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Some people seem to get dressed in the morning with the sole idea of being SEEN. I find this especially funny when the outfit looks uncomfortable. But over-all I am so GLAD about it! Because I get to 1. enjoy it, and 2. take pictures to paint later! So, if fashion is your thing, thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

This is a scene I photographed in Florence, and actually tried to demo for my students. "Tried" being the operative word. Luckily it was the only demo that didn't turn out. But of course I had to try it again in the comfort of my own studio, and this one I like.
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Here's one from my France files. Suppose they were chatting about produce? Girls? The weather? Oh well, I guess it would all be in French anyway, which I know only about 3 words of. Loved the light though!
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I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to make this one work. I had to remove a few awkward people in the background (and their shadows), and another weird shadow near the front, but it finally came together. The finishing touch was the white zipper on his jacket. I debated about putting it in, but when I did it was so right.
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For some reason it was really hard to photograph this one without glare. I finally did it, but the image doesn't look exactly right, even adjusting it in Photoshop. I'll take a better picture tomorrow.
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Here's number four in this cup series. One thing I love is when I can find two objects that are the same "color" (blue here) but slightly different shades, put them right next to each other, and then paint them. It is a real challenge. And you thought it looked so simple - ha!
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Do you remember this game (see title)?
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I chose all analogous colors for this one (from yellow to blue), so I added some tiny orangey-red bits to balance it out. Also to mention, there are two completely lost edges, which I love. Can you find them?
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It's interesting what happens to me when I don't paint for a while (a while = a week or so) - ideas just start popping into my head. And suddenly I HAVE to paint them! It was cups this time. Surrounded by color. I did several of this theme, but am heading off tomorrow for a family trip, so I'll post the rest after I get home.

Meanwhile, here is what my husband and I have been building while I wasn't painting. It's a little deck for the workshop we also made. I designed it, so of course it couldn't be square. Which meant it took five times as long as it would have otherwise! But I think it turned out super cute, so it was worth it.
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When I was in Florence last month, there were a lot of people sitting around, waiting. For what? I don't know. But they were wonderful to photograph, and even more so to paint.

That said, I haven't been doing a ton of painting since I got home. Besides camping, my hubby and I have been doing some outdoor projects, and we have a lot of family stuff coming up. That and I caught a stupid summer cold - ack. I feel a little funny, having a written a book called "daily painting," to be taking so much time off, but that's life, huh? As my friend Bren used to tell me, "honor the ebb, Carol." So it's all cool.
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Do you know what they say about black socks (which are suddenly ... in?)?

Black socks, they never get dirty
The longer you wear them, the stronger they get
Sometimes, I think I should wash them
But something keeps telling me, no, no, not yet.

This was a camp song I learned in girlscouts many, many years ago.

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