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Email Subscriber Service Changes

Recently I changed email provider services and wanted to let those of you who have previously subscribed know about this change. You don’t need to do anything, as my list was imported to the new service. The next newsletter will be publishing at the end of this month (March), so if you haven’t yet subscribed, you still have time!

If you haven’t yet joined my preferred clients list you can join HERE.  And if you decide to join, your email address will never be sold and will forever remain private! You can unsubscribe any time, but I would hope you don’t! Also, as a new member, you will receive these three (3) FREE downloads!

The first download is this lovely 8″x8″ image of one of my cityscapes:

Moon rise over the city

(The Tamarack Mountain Studio Watermark is not on the print)

The second FREE download is this sweet little 6″x6″ print of one of my favorite paintings:

Hummingbird

(The Tamarack Mountain Studio Watermark is not on the print)

And last but not least, you will receive my Beginners Guide to Oil Painting PDF! It’s packed full of great information and exercises on getting started in your journey to oil painting. And if you ever have any questions, you can always contact me and I will try to help in any way I can. Later this year I will be publishing a bigger E-book that will be for sale in my shop.

You’ll receive your instructions on how to get your downloads, when you  your welcome letter arrives! Thanks for subscribing, and please note emails are only published quarterly, and are filled with private sales, and behind the scenes notes of studio happenings and other goodies!

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Sunset at the Villa

In my last post I shared a 16″x20″ painting I’ve been working on depicting an Italian scene at sunset. I’m now at the final adjustment stages and am very pleased with how this piece is progressing. Just a bit of contrast tweaking, and some other little details and I’ll be able to let this one dry for a long while before giving it a good coat of varnish.

It was painted with a limited palette consisting of only four colors, yellow ocher, cad. red, white and black. I did however add just a touch of cerulean blue to the shutters for a surprise pop of color. One thing that is hard for you to see is that the sun is not as large as depicted. The camera cannot pick up subtle variations in highlights.

(The Tamarack Mountain Studio watermark is not on the painting, but is instead signed with my maiden name.)

Sunset at the Villa

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Abstract Leaves

Abstract Leaves

A fun little abstract oil painting of leaves. This is another of my miniature 4×4’s that really came out great! A palette knife painting with African overtones. Great for adding a pop of color in out of the way places. 👌🏻

I think I’ll explore more work like this in the coming months.

Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I will be taking time off until after the New Year. May you be Blessed greatly this holiday season with Love, Joy and Peace. ~Rhonda

 

Christmas Bell

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Teddy Bear Series

Christmas Teddy Bears are so cute! Actually, Teddy Bears in general are cute, and I have all kinds as part of my home decor, since we live in the forest. These two 4″x4″ oil paintings are part of the Christmas Teddy Bear series that have become my favorite Christmas decor.

 

White Christmas Teddy Bear
“White Christmas Teddy” 4″x4″x2″ oil on canvas

 

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Brown Christmas Teddy oil painting
“Brown Christmas Teddy” oil painting on 4″x4″x2″ canvas

 

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Here’s  how I use these miniature paintings in my decor, keeping in mind they are actually square in real life, but the way I had to shoot the photo created a bit of distortion. The glass Christmas tree isn’t really crooked. ; )

 

Christmas Teddies Decor

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Christmas Teddy-Bears decor

The little 2″ squared painting on the easel was done last year while I sat in my warm car and used an mint tin as a palette and work surface, during a snow storm. It’s a depiction of a local farm with a red cabin and small barn.

 

red barn in snow

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Pine cone and Acorns with a splash of Tinsel!

I just love this time of year and using nature as a decorating theme! Pine cones, acorns and the tinsel on the Christmas tree are some of my favorite things. In fact, I was inspired to paint some miniature oil paintings with these subjects, and I use them as part of my holiday decor.  I hope your  holiday planning is going well and you are enjoying this time of year! I’ll be sharing more Christmas paintings this week. 🙂

 

Pine cones and Acorns oil painting
“Pine Cone and Acorns 4″x4” oil on canvas

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Tinsel oil painting
“Tinsel on the Christmas Tree” 4″x4″ oil on canvas

 

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Yellow Throated Warbler

Yellow Throated Male Warbler

 

A few months ago I went out to water the garden and when the water splashed on my tomato plant I saw something move, so I pushed aside the plant and there I discovered an injured yellow throated warbler bird. I remember in the back of my mind hearing a smack on the window earlier that day but had forgotten about it.

The bird had his eyes closed and was clearly injured. I managed to get him on my finger and he let me gently pet him while I looked for signs of a broken wing or leg. There wasn’t any blood and nothing appeared broken. I then decided a nest I had might be a good place for him to rest. But when I tried to get him in it he just sat on the side of the nest and wanted no part of the whole idea.

He flew off when I tried to adjust the nest and landed in another of my tomato plants. I saw that he was resting on a branch deep inside the plant and so decided to leave him be and said a little prayer for him. The next day I checked and he was gone! I was so happy I  decided to make this little painting in remembrance. The bird is a male Yellow Throated Warbler.

 

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Li’l Pumpkins

Don’t you just love the change of seasons? Fall is on the way as summer slowly winds down. The temps are getting cooler and there’s a chill in the morning. I even see trees beginning to change color! Fall is my favorite time of year. Here’s a little painting to set the tone. A 6″x6″ oil on panel ~

Li’l Pumpkins oil on panel

 

 

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Framing Day

This week I’ve been working on some custom framing projects, which is always a fun thing to do! I love how a frame transforms a painting.

Three of the pieces framed are being donated to the YWCA of Spokane.  They are having their annual fundraiser next month to raise money for battered women. I was honored to be asked to submit a donation. The event is called “An Evening in Tuscany”.

I’m submitting my “Wine Triptych”, a series of three oil paintings. The first painting in the collection is an 11″x14″ of the three subjects. Next is a 5″x7″ of the wine glass, and last is a 4″x5″ of the grapes. I’m so pleased with how they all turned out. The background has a mixed media effect and is very textural.

Wine Triptych

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Wine Bottle

 

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Wine Glass painting

 

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Grapes paintnig

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Here’s a short video of my framing day:

 

 

 

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Calf oil painting ~ Finished

Norman

Here’s a little calf I recently finished from my works in progress pile. He was painted from a reference photo from another local artist. He will be framed in white and hung in my kitchen near my chicken painting, which I posted about a few weeks ago.

Painted in oils on an 8″x10″ panel. I’m really happy with how he turned out.

Now my works in progress pile is finished! I’ll share the last painting when it dries down a bit. I’m onto new works now; a series called “30 Shades of White”. Stay tuned for more on that soon. 🙂