Happy New Year!

A bit late but well intended nevertheless.

Here’s a bright bird to start the year off. I’ve had an injury and will be having an operation on my arm so this was an experiment with large brushes and lots of paint mostly because it was driving me nuts not to paint.

I have lost some movement and control but I have not lost the ability to write run on sentences. Yay!

11×14, Acrylic, Goldfinch on a cone flower.

goldfinch small.

Don’t worry though I have some friends looking in on me. I mean literally  just walking up and looking in the window. Who does that? I appreciate the thought but use the door for Pete’s sake.

buck.

While I’ve been icing my arm, my trees decided to show me how it’s done and are doing a little ice therapy in my backyard. So pretty.

winter trees small.

I hope you and yours had a wonderful start to the year!

©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2016

Under the knife..

I’ve been playing with knives.

Palette knives that is.

No one trusts me with the real kind…sigh.

This first one is acrylic, 11 x 14, inches  This is the Wheatfield in Gettysburg, PA. where we visited recently.

The Wheatfield had during one day over 20,000 men fighting on her soil and ended with mass causalities. It’s not a terribly large area,  I can’t imagine what they must have suffered through. It’s one of the many places on this earth where if you stand still for a moment you can feel the sorrow welling up.

With this painting I used the palette knife over a brushed in backdrop. The brushwork on the bottom layer was used to create the soft edges of the distant hills.

painting wheatfield gettysburg palette knife.

This tree was a fun sort of leftover paint attack. This was done solely and a bit souly with knives. I really enjoyed throwing the paint around on this.  It’s in acrylic and is approximately 11 by 14 inches.

tree acrylic knife painting.

This one wasn’t done with a knife, just regular old brushes. My brushes are so beat up, I hold on to them until the very end. Acrylics are rough on brushes. Some people will tell you to spend a tonne of money on brushes but really as long as they’re not the kind where the hairs fall out, the cheap ones are fine.  It’s 4×6 inches and I call it “Blue Christmas” ’cause I love Elvis.

blue bulb big blog.

And here’s another 4×6 inches. This is an acrylic of one of my favorite ornaments, an inch high wooden rocking horse.

painting horse vintage ornament.

If you have any questions about the paintings or technique or what have you, feel free to ask in the comments.

Have a good one.

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©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2015

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Wandering

Recently I was at Fort Erie, across from Buffalo,  New York. It sits on the shores of Lake Erie, near the mouth of the Niagara River.

From it you can see the gorgeous Art Deco building that is Buffalo City Hall. The City Hall was designed by architect John Wade and finished in 1932. There are triumphant arches and columns and reliefs and sculptures and mosaics and a bat signal on the roof.

Buffalo City Hall Gotham.

Buffalo City Hall blog.

Fort Erie was originally built in 1764 during Pontiac’s Rebellion. Pontiac of course had been overtaking the cart market which the British did not appreciate. Soon after, the Brits sold Jaguar to Ford who sold it to the Tatas, a group of entrepreneurial strippers and a couple hundred years after the Fort was built, Pontiac ceased productions.

Old Fort Erie Gate war 1812.

Okay, that may not be quite what happened.

However at one point during the War of 1812, the Fort did blow up..

What happened was that the British were led by a general so inept, his subordinate officers including his own nephew settled their affairs and gave away valued property before following his battle plans. They knew they were doomed.

They were right. It turned out that firing a cannon over top of a large powder magazine was not a great idea. The explosion threw the two tonne cannon over one hundred  yards. Hundreds died or were wounded and more than 500 soldiers simply disappeared in the initial blast and the ensuing fires.

Brutal stuff.

General Drummond, the man responsible for the whole mess had a road named after him in Niagara Falls.

It’s still there if you’d like to go stomp on it.

Old Fort Erie Pink Floyd.

The tour was quite interesting.

We found out that some people during the 1800’s used old suits of armor as a sort of tactical vest. Pretty clever, not comfortable but clever.

Fort Erie armor war 1812.

They shot off some muskets which was fun to watch.

Old Fort Erie Tour.

They did not however let me use the cannon.

*Sigh*

cannon Fort Erie war 1812.

This is an acrylic of the monument marking the grave site of 153 soldiers. 150  British and 3 Americans. 8×10 inches.

fort erie acrylic monument

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©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2015

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Running amok!

Between wandering and procrastination, I have not been keeping up with this blog. I fool myself into thinking I am keeping up because I write long posts in my head. I then, of course promptly forget them when I sit at the computer.

I also forgot how to paint again so I did this lesson in acrylic from a book by  Mark Daniel Nelson. The book is called “Learn to paint in Acrylics with.. 50 Small paintings”. Good book, was a nice refresher.

boat acrylic painting.

Here’s a photo from one of the places I’ve wandered to.

Niagara Falls.

Niagara Horseshoe Falls

I have some stories to tell so I’ll be back soon!

Thanks for sticking around.

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Congratulations!

It’s a good day to put up a colorful photo.

I don’t have a rainbow so here’s a butterfly.

butterfly_giant_swallowtail.

Congratulations to all on the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage today.

:)

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Clouds and catching up with arty stuff.

It’s been a heck of a stormy month.

It has rained and rained and rained.

The clouds have been interesting at least.

These clouds were followed by a really loud thunderstorm.

I love storms but this one made me leery.

Of course I still went outside and took a photo.

Silly silly silly.

stormy skies

Personally, I prefer Zeus clouds like this one.

Zeus cloud

At least the weather gave me a chance to do some arty stuff.

This is a field near my house in acrylic, 4×6 inches.

painting_winter_field

A view of the river. Acrylic, 4×6 inches.

painting_river_trees

This is a house on the road to Galena, Illinois. Acrylics, 4×6 inches.

painting_barn_landscape

This door knocker was done in acrylic,  it’s about 4×4 inches or so.

(from a reference photo in the RIL of WetCanvas)

painting 003

This is a barn that is falling to pieces.

Ink and watercolor, 4×6 inches.

ink_landscape_barn_ruin

A watercolor of an egg and cups, a bit messy, it was done on scrap paper .

(from a reference photo in the RIL of WetCanvas)

watercolor eggs painting

And a study of hats with watercolor.

watercolor_study_hatsIf you have any arty questions, please feel free to ask in the comment section.

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©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2015

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Happy Turtle Day!

We recently saw a few of our reptilian friends at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

This one in particular seemed glad to see us.

Such a nice smile!

turtlesmile.

These ones were lazing about on the boat launch railings. I’m guessing they were trying to get somebody to take them out on the big boats. Turtles love yachting.

turtle1.

turtle2.

These ones were having a spa day complete with mud baths and natural moss scrubs.

turtle5.

turtle3.

This one appears to be stuck.

His friend seemed to find that amusing. Turtles are like that.

turtle4.

This is a green sea turtle who was rescued. The blue bean bag thing is a weight pack/buoyancy device which helps her swim. She was hit by a boat and her back flippers are partially paralyzed.

turtlesea.

This is an octopus.

red_octopus_aquarium.

This is a quickie sketch of a house in town. 4×6 inches.

house.

This an acrylic painting of a mason jar from a lesson in the book “50 Small Paintings” by Mark Daniel Nelson, a great book for everyone from beginners to professional and all in between. 4×6 inches.

glass painting lesson.

This is an acrylic of a farm near my house. 4×6 inches.

acrylic_painting_house.

This is Sammy playing Frisbee.

sammy2.

This is the moon.

the moon

Because it’s time to say Good Night.

See you soon.

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©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2015

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