Winter oak day 6 of 30 in 30

Another study done from life.  I am looking forward to when the kids go back to school to have more time to paint, but I am enjoying these studies done with drawing with the brush. I see that the branches come out of the tree at exactly the same height — funny what you don’t notice until you catch it in a photograph.  

Pinecones Day 4

Pinecones painted freehand . It was another busy day but I painted these first thing but then didn’t have time to blog. 

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Turkey Feather 2 — Day 3 of 30 in 30


Turkey Feather 2 — day 3 of the 30 in 30 

This feather came easier to me today, and it’s a good thing because today is a busy one.  it’s a newer feather, less worn and I had fun with it.  The challenge has almost 1000 artists participating this year, if you’d like to check out some other artwork.

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Turkey Feather — Day 2 of 30 in 30


Here is today’s offering for day 2 of the 30 in 30 painting challenge:  a turkey feather from my sister’s house in PA.  They have occasional turkey wanderings through their yard (I’m so jealous!) and I get to benefit from their feather stash on occasion.

img_20170102_202335289-936x1664This particular guy was quite old and wispy until near to the top, as you can see by the photo,  and I had difficulty portraying that to my satisfaction and making the two very different looking pieces of the feather look like they belonged to one unit.  However for my first feather “flight” in watercolor I think it isn’t half bad.

Any feather suggestions from you painters out there?  I’m definitely giving this another try or two….

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Tulips 30 in 30 day one


Tulips. Watercolor by Rachel Murphree.   2017 30 in 30 Day One. 

It’s a windy gloomy rainy day here, as close as we’ve gotten to snow here this winter, and it’s fun to paint some spring flowers from a bouquet that brightens up the studio.  This is a small piece, just 5″ x 7″, and now that this is done, I’ll be doing more work on a larger quarter sheet painting for an upcoming show.  More on that later….

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