Creative Painting Adventures

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EarthSong115I've discovered a book on creativity I really like. It's called "Let the Elephants Run" by musician David Usher. It's creatively written and a fun read as well as lots of good info on how to be more creative.

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Latest painting - "Tea & Cherries" - acrylic 30" x 40" Sold - Private Collection

Tea and Cherries

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(This painting is SOLD.)

Canadian Maple

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Spring ChorusDon't miss the chance to improve your landscape painting at a week long art course starting August 22nd.

Here's all the info:

Cheryl O's 8 Favourite Landscape Techniques


This is a detail of a larger painting that is currently for sale: details here "Spring Chorus".

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"What Dreams Are Made Of" - acrylic with 22k gold leaf -40" x 30" - Sold - Corporate Collection


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Latest painting "Radiant" Acrylic 16" x 20" Sold - Corporate Collection


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FishHere are some good words from artists - thanks to Artpromotivate: Never Give Up

(This painting is a detail from a painting that is SOLD.)

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This summer I have blocked in some time to explore painting. Yes, after all these years of doing art, there are still experiments, ideas, and unstarted paintings living in my head. I am eager to give them birth! Even with that, I find I must be very deliberate about reserving this time - or somehow it slips away. Hope that this summer you will be able to fit in some creative time too. My recommendation? Put it on the calendar.

Inner child

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Roses in PaperIn class the other day we were discussing the confident brush stroke. Mysteriously, when looking at a brush stroke in a painting, you can often sense whether it was put down confidently, and it is more pleasing if it was. It doesn't even have to be totally accurately placed. Just as a singer who sings from the heart may not necessarily hit every note right on, so the confident brush stroke enhances the painting in a way that a precise brush stroke may not. This is more easily done with a good sized square brush well loaded with paint, than with a smaller round brush. It's one of the reasons I love square brushes and encourage my students to use them. Go for the bold!

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Just finished a slide-show of the wonderful art that was created by students in the recent collage class. See it here: Creative Collage with Cheryl O Sold - Private Collection


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