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The Secret to Daily Painting

I think I figured out the secret to daily painting. But you'll have to stick with me for a moment first. Above you'll see most of my 31 paintings from the January daily painting challenge (I couldn't find a layout that would fit them all). I was joined by a host of...

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Day 31. Steal Like an Artist

"Looking back/Looking ahead" 4x4, oil on canvas “You might be scared to start. That’s natural. There’s this very real thing that runs rampant in educated people. It’s called “impostor syndrome.” The clinical definition is a “psychological phenomenon in which people...

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Day 29. Pardon my Blushing.

"Song I Can't Unlearn" 6x6, oil on canvas.   What if you could look at a song, hold it up to the light and see what shapes form? Take in the whole thing all at once and not moment by moment, note by note? I think it is probably why I paint and why, although I...

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Day 28. Spirit Renewed.

Two weekends ago I was running the half marathon feeling great. And then mile 9 hit and my knee felt like it wanted to explode. That's when I looked up to see my family-- my brother, my sister and her three kids (all under three) had come out in the freezing cold just...

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Day 17. Don’t Panic

"Stay Calm" 5x5, watercolor on paper, framed (9x9in) [creativ_button url="http://www.denisehopkinsfineart.com/product/stay-calm-5x5-watercolor-paper-framed-9x9in/" icon="" label="Buy Now" colour="blue" colour_custom="" size="medium" edge="straight"...

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Day 15. Celebrate Success

After feeling elated after the half marathon yesterday, I woke up this morning feeling like I'd aged thirty years. My joints ached. My back was sore. It took me two minutes to bend down to pick up a lego off the floor. It didn't help that the Saints gave me more...

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Day 11. Like Water and Oil

"Water and Oil" 9x12, mixed media on paper I’ve got to admit it. A few of the people in the 31 group hit their “frustration” day already and my first thought was, “Already! Thank goodness I’m not there yet” and as though immediately summoned by hubris and karma, the...

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Day 10. Breaking the Rules or…

Breaking the Rules Or Three unspecified species of birds listening to country songs played on a classical guitar after a long walk where nature induced a spiritual experience that made them want to do some yoga. And color. And doodle. And take selfies with their fancy...

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Day 8. See the good: Northshore Free Art Friday

"See the Good" 6x6, watercolor on panel, FREE!   My day 8 painting is one I created last Friday for an event created by local Northshore artist Rob Fairburn. He created an instagram page (@noshocollective), which hosts Free Art Fridays where several artists...

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Day 7. Tree Pose

"Riotous Roots" 9x12, oil on paper, available soon.    My day 7 is the next in a series started on day 6 inspired by a member of this 31 day group who is practicing yoga daily. Another member of the group, Gretchen, is a skilled watercolor artist. On day 3...

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Day 6. Human Studies

"Warrior" 9x12, oil on paper The summer before college, I had just discovered drawing, which to me at the time meant only portraiture. I wasn’t interested in anything but the relationships between eyes and noses, foreheads and ears. I took art my first year of...

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