Saturday, February 14, 2015

Tulips and Oranges

6" x 6", oil on gessobord

This still life painting is for the Daily Paintworks Challenge that began on January 31st.  It is painted from a photo submitted by Diane Hoeptner.  I love how this little painting turned out with the intense warm and cool reds and oranges.  

Other stuff:

Today is day 82 of my personal challenge of doing art every day.  When I am not painting, I am working on value sketches and oil pastel thumbnails for paintings.  Doing this has really kept me in the art!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

30 Paintings in 30 Days and What I Learned


This is a collage of my paintings for the last 30 days.  Thank you Leslie Saeta for putting this whole thing together!

This is WHAT I LEARNED from doing the challenge:
  • Don’t ever feel it’s a waste of time to scrape off and start again.  It’s still putting in the miles, doing the work, and keeping you in the paint!
  • Don’t assume anything.
  • Painting every day or almost every day or making some kind of art every day makes for a good creative habit!
  • It’s really good to experiment – it offers an opportunity to do something different.  You learn a lot!
  • I feel I can handle paint better, mix colors more accurately in a shorter period of time, and can get the values correct on the first or second try.
  • Making a lot of small paintings is really helpful if your goal is to eventually make large paintingsThere are several of these little paintings that I want to expand on in a larger format with more color detail and/or more abstract.
  • Look at the work other artists are creating; it's very inspiring for your own work.  There are a lot of really good artists out there!
  • Meditating puts you in a good place for painting.
  • All of this DOES make a difference!
  • I love having made this colorful series of small paintings!

Friday, January 30, 2015

trees without leaves I - variation 22

 6" x 6", oil on gessobord


This is the last painting in the challenge!  It's one of my favorites!

And thank you to everyone who stopped by to check out my paintings during the challenge!  I really appreciate it!

This is WHAT I DID for the 30-day challenge:

  • Focused on color, value and design. 
  • Tried colors and color combinations that I don’t normally use.
  • Mixed most colors.
  • Used a very limited palette.
  • Used thick paint/used thin paint. 
  • Painted tight/painted loose.
  • Experimented with bigger brushes.
  • Experimented with tiny brushes. 
  • Documented all color choices/mixtures for each painting.
  • Scraped off a couple paintings and started over.
  • Did a painting in less than an hour.
  • Photographed paintings every day.
  • Posted all paintings – even the ones I felt didn’t work well.
  • Knocked an almost-finished painting off my easel face down on the floor.
  • Got over my fear of putting my paintings “out there.”
  • Looked at a lot of other artists’ work.  Was very inspired!
  • Got up most days at 5:00 to paint.  
  • Painted for 30 days.
  • Started mindfulness meditation.  
  • Started Qi Tai Gu.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

trees without leaves I - variation 21

6" x 6", oil on gessobord


This painting is done with a triadic color palette (three colors equally spaced on the color wheel) with two of the colors made neutral by adding their complement. 

I've started compiling two lists:  The first one is what I did during the 30-day challenge and the second what I learned.  I'll post the first one tomorrow.