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Judy Lavoie Art Gallery and Gift · 5d ago

Good Thing She's Cute

 All my paintings in the past year were done in acrylics, and now I'm trying to ease back into watercolors. Over the years I've done many watercolor paintings using a limited palette - basic...
Judy Lavoie Art Gallery and Gift · 1W ago

This Bud's For Me

I don't often do a painting just for myself, other than my own dogs' portraits. This is a special one which I was determined to finish in 2017. It's part of a series, another atypical charac...
Judy Lavoie Art Gallery and Gift · 1M ago

December: Values

One of the most important design elements in a painting is value. Value (or tone) can be defined as how light or dark a color appears, rather than its actual color ("hue" or "chrome.") Think...
Judy Lavoie Art Gallery and Gift · 1M ago

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, detail...
Judy Lavoie Art Gallery and Gift · 2M ago

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...
Judy Lavoie Art Gallery and Gift · 2M ago

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 ...
Judy Lavoie Art Gallery and Gift · 3M ago

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 exhi...
Judy Lavoie Art Gallery and Gift · 3M ago

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 ow...
Judy Lavoie Art Gallery and Gift · 5M ago

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 t...
Judy Lavoie Art Gallery and Gift · 6M ago

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...