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Florals and stripes; the classics re-interpreted

[caption id="attachment_9049" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="I painted the background of this piece at a couple of years ago. I always envision the background of my paintings first having no idea what I'll paint on top until I'm satisfied with the backdrop. The unfinished painting sat in my studio for a long time before I picture these dahlias exploding on the classic motif I created in blue and green."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9055" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="As soon as I finished the painting, I knew it would become another of my re-invention pieces. But it was several month before I saw this little nightstand, already painted blue, at a flea market."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9052" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="I repainted the dresser a deeper blue with a more...

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Navajo Geometric - design and repeat

[caption id="attachment_9034" align="alignleft" width="351" caption="I painted this piece earlier this year during my self-imposed 'painting-a-week' challenge. It's a combination of the Native American prints I grew to love as a child when my father would come home with gifts from his work visits to Indian reservations."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9033" align="alignleft" width="480" caption="I added this black row of  a stencil I designed called 'love birds' because the colors felt like a celebration of history and present life woven together"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9041" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="Then I found this cool table at the flea market. The dimensions on top are almost exactly that of my painting. Seemed like destiny stepped in front of me."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9040" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="So I stripped off the old...

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To Short Cut or Not- that is the question...

Remember this coffee table I showed you a couple of weeks ago? I decided to tackle it with a "what would you do" state of mind... I got out my sand paper, tac cloth, and primer- on these steps I never take shortcuts- it's not worth it. I like to use Gesso for primer- it's water-based, goes on thick, levels out nicely and sands beautifully. A shortcut I normally take but didn't here- mix 1 part of your paint color with 2-3 parts primer for better color coverage. Like anything, the better you execute these steps the better the results, so take your time, invest in the process and make thoughtful decisions... Take your time painting the areas you think...

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