Purple trees

After my post earlier this week about the seasons changing way too soon, I thought I’d lighten it up a bit by bringing in some spring. The seasons do not rule my painting!

I’ve had many people admire my purple trees. I don’t know why I like to paint them; they are just fun. So, here’s another purple tree that is available. I imagine myself lying on the ground looking up through the branches of this tree and watching the clouds float by.

Looking up 2018-8 (ACEO)
Acrylic on Bristol Board
Dawn Blair ©2018

If you wish this little lovely to be yours, check out my auction on ebay going on now.

Winter in the air?

I noticed the leaves on the trees starting to change color in the middle of August. Some people told me I was crazy, even as I was pointing to the yellow leaves on the trees. Per our calendar, we have made the transition to fall, yet some areas of Idaho are going to get snow (or have snow on them). Isn’t that winter weather?

Let’s face it: the seasons do not fit into the nice calendar we have designed. The seasons do what they wish to do rather than following the desires of humans. We try so hard to control things, yet nature will follow her own rhythms. Humans: we’re so cute, we’re just not very bright.

I would have to say that today’s ACEO is inspired by this early arrival of fall. There are flowers, yet the leaves are already starting to turn yellow.

Landscape 2019-6 (ACEO)
Acrylic on Bristol Board
Dawn Blair ©2019

If you wish this little lovely to be yours, check out my auction on ebay going on now.


Just a quick note to let you know that my ladybug painting is now available on Zibbet.

7″ x 5″
acrylic on canvas
©2019 Dawn Blair

I have always loved ladybugs. I remember going out on the ranch when I was younger and looking for ladybugs. I’d talk to them, or rescue them if I found them in an area where it might be dangerous for them (they were down too low and the irrigation water was coming, they were in a patch of grass about to be invaded by swimmers coming in to set up for the swim meet, etc.). They use to come and land on me all the time; they still do, but not as frequently because I’m not outside as much. It was actually because one landed on me, sparking my memories, that I decided there would be ladybugs in this picture.

I suspect we’ll be seeing more ladybug pictures in the future. For now, I have started here.

Twin Falls Art in the Park 2019

Today is the last day for Twin Falls Art in the Park. I have several new pieces available (I am writing this a little ahead of time, so by the time this posts, they may have been sold – fingers crossed), but I wanted to give you a chance to see some of them. Especially since not everyone can just pop off to Twin Falls, Idaho, for the afternoon.

7″ x 5″
acrylic on canvas
©2019 Dawn Blair

Then a similar piece done with a dragonfly.

Dragonfly Walks
10″ x 8″
acrylic on canvas
©2019 Dawn Blair

And an old country gate.

Walk to the Gate
24″ x 18″
acrylic on canvas
©2019 Dawn Blair

Several other new pieces are there as well as my books.

All the artists are out at Twin Falls Park until 4:00 today. There is also Kids Art in the Park going on as well as Ice Cream Funday by the Twin Falls Rotary. Here’s a flyer with all the times and information. Come on out and have some fun.

A tree dreams

Once again, I’m going to start with the last picture of the prior painting blog. This is where I was at when I started “fixing” the nebula. I almost stopped here, but I felt like the colors were too soft now.


Black needed added in.


I knew I needed to make the color more dramatic. It just felt too soft and everything blended without a draw for the eyes. So I intensified the hues with another layer. If you look carefully at the next picture, you can also see the splattering of stars.


Time for the final stars and highlights on several of them. There are 7 glittering stars in that sky created by the dreams of a tree.


Come see the original today at the Jerome Music Booster craft show from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Happy adventuring!

The nebula develops

Honestly, I never expected the nebula to give the problems that it did. I thought I had this.

Yeah, right.

Okay, here is the last picture from the last blog so you can recall what it looked like.


Here I blended the colors together. Oh, and I also added the sparkles to the tree which I wanted.


So I thought it was all well at this point. I just needed to add in some dark spots.


That was when I realized I had a mess. Giving the top a moment to dry, I filled in the ground beneath the tree. I wasn’t certain that I even wanted ground, but after I got it in, I decided that it had been the right thing to do.


I had the thought at this point that I wanted the nebula to reflect the colors of the tree. I went back to some reference pictures of nebulae and tried to decide what I wanted to do. Here’s what came about:


I’m going to leave this blog here for now. I’ll post the final on Saturday. As I will be out at the Jerome Music Booster craft show from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., you can come see the real deal there.

Until then, happy adventuring.

The tree develops

Happy May Day!

Short blog here. It really didn’t take long for the tree to take form.

This is the second layer of the tree. Also started some highlighting on the trunk so it can take shape.


Now for the full highlighting of the tree.


Happy adventuring until next time.