Friday, January 30, 2015
What an experience I've had. It didn't sound like much when I committed to 30 paintings in 30 days however, actually doing so really changed my schedule. I've spent more time painting, planning, creating and setting up objects than I've ever done in the past. I was hesitant in the beginning however as the days went on, it was a building from the day before in each work which made for more confidence. I've learned many things from other artists and most surprisingly from myself on what my paint and brushes would do for me. Who knew, I ask?
Thursday, January 29, 2015
I know the drill, I have 28 days of posting to this blog under my belt and thought I'd whip through this post before dashing out of the door for an appointment. So doing, hit delete instead of enter and lost the post, picture and text. Please use the word of your choice of what you think I said and you're probably right, sigh. I'll do better tomorrow, promise. How was your day?
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Days 26 and 27 are sharing a page since I failed to post them on my blog the last two days. We are now back in sinc and happy. Two more and we are done. As I mentioned in previous posts, what a learning experience that I never expected. All good, and I do hope these nuggets of information and inspirations will continue to show up in my work to make better paintings. See you tomorrow.
No idea how I missed posting these two, I want to make sure all 30 paintings will be accounted for. Yikes, I almost get to the end and make a mistake. Make sure you don't also go on auto-pilot and not pay attention, I must confess this comes second nature to me. I shall now go on and post today's entry. See you in the next blog.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Can there be only 5 days left in this challenge? I've learned so much during this process about how my paints react to certain brushes, drying times, colors. By painting each day, you give more attention to your technique because you repeat it more often and retain information you can't get anywhere else except at your easel. I've learned some valuable lessons so this challenge has worked in many ways for me. So, what are you doing?
Friday, January 23, 2015
In a week, January will be just about be gone. Did you start the year being productive? Getting out of your comfort zone and doing something a little different has so many benefits. I encourage everyone to try this, do something a little different. You can't fail unless you try and when you fail you learn something no one can teach you. I read a quote in the sports page the other day that said people want to be like the greats but no one wants to work that hard to get there. Just found this interesting, I have no message here. I'm going back to my painting, what are you going to do?
Thursday, January 22, 2015
I must say, the journey is getting sweeter. Thinking day by day rather than looking towards a month of painting is the ticket. This has been a big leap for me by painting and enjoying the time I've put in thinking of new ideas. I do love workshops and this painting 30 in 30 days is right up there in that category. What's floating your boat this month?
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Can't believe we have only nine days left in this challenge. It seems we were just getting started and I wondered if I would make it to the end, it seems like such a daunting task. Another lesson learned is don't try to figure out the entire thing, whatever it is. Small bits will get you through. Never thought I would complete 21 paintings and continue to look forward to another nine. Wow, indeed.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
This dish has a beautiful little story on it in pictures and I wasn't about to tackle it. I'm learning, just go down your own road, it will be okay. I've been nominated to also post 3 painting for five days in the latest artists movement on Facebook. So, here I go.
Monday, January 19, 2015
Yesterday was a great day fir football if you were in Seattle or just a fan living elsewhere. Just when you aren't sure things will turn out well you get a pleasant surprise. It's the same with paintingI think, I was ready to just do another wipe off but managed to salvage this little 5x7 or at least I hope I did. That said, here is today's offering.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
It's only a game I tell myself and my husband and I won't become involved with frustration or excitement. Right! After all these years nothing changes when I watch football. I was ready to post earlier when my husband said "you better come down and watch this." So here I am, a happy but exhausted camper. I am now ready to finish tomorrow's painting or, I'm afraid another wipe off and repaint. That's ok, nothing can dampen my spirit today.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
I was sitting, having a mug of tea and pondering what to paint for the day and looked down at my hand. Duh, do the cup, it's righting your hand. It's funny how you sometimes miss the obvious and it has to smack you in the face to get noticed. I do have a huge window where I paint but not the blue background. I used that to compliment the cup. Is this too much information?
Friday, January 16, 2015
Can't believe half of the month is gone but here we are on day 16 of our 30 paintings in 30 days. I've been asked where the idea's come from. Well, after my initial panic attack in the very beginning, asking the same question, it has been quite a surprise that you just open your mind. Years of painting, thousands of photo's and sketches bring back many memories for subjects. Another area is all the things I've accumulated for still life set ups. There you go! Many choices and many variations on any theme.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Where is this? It's a combination of places just to make this painting work for me. A photo, sketch book and some of my memories from plein air painting. I enjoyed the combination of brush and palette knife in this one. What do you think?
