Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Back Me Up

It's still hard not to give it a number! The challenge was great, but I love a little slower pace, too. I am lucky to be doing 2 commission pieces now, and I'm taking my time on the first one. I never knew that a Texas Longhorn is called a Watusi. But I do now, and he's mostly finished. The other will be a lot of fun, because it's a dog! Several months ago I took an art journey with my good buddies and fellow artists, Kristen Dukat, Gloria E.Moses, and Marianne Von Rohr. During a painting day, I started this one. I forgot about it until a few days ago. So I finished it and I'm very happy with it.
I love the stained glass looking colors. It's oil, 10x8, and I'm going to try to figure out how I did that, so I can try to do it again. Wish me luck!
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Saturday, February 4, 2017

"Good Buddies" and The bird grew!

I wanted to experiment to see how large I could have one of those companies do my artwork on canvas. So I took my little guy, "I'll Start Again" (day 1 of the challenge), waited for a sale, and sent the image off to, in this case, Printerpix. I was thrilled! It is a teeny, tiny bit blurry, but I need to learn a little more about resizing ,etc. It is a way I can have larger art work in my home, and/or offer larger art to people for a fraction of the price, and still have it as "sort of" original!. I think this was $60.00. Just a fun thing to experiment with. I also have a large angel above my fireplace, complete with a wide, beautiful, Salvation Army frame that I got for $20.00! Maybe I'll show that next time, since I'm sure not making art every day for a while!
And I started a painting with my class on Monday. Just an imaginary still life. They did great! It was to show starting a painting using thumbnails, and concentrating on values and big shapes first. I finished mine at home, and I can't wait to see theirs on Monday. I am so lucky to be able to have so many repeat students, and new ones combined at every class. They're awesome because we're all there to share, to learn, and to laugh. Takes your mind off everything for a few hours! Anyways, here's my imaginary still life! 10x8 and available on:

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January 30 in 30 Challenge Collage

The final collage! Thanks to everyone for support, laughter, and creativity in this challenge! I am so lucky to be part of such a wonderful community of artists. Thank you all for sharing your beautiful work!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Cabin Cruisers

#30 of the challenge! Congratulations to all who participated. I decided, for the last one, to paint another imaginary scene. I will be starting some February paintings soon, but most likely, there won't be 30! I want to start taking my time, painting a little bigger, and really just centering in on a few paintings without rushing. The challenge has been fun, definitely challenging, and I can say, I'm proud of the work that I did.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

That Man's Off Leash!!

#29 of the challenge. This dog has seen it all before, during the course of a work day. A person off leash. He usually carries a person treat with him, like maybe some Twizzlers or Nerds, or even a Mike and Ike to keep everyone calm. But it's still sort of nerve wracking for the poor mailman!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Backup Call

#28 of the challenge. I wanted to do something abstract, and I wanted to paint some angels. So here's what I came up with. The title popped into my head as I was painting this. Sometimes, when we're in trouble we need backup.  Angles are just one example of the backup that's always available to us!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Simple Pleasures

#27 of the challenge. A little house. Somewhat rickety, and in need of repair. But as I painted this imaginary place, I was reminded of how I look at a's what's inside that counts.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Should I Get My Hair Wet?

#26 of the challenge. This poor girl just had her hair done with a blow dry. Then this happens. A pesky little duck making faces and teasing. This may not be a monumental decision for you or me, but for this dog, it could be the difference between a smooth and planned out day, or total chaos. Guess she'll have to weigh the risks vs. the benefits.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Don't Kick Me to the Curb!

#26 of the challenge. This is just a little textured piece. These poor birds aren't getting along well right now. Maybe a worm wasn't shared, maybe a comment was made, maybe someone got poked by a long beak. But they have decided who the instigator is. The rest is...well...history. And all this drama in a 5x7 little canvas board.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

You Two Rascals

#24 of the challenge. Just a few pals hanging around. The red one is the more mature, and is prepared to discipline the little ones if need be. Or maybe it's me that needs the discipline now......6 more to go, and I'm attaching human qualities to flowers,boats, dogs, etc. Why not? They have feelings, too!:)

Sunday, January 22, 2017

If I Fell

#23 of the challenge.  I have gotten my second wind! This painting is 12x9 and has deep painted sides, so no framing. My favorite band has always been the Beatles (Paul was going to ask me to marry him once, but ......well.......didn't). Anyways, the title came from one of their songs, which is a beautiful one.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

One Fine Day

#22 of the challenge. I had a little bit of a difficult time getting the photo to show the value contrasts in the flowers, but I think some of it is evident. I wanted to paint poppies today! This is 10 by 10 and has wide 1 1/2 inch gallery wrapped edges. I am happy to paint the sides whatever is requested: from a dark rich color, to the same colors extended around from the image. To be hung without a frame.Free shipping for challenge month!

Big Dreams

#21 of the challenge. This is a little boat with big dreams. We all should think that way!

Friday, January 20, 2017

You've Got a Friend

#20 of the challenge. To be honest, I'm starting to peter out. I am determined to finish this challenge...not for any other reason than to finish what I started.It is always a good thing for me to do, and reinforces the gains you make when you are creative every day. There are inspirational things all around us, but I am stuck as to where to go next. So I will let the morning evolve, and see what pops into my brain for the next painting. This one is definitely one of my comfort zone paintings. My "mark at a time" type of painting. There's probably no way you'd ever seen green buildings, but, hey, that's why I call these imaginary scenes! Turns out that I love the greens. It was fun......keep painting, all of you, and we'll see each other at the finish line! Thank you for all your support!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Bloom Where You're Planted

#19 of the challenge. This was fun because I just kept painting layers on layers. Negative space painting, positive space painting, and another dab here and there. Carefree and fun. That's what #19 is to me. I love all the greens and that's why I had to stop. I was afraid I'd cover them up.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Struggling Actor

#18 of the challenge. I had it in my head that I really wanted to paint a dog that was waiting on tables while working towards an acting gig. I just knew it was coming...good or bad. Why, you ask?
I'll get back to you on that! Definitely having fun.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Texting My Grandpa

#17 of the challenge. I saw this man texting, and I imagined (hoped) that it was a good and happy exchange, like maybe with his Grand kids telling him they loved him. But what do I know? Maybe he was texting to check on his investments. Or to make a reservation. Or to learn results from a medical test. Thank God for our imaginations.....! PS I was terrified of this angle, but I am happy with it. I just tried to follow the values.
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Monday, January 16, 2017

It's My Party

#16 of the challenge.  This is a pretty thickly painted 10x10 oil painting. It has 1 1/2 inch gallery edge sides painted a rich dark color, so it doesn't need a frame.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Today's a Good Day

#15 of the challenge. Halfway there! I loved painting this imaginary scene. Mainly because I was doing a lot of glazing. Indian Yellow, Burnt Sienna, etc, are very fun to use as glazes.
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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Leap of Faith

#14 Another "mark by mark" painting. Fun as can be. These people are all interested and anxious, though a little wary, about what's in there. But they do know that it's good.