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Watch Over Our ChildrenIt usually doesn't take me 7 or 8 days to complete one painting but it looks like this one will need even more time. Seven days now but I'm getting closer.

The painting shows a young African-American child walking through a field of sunflowers and wildflowers while being guided by an older Black angel.
Painting Details: The sky and flowing water meet and roll around her skirt into a field of flowers. There are two small butterflies floating above a sunflowers, one single white daisy. The child has small green leaves as trim for her clothing and is holding a tiny little flower.

I believe the final version will make a slight distinction between the sky and water. I may also add a few tiny details to the adult angel but other than that Watch Over Our Children is nearly completed.


Ah yes, it sometimes takes awhile but the end result is worth it.

Watch Over Our Children (final)

The colors have been changed dramatically as were the flowers but I like this version best.

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Garage Sale Gone WrongWe all know one, love one, a person who can't walk away from a garage sale. She'll turn the car around in the middle of the street or leap over fences to grab a cheap doodad.  There we are spectators in her compulsion. Helpless to stop her we choke on the dust she leaves behind as she dives for that very special doily.  Thirty-five cents, a quarter, the sound of such words makes her drool. Will she ever stop? Is there help for her? Will there ever be a Garage Sale Support Group for people addicted to other people's junk sitting on the side of the road? If there is such a group surely they can help the woman in this painting who totally lost control when the homeowner extended her sale by one day.

Title: Garage Sale Gone Wrong
Art by: F. Magdalene Austin

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The original sketch was done in watercolor but this painting done on 9 x 12 acid free paper is mixed media. In addition to heavily pigmented oil paints I used ink, silk flowers and white lace giving the painting a real life touch. Each silk flower is dotted with metallic gold paint, each white bubble is circled with blue metallic paint.

Tea at My House

You'll see the stems glow in three layers of green on top of a swirling blue background. The tea pot itself is gold, brown and copper tones with a large pink and white flower. A closer look at the lace reveals bits of purple, pink and different shades of blue. This is a homey painting that would fit nicely in your kitchen or dining area. .

More details: Tea at My House is sealed to help preserve the vibrancy of the paint. It is signed and dated on the front. There's a white boarder which allows for framing making the image size a full 8 x 10 inches.

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A mix of Prussian blue, titanium white, sap green and yellow ochre meet peacefully to create an abstract ocean view.

Ocean Four is the last of it's series and is painted on an unused fabric softener sheet to create an original pattern which compliments the earth tones.

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I'm enjoying my flower sketches before dinner. I'll absolutely continue them.

Purple Petal FenceThis sketch shows a house with a purple petal fence and a huge sunflower as a setting sun over a bronze colored house. The original sketch shows much more detail such as small gold flowers on the house and small blue flowers in the sky and even on the purple fence. To finish off the sketch I added a light filter from photoshop.

Medium: Crayola markers w/ water over crayola crayons and metallic gel pens in a 4x4 sketch book. Full image size, 8 inches.

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F. Magdalene Austin

Flowers Before DinnerThis is a mixed media painting I did before eating dinner. I started out drawing in crayola crayon then I used crayola markers with water over the crayon. I smoothed here and there then added extra layers of crayon under marker until I was satisfied.

The smooth crayon under layer makes working with markers very easy. Shading is easier as is covering up mistakes. I also like the texture it makes where marker stains the paper but not the crayon. I discovered it's best to use yellow with green marker or blue marker with yellow in order to get the desired result of green. It's been fun experimenting with the two mediums.

Flowers Before Dinner is the start of my second sketch diary which has been dedicated to flowers of all kinds.


Girl in RoseGirl original sketch

She started out as a quick sketch while watching television then quickly blossomed into a young princess dressed in rose, peach and blue.

Painting details: Leaf below blue eyes, white flowers in her hair, pink flower on her cheek, cherry red lips, pink and white hair, floral background.


Swan and Star

From the beak you can see this is a male swan, a cob. His arms are stretched wide where a star bounces from his wing and spreads light across the sky.

Title: Swan and Star (this and all image on SUNDRIP are copyright protected)
Art by: F. Magdalene Austin

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Tea at my house

"Tea At My House" is the newest entry in my sketch diary. This particular teapot sits on my China cabinet beside dry flowers and few homemade candles in brass holders.  I purchased the pot for a dollar at a second hand store.

This particular sketch diary/journal is dedicated to everyday moments such as tea before bed, doing routine stretches as well as sitting in front of the fireplace. There's nothing profound, nothing of earth shattering importance in these here pages yet, I find comfort when looking at these everyday steps captured in color.

Mixed media: Metallic watercolors, ink, colored pencil
Art by: F. Magdalene Austin

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