Friday, March 22, 2013

Peony In Its Element

©A.K.Simon - Peony In Its Element - oil on linen - $75

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Although I have painted this same peony before, I wanted to try out my new "handy-dandy" spatula tool that I just purchased from Dick Blick. Here's a link to the Princeton Wedge and Blade Tools they really work well for application and scraping. I want to start a series of landscapes and thought this would come in handy. I'm not sure how long they have been available but they're new to me.

Here's a funny story about the day I got the tool. Dick Blick is about a 45 minute drive from our home so we made it a little Sunday afternoon jaunt combining lunch and the art store. Well, if any of you are like me, the art store is like "cocaine to a coke addict". I could spend hours and think it's minutes. So, my husband suggested we eat first then go to the art store. When we finally made it to the Dick's he says, (and I knew it was coming) "mind if I wait in the car?" So he did (I hoped he would). When I was done (1.5) hours later (you have to look at everything, right?) I came out to the car - the seat was back, he was sound asleep sounding like the Baltimore & Ohio going through the station! He turns and looks at me and says, "wow, that was quick, I was just resting my eyes. (My grandma always said that too.)" And here I was worried about keeping him waiting - I should have known Men from Mars always sleep while their vehicle is resting! He never did look at the clock.


  1. First of all that is a beautiful flower. I have not been able to figure out what those wedge and blade tools are for!! And, I shared your dick blick story with my husband who said "so, I'm not the only one." You totally lucked out that he fell asleep. I cannot tack on an art store run to our errands!! :)

    1. Too funny - I knew there would be someone who could relate!


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