Wednesday, October 9, 2013

An invitation

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

30 in 30 Final


Can't say enough about what a great challenge this was.  Thank you so much Leslie Saeta 
for putting all of this together for all of us to enjoy.  This challenge pushed me to get out to the studio, get it cleaned up and to get back to painting.  There were lots of days I just had to force myself to pick up a brush but as the month went on, I found myself looking forward to seeing what I could get done.  To be honest, I am surprised that I have 30 paintings especially with all that was going on in the month of September to keep me away from my easel.  Thank goodness for catch up days.  Very pleased to have the opportunity to keep learning, growing and having fun with my art.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Day 30

11x14 oil on canvas

Well, I did finish 30 paintings in 30 days even if I had to do a marathon today to catch up.  All but one of the paintings today had already been started either en plein air and needed some major touches, or just a painting that didn't work to my satisfaction and I went back in to fix spots so I would feel a bit better about them.  It is rare for me that a piece is started outside and then completed on the spot.  There is always something I want to fix and living with a painting until it is dry helps rest the eye so coming back weeks later you see it with fresh eyes.   Yes, this is at Sprewell Bluff, a piece I started several years ago and never finished.  I still see things I'd like to fix, but I'm so much happier with this now than it was when I took it off the landfill gallery shelf.  Total paint time today was about 9 hours.  

On to the rest of my life!  

Day 29

11x14 oil on canvas

Getting really tired and have resorted to palette knife and some scratch art.  Looks a bit like fall is on my mind.  On to painting number 30 before midnight! 

Day 28

11x14 oil on canvas

I've always loved my turquoise blue bowl.  The challenge for this painting was the spoon.  I didn't completely nail it, but close enough for me to move on to day 29.  

Day 27

11x14 oil on canvas


Today is the last day of the challenge and I am three paintings behind.  Trying to catch up painting and posting.  Not sure I can finish three more, but we will see how the day goes.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Day 26

11x14 oil on canvas 

Today was a fun day.  Leslie came and painted with me and both of us finished our paintings early.  Leslie painted trees and I painted begonias.  Not so sure about the size of the pot compared to the trees or how to fix the perspective, as the pot is supposed to be sitting on the ground with the trees in the background, but once this painting drys and I live with it a bit, maybe I'll see what needs to be done to make the pot sit realistically in the landscape.  

On to day 27. I am still one painting behind.  

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Day 25


8x10 oil on canvas  "Just a pepper" 

Not much to say about this one except that my studio is a lot cleaner than it was.  I spent my time organizing and throwing out stuff I didn't need or I needed to give away.  It feels good to have a clean studio.  

On to day 26. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Day 24

11x14 oil on archival canvas panel " Sweet Dreams Eddie Ann" 

Last December precious Eddie Ann crossed over the rainbow bridge.  I've wanted to paint his portrait but never could come up with the right idea for him.  He was a special kitty for sure and I will miss him forever. This portrait speaks to me and to who he was, I hope he likes it.  He was loved and still is.  


On to day 25.  I am still one painting behind, but maybe I'll be able to catch up before the challenge is over. 



Monday, September 23, 2013

Day 23

11x14 oil on canvas  "Rhododendrons" 

Today was a wonderful first day of fall with the air a bit cooler and this afternoon sprinkles of rain.  In the studio I looked for something to paint from my favorite things collection of reference photos and found these rhododendrons.  I just love them almost as much as my azaleas.  

This afternoon the children came to play, paint and cook.  They set up a tea service and made wonderful tea ... except I think some of it tasted a bit like some kind of strawberry kool aid.  hummm  Both Carley Ann and Anna Claire painted with me yesterday and asked today if I could make them a page to show off their work.  I said I would, of course, and plan to do that in the morning.  Both children have such wonderful talent and I'm so proud they both want to paint.  It's good to have painting buddies.  

On to day 24.