I took this photo a few years ago on the way back from Yosemite. It's a place our family would go when I was a kid. It was a tiny Colombian restaurant in the foothills near Cathay's Valley and they had the most wonderful steaks. But the best part was watching them serve coffee to my parents - from about 4 feet above the table!! Never spilled a drop.
Chibcha's, 6x6, oil on panel.
This is from a photo I took last Spring when we were exploring some of the Delta towns. I think it's Isleton. I just loved this funky old building with the red-orange balcony and turquoise trim. Some buildings were falling down or propped up with 2 by 4s, but this one had a nice bright coat of paint on the front.
"Isleton", 6 x 6, oil on panel
Aren't these just the cutest? So in case you haven't guessed, the theme for my second week of paintings is ballet!
Baby Steps, 8 x 10, oil on canvas panel.
I love painting ballet shoes. There is something about the satin, the ribbons, that creates such wonderful, subtle color. These need a little more work, but I am posting them anyway so I can get it done!
Slippers, 6 x 6, oil on panel
This one was tough! We have this bush that blooms every late summer. It makes these spectacular white trumpet flowers that are so fragrant. I have no idea what the name is, but I think I was able to capture the weird tentacles.
Trumpet Flower, 8 x 10, oil on canvas panel.
OK so I missed a day - life happens! I tried to set my timer and do this one in an hour like I have tried with the rest, but nothing doing....took me about 2 1/2. Yay weekend! Lots of painting ahead.
I have to give credit to Carol Marine for this setup. The oranges are positioned almost exactly like a demo she did for our workshop last month. She is truly a genius! Mine did not turn out nearly as good as hers did, however. :)
"Egg and Oranges"
8 x 10, oil on panel
OK so I am already behind in this challenge, offered by Leslie Saeta at http://lesliesaeta.blogspot.com/#, but here is my first painting of some of my favorite things - can you guess? I will be posting another by tonight to catch up.
This one is called "Guilty Pleasure" 6 x 6, oil on gessoboard.
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I'm Laurie Mansur and I love to paint. I usually spend a good part of each day looking at the world around me in terms of "how would I paint that?" or "what color is that?" My goal is to paint every day, and hopefully to post my paintings here. My other goal is to not be a procrastinator. We'll see how that goes!!