Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Day 30 it is........ flower

I cannot believe it. I did it. 30 paintings in 30 days. 
I learned so much. I have so much more to explore.
The next month will be fun and exciting for sure.
And thank you for watching and commenting. It means a great deal to me.

8 x 8

29! Miss Leghorn

Number 29 shows a barnyard chicken strutting her stuff. It's amazing how special they can think they are. She loved it on the top step. Playing with the twist in her body, her body shape.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

28 of 30 with my left hand

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.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Number 27 Flowers revisited

 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.

8 x 8

Sunday, January 27, 2013

26...that trike again...

Who would think painting a tricycle seat could be fun. I tell you, it was. 
Loved swirling the colors, giving the object some life.
Can't wait to see what today brings. Four paintings to go in this particular challenge.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Twenty Five

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.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

30 day, number 24.

Day 24. Wow. And I have so many more things I want to paint.
This tricycle is painted on an old'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!
Actual title..........Memories

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Number 23 almost abstract trike........

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.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Number 22 Pomegranate

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.

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The studio wall is getting very busy..............

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Number 21, Glass oh so warm

My grandson and I played with different colors today varying the background and the foreground in my still life set up space. Since I wanted  lots of color I won.  He just wanted to play.......
Gold and red. A very warm painting with just a little cool.
Needing one other object, I picked up a box of antique lures. This plug is very old and fun to paint. It doesn't look quite grounded but then maybe it drank what was in the glass.....
This is my first painting with glass in the foreground as a surface. Interesting. Reflections.
And Number 21

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Number 20

I was so happy to paint glass for the The Daily Paintworksk Challenge  after struggling with my tree that I just jumped in.  Hence, right in the middle ! Love the warm and cool. 

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Number 19!

This is my third attempt. Does that tell you something about Helen and trees?
But I persevere.
And that is a good thing!

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

18 of 30, tree

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.......

5 x oil

Friday, January 18, 2013

17 of 30, Frosty Morning

Well, it was a very frosty morning but I think I liked the subtle colors swirling around even more than the cold whites..
Hints of rose and green peeking through the fog.
My first attempt at this scene......and yes, you will see more.

5 x 7

Thursday, January 17, 2013

16 of 30

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.
 Off to work, have a great day, create.

6 x 6

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Number 15 Satsumas and half way

Yippee, half way!
Here are my satsumas, dancing across the board. In the studio the darks seemed darker and the middle orange just did not seem so much in the middle! Maybe the title should be Learning # 15?
Fun to do and glad I did it.

6 x 6

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Number 14, being creative

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!

6 x 6

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Is 13 lucky, onion and shallot

How on earth do you make an onion look like an onion? Beats me. I do like the little shallot who is certainly holding his own in the above conversation. My opinion, shallot wins....

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Number 12, three in a row

What a conversation ! I think that little lemon, complete with stem, is telling the others quite a story. Luscious colors, fun fruit.

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Eleven, pear with lemon, stems!

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.

  6 x 6

Friday, January 11, 2013

Unbelieveable, number 10, red peppers

Well, well. Remember all those titles from yesterday. Here is the same set up using red peppers. These guys are looking less 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.
Thank you Leslie, I am pushing myself.

6 x 6

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Nine of thirty.......pear with the little red pear alongside

I love thinking about the title for this one. Kissing Cousins,  Big Sister Little Sister, May I Lean On You? Aren't we Cute?
The  possibilities are endless. I am happy to move on to fruit and really looking forward to see how I can push these delicious everyday items.
is where you can view all the wonderful entries
that have been posted to this challenge.

6 x 6

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Number 8 the last rose for now

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.

6 x 6

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Number 7 white, white

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 far can you push them while still maintaining whiteness. Thank you  Leslie Saeta for this great learning challenge

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Monday, January 07, 2013

6 of 30

There is a little discussion going on.....who is the star of the show? The three contestants all seem to have an opinion. I love the little one at the bottom....maybe it has lots to say!
I am falling into the land of midtones. We will see what happens later in the week as I had to paint ahead this weekend. Light, dark, light, dark.........

6 x 6

Sunday, January 06, 2013

And here is number 5

And here is number 5.  I had to buy a bouquet of flowers which do certainly brighten the studio.
I rarely paint looking down into a flower so here is my rose effort. As I look, maybe more darks? 
I will be revisiting for sure.

6 x 6

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Saturday the 4th!

Yesterday I said I wanted color and I got  it. Today I really ramped it up!
This, my friends, is color.
I would love a rose like this in my garden.

 6 x 6

Friday, January 04, 2013

Number 3

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. 

6 x 6

Thursday, January 03, 2013

The rose again

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!

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Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Number One

Thirty Paintings in thirty days is a challenge that Leslie Saeta is running this month from her blog    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. 

5 x 7