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Original Creation

Peapod's acorn

flippergirlpaints 16 Oct 2022

Last summer I painted for the first time. Inspired by Bob to "go for it", I do not think I would have ever tried painting if not for the JOP series I have enjoyed since the beginning (1982). Shortly after beginning my painting journey I discovered my love for painting animal portraits (which has earned me some of that "almighty dollar" LOL). I still can not believe happy little trees got me to this! Here is Peapod - complete with a border and some autumn leaves beyond it, in JOP fashion. Bob loved squirrels (and animals in general) but never did paint one. So this one's for you, Bob - Happy Birthday!



Excellent! Really well done and I love his bushy tail!

SO gooooood! You got my vote!

So very realistic! Super job I can almost hear him eating the nut!

Aw peapod! I love his fluffy tail!

Cute! Great job. I love watching the squirrels in my yard.

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Thank you, thank you Brian, Nancy, Sandy, Lilikins, tholmes and Tom!! I also have many trees and MANY squirrels in my yard. They really do have very cute personalities! This cheeky grin on Peapod makes me chuckle 😄

Absolutely Stunning. I bet this would indeed fetch a happy buck.

off the scale.....terrific job FGP

Absolutely awesome

Beautiful beautiful beautiful,stop the competition right now, we have a Winner 😁

Mgiese84 Cleanest Technique In The Game

Great job and especially fitting for Bob

So cute! Beautiful!

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I appreciate all of your compliments Tony, Terri, Rucifi, Kevin, Matt and Jacqueline!!

Your story of how you started one year ago is amazing, such a progression. I checked your profile and even your first painting was outstanding. Did you have any art experience prior to Bob? Do you have any tips for people new to painting from a photograph for reference? Any brushes you've grown to love that aren't in the Bob arsenal? I'm just blown away by your progression, kudos.

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Thank you Jeff for your kind words! So many of us on here progress A LOT in a year (with practice :). To answer your questions: Yes, I could always DRAW as a child/adult. But every time I tried painting something I drew, it was a disaster and I ruined my art. So I gave up trying painting until last year. Bob makes it look SO easy, and he convinced me to try again! I wish I could have gone to one of his painting workshops in the 80's, but my mother said it was too far to drive (4 hours). I did have art lessons as a kid, and one of my teachers did a lesson with us where we drew an image - but it was upside down and turn it correct side up once finished and see how accurate it was. The purpose of this was to teach to paint what you SEE (using shape, color, etc) instead of what you THINK should be. This would be helpful advise for more realism paintings like painting from a photo, and not necessarily Bob's style of painting. But Bob would say many times to observe nature. I THOUGHT I always did (I live on the rural country) until I stated painting and really LOOKING at things as colors and shapes (like happy little clouds and trees). I can not say I have a lot of favorite brushes. I have mostly inexpensive (not super cheap) brushes (some Bob) and I find them satisfactory. The only recommended ones so far for sure are some "scrubber" brushes (like for "smooshing" blending small areas) I have from Princeton "silver scrubber" line. red short handle. I should check the forum for talk on brush recommendations!

Thank you for taking the time to reply in such detail! You're an inspiration.

ULTRA NICE JOB!!! I love the background too!!

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Thanks David!

The detail on the fur is spectacular.

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Thank you dsweet!

anewday Tree Hugging Hippie

I love this! What an amazing tribute to Bob. The fur on the tail is just fantastic. Congratulations and thank you for sharing!

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Thanks a bunch newday!

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Thank you everyone, I appreciate you all! I ditto the congrats as well to Shadowlink11 and Midnite Painter. This event really brought out so many unique and wonderful paintings; all heartwarming tributes to Bob.

I love this painting

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Thank you Jenb!

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