Painting, Printmaking and a Great Little Book

Happy Friday! Got any plans? I’m looking forward to a weekend with my sweetie after having him gone for most of the week. Friday night pizza. (Yes. I know it’s Cinco de Mayo. Pizza night is non-negotiable) Catch up on Blacklist. Definitely a glass of wine (Maybe a margarita instead to celebrate CdM? And does margarita pizza count?). Oh, and walk the pup.

So, the week…

After stumbling onto her blog, I’ve been reading this fantastic little book about daily painting by Carol Marine. Inspiring work and great tips for not only painting daily, but composition, color theory, and lots more. I highly recommend it.

Art-wise, it was a productive week. In addition to reading Carol’s book, I worked on quick sketches (see below) and planned more extensive paintings (see above!). I must admit that I’ve been freaking intimidated by the thought of painting anything other than watercolor. It’s been, like, forever. Years. But I am SO happy with the end result. It became #14/100 of The 100 Day Project.

Pre painting, I decided that to be legit with this whole painting thing, I needed to set up my own still life. (See below)

What. A. Blast. Remember this tutorial I did for photographing wares? I used the canvas backdrop I had from that and searched the house for interesting found objects. No joke, I’ve got LOTS of interesting found objects. Now I find myself looking at everything in an entirely new light. Anyway. That’s my photo for the painting. 🙂

(Sketch 13/100 via Instagram)

Remember this print? It was 12/100. I decided to add a bit of watercolor tint to the print to showcase the dried seedpod/flowers.

Did I say that the teapot is vintage? Belonged to my husband’s grandmother, cracks and all. Not the grandmother. The teapot. It took a bit of nudging to add the original painting to the shop, but I did since I’ve made the decision to (attempt to) sell all paintings from this project. Gah.

••• Information on purchasing the teapot painting can be found here. •••

Alrighty then. Thanks for the visit and I hope you have a beautiful weekend.



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  1. Lori,
    It is absolutely beautiful. I love the simplicity of it. Just perfect.
    Wishing you a wonderful week!

    • Thanks, Lisa! So do I (love the simplicity). A little secret though – I’m keeping it simple so that I have a better chance of success while I’m learning. 😉 Hope you have a great week as well.

  2. Your painting is beautiful! I bought and read that book last year! I should pull it out again. I agree that it’s full of inspiration. I checked out your canvas backdrop tutorial. What a great idea! Is that lovely soft blue tone to the left of the teapot in your photo due to the lighting? It’s so painterly!

    • Thanks so much, Kathleen! It’s due to two things – the photography and I use Photoshop Lightroom to edit my photos and love how boosting the saturation just a touch brings out the subtle colors in white. It helps me when I’m painting.

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