Brooke O'Connell

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Art Card Giveaway!

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image Horse Card Giveaway!  Win a set of 4 art cards.  The image is a print of my "Horse and Daisey" painting.  Cards are blank inside and come with envelopes.

To enter:

1) follow me on Instagram

2) repost this image to your Instagram account

3) tag one of your images with #horsecardgiveaway

The lucky winner will be chosen when I hit 600 followers.  Good luck!

Thinking of Spring

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It's been quite cold here and although I do like winter, I can't help myself from thinking of my spring gardening plans. The painting below was done for a friend, and was inspired by the thought of changing seasons. 20130126-153442.jpg

Looking forward to seeing some of these little guys soon. Have a great weekend, B.

Back from Bermuda

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Hi there, just back from an amazing adventure in Bermuda.  This was solo expedition #2 and I had a great time!  Arrived on a beautiful Wednesday morning, came off the plane onto the tarmac (love that!), and was hit by the humidity. Oh the humidity!!

Flowers, palm trees, and butterflies everywhere.  Chickens and roosters running around all over the place.  It was great!

Buses went on strike just after i had bought a bus pass and had gone to the beach.  I found myself stranded at a bus stop after spending a few hours swimming.  Luckily, a nice woman who had come to tell people waiting at the bus stop that the buses had gone on strike, offered to give me a ride back to my B&B.

The next day i was off to rent a moped.  Wasn't sure I'd survive the week driving on the wrong side of the road- but somehow I did.

The water was amazing and i swam a few times daily.  Checked out a number of beaches all over the island and most of them were virtually empty!  It was paradise.

The people were warm and friendly, and i fell in love with all the brightly painted buildings.

I visited the Botanical Gardens, which were amazing.  Some of the trees and flowers blew me away.

I made friends with a local and had dinner with him a couple times.  Notice the tongue....it's so hot and humid in Bermuda even the cats pant.

I ate some great food, managed to read 2 books, painted, meditated, and swam.  This was my view most days:

It was heaven.

One day I got caught in a downpour and was completely soaked.  Having nothing to loose i decided to go swimming in the rain.

After swimming for about an hour, i got out of the water and put on my wet clothes.  I headed to a little restaurant that was perched on a hill across the way.  I ordered a cup of coffee and tried to dry off.  The view was great so i pulled out my paints and got to work.  Here's the painting:

The sun did eventually come out.  Below was my view which includes my bike.

I painted 7 or 8 paintings in total.  I will post them asap.  If you are thinking of going to Bermuda...go!!  It's heaven on earth.

Hope you liked the pics.  Cheers, B

A few more sketches

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Here are some quick drawings I did of my students. They were hard at work on large scale drawings, and while they focused I stole a couple minutes to do a couple of my own.   I was totally inspired by how they maneuvered their bodies to work on the large paper.  Some students decided to work on the floor and the positions they chose to work in were truly incredible.  Unfortunately my scanner picked up some marks drawn on the other side of these drawings, so I apologize if you can see them.

Hope you like them!

Yay June!!

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Hi there!  Summer is finally here and the warm weather is great!  Been loving the patios and enjoying my newly planted garden.  Yay!  In an effort to push my self artistically, I have taken on the challenge of doing a sketch a day.  Inspired by the many "painting a day" and "sketch a day" blogs, I have gone out and bought myself a small sketchbook.  I am hoping to keep up the "sketch a day" momentum...but it is a commitment!  It is going well so far.....  here are a couple of my first drawings.  I plan on using pen and ink in this new little book, but also hope the paper is of good enough quality so that I can use watercolours too.

Here is a quick sketch of my garden.

This one is just a quick ink sketch.