Day 3 - Wild Arts Walk 2011, watercolor on paper 5X7, ©2011 Nikki Kinne

Welcome to day three in the 33 Paintings in 33 Days Project of Alaskan artist Nikki Kinne and Wisconsin artist Helen Klebesadel.

Nikki’s painting for day three was started while she was sitting in Creamers Field,  a Fairbanks farm that has been converted to a migratory waterfowl refuge.   Its a favorite painting place for plein air painters in the area.   Part of the painting was used to demonstrate wet-into-wet technique for foliage.   Nikki finished the painting later while sitting at the Fairbanks Downtown Summer Market.

This painting bring brings back memories for me of my visits to Fairbanks.

Day Three-Three Strawberries, 6x5, watercolor, ©2011 Helen Klebesadel

For day three I leave the imaginary symbolic behind and focus on the luscious strawberries ripening in my garden.  I love to paint from observation.  There is nothing like holding a leaf or flower in front of you and turning it to see how the veins connect.  But I haven’t abandoned spirals completely.  Strawberry seeds create intersecting spirals across the surface of the fruit. And then there is the reward when the painting is completed of a sweet treat from the garden.

Thank you for joining us as we explore our 33 of 33 daily paintings.