Sunday, September 1, 2013

Day 1

                                              9x12 oil on archival panel - no name as of yet.  

Several times today I thought about the painting challenge I had committed to do for the month of September.  September is such a transition month most of the time here in the south.  It is usually still very hot but you can tell the plants in the garden are growing weary of blooming. This year has been very unusual with lots of rain making for hot, humid and sticky days.  

I haven't found much painting time this past year.  Because of that, I have tons of paintings that started en plein air "outside" but never finished.  I'd like to try to get these paintings finished or at least make a dent in the pile of panels and stretched canvas so I don't feel guilty and at the same time use this challenge to keep me working.  

Here is the en plein air piece started Spring 2012 at Callaway Gardens and never finished.  I worked on this today and am calling this done.  The image is not a good representation of the actual colors used because I took this image inside after 9 pm so I could post to the blog but at least you see what I did today for DAY ONE OF THE 30 DAY CHALLENGE.     


  1. It's beautiful, Phyllis! And love your idea of finishing touches on plein air works. I have a bunch too that are underway but not quite done! Looking forward to seeing your beautiful paintings this month!

  2. Thank you Durinda. It does seem to me that I have more unfinished paintings than finished ones. Sure hope I can keep up with this challenge this month. I know it will be hard for you to keep up with this challenge too since you will be taking some of your oil and watercolor students to Italy shortly. Sure wish I was going with you but hopefully it will work out for me to go with you another time. I'm looking forward to seeing all the paintings you do too this month. Your paintings are always beautiful and you are an inspiration to me.