The heat is on..

Recently I participated in an ATC trade. An ATC is a small card about the size of a playing card, that is 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches.

Most trades have themes, for this one the theme was “Warm Weather”.

I used ink and watercolor to make some scenes from various festivals and other warm weather activities. These will most likely appear bigger in your screen then they are in life.  The color looks better in real life as well, my photography brain left me stranded when I took these.

“The Carousel”

There is a Carousel in Port Dalhousie, Ontario. The price is still only 5¢.

That carousel, has one of the five Loof lions that are left in North America. Their lion is the only left that has its head turned to look at the spectators, which for some reason has always made me happy. 🙂

blog carousel summer merry go round.

“The Cherry Blossom Festival” is usually one of the first warm weather festivals and is the best smelling one to boot.

blog cherry festival.

“The Flea Market”.  My Dad, was not a shopping/ clothes minded guy . One day he wandered off at a flea market. He came back with a gigantic bag of factory castoff socks. He paid $2 for all those socks and it made him sooo happy. My mother who had just accidentally shrunk his pea green plaid suit by putting it the dryer fifty times was not so happy. Coincidence? I think not.

blog flea market sale ATC.

“The Hiking Trail”. With the upsurging popularity of the Parks system, it will be only a matter of time before Yeti becomes a bearded, top knot wearing hipster.. If he opens a coffee shop and hires a groovy ukulele playing singer, it could work out well for him.

blog hiking trail moose.

“The Campground” where you go after hiking. It is also where the raccoons go. Once when we were out on a canoe trip, our campers were getting a little freaked out by raccoons who were making various.. um, love songs, let’s say. We told them to scare them off by making noise. Not too long afterwards, we heard an especially long “love song”. As soon as it stopped all our campers burst into claps and whistles. I swear that raccoon walked right into the clearing and gave a bow..

blog camping tents outside.

“The Strawberry Field”. I should have added a couple kids pelting each other with soft strawberries because as anyone who has been strawberry picking with my brothers knows..that happens.

blog cherry picking farm.

“The Music Festival”. Those prices are getting out of control, man.

blog musical festival.

“The Garden Show”. I once spent a summer slightly adjusting and moving  my neighbors gnomes every day. Ended up getting the whole neighborhood involved so she couldn’t figure out who was doing it. Drove her crazy….good times, good times.

blog garden show.

“The Craft Show” where crafty people while never admitting it,  go to get more ideas on crafts to craft..Crafty crafty crafting crafters.

blog craft fair arts ATC.

“The Farmer’s Market” where the pies are sweet and the birdies say tweet.

blog farmer's market.

“The Waterfront” or “Why I love boating”.

blog waterfront boat beach.

“The Renaissance Fair”. Cheers good Knight!

blog renaissance festival.

©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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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

Please follow this link for available prints.

Thank you!

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

Please follow this link for available prints.

Thank you!

 

May the Dog be with you.

If you haven’t heard, it’s been a mite chilly out.

I know, I know, it’s shocking news.

I’m sorry I had to break it to you like that.

Personally I don’t mind the cold or snow.

Especially when a walk around my neighborhood looks like this.

tree_snow_winter_cold.

maple_tree_winter_snow.

tree_snow_branches_winter.

tree_fir_winter_snow.

I must admit, it is a bit rough to have this much snow and a white dog.

white_dog_snow_westie.

Of course when temperatures drop into the frostpaw levels, the dogs need to mostly stay inside.

Sometimes when I try to make them go outside even when it’s not that cold out, they simply vanish into thin air.

I don’t  know how that happens.

zeus_lab_starwars..

Hmmmm.

It’s a mystery.

I recently made a bunch of ATC’s  of animals for a trade.

ATC’s are artist trading cards. They are 3.5 by 2.5 inches, the size of a regular playing card.

These are in acrylic.

They will most likely appear larger on your screen then they are in real life.

Atc, aceo.

penguinatc.

duckatc.

And here’s a couple of ATC’s in ink.

zebrasnoozingatc.

elepahntsnackatc.

ajabutherhinoatc.

