The Daily Paintworks Challenge this week is simply to use your non dominant hand to create a painting. Sounds fairly direct and doable. After about three minutes my left hand was shaking! So for sure, you used the fewest strokes possible. What a wonderful learning challenge. Each stroke counts. Wow. It was fun. Shaky but fun.
We are on the last week of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. I am going to try to revisit some of the things I painted to see how differently I feel or how differently I approach the subject. I did find that while I had plenty of time this weekend, I was really dragging. So it seems there is something to be said for having a day or two off. I feel I need to be refreshed. Spritzed. LOL
I was trying to get some gentle s curves into the composition and was so aware of shadow and light. I am on the road. Love the fact that I almost lost the vase.
Leslie Saeta is the artist who devised this challenge. Click and look. Such a wide variety of artists in many different stages of their careers. Fascinating.
I did this painting mid week and then left it.......very safe, kind of boring so I decided to apply a palette knife and see what would happen. My hat goes off to those who master the technique. I did love how I achieved more depth and movement but also came to a full understanding of how complex of an instrument the palette knife can be.I also solved the safe and boring part! Once again, the view from my studio.
Day 24. Wow. And I have so many more things I want to paint.
This tricycle is painted on an old surface.....it's number three for this board which just might be the maximum. It does make for interesting texture. As you can see, I am noticing more and more shadows and their role in the painting. Hard and soft lines, warm and cool, quiet spaces along with important spaces. Check, check, check!
And the beat goes on. I am revisiting the tricycles from my series done in 2011. It is fun to see how differently I approach the subject. This one came out of a scrape off. So I played with it until more of the trike emerged. I am having trouble with the colors as seen here.I do not think that light area was so raw. And now I am at work so revisions will have to wait. I see the next learning step will be about photographs and photographing.
Day 22 of the 30 day challenge. I have always been afraid of tackling a pomegranate and decided today was the day. Do it. So I did. When I look at the painting here my main disappointment is that the very orange orange did not photograph well at all. It is, in fact, a blood orange which was fun to paint. This painting also turned out to be about shadows. I am going to leave it for now but will play with re-photoing it.
6 x 6
The studio wall is getting very busy..............
So today I find I am tired. At day 18, I need a rest so I went for looking out the window and laying down paint quickly. There is still much to enjoy. Juicy strokes, the way my eye travels around the painting, the energy of a tree without it's leaves, the abstracted feeling. And so it is.......
Trying for an early morning painting and having not a lot of time, I decided to count my strokes. This apple has less that 50 strokes. So no details, no refinement, just as plain as possible. What a great exercise.
I will try to rephoto later today as it could be much better. Straight, at least.
There is absolutely no time for me to be in the studio today.....babysitting my two grandchildren. Of that I am glad but I aim to keep up with the 30 day challenge so this morning, early, I did a value study of an apple with my acrylics that I keep handy here in the house. It felt good to paint and I recalled many things I have learned on this journey. One of them being, where there is a will, there is a way!
As I played with fruit for this set up, I noticed how important the little stems are. They speak volumes...especially in this little painting. Definitely a little lording over going on. They do create nice movement.
Well, well. Remember all those titles from yesterday. Here is the same set up using red peppers. These guys are looking less friendly.......like maybe I feel like I should really lean on you......oh...just kidding! My shadows need to be darker but it was really a fun painting to do. And I did it. Right about at day 10 that is an accomplishment for sure.
And I had to use artificial light when I took the picture. I will try to correct that tomorrow.
But I did it!
Leslie Saeta is where to can go to seem some really great paintings and learn about the 30 day challenge.
What a process I am in. 30 paintings in 30 days. Now is "hold on to your hat time".
This painting has taken several different turns and other than working on yesterday's white rose again, it will be the last rose for a bit. Funny what we go through trying to loosen up our paintings. Each one is a challenge and a growth.
Number 7 has been an ongoing process, not a daily painting. It originally had very dark greens which I glazed over, making them less important. It is, after all, all about the rose for me. Now I am looking and trying to decide if it needs to be warmed up with another glaze or is it a done deal. Whites are so much fun.......how far can you push them while still maintaining whiteness. Thank you Leslie Saeta for this great learning challenge
Here is number three. I am sure you are noticing I cannot look down into a rose without freezing so I will put that on my list before the month is done. This one has great intense colors and was way too much fun to paint.
Here is entry number two for the 30 day challenge. It is a larger painting and lots looser. Loose is good in my book. Loose, carefree, fun. That is my journey with flowers. I might try adding bold. That should be interesting. Leslie Saeta is where you can explore and see all the rest of the entries. I viewed around 100 today and they were great. Yes, 100 equal briefly!
Thirty Paintings in thirty days is a challenge that Leslie Saeta is running this month from her blog http://lesliesaeta.blogspot.com/. Over 200 artists have said they will do the 30 paintings.Since it is a long standing goal of mine to paint daily and I have various amounts of success with it, I joined the crowd. It will be fun to see new artists and always it broadens one's horizons.
So the first several pieces will be around roses as I wish to see how far I can push the subject. Then off to barns or some other favorite subject.
The only rule she posts is that we have to have fun. Easy.