Monday, January 04, 2016

Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days #4

"It Might Rain Tomorrow" by Lois Keller, oil on canvas,  24" x 18"


I spent all day painting the Parent Center at our school, sanded and painted a table for my daughter, and even did draw in my sketch book this morning.  Did this qualify as a painting? NO! Any other day it would, but not today,  that's what I'm loving about this challenge. It's supposed to rain tomorrow so I needed to bring in some junk from outside and I thought I could atlas glaze some canvases.  I love underpainting with Viridian, Raw Sienna,  I couldn't find Burnt Sienna, but I did find an Indian Red which I'm not familiar with. I laid it on thicker than a typical glaze.  I made a mess.  I loved this color, grabbed a canvas and  started painting shapes and lines with that Indian Red, it was cool ( I mean warm) and then I got out some more colors, but only had one brush and it was all thick oil paint from this awesome box my friend (Thanks Mark) gave me that has been sitting dormant for two years, and I started to pull out more colors, found a palette knife, a rag, got a few more brushes and....quite possible made the worst painting ever.  Ha Ha! It was messy, fun, brilliant, terrifying, and terrible all at the same time.  I accept the challenge!

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Sunday, January 03, 2016

Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days #3 "Response Able"

"Response Able" oil on canvas 20" x 16" by Lois Keller
I finished this one today.  (Although I accidentally signed it 2015, which I fixed after I photographed it)  Part of my goals for this New Year Challenge, is to finish work, bring sketches to life & ideas to fruition.  I found this sketch on a canvas and really don't remember what the heck I was thinking...so I   painted it in December, and then was almost done, but not quite happy with my detail or lack there of.    But, was also afraid of ruining it. But, today I did it.  Glazing, defining and finishing.  Ta da, I'm very proud of myself, (obviously) but, I know art is not just about finishing work.  What I do know, is that one painting will lead to another and another and I'm super psyched about getting the old art ball rolling again.  #30paintingsin30days
this was the painting I left hanging until today...

Saturday, January 02, 2016

30 paintings in 30 days challenge #2 "Girl Painting"

Girl Painting, watercolor and pen on paper, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
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30 days 30 painting #1 "Wayside"

Wayside, oil on canvas, 12" x 12"
Here we go, I'm taking the January painting challenge!  Check all the artist work at Leslie Saeta Fine Art and her Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days Challenge

I'm hoping this will kick start my art out of my sketchbook and onto the canvas.  #30paintingsin30days

Wednesday, July 29, 2015