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More Fun With Virtual Paintout

Costume department of the Dutch Opera and Ballet

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Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

 

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And Now For Something Completely Different…

The Virtual Paintout is back after a long hiatus this year.

(Check out the link in my blog roll on the right of the page.)

Each month Bill Guffey, the wonderful artist who runs the whole shebang, picks a spot somewhere on the planet for artists of all stripes to convene and travel the streets via Google Street View and then submit their artwork of the spots they find interesting.

The choice this last month was the U.S. Virgin Islands.

My husband of 42 years passed away in June. He always encouraged me in my artwork and had been after me to get back into it, but his months long illness and radiation treatments took their toll on both of us and I just didn’t have the will to do that.

So when Bill started up his website again in August, I thought I’d give it a go. I didn’t have quite yet what it takes to do a full blown painting, so I found this rooster strutting his stuff in front of a house and did a quick sketch using color markers. And here it is.

I call this one “Funky chicken.”

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It’s a Van Gogh! (Sam Van Gogh)

My daughter really loves Vincent Van Gogh’s art, as do I. Recently she asked me if I would paint three acrylic copies of his work for her birthday. She gave me a book of some of his paintings and marked the pages of the ones she particularly liked. This is one of them. Only two more to go. Oy.

I’m reminded of the episode of “The Addams Family” where they think Morticia is getting art lessons from Picasso.

Turns out it was Sam Picasso.

That’s me, Sam Van Gogh.

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It’s Baaack!

I hadn’t seen a commercial for the “male enhancer” Extenze on TV for a long time (sorry about that.) Then, the other night it raised its ugly head once again.  (My apologies for another innuendo.)  Here’s a cartoon I drew a few years ago when Extenze was in its hey-day, before we were forced to watch couples sitting in separate bathtubs (Cialis) and wonder just what the hell that was supposed to mean.  Enjoying the “after glow?”  Or taking a sitz bath to relieve the itching?  I’ll never understand corporate America.

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In a Last Minute Fashion

I thought I’d post some fashion sketches I did yesterday for my daughter, the furniture designer.  She’s going to the big furniture market in N. Carolina on Sunday and she asked me (kind of at the last minute…ahem) if I would do some sketches from fashion magazine photos that were her inspiration for several of the pieces in her current furniture line. 

Kind of reminds me of when I used to hear “Mom, I need a diorama of the solar system for Mrs. Krabopple’s class today” as the kids were getting ready for school.

So, like the wonderful mommy that I am, here they are:

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Last Call for Corsica

I decided to do one final (yeah, I know, you’ve heard that one before) entry to the Virtual Paintout for January, located on the beautiful island of Corsica.

I wanted to have some fun with this one and not angst over it too much (yeah, sure, like that’s going to happen!) so I did this one rather quickly while my grandkids were here watching some cartoons and having their weekly dose of Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles.  (Am I a swell grandma or what?)

This one is 4 Boulevard Albert, Ajaccio, Southern Corsica.  There were no people around to include in the picture, so I naughtily put Mr. Peg Man from Google street view search in front of the house.  I thought he could be kind of like the Roaming Gnome in those travel ads.  Maybe I’ll include him in other paintings in the future–I might hide him like Waldo for people to find.  hee hee  So, click on the image to enlarge it and, by all means, click on the above link to view the many wonderful entries for this month.  What will February bring us for the new location?  Stay tuned….

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Corsica Paintout #2

Since I’ve sworn off politics, I’ve found that it had been a huge time suck in my life.  I spent way too much time checking in on Huffpost, Politics Daily, Politico and the like when I could have been doing something more productive—like plucking my eyebrows or flossing my teeth. 

That being said, since I have more time on my hands now, I had no excuse not to do another entry for the Virtual Paintout for January, located in lovely Corsica this month. 

Ever since I’ve been doing these I thought it would be fun to paint people waiting at a bus stop and was always on the lookout for some interesting characters.  I happened upon a couple of ladies at a bus shelter at 10 Cours Napoleon, Ajaccio, Corsica  and although I’m sure I haven’t done them justice, at least I’ve gotten my bus stop fixation out my system for now.  haha

Click on the image for an enlarged view, and be sure to click on the link above to visit the Virtual Paintout site to see all the amazing art from other artists from around the world who have met “virtually” to paint Corsica this month. 

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Jan. Virtual Paintout

Well, I finally got off my duff and did a painting for the January Virtual Paintout!  About time. 

This month the destination is the island of Corsica in the Mediterranean.  It’s considered part of France but it’s actually closer geographically to Italy.  It’s a very beautiful location with lots of wonderful landscapes but, of course, I chose to paint a street scene, the Boulevard Paoli in Bastia in northern Corsica. 

I liked the way this girl was chatting on her cell phone in front of a clothing store, her body language somewhat mimicking the mannequins in the window.  (Click on the image for an enlarged view.)

As always, click on the above link to go to the Paintout website where you can see all of this month’s entries and ones from previous locations.