Have a good one!

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©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2015

Please follow this link for available prints.

More prints to become available soon.

Thank you!

Christmas Trees, Peeping Toms and Dog Portraits

It’s that time of year again.

Dummy was so excited to decorate the tree, he forgot to put his pants on.

Dummy_christmas_art.

He thinks he’s sexy.

Christmas_model_bigfoot.

No wonder we have so many peeping Toms.

peeping_tom_turkey.

Yeah, I see you Tom Turkey.

That’s right, strut away all casual like.

But I know what you did..

turkey_wild_strut.

Sampson, I can’t believe you let them get that close to the house.

What do you have to say for yourself?

Westie_dog_groucho.

Really!

And to think, I made a portrait, just for you.

Acrylic, 8×10

Westie_painting_dog.

Don’t worry Zeus, I made you one too.

Acrylic, 8×10

dog-painting-lab.

What do you think of that, Zeus?

Lab_expression_funny.

Sigh…

Here’s a couple little landscapes too. Acrylic, 3×5

landscape_winter-snow_painting.

Acrylic 3×5

landscape_snow_winter_painting

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©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2014

And the sign said..

Hats!!!

Oh I do like a nice looking sign.

tophat_hat_store_sign.

I don’t like roast beef sandwiches but I had to admire this old school Arby’s sign.

sign_restaurant_Arby's.

I think it’s much nicer than a pig hawking his family’s wares while standing in a pit of fire.

Although he is kind of cute..

For a masochistic cannibal pig chef that is.

sign_pig_ribs_restaurant.

Now this is a delicious sign.

Yeah, I made that.

sign_cupcakes_birthday

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And this is a happy sign.

We’ve had some construction troubles with our bridges, so..

Yippee!

sign_gas_station

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I fell in love this sign.

And yes it does rock.

Graffiti on a highway sign..

And of course there are always useful warning signs.

sign_mascot_museum.

Mascots creep me out.

Especially the ones with really big furry heads.

Magical things happen..my ass.

This is the perfect sign to start a horror movie with..

Deep in the shadows, the foul stench of a thousand locker rooms emanated from a lumbering monstrosity. As it lifted its gargantuan head, its puppet mouth stretched in a voiceless scream.

They would know! They all would soon know..

The Horror,!

The Pain!

The Abomination that is matted faux fur…

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Whew. I need to quiet down.

Oh good there’s a sign for that too.

Though I must admit, I’ve never seen a corn head that wasn’t calm.

So this is conclusively catatonic corn. Yummy.

sign_vegetable_corn_yoga.

This sign is a standard directive.

Eat!!

Okay. That’s a good bossy sign.

diner_sign_eat

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Hmm.

Bossy and a little disturbing

To the funeral home..

No! Just no!! Stop it.

sign_funeral_home

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This sign seems to be confused..

Is it Ed’s

Or Art’s

Or is it Ed’s & Art’s

Or Art’s & Ed’s.

Or is it Arts as in The Arts.

Can I go in there and buy some liquor and some canvases and then paint like Pollock?

I think I need a drink.

Ahh, I see what you did there.

Thank you very much.

sign_liquor_store.

This sign is just pretty.

Store sign in Galena, Illinois

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Most of these signs are in or around Galena, Illinois which is where this Inn is.

This is a pen and ink, a little smaller than 3×5.

I did finish it in watercolor but for some reason forgot to photograph it before mailing it off.

inn_galena_ink

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If you want to see it in color, simply print it off and go to town with some crayons. Enjoy.

These are some calm colorful corn heads in acrylic. 3×5 on canvas.

painting_acrylic_corn

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And an autumn scene, in acrylic for a WetCanvas Mini challenge. 3×4 inches.

This is a real quickie. Took about fifteen minutes because sometimes it’s simply fun to throw paint around willy nilly.

And it also gives me the chance to use the word “willynilly”.

I don’t use willy nilly enough.

Or amok.

So run amok and paint willy nilly.

acrylic_landscape_painting

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Have a good one.

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©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2014