There are going to have to be two day 19's :) I am not sure how but between my blog and instagram and the 30 in 30 challenge website, I have managed to get my days mixed up. Pressing onward I hope to complete day 20 today, or day 21??
I am getting a little behind on my paintings I hope I haven't missed a day. This entry should be day 18? I have painted this scene before using google street view of the coast of Californins. A fun painting to try again.
I hope this is okay, I reworked and old painting and made a few changes in the clouds, trees and the foreground for Day 16. It isn't a completely new painting but I did make several changes. I still may go back and make a few more changes, like darkening the blues in the sky. Going to submit this one for Day 16's submission in the 30 in 30 challenge. This month is flying by!
Last night I painted this little 5x7 inch oil on a gesso board panel for my day 15 submission to the challenge. I painted this on from my imagination, it is fun to just paint and forget about capturing anything specific. I like how this one turned out. On to day 16, already!
Today I made the effort to paint outside again. I failed with my painting and had to wipe it off. I decided to take a break for a while. After dinner I looked at old photos and decided to try another painting. This one is cropped a bit on the left side, I like the composition better so I will need to make a few final adjustments.
Today I decided to have fun and just paint something a little and cheerful. I have noticed several butterflies and hummingbirds in my yard. I think the pink and yellow Lantana flowers and the pink Pentas are the attraction. Next spring I am going to plant more flowers that will attract them. I love to watch them!
5x7 inch oil on gesso board panel, "Cloud Impressions "
For day 10 I painted another beach scene on a small 5x7 inch panel. I referenced a few of my cloud photos for inspiration for this one. I love painting clouds, I have to be careful not to overwork them as I sometimes do.
I posted day 8 painting earlier, I have to say after looking at it both online and in person I decided to take it down. Not a good painting in many aspects. I remember reading the advice to never post a bad painting or one that you were not happy with the end result, I just figured if you are going to paint in a challenge to post every painting good or bad. I will try and rework it a bit and maybe re post it later.
Original oil on gesso board panel, 6" x 8", "The Coast"
For the day 7 submission, I went back to a few of my photos and painted this little beach scene. I am having fun with this challenge! It is great to get in as much practice as I can. I feel like with each painting I learn something about the process, good or bad painting daily is good for me.
Today's submission is a small painting of the coast. I was inspired while visiting the coast of NC a few summers ago and took several photos. I hope today the rain will hold off a bit so I can get at least one plein air painting completed.
Day 5 submission was painted outside on my deck I had taken a photo of a bird in my yard sunning and fluffing his feathers. I am pretty sure he was a Carolina Wren. I do love watching and listening to birds, I enjoyed painting this one!
For day 4 of the September challenge, I had to go back to April 2017's Daily Paintworks challenge and find a painting I had finished but never posted. This little hummingbird photo was posted by Linda McCoy for a challenge called "lost and found edges". I touched this one up a little today and decided to submit it for my September day 4 Challenge. Yesterday I had a good part of the afternoon to try and finish a plein air or two. What an experience. First of all, why can't flies leave us alone! Plein air painting is fun in so many ways, but I am finding it does have some obstacles. I find it hard to stay focused when I hear lawn mowers and pressure washers near by. Not to mention the several trips back in the house getting supplies I forgot to grab. So, next time I am going to have my ear phones ready in case I hear any of the above noises, also I am going to make sure I have everything I need before going out. I do love hearing the birds, other than the mockingbird that seems to terrorize all the birds and insects in my backyard. So, today if I find a chance I may venture back out and try a plein air again.
Today is day 3 in the September challenge. I painted this one about a week ago to get ahead in case I did not have a chance to paint. I am enjoying the challenge so far, I would love it if I could manage to paint one a day this month. I have a coffee mug with the saying "Make it Happen" printed on it,
my daughter gave me the mug as a gift with hopes it would inspire me and it worked! Last year I was able to cross off a long list of neglected "to do's" from my list.
My backyard is mostly trees and grass, I am going to have to get creative to come up with ideas of subjects to paint. I know the weather is getting ready to change and the leaves will be turning very soon. September is my favorite month, I think the fall colors and cooler days are a good change after a long summer.
I painted this one in late August on my deck. The next few days are calling for rain, so not sure if I will find a chance to paint outside. I do have few paintings which I painted in advance for the challenge.
I am in the process of practicing and learning more about painting out doors, or plein air. I have purchased a pochade box and tripod and have completed five paintings so far. It is quite different than the studio paintings I have been doing for years. I like to paint my still life paintings by setting up the props and painting them directly. I have painted landscapes from my own photos but have felt there is something missing in values and colors. So far my experience has been fun and exciting. I love being outside even though it is hot at times, yesterday during the eclipse I had my easel on my back deck and painted the view towards my neighbor's side yard. It was so much fun listening to the birds, seeing and hearing the bees and butterflies. I even got to see a large hummingbird moth that looks and sounds like a tiny hummingbird that is actually a moth as it was flying around my lantana and hibiscus flower pots. So cool! There was a mockingbird that was pretty vocal and he was chasing and squawking at something quite often. I am sticking close to my backyard for now until I feel more confident while painting. I know I have much to learn about the process. I joined the 30 in 30 September challenge that Leslie Saeta is hosting. I am thinking I might do a plein air series for this challenge.
