Saturday, January 21, 2017

DAY 21 - Painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days

"Practicing MAX"
6" x 8"
pastel on pumiced gatorboard

This was intended to be for practicing for
a more complete piece.
Really like the color and the feel.

Friday, January 20, 2017

DAY 20 - Painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days

"Rocky Mountain Arrangement"
acrylic on 6" x 6" canvasboard

Today it was forever....seemed like... 
painting along, not liking the outcome ~
too tight, too unreadable, so I decided to
take it a step further and make it JUST readable
and LET IT GO!
The brushes and paint started flying and
the end result was 'MUCH MO bettah'
then what was originally happening.
Too tight?
Just stand back and fling paint.

Love it! - DAY 20!!!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

DAY 19 - Painting 30 Paintings in 20 Days

"Deer One"
8" x 10"
acrylic on wrapped canvas

  OK, had to try this format again.
I liked the outcome of Day 18 so decided to switch
the background with the outline color.
I think maybe the background could have been a little lighter
in value, but hey - this is what the challenge is somewhat
 all about, some time to seriously experiment with ideas.
This one reminds me of the Pop Art era.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

DAY 18 - Painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days

"Party Girl"
8" x 10"
acrylic on stretched canvas

The model for this is Lucy (a 'round about' member
of the family).

Lots of fun, love that oxide with the blue red mixture of purple.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

DAY 17 - Painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days

6" x 6"
acrylic on canvasboard

Nature, as far as flowers go, is pretty symmetrical. It would
have taken me longer than a day
to get the symmetry of this flower more to my satisfaction.
I am not big on 'blending' and 'glazing' acrylics either.
I tend to treat them more like I do oils, painterly and quick.

Here's what this one looks like pedestaled on a
small metal easel.
Thanks again to my floral designer daughter for the great photo!
Available for purchase right away.
Email me if interested.

Monday, January 16, 2017

DAY 16 - Painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days

6" x 6"
oil on birch panel

This little guy lives in the hood, and visits quite a lot
either seed or suet, he is a big eater and
very sassy to the other locals

Sunday, January 15, 2017

DAY 15 - Painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days

"Lion Fish"
12" x 12"
oil on 1 1/2" canvas, needs no frame
as it will be painted around the edge

I love this size - it's doable if you have the right subject in a 4 - 5 hour stretch
and if you are confidently slinging paint.  
Today - I was.

Painted from my granddaughter Scarlett's photo - from the Denver Zoo.
I seem to be attracted to blue and orange this month.
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This painting is available for sale, and can be shipped once it's dry.
That may be a few weeks.
If interested, contact me please.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

DAY 14 - Painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days

"Bare Trees"
acrylic and marker on canvasboard
each 5" x 7"
Can be framed together or separately 
for side by side
display as a diptych.

Another frustrating day - my plan for this one
went out the
it is what was left after 
an attempt at several 
different colors and
What is nice about acrylic paints
is you can start over on top
of what you already did.

Makes for many layers of paint.

Almost half way.

Friday, January 13, 2017

DAY 13 - Painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days

"Floral Crown"
8" x 10"
watercolor, marker and pencil on YUPO

Good/bad time to try something new.  I purchased 
some YUPO paper several months ago and
wondered if I had the time this afternoon
to experiment with it and get something
worth posting that is not what I usually have done 
with YUPO before.
I experimented and found
it's a bigger learning curve
than I originally thought.

Once down, you have to leave the watercolor alone, 
If you go back, you just about take the pigment back out.
The surface is really slick and NON absorbent,
so the medium just sits atop - puddling and pooling.
I have tried it with alcohol inks, just dropping the ink
and letting it bleed into different colors.
Lots of fun, but trying to control it
is a real task.

Didn't leave enough time to play with it 
anymore, had to call it done.

This is PAR for Friday the 13th.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

DAY 12 - Painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days

"Path Into the Woods"
6" x 6"
acrylic on Raymar canvasboard

Quickly done today, very overcast afternoon causes 
photo to not come out to my liking.
Today's activities kept me from the easel
til later - oh well.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

DAY 11 - Painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days

"Surfacing for Supper"
6" x 8"
pastel on pumice treated gatorboard

There are lots of animals hardly ever seen in
paintings, and I believe this is one of them.

Kudos to my grandaughter for the great photo I used.
She took it at the Denver Zoo.

Available for purchase, just email me.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

DAY 10 - Painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days

"Petal Power"
(Cafe Olè Dahlia)
5" x 7"
acrylic on Raymar canvasboard
(palette of red, yellow, blue and white only)

Switched mediums for a bit, to see if I could get
a better value stretch in my subject -
and I did!
"Where flowers bloom so does hope."
Lady Bird Johnson
(Appropriate sentiment for the day.)

This one is ready for shipping.
If interested please email me and
we can discuss further.

Monday, January 9, 2017

DAY 9 - Painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days

"Among the Milva Roses"
8" x 8"
oil on Raymar canvasboard

Again, a photo from my florist daughter helped me 
get today's painting going.

Other flowers here are delphinium, thistle (my new fave
when floral painting), silver dollar eucalyptus and white ginestra.
I am getting a lesson in flower ID, at the same time I am painting.

The day got late when I needed to 'final photo' this,
the north light was gone, which I really rely on.
So I bumped up the brightness on this one a little in Photoshop,

Your and my monitors may be a bit different, too.

This one is available, I never intended to market these until
the 30 days were done, but it's happening anyway.

Please email me if interested.
Drying time needed.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

DAY 8 - Painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days

"Prickly Pear"
6" x 6"
oil paint on wood veneer

Arizona has so many species of cacti. I guess my favorite, 
because of it's shape, is the Prickly Pear kind.
There are several varieties of them.

I found these along the Salt River from Mesa up to Pinetop.
Someone had even carved their initials
into one.  So sad.  I left that out.

This painting is very wet and thickly painted but will be available for purchase
soon, If interested, please email me or leave me a comment.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

DAY 7 - Painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days

"Sunflower with Thistle and Privet Berries"
12" x 12"
oil on 2" wrapped canvas

This one happened SO fast.  Painted from
one of the many great source photos
provided by my florist daughter in
Fort Collins.   She makes 
the prettiest arrangements!

Thanks for sharing Jess.

Loved this one!