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Cheerful and Colorful Paintings in Oil, Acrylic, Mixed Media and Collage

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Landscape Oil, Sunday in Austria, New Menu at the Blue Mesa Grill, and Kanuga and Paper 53 by Texas Artist Nancy Standlee

Sunday in Austria 14012
11x14 on 3/4 depth traditional wrap canvas

Sunday afternoon several of my friends gathered at a local gallery to rent some work space and paint together, led by Margie Whittington, from a photo from one of the group of an Austrian lake. We painted in various styles and mediums and added our own touches. I chose to paint a red acrylic under painting and there are little touches of red in the trunks where I've scratched back into the canvas. There was a swan in the photo that I decided to leave him out. The painting is available on the DPW link above.

Fed Ex brought me a nice surprise today, the finished Blue Mesa Grill menu that I illustrated with watercolor. I went to the restaurant at Lincoln Square in Arlington in the fall over several weeks and painted illustrations from the actual food items. I've taken several photos of some of the pages that I've included below. The menu is an elegant addition to a remarkable dining experience with some of the best, made from scratch southwest food available in the metroplex. The menu is presented on a lightweight board about 14x6 inches. Now to celebrate a family dinner there to celebrate.

I'm making plans and lists getting ready for Kanuga and a workshop with David Rankin. He has an excellent watercolor tutorial and discussion on his Facebook page here. 
David has a book available on Amazon in softcover and Kindle, "Fast Sketching Techniques". 
In the a.m. the class will discuss the iPad app Paper 53 and David has more Facebook discussion here.
Google searches also came up with Sebastian's Drawings and Made Mistakes with more instructions with Paper 53. Paper support is here.
Strathmore has a YouTube discussion on types of sketchbook journals and they have an ongoing free workshop here for 4 weeks.

Do you want to take a break and hear some pretty music, Andrew Rieu playing music "And the Waltz Goes On", composed Sir Anthony Hopkins (of the Silence of the Lamb fame). 

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Carol Nelson said...

You amaze me! Love the illustrations.

Nancy Standlee said...

Thanks Carol glad u like the illustrations.