I learned a lot from this challenge. I can paint every day! I did not complete 30 paintings, but I did complete 16. I’m happy with that. As the month went by, I got more complicated with technique. Today’s painting, #16, started that ball rolling. I learned that I cannot finish a pointillism style painting in one day – even if it is only 12″ x 12″. I also learned that in order to finish a painting I have to let go a little and let the painting be a little different than I had imagined. All in all, this was a successful month for me. And I am still painting daily, which is fantastic.
Day 30 Welcome Center 2, 12″ x 12″, acrylic on cradled hardboard.
Well, I’m a little behind, lol. But I’m just letting that go. 😀 I’ve been working on multiple paintings but they’re taking longer than I expected. I’m working on intuitive backgrounds using paint left from whatever else I’m working on (my “Waste Not Want Not” thing), then adding a focal image. Here’s an example for Day 19:
Blue Daisy 1, 12″ x 12″, acrylic on cradled hard board
Underneath this next image is, sadly, Don’t Fence Me In. I thought I needed to make it better. 😦 But I’m happy with this image. It’s a digital image printed and decoupaged to a panel. I use an ink jet printer so it’s been quite a process to learn how to do this without smearing the ink.
Day 20 – Sandy and Bug Posterized, 8″ x 18″, paper and acrylic medium on cradled hardboard
I hope to have several more to post this week. My grandson has the flu so he’s here with us all day instead of in kindergarten. Poor boy, he feels terrible. :’-(
I’ve been painting, I just haven’t had time to post. Put all the Christmas decorations away – it’s always a little sad. And am I the only one who apologizes to the nativity figures as I wrap them in plastic?
30 in 30 Day 9 Tryst, 6″ x 8″, acrylic, leaves, mod podge on illustration board,
Day 8 I See You, 6″ x 8″, acrylic on illustration board
Day 7 Running, 8″ x 10″, acrylic on stretched canvas
Day 6 Spaces, 6″ x 8″, acrylic on illustration board
Day 5 Dallas Zoo, 8″ x 10″, acrylic on stretched canvas
Today’s painting started as another cityscape. About 2/3 finished I painted over the whole thing in disgust. I can’t seem to create what I want. I decided to do another abstract and began pouring paints. Once I was satisfied I let it dry a little, then had the urge to scrape lines. It made me think of a fence on the beach.
Don’t Fence Me In, 8″ x 18″, acrylic on cradled masonite.
I confess I started this one some time ago, with a random pour of yellow, orange, and lavender. Today I filled in the remaining white canvas areas with black, then felt a need to dot the place up. I like abstract paintings, especially when I don’t plan anything but just let the ideas wander. It’s a no-pressure exploration of color and value. I used acrylic paint pens on this one, I’ve been playing with them – they’re fun although I need lots more colors and tip sizes. 😀
I worked for several hours on a tiny (3″x3″) river landscape painting, which I hated and hated more with every change, and I finally scrapped it. I have several pressed autumn leaves on my work table which have been waiting their turn – I chose one for solace. Instead of painting it, I made it the painting. It occurred to me that it represented the end of the fertile season, and yet the luscious copper and gold colors clearly speak of the renewal to come. I am enriched to have this reminder to view daily.
An Ending, A Beginning, 3″x3″, acrylic and collage on canvas
2015 is here, let’s go! I’ve got a lot on my plate for this year but I’m ready and painting is at the top of my list. Today begins 30 Paintings in 30 Days with Leslie Saeta http://30paintingsin30days.weebly.com/