Still working on this one. Hoping that one more good day will do it.
Question for all you artists out there: why is it that the more time I spend painting, the more paint tube caps I misplace?
What a perfect day. The snow was washed away by heavy rain last night, and with the morning sun came a gorgeous spring-like day.we all know it's a tease, we still have some serious winter weather ahead. But for today, I'll take it.
Having it be MLK Day, a holiday from work, is a rare indulgence. Three days to paint is heaven to me.
Here we have a large painting, large to attempt during the Challenge. But hey, three days, remember?
I'll post tonight so the world will know how far I can get having daylight hours to do it.
Wish me luck.
(And yes, Ella, this one is yours!)
Working all day and painting "after hours" is a challenge during this 30 Day Challenge. Sometimes you just have to be ... flexible.
Rather than think that I have been slacking off this week, I prefer to say that I've been taking care of myself. Sleep is as essential to good painting as brushes or paint.
This morning, the sun was shining and I hit the studio, coffee in hand. Working on a few ideas for my friend, Ella. Her mother thinks that birch trees would be just the thing to hang in Ella's bedroom. I'll show her this study, and we will have to see what Ella has to say about that.
Finished up yesterday's landscape, and decided to try something a little different.
First of all, this is a lot bigger format than I usually use during The Challenge. It's 18 x 24 (a guess, but it's late now and I'm tired, so forgive me but I'm not going back to the studio to confirm it). My goal was to stay loose and to try to convey a sense of the garage beyond, as seen through the window glass.
I'll check it in the morning and make adjustments, but for tonight it's "postable".
Is that a word, I wonder? Tonight it is.
Can't say this if done just yet, but it's definitely a good time to step back and think a bit.
When painting landscapes I find that the original sketches done on site are as valuable as any reference photos. The sketches are helpful with composition and if I'm lucky they provide the basis for a solid painting.
Tonight I was painting while watching my daughter pack for a trip to Central America.
This 6 x 6 landscape was painted from a reference photo and several sketches done last July on Nantucket. I keep thinking about how different that day was from this one- we are expecting -2 degrees tonight, and we were enjoying the beach six months ago. For what it's worth, I prefer the beach.
I can't keep up with the demand at our bird feeder. But I can't stop myself from trying.
If this cold (okay, frigid) spell continues, I will be painting puffy little birds all weekend !
Went for some serious color here. And had plenty of time to recall the gorgeous Saturday afternoon just before the Coumbus Day holiday..
This piece is 6x6, and it will be a while before I get this view out of my system!
Feeling a bit ethereal tonight, I looked through sketchbooks for cloud studies and decided to work on this piece.
It's 6 x 6, and I think I might just go really big with this theme.
Stay tuned, the month is young!
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