Saturday, February 14, 2015

Tulips and Oranges

still life, 6" x 6", oil on gessobord, $70
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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

 
NFS

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

 landscape, 6" x 6", oil on gessobord, $70
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30/30

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

landscape, 6" x 6", oil on gessobord, $70
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29/30

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.