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Some advise. If you are a morning person, don't correct, add paint, do anything you really want to preserve AT NIGHT!!!
Just before going to bed, I thought I would add a highlight then brighten the apple a little, see where I"m going? This tree is now growing a watermelon so just look at it upside down or as an abstract. I've learned my lesson, only sketch in the evening. What have you learned today?
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Whoa, the colors on Facebook look a little more realistic. It's always a surprise to see the hue from one program to another. The unfortunate part is, it's posted.
I've done a lot of sketching and painting in and around LaConner and never tire of the beautiful scenery there. Since going through my sketch book has brought back many fond memories, I think a few more little paintings will come forth. Stay tuned.
Monday, January 12, 2015
There was some difficulty trying to get the colors to register correctly and I gave up after a while. This is as close as I could get to the dark blues, it is a lesson in sometimes just letting go when you can't control a situation or in my case, photoshop. That's my words of wisdom for the day, now if I could only follow them. Yes, I am still enjoying the challenge and finding a subject gets easier than when I first started out.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Can't believe I almost forgot to post to this blog. Got Facebook done and the blog site for 30/30 was completed so I am covered hopefully. How are you at multi-tasking? Seems it's not my strong suite.
Lemons are a little challenging, not round, square or completely oval. Hummm it's all about seeing and painting what, you see, not what you think you know. So, I think 30 paintings in 30 days have made me stop and really look at color, shapes and design. Painting is easier when you have a clear plan even if you deviate from it, it's still something you are working toward.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
A suggestion to you all my friends. Practice does make perfect except in my case, makes improvement. As I face my little blank canvas, I am excited to just start in and try something, anything to get started knowing it can always be wiped off, (expert at that). Painting my little studies has become a fun project so far. So, instead of saying you can't do it, try a few hundred times and just maybe you will see positive results. I now repeat, try something, anything! Ready?
Friday, January 9, 2015
If you don't like today's pear, don't worry, I have another one for tomorrow. Then, we are done with the pears for a while. I must say I truly enjoy all the feed back received and makes you want to pursue more and better paintings. Just think, after tomorrow only twenty, (that's 20) more paintings to do. Here I go...back to work.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
The red pears and red background seemed to be screaming, like a rock band. I thought between the next two days of pears (now you know what to expect) I would post onions, they are much more subdued in color. This is like coming out of the chaos of the holidays into your usual stable schedule of life. Geez, that was poetic!
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
I'm beginning to wake up in the morning wondering what I'm going to paint today. Everything seems to have possibilities in the house. With tons of still life things in the studio, kitchen and elsewhere it's becoming a real treasure hunt around here. Thought I'd post this and be off to have a cup of tea and ponder my next work. Talk about exercise for the mind, wow. Who knew I ask!
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
I do enjoy the structure of trees, especially without leaves. We seldom think of all those beautiful branches underneath with their unique patterns. Hope you enjoy this one as much as I did painting it. This painting was also done with a palette knife. Looking forward to your comments.
Monday, January 5, 2015
We have lots of trees here in Lake Forest Park and they are one of my favorite things to sketch and paint. This painting was done with a palette knife and fun colors. I love the free spirit the knife gives you. Yes, I use my brushes most often, I have way to many to ignore them. What's your project for the day?
Sunday, January 4, 2015
The biggest problem I see so far is how fast the days go by. Wow, felt like I just got started and I have to plan ahead for a few more thoughts to become creative. The up side is becoming more comfortable with color combination and stretching a little further rather than being safe with what I paint. So, have you stepped outside your comfort zone lately? Let's hear about it.
Saturday, January 3, 2015
I now spend my day looking around for a "what to paint next". This challenge puts your creative mind to work and it's fun thinking of the many possibilities that you hadn't given the least thought to before now. Painting subjects in two's three's or more seem to make the most sense so I shall try little series of things. What do you think? Yes, tell me.
Friday, January 2, 2015
"Me AND My Shadow
That's what I thought of when painting this. Yesterday's and today's paintings were done 95% with the palette knife. Love the loose feeling and thick paint passages you can get with the knife vs. the brush. Your thoughts?
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Well here's some news for you...I entered the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge. Something entirely new for me. These will be small 5x7 up to 8x10 paintings. This will truly be a challenge for me and what a way to start the New Year I tell ya. Stay tuned, I might need a push or two mid month or who knows, could just steam roll through this whole process.
So, what are your plans for the new year? Of course I want to know, I've shared one of mine, I want to hear yours. Jennifer, Christine, are you listening?