Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Day 29: Colorful Orange Slices

This is my last painting in the thirty day challenge. I made a minor change (can you find it?) and I am satisfied to post it. I have reviewed my other paintings from the challenge and am delighted that almost all of the best little paintings found new homes. The others will be re evaluated, improved and then re posted, if successful.
I will discuss my thoughts about the challenge, what I learned and what my upcoming goals in a later post this week.

This last painting can be purchased here

Monday, September 29, 2014

Day 29: Colorful Orange Pieces

Day 29 of the challenge is today. I wanted to try something different today. This is a painting of zinnias that had wonderful color and a terrible design. Now, it is "repurposed" to be the underpainting of these orange slices. I wanted the pinks to remain present. This painting then put paint on (thickly over the underpainting) and then scraped (using a knife and a clay shaper-type of tool) paint off: reapplied more thick paint and..scraped it off and around. I will look at it again tomorrow and decide what changes it needs.

You can see other d 29 paintings on Leslie Saeta's  blog page. She is planning o discussing what the challenge accomplished on "Artists Helping Artists" blogtalk radio this Thursday, Oct 2.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Day 27: Geraniums, Zinnias and Susans

Day 27 and only three days remain in the challenge. These are beautiful early fall flowers  from my yard that I painted with a friend this afternoon. Overpainted onto a different failed painting, this again forced the use of thicker, juicier paint and increased texture which is always fun.

See the other challenge paintings here.http://lesliesaeta.blogspot.com

Friday, September 26, 2014

Day 26: Cantaloupe revised

If you think you have seen this painting before, you are correct. Previously, the little cantaloupe slice and plate didn't fit the size of the board well. (Check back a couple of pages and you will see what I mean). The great news is that once dry, my husband was able to cut the board so now this painting is 6 x 8 instead of  8 x 8 and "fits" better. I am going to post this for today. IOS 8 ate my password keeper and I have now tried for a couple of hours to rebuild it on a new site and let's just say, it is not going well....To keep everything secure, I am losing my mind.....
You can see the other day 23 entries here.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Day 24: Tiny Rabbit Watercolor Sketch

I am working on a new large watercolor piece and working with a great new class of painters (see below) so I didn't have time to get to work on oil today. However, inspired by yesterday's little dog that "showed up",  I decided to try a rabbit for today's challenge entry. Here are the best parts of this painting:1. the lost edges that allow the rabbit to "be" and "not be" 2. the eye and the trick to eyes is the shadow over the top of the iris that is cast by the upper lid (dark on the top, light on the lower iris and it becomes round and lifelike) and then there is the side-by-side placement of warm and cool colors ....



Here is  a link to the other day 24 entries and travel down to see the wonderful paintings completed by my "beginner" (hardly) oil painting class.









Pretty fabulous! One worked on copying a favorite painting and the other two are from personal photographs. They all make me smile!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

day 23: tiny watercolor sketch

Day 23 and this is a tiny watercolor. It looks a lot looser and easier than it is. Its charm is in the many lost edges and the feeling that the little dog is "showing up". I didn't want to miss the last days of the challenge!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Day 22: Eggplants

Today, I found these eggplants broken on their stems so I decided to paint abstracted plants with these last few. This is another repainted canvas board (9 x 12) and again, I love having to apply thicker paint to "get over" the underpainting. There is more texture to this canvas, it is a source tek panel.
I still love nature's lime green and purple combinations.

Remember to check on the other day 22 paintings here