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Time Flies !

I can’t believe its been so many months since my last update!  Time flies when you’re having fun … and as we have all learned … even when you’re not having fun.  Luckily, mine has been mostly fun!   🙂

Summer came early to our area and with it the same hot weather most of you have endured as well.  😦  My deepest sympathies for those without central or unit a/c’s in their homes.   Fortunately, we have it and I can paint in comfort!

I did get the Greek Cafe finished!  Had a wonderful bit of fun with it, on top of learning a lot in the process.  The sun dappling effect on the cobbled stone step was so challenging!     I won’t tell you how many scrapings and sandings and do-overs it got!  O.o

I’ve done “The Seashell” since then as well.  Another photo offering by Ruth Archer at my favourite Paint My Photo’s place.  🙂

I’m now working on several pieces for a grandbabygirl due in October.  We’re so excited as this is the first granddaughter amongs all these grandsons of ours!  My son Bryan, and daughter-in-law, Angie have chosen the Jacana baby bedding them for baby’s bedroom so I’m adapting pieces to coordinate with that.  Of course I’ll share pictures when completed!

I’m also sneaking in Christmas gifts paintings which I will not be able to share until after Christmas.  I like keeping gift giving a surprise for everyone.  🙂   Some are done in acrylic and some are done in my lovely Genesis.  I still struggle so with the acrylic but the surfaces of one of the massive projects cannot handle the heat-setting … alas.  lol

As our Summer is slowly catching up with Fall, we’re seeing cooler temps now and again and a few more days of rain than we’ve seen the whole of summer.  The moisture is so welcome – as is the relief from the incessive heat. 😀

And what’s on your painting table and easel?

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Welcome to my Via Von blog!

It seems rather egotistical to think anyone would care to hear/read what I would have to say … but I thought this might be a fun vehicle to share my painting adventures, current work in progress (WIP) and life events which oftentimes impact.

A quick bit of history here. I predominately use Genesis Heat Set Oils and occasionally dip into my Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylics. Genesis offers me superb control as well as all the amazing virtues of traditional oil mediums. Genesis allows me to walk away for extended periods of time when health issues become a concern, and come back to a ready-to-rewhip-and-go palette no matter how long I’ve been away! The Liquitex is such a lovely, pudding-like acrylic that offers a lengthy open working time and smooth blendability which is so like oils. What’s not to love about that in an acrylic?!

So, lets get started here with the work just finished and the new one in progress, shall we?

“The Pout” (at right) was based on a photo offering of Barbara Tester at the  Paint My Photo (PMP) website. I absolutely loved the photo and although I had only  ever tried one previous portrait (not very successfully, might I add!) but I simply could not resist giving it a try.

I doubt I shall ever try another portrait … the nightmares in this one were quite sufficient! lol   But the lessions learned were truly awesome and I do  not regret this adventure even the least.

Honestly, I’m rather pleased with the results considering my skill level isn’t really adequate for portraiture painting.

“The Cafe” (at right) is my present WIP painting.

This is another  photo offering from PMP, via Ruth Archer and is based on a Greek cafe, if I recall correctly.

I loved the rough stone and tile walls which backdrop the bright colorful  pots.  Those pots will eventually have flowers in them.

–> work in progress <–   remember!  😀

So this concludes the first of my chatterbits.  🙂

You might wish to visit my website  http://www.viavon.com and view my paintings, enjoy my painting tutorials as well as take advantage of some of my free patterns.

Bye for now!