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Thank You Cards for Uncle Steve

My bother, David, and I needed to write thank you cards for our uncle, Steve, because he sent us a Christmas present and he wasn't here for us to say thanks. Since I am obsessed with painting patterns, I decided to paint my thank you card. My mom asked me if I would paint one for David to send to Uncle Steve,  too. I said no because I wanted David to paint one himself, and he did. I was actually shocked that he did it. I thought he would say no for sure. They turned out pretty cool, if I do say so myself:

This one is mine. The pattern would have looked better if I could have continued it. I'm kind of fond of it's strangeness though...
I think David's is really cool. I had no idea he was creative. I think he enjoyed painting and he is talking about painting more stuff. It would be nice to have a painting partner!

A Letter for Tommy

I've been kind of obsessed with the idea of painting patterns. I saw it on Pinterest a few months ago and the urge to try it hasn't subsided, so I did. I thought what better use for it than a card for my brother, Thomas, who is serving a mission in Brazil. It was quite fun. I got to use a lot of colors that I don't normally (the colors of the Brazilian flag, if you didn't notice) use and masquepen, my favorite!

In the letter, I asked him to take lots of pretty pictures of Brazil and send them home for me to paint. I also put in one of my favorite quotes because I think it is applicable to him at this time in his life:
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain
I can't wait to do this again. I have lots of patterns and colors in mind...

Tis the season!

I have refrained from painting flowers for quite some time now, but I just couldn't resist! I love painting poinsettias because of their bright red color,  layers of petals (I think they're actually leaves) and the negative space between flowers. It's been so nice to just sit and listen to my favorite Christmas songs and paint. I love painting to Christmas music.

Back to Where it All Began

So, once again I haven't had much time to paint lately (this seems to be a recurring problem). Between studying for finals, writing papers, putting together presentations, trying to get an internship, and spending time with my brother, Thomas, before he left on his mission, finding time to paint has been impossible. But, now that the tests have been taken, the papers written, presentations given, internship attained, and Tom in Brazil, I'm hoping to have lots of time to paint.

In my first blog post (History) I posted this picture of my first ever watercolor painting:

I thought it might be fun to try it again. So, I went up to Park City a few weeks ago and took about 30 pictures of the barn. I only really like two of them (photography is obviously not my thing). My plan right now is to do one small and one large painting of the barn. Unfortunately the flag wasn't up, so it won't be in the new paintings.
This is the picture I decided to use for the smaller painting: 

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