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Painting #5: 5 p.m. Canoe Club

Artist for A Pristine PlanetHere in Hawaii, the afternoon is sweet as sugar.

The clouds gather over the mountains and sweep towards the beach, and if it rains it doesn’t last long.

Near where I live, this is what it looks like when the canoe club gathers to practice every day. When I go down to the beach it’s just like getting a shot of pure Life – I always come home re-energized.

This painting was done in acrylics on 9″ x 12″ canvas. The original does not have the watermarked words on it!

Here’s how you can get the original of the painting: just send an email to Lyon at AngelaTreatLyon.com and let me know you want it.

If you miss getting the original, you can get a print of this image HERE starting at $104.00. You can get prints on paper, giclées – framed or unframed – and beautiful thick, glossy, richly color-imbued greeting cards.

Painting #6: Puerto Vallarta Umbrella

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Puerto Vallarta Umbrell: Painting #6

This is kind of an odd bird – I almost threw out the photo I used for reference for this piece as I went through my photogrpahs after I got home from Mexico because it was so fuzzy.

But after looking at it more, I decided it was kind of neat and thought I’d paint it, instead.

I love how the pinkish ‘auras’ around the people get kind of shmooshed into the layers of the sunset – that was how they really looked.

It had been a very hot, dusty day, and there was no breeze. Everyone and his left brother was on the beach, trying to cool down, waiting for the evening breeze, enjoying each others’ company as the sun slipped into the rosy sea.

Get the 9″ x 12″ original:
Just email Lyon at AngelaTreatLyon.com and request it! $100 plus S&H.

Get a print here: http://bit.ly/puerto-vallarta starting at $104.

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Flies by Day: Painting #31

Artists for A Pristine PlanetA friend sent me a photo of a horse she loved, and this is my interpretation of it for her because I know she loves these colors.

Someone asked me why I named it Flies by Day – well. know the saying, “fly by night?” Just a word-play….

I invite you to get the original of Flies by Day for only $100 now here:

ORIGINAL: Get the 12″ x 9″ original acrylic painting: email Lyon at AngelaTreatLyon.com and let me know you want it.

If you miss getting the original, you can get posters, greeting cards or really beautiful prints on canvas or paper of Flies by Day here:

http://bit.ly/Flies-by-Day-Prints

Don’t have room for a painting or print? Got a teen daughter who’s ape for horses? The holidays are coming –

I invite you to get a beautiful Mousey Pad of Flies by Day here for $14.99: http://bit.ly/Flies-by-Day-MP

Painting #18: San Blas Sunrise

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SOLD. When I got back from Mexico a few years ago, I had a whole lot of images of the beach that I tweaked into varying shapes and colors – like this one.

It’s funny, because I really didn’t enjoy that beach – there were sharp, pointy shells in the sand so you couldn’t even go barefoot, and the water was dirty and so shallow for such a long way out that it wasn’t worth going swimming.

But it sure had some spectacular shallows! This was a hard one to do without it just looking like a swash of color – I used a pretty small brush and worked from the bottom up to get the soft blends.

There’s a no-no in painting called “licking” – it’s when you paint a daub and then smoosh it around and blend it into other colors. The puritsts say to make a stroke and leave it.

Well, it was sure tempting to lick this piece to bits – but I didn’t! There isn’t a single smoosh in it. It was all done with little daub after little daub. As my Texan friend would say, you have to mix the paint right careful to do that.

If you miss getting the original, you can get a really excellent print of this image starting at $104.00: http://bit.ly/san-blas-sunrise-Prints

Here’s where you can get a mousey pad of the same image (and others): http://bit.ly/San-Blas-Sunrise-MP

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Eighty Five MILLION Plastic Bottles are Thrown Away Every Day….

Eighty-five million plastic bottles are thrown away a day…

There are two parts to the problem of bottled water: the water, and the bottle.

In the intro to Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water (2010), Peter Gleick writes, “every second of every day in the United States, a thousand people buy and open up a plastic bottle of commercially produced water, and every second of every day in the United States, a thousand.

