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"When I start drawing an ordinary thing , I realize how extraordinary it is , sheer miracle." Frederick Frank

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Colors inspired by Klee.

.  These are 11x14 oils on linen board.  

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sullivans Island in Pink

On a recent trip to Washington I visited the National Gallery and filled up with vibrant original art.  There is nothing like  viewing art as the artist left it for the world to see. Paul Klee was my big take away and came home with his book influenced from his travels to Tunisia.  This painting is much bigger than my usual plein air canvas.  20x28   It was so fun to paint with my plein air friends of many years.  sold  

Friday, January 15, 2016


for now I want to keep .... 
Im not sure why I have grown fond of this painting, but I think it is because the water color settled into its pure properties.    I basically play with water color, I don't follow rules ( like I do in oils)  and it allows me the freedom to relax into what ever happens.   

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Going to High Point North Carolina for a Show.

These figures were inspired by the one of Picasso's pottery pieces( blue and white theme)  from the amazing show at the MOMA.  

Monday, January 11, 2016

Tribal Movement


16x20 ink on water color paper 

Had a great time with a good friend and art enthusiast at my studio today.   These were her final selections , I love seeing what she chose for her art collection.  We both liked how this series captured a tribal feeling with less detail and more movement.   The top one especially lets the viewer fill in the body shapes. 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Medley of Color Notes

Working with oils for gesture poses is more challenging for me than ink and graphic.  I usually touch the canvas up when I get back to the studio.  In this case I pulled out the orange tube and added some touches of white paint.  It feels musical to me.  

Saturday, January 09, 2016

How are you inspired?

11x14 India Ink and water color on paper unframed
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On Instagram ( by the way for those of you on instagram find me @annespaintings)  I have a  friend who has challenged other artist to show how we are inspired.  We can all learn from others.   So my first inspiration to share is this rug love the warm earth tones.  

Friday, January 08, 2016

Thursday Figure Group

Many are interested in the "figure group".    Here a few fun facts about us...  we have met on Thursdays for about 15 or so years.   We have had many  locations and they are all usually  small and fit our needs for that time.  Our models are professional and fun at the same time.  Our poses start with one minute for 10 poses break and continue like that for about an hour.   Then we break and talk about ...what we just drew, painted, art, family, something inspiring! We then work up to two minute and lastly five to 10 minutes.   I go with a process in mind ( big, small, ink, oil , water color.... whatever.)  Its a time to experiment with out distractions 1-4 goes by fast and at the end we are all pretty tired.   

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Lapis Surrounds Me

"Lapis is the color blue with golden pyrites" I was gifted a beautiful bracelet from a friend yesterday. It has many colorful stones that has meaning about our emotions. One of the stones is lapis.  Lapis brings clarity and wisdom and attracts love.   I thought yes! That is what sounds good for today. 
11x14 india ink and water color figure gesture.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Gold and Black

11x14 India Ink and Gold on Water Color Paper.  
Im always intrigued with what appears from Thursday Figure Group.