectables

This is an antique fork and spoon. I like to collect vintage flatware...it reveals so much on our eating behaviors as a society. I had trouble getting the "shine" of the spoon. It was gold/bronze in color and I don't know how to capture the metalicness with watercolors.

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Day 11: Vegetable

My rendeition of two eggplants. I used a larger brush that I have never used before and found it easier to get the variability in the purple shade.

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Day 10: Appliance

This is an old wine key made out of wood and metal and laying on it's side.

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Day 9: Clothes

THis is a black and white picture of "Sistah" Caroline Terry. SHe was born a slave and worked at the Sperryville Hotel during the civil war. Since she gained her freedom and was able to establish her own business after the war I imagined what her dress looked like (color wise) based on what would have been available to her at the time.

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Day 8: Shoes

These are my favorite red Toms. I drew/painted the picture of my left foot crossed over my right knee looking down. The only parts taht were difficult for me to capture were the mud stains on my shoe...so I left them out.

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Day 7: Drink

This is a cup of coffee from iHop that I had the other morning. I had trouble with the curves of the handle and the lipstick stain on the cup that I made.

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Day 6: Book

This is a cover a Poetry Magazine at the house. It is an egg in a nest on a vine.

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Day 5: Fruit

This is a picture of papaya. I feel it might look better without the sketching.

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Day 4: Building

THis is a picture of my chiclen coop in my backyard. There is a bamboo fence to the right of the coop and a wire fece to the left. It was somewhat dificult for me to capture the screen doors and wall because the grid is really tiny. So I made the mesh walls bigger.

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Day 3: Lunch or Dinner

This is a picture of my lunch. I had pasta. It was difficult for me to get the different effects of the chunky sauce in this picture. Next time I will eat something simple that is easier for me to paint:)

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Day 2: Paint a tree

THis is a tree outside of my office window. I live in MI and there is lots of snow outside. I don't know how to paint white to get the snow effect with watercolors though...si it is hard to see the snow resting on the limbs.

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Day 1: Sketch a tree

THis is a self portrait I drew during my lunch break at work. Instead of a mirror I used the camera on the computer and gave myself bug eyes. When I showed in to my co-worker he said I got my hair right but the rest was way off.

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