“More than thirty billion bottles a year thrown away, at a cost to consumers of tens of billions of dollars.” Read the rest of this article here: http://storyofstuff.org/bottledwater/what-you-can-do/make-producers-take-responsibility/

Image: © Story of Stuff 2010


Painting #14: Huge

Artists for A Pristine PlanetPainting #13: TITLE: Huge. I get an arts newsletter that has an ad for ‘bold brush’ painters in it every day. When I saw that today, I thought, how can I paint this painting using a bold brush? So I used a big brush – about .75 inch across – to paint this – except, of course, the surfer, for which I used a smaller brush….

Help me support the cleanup of our oceans! Get this original painting for only $100 – email me at this address: Lyon(at)AngelaTreatLyon.com with APP Huge Wave in the subject line. I’ll let you know what to do so you can own this painting.

A percentage of each sale goes to organizations who help research what’s needed, and/or do the work….

Want a mousey-pad of Huge? Get it here: http://bit.ly/huge-wave-MP, or a quality print on paper or canvas here: http://bit.ly/huge-wave-prints (starting at $104).

What do you think – kind of an amazing wave to surf, yes? I know people who wait until the waves are even bigger than this to even think about going out. Egads!

Getting Prepped to Paint

I thought you might like to see a bit of the process I go through when I’m making these paintings.

First I take the image of the scene that I want to paint and tweak it in Photoshop so the colors really pop. Here’s an example of one I’ll be doing this week. I took a picture of the scene, which was in the usual sandy-brown and silvery blues of this particular place, and changed them to popping colors. Like this:

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Now I make a printout of this to use as reference. Then I draw out the main lines that define where I’ll lay in color.

Next I do a preliminary color value sketch in white and browns (see below).

This helps me determine placement of objects, shading, tones of dark and light, and where I want to emphasize light.

Here’s what the brown and white study looks like – you can see how I have changed the placement of the main elements and started working in a bit of magenta and light blue. (Now you can see how funky the paintings are when I first start them off!)

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A study like this also helps you if you have “blank canvas fear” (which I don’t, because when I prepare my canvasses, I paint them with a brown-tinted gesso).

Many people get freaked out by the white canvas and consider it intimidating – kind of like writing a book and looking  at the pile of blank white sheets sitting in front of you!

I’ll tell you more soon.

Painting #4: Sunset Estuary

Artists for A Pristine PlanetTITLE: Sunset Estuary

This is the view of the mouth of the estuary at a tiny little hamlet named Punawea in New Zealand.

I spent a year and a half in Gore on the South Island as Artist-in-Residence, and a friend took me and a bunch of others for a glorious weekend to her batch (beach ouse) in Punawea.

Such good people, such good fun!

When I took my kayak out to the mouth of the water, there were the most enormous seals lying about on the beach.

As I was paddling along, I heard this kind of wet snuffy sound, and looked back to see one of the about 5 feet behind me and closing fast. It didn’t look particularly pleased, so you can just imagine how fast I paddled to the beach!

This painting was done in acrylics on archival (long-lasting without yellowing or pitting) paper board, so it has a very smooth surface – no canvas texture. It’s mounted on wooden stretchers for increased support and rigidity.

You can get the original of the painting by emailing me at Lyon (at) 100Days100Paintings.com with ‘APP Two Heads’ in the subject line. First one to email me gets it. I’ll email you back letting you know what to do next!

I also loaded it to the print site HERE, where you can get a great quality print on canvas (giclee) or paper (framed print or poster) for starting at  $104.

The words that show in this image as a watermark are NOT on the original!

Painting #3: Afternoon Cedars

Artists for A Pristine PlanetTITLE: Afternoon Cedars: I believe this image was taken in Carmel, California, but am not sure – people send me images they like and don’t tell me where they are!

Although I am usually a globby painter, this one is fairly smooth, esp. since it is painted on archival (long-lasting) board.

This was a really challenging image because there is so much sky, and the mountains so low and soft.

Usually I bring the eye up from the left side of the painting and over the top by using a hill or mountain on the left that moves upwards. But this time I had to do it using a slightly darker shade of blue for the upper left-nad part of the sky since the mountains were so flat.

This painting was done in acrylics on archival (long-lasting without yellowing or pitting) paper board, so it has a very smooth surface – no canvas texture. It’s mounted on wooden stretchers for increased support and rigidity.

You can get this original painting for just $100 by emailing me at Lyon (at) 100Days100Paintings.com with ‘APP Two Heads’ in the subject line. First one to email me gets it. I’ll email you back letting you know what to do next!

You can get a print of it HERE starting at $104 if you miss getting the original.

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