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Award winning artwork of gifted artist Judy Lavoie
Award winning artwork of gifted artist Judy Lavoie

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November: 12 Tips for Reference Photos
"Elle's Tobacco Planter" I once visited a gallery where the artist's bio said he painted everything from his imagination - this was hard to believe, considering his work was realistic, detailed, and covering a wide variety of subjects. I learned quickly whe...
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Little What's His Name
  For an excitable little dog, he's been very patient. Watson joined our family in January 2015 and I've finally finished his portrait, which I started months ago… painting is my moonlighting job, so life often gets in the way! We adopted Watson from the lo...
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October: Don't Worry - Be Creative
  Many people are afraid to try painting or other artwork, often to avoid failure or criticism. I can understand; it took me many years of painting until I felt comfortable even saying "I am an artist." This post is not about painting - it's about putting a...
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An Artsy Month
During October I am taking part in a lot of art events, which is unusual for me! Beginning this weekend, I'll be setting up booths for show and for sale at two different events. I'll be exhibiting original paintings, limited and open edition prints, and not...
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September: Landscapes
I love the creative opportunities I have when designing and painting a landscape. If I'm not depicting a "landmark," as I described in my August post , then I have the freedom to invent my own scene. As I've mentioned in the past, I keep a big reference fil...
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August: Landmarks
My watercolor of "Rodrigues-Avero-Sanchez House," a historic building in the Old City of St. Augustine, Florida, was one of the first landmarks I ever painted. It was interesting to depict the five flags which represent phases in the city's 450+ years of Eu...
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July: Memories
One reason why many people are attracted to certain artwork, especially a realistic painting, is because it evokes pleasant memories. An artist friend once told me that he paints dead people - my immediate mental image of him over an open casket didn't sit ...
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It's Red Bug Time!
I remember my first ride in a Volkswagen Beetle. I was a young teen and my friend Cindy's sister Martha was driving me home in her "bug." To an impressionable teen, she seemed to be one with her car. I remember the left turn from Main Street onto the street...
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June: Small World
I was flattered recently when my friend Charles said that my artwork reminds him of the work of Andrew Wyeth - wow, one of the artists I most admire! If you are not familiar with the three generations of the Wyeth family of painters, they are foremost among...
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Painting With Just 3 Colors
I've done many paintings in watercolor using a "limited palette" - basically mixing all the colors from the primary colors of red, blue, and yellow. One of the first times I tried this was for "Americana" . More recent examples include "Grandpa's Fiddle Bre...
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