Creative Jumpstart 2021

Creative Jumpstart 2021
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Wednesday, October 3

Virtual Gallery Walk Day #3

Welcome to Day 3 of our Virtual Gallery Walk

Today my inspiration comes from a particular style -- or technique.

Last spring my husband took me to the Portland Museum of Art to see the Degas Exhibit, and while I wasn't really inspired or intrigued by the art in the Degas Gallery I was extremely captivated by this painting by Mildred Burrage painted in 1912. I studied this particular painting for a LONG time -- and was really inspired and loved the way it looked like she had painted the background blue and then filled in the white around the trees. It really made my heart sing - and I couldn't stop thinking about her painting.

Fast forward a few months when I went to the Brimfield Antique Show and I saw this painting by D.H. The dark lines around the squash really draw me in and I can't stop thinking about it. 

My inspiration this time is the black lines that I see on older paintings here and there -- and a few artists are doing that now. It's very striking, very intriguing and I LOVE it. This painting, while you MIGHT think I had an underpainting that was completely black, was drawn on a bare birch canvas with a SHARPIE of al things -- and then painted with acrylic paint. Where I overpainted the lines I used a pencil to remove the paint to reveal the black lines. LOVE it. ALso, the center of the flowers I've scraped the paint away to create some texture to resemble the center of a sunflower. 
My favorite part, while it may seem a little silly -- are the pencil lines you can see through the transparent yellow paint. 
And here's the painting, as a whole. I love it. It speaks to me -- and says PAINT more like this -- you're good at it! 

This is one of my favorite paintings this year! 

Did I mention that I love the pencil marks? 

One of the ways I started to leave my mark on my canvas is to  use my metal letter stamps and hammer my initials on the edge!

The next stop on this Virtual Gallery Walk is Martha Richardson. Her inspiration and completed painting are amazing so make sure you hop on over and check out what's she has going on today!

THANK you so much for stopping by and stay tuned for more inspiration for the rest f the week! 


  1. I am so enjoying learning about everyone's inspiration! This painting is just wonderful!

  2. I love it! Beautiful! Love the colors . . . your canvas. Oh so inspiring. I love that we each have a unique style and choose different palettes. TFS and inspiring.
    Cheryl Waters ~

  3. I was thrilled to see you as a part of this virtual gallery walk! I love your work and it is fun to hear what inspires you. This painting is gorgeous and I hope you do create more like it. Thanks for sharing with us and I look forward to seeing what else you create. YOU inspire me!

  4. Love what you did with the sunflower, it's one of my favorite flowers. I tend to pick up single ideas from other artists too and find that it really enhances my work.

  5. GORGEOUS!! Thank you for the fabulous inspiration. Don't ya just love Sharpies?!


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