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Monday, July 13, 2009

Blog ART Giveaway, Winner #1 Update

Today I have been working on a painting for http://southernhospitality-rhoda.blogspot.com/ , one of 2 winners from my recent Blog ART Giveaway and I thought it might be fun to show some progress photos! I'm not sure if I will complete the painting today, but I wanted to show you where I am up to. I am trying a new technique today that I saw Karin Jurick use on her blog and it really seems to have made painting this piece a bit easier. I find it so interesting to see how a fellow artist approaches painting a subject. I often feel as though I am painting blind as I never attended art school...I was accepted at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston, but choose teaching instead. I often wonder where I would be now had I taken that different path, but then again I wouldn't take back the 6 years that I taught 3rd grade...those are memories I will always cherish! Stay tuned for the finish line! ;o) (*UPDATE, the painting is finished!:o)


  1. Lara, that is looking SO great! You're amazing, can't wait to get it and put it in a special spot. I will treasure this original piece of art. And you can bet I'll be showing it off on my blog & linking to you too!

  2. Thank you so much!It's not done yet, probably more like midway, but as soon as it is completed I will let you know...It has been fun to paint though!I was a bit worried at first thinking of all the different shapes, but using this new technique has really helped and it is good practice for me!:o)

  3. It's amazing, Lara, just seeing what you've done in those three pictures shown! I'm sure it will be beautiful when completed.

    Like you, I've often wondered where I would be now if I had stayed in design school back when I was 19/20 years old, but I like to think we were diverted from that path for a reason - you to teach youngsters, me perhaps to have my two and stay home with them (where I might have put off having kids had I become successful in a design career at that time).

  4. SO great! It looks lovely!
    Hugs, Lisa

  5. Lara, it is going to be beautiful. I don't think you needed to go to art school, many of the most accomplished artist learned on their own. But, like you, I love seeing the techniques of other artists. The technique Karin used with the gesso and burnt umber is really neat. We did something like this years ago (I think they called it "Rub-Out") where we used cotton balls, Q-tips, and brushes to remove the paint. It was a lot of fun. Will be watching for the finished product.

  6. Well thank you :o)...I do wish I had learned more about mixing colors, I have to do so much trial and error...I am still learning what this red does and what that blue does, how to subdue a tone...I do follow one thing that Chris Stott, an INCREDIBLE still life artist from Canada, told me, he said to look at how other artists handle a certain subject, really look, and I have & do daily...doing Master studies has also been a huge eye opener, there is SO much to learn from artists like Bouguereau, Van Gogh, Monet, Wyeth, Cassatt, etc. etc....I really feel blessed to have been given this gift :o)

  7. it is coming out just beautiful, what talent you have, cannot wait to see the final painting.

  8. Well Lara, you are so amazing, so looking forward to seeing the finished result, you are a naturel, I can see you paint with your heart & soul I am so going to enjoy watching your journey Elaine:)

  9. Wow, that's just stunning.
    I love seeing the progression.


  10. It's great to see your work in progress..., I already like #2 a lot!

  11. Just beautiful Lara!

    You are a very creative and talented lady.
    I'm going to display your precious button.
    I really enjoy your inspiring blog.

    Have a blessed evening.
    ~Warmly, Melissa :)

  12. Well thank you so much!:o) I will be sure to also add you to my list of favorite blogs...if you have a button feel free to send me it!
    God bless!~Lara

  13. Congrats Rhoda. It looks great.