#50

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©2017, Mary P. Jussel      Self Portrait at 50      Watercolor      8×10

Happy Birthday to me!

The self portrait was an intimidating challenge for me, but once I got started it was not so bad and I am actually fairly happy with the results.  I felt it was an appropriate painting to end this series.

For those of you interested in an original or a print of any of the paintings, please email me.  I know there are a few paintings in which multiple people have shown interest, so I am checking into pricing for some prints.  If I have your email address and I know you are interested, I will keep you posted.

Some of you have inquired if I will continue painting and posting after these 50.  I have enjoyed this so much that I may be back in the near future with more.  Thanks again for all of your interest and support.

– Mary

#49

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©2017, Mary P. Jussel     Studio Time     watercolor     9×12

I have loved spending more time in my art studio this past year and want to thank any and all of you who have followed my blog, commented here, or by text, or email or in person.  You were more of an encouragement than you realize and it was a joy for me to connect with you all through my paintings.  I want to especially thank my husband for his support and encouragement and also for the art studio itself which was a gift from him twenty years ago!  Since then he has had fun giving me some fantastic gifts for decor and storage in the studio.  In this painting you can see several of those gifts.  There is the top portion of an old red tool box that looks cool and is a fantastic storage unit for tools and supplies that I use regularly in the studio, the metal bucket, and the fabulous retro electric clock on the wall.  Thank you, Craig for your love and support and for  every container, cubby, and lamp that currently adorns the studio.

I also want to thank two artists in particular.  The first is my good friend Gena who gave me a beautiful box of 21 watercolor brushes from Asia when she found out that I was dedicating the year to learning watercolor painting.  The box and brushes are depicted in this painting and I love that Gena used them for years herself and is getting joy out of the fact that they are getting used again.  Thanks Gena for so many years of friendship and for your support of my art.  The second artist I never actually met, but she was part of my inspiration for completing this challenge.  When she passed away her family, who are friends with my family were kind enough to pass on some of her art supplies to me.  She had many wonderful paint brushes (I love paint brushes) and several very nice art related books, some of which I have depicted in this painting.  I was touched by this unexpected gift and knew that I simply could not let her things sit idly in the studio.  I wanted to honor her love for painting by continuing it and I did not want to spend any more of my own life finding reasons not to paint.  So, thank you to Jo.

One more painting to go and two more days to do it!!!

#48

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©2017, Mary P. Jussel      Empty Nest      Watercolor      6×6

Craig and I will be empty nesters in the fall when Anna heads off to college.  Last week we had the opportunity to experience a full week trial-run!  It felt very strange, but we had fun with it and came to the conclusion that as much as we will miss having the girls in the house, we will somehow survive.

“Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.”
—The Dalai Lama

#47

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©2017, Mary P. Jussel                     Blue Blooms                     Watercolor      6×6″

Blue as in the color, not the mood!  It is all happiness in our yard with God’s glory showing up in every new spring bloom!

#45

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SOLD     ©2017 Mary P. Jussel      Lighthouse Doorknb      Watercolor      7×5″

 

While we lived at Battery Point Lighthouse, Craig took some fantastic photos and I continue to use them for painting inspiration.  Below is his photo of this beautiful doorknob.

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#44

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SOLD    ©2017, Mary P. Jussel       Boogie Bording        watercolor       6×9

Another fun memory from our month at the lighthouse…   My good friend MaryBeth and her family came to visit for a few days and the 4 teenagers had so much fun in the cold Pacific Ocean!

photo inspiration:boogie