I decided to go outside and try a close-up painting of my red geraniums in my flower box. I wanted to keep it loose and colorful. It was sunny and quite hot so this was a quick little painting. I had fun with it, I do like the reds in this painting.
I have not uploaded anything new on my blog since March. Where does time go?
There have been many changes in my personal life which have included making some adjustments, one big change is I have much more time to paint now. My biggest obstacle is myself and my confidence. I feel like I paint every day but I am seldom happy with the result. I wonder if I am normal in that area? I think I struggle with values, composition, brushwork and keeping a painting fresh and loose. I decided once again to venture outside and try my hand at plein air painting. I am for now staying close to home and hoping to practice often. I am spending time reading books watching the videos on painting I have aquired and practicing often. This small painting is of a view of the neighbors side yard. I made my way outside early this moring to start this one. I managed to finsh it in about an hour and a half. It was fun to paint outside I think I will try it again tomorrow.
After enjoying a few days of snow I decided to paint the beach once again. I referenced a few photos from a trip to Atlantic Beach a few years ago. I remember it was an October day but still in the 70's.
I signed up for the 30 in 30 challenge for January, I have not done so well painting and posting each day. I hope to get busy the rest of the month. I will post this one for day 10.
Sorry I have not been posting lately. It has been a busy summer and I have been sidetracked dealing with various issues. I hope I can get back to painting more often and posting. This is a little scene of a mountain nearby called "Pilot Mountain" It has several trails, and you can drive near the top, the views are gorgeous..
Today I cut a few branches from my azaleas and brought them in to use for a painting. I am pretty happy with this one. I will set it aside for a few days as it dries and may go back and add a few touches here and there.
I have about 10 canvases this size so I thought I would paint bigger fo a change. I painted this one in about 40 minutes, I am ready to start another one after a break. Love the beach and coastal scenes.
Something about red tulips, they are a favorite of mine! I set them up in my studio today and decided to paint them fast not spending much time. I like how they turned out. I am considering using this small study and trying a larger painting of the same subject..
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Today I decided to paint a still life with flowers.. I used a blue jar and a few white carnations. I would like to practice painting a few more flower paintings but do not have any flowers on hand. Going to look for some photos I have that might work for paintings.
Original oil painting on gesso board pane;, 8" x 10"
Today I had a chance to finish a painting in time to post for day 20. I have not benn able to paint for the past week. I am hoping I can post each day between now and the end of the challenge. I have painted this scene before, it is a scene from my backyard on sunny morning after a snowfall. I used my photo for referecne.
I knew painting a cat would be hard for me but decided to give it a try. This cat is of the ragdoll variety, he is such an interesting cat and has quite the personality. He belongs to my daughter and she has given me some great photos of him. I may try a few more cat paintings in the future.
I bought some pansies from the grocery store with hopes they might last a few days for some paintings. The composition for this painting changed a bit as I kept adding and then wiping away floweres and stems. I had a warm background at first then decided to go cool with light blue.
Today I used one of my photos from my trip out west last year. This image was taken using my phone as we were traveling the highway on our way to Nevada from Utah. The clouds were impressive as were the desert views.
Oil painting, on a flat gesso board panel, 6" x 8"
Today I chose an image using Google Street View, again looking at the coast in CA, I worked on this little painting from my reference. I know the Pacific Coast is beautiful! I hope to see it in person one day.
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Oil Painting, 8"x 10" on a flat ampersand archival panel
Today I decided to try a painting using The Virtual Paintout website for this month. The location is in southern California at an area called "Monterey Pininsula" Using google street view, I traveled along the coast of California and found so many gorgeous views to paint. Below is a link to the spot I decided to reference for my painting.
Today I have been painting a few beach scenes. Actually I should say reworking a few previous paintings that needed some help. I love painting clouds and beach scenes. This one looks a bit more cerulean blue than the photo shows on the monitor.
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This morning I decided to experiment with using a dark transparent back ground in my painting and using paper towel to wipe out spots for the flowers. I like how the leaves and flowers are standing out, I may try a few more in this style.
Today I decided to do a little re-touching on a painting I did a while back. I have not been painting for a month or so, I decided I needed a break, feeling a bit unchallenged and blah. Any other artists out there go through the same feeling of just not happy with your work? Well, summer is here now and I am hoping to get inspired once again. I would love to be driving along the coastal highway of the Outer Banks and seeing some views of the ocean, beach and dunes for inspiration.