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Showing posts from October, 2011

Can't Get Enough Fall

I found this photo on and instantly wanted to paint it:

I took a lot of pictures because the process was quite long, a lot longer than I expected. Here is the progression:

I'd like to try this one again on a much larger scale. I definitely have some ideas about what I'd do differently to make it better. It would probably be easier on a bigger scale, too.


My family and I went sailing with my grandpa on his boat, Narragansett, on the Great Salt Lake a few weeks ago. We couldn't have asked for a better day, or better sandwiches. The weather was beautiful and my grandma made us a delicious lunch. It was just the most perfect day. Anyway, there was a race that day and my mom took a piture of this boat on on it's way back to the marina at the end of the race:

My grandpa is an expert sailboat painter and I have admired his paintings for years. So, I wanted to try my hand at sailboat painting. Here is what I did:

This was me trying to figure out how the heck to paint water. I thought I'd better figure something out before I got too far.
The drawing.

This is another one that I kind of tried to time myself on. It took me about two hours, a litte longer than I wanted, but I think it was worth it. I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. There were some small details that I didn't trust my hand to do, so I left them out. I th…

Fall Leaves

This is yet another painting that I started in high school and haven't finished yet. I figured now would be a good time to get it out again. One of my favorite pieces of advice my high school art teacher, Mr. Fackrell (whom I saw at dinner last night but I was to scared to go say hi), gave me was to paint the season that you are in. That way, you can always be inspired by what is around you and know what things actually look like. And that works for me because all i want to paint now is FALL! I feel so lucky to live in Utah where the mountains are spotted red and yellow (and now covered in snow!) and the trees in the valley are starting to turn. It definitely made me want to finish this painting!

(11x15) The colors in this last picutre are a little off. I'll try to get a better one later...