Pure Contentment - Day 9 of 30 paintings in 30 days
Up until this week I had only painted one kitten. No other animals, So I am having fun painting different farm animals this week. These goats are from the Hux Family Farm in Durham, NC. So adorable. Lyn Hux tells me they do goat yoga. Check it out if your in the area!
This boat was sitting in a pond in Martha's Vineyard in early spring. It looked old but terribly useful. I loved the way the sunlight played on the sun bleached turquoise boat and the reflected light in the water. As an artist, I am definitely drawn to painting the effects of light. As I was taking a number of photos of this boat, a beautiful Mallard duck decided to get in the shot.
Late to the Party - Day 2 of 30 paintings in 30 days
I love that we have a farm nearby that I can go to take pictures and paint. I took this picture several years ago along with a ton of others that are patiently waiting to be painted. . The smartphone is my detriment, as I always have a camera where ever I go . I don't know what the hen party was all about, but this one chicken didn't want to miss out.
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Mde it to day 8 of the 30 day challenge but it's getting harder to find enough time in the day
Still sticking with the water theme, I've chosen to paint Fisherman's Warf from a photo I took last year. Seems like there are stages of painting for me. At first I had to learn the techniques in Oil painting which are almost reverse from what you do with watercolor which I have painted with my whole life. I focused more on objects, like fruits, bowls, etc until I felt comfortable with them. Now I'm trying to really express a feeling. The morning sunrise, a stormy sunset, a night view of the marina, and today I've tried to expres this clarity and beauty of the Monterey water.
I'm done with day 7 of 30 paintings. But today was a little harder as it was back to work today after vacation. 3 more weeks.
This was a sunset the night we arrived in Punta Gorda as the threat of Hurricane Erica diminished. This was the most amazing sunset, as it changed the whole time it was setting.
Punta Gorda had been hit 10 years ago by Hurricane Charlie which, I was told, took the brunt of the storm and affected much of the town. Much has been rebuilt or repaired. They've named an outside restaurant/bar on the water after Hurrican Charlie.
This is the fifth day of the 30 day challenge. We were in Florida all week - Hot, Hot, Hot. - overlooking the marina. But the purpose was to see my Mom which worked out perfect.
What beautiful sunrises and sunsets there. We would wake to the pale pinks, peach, and soft blue tones on the still morning water. At night, we were steps away from the choppy water sunsets. But what I loved most was meeting several couples with sailboats and one with motorboat docked at the marina keeping safe from tropical storm Erica. The storm dissipated before causing trouble here, but I'm so glad we got to meet them. Loved their stories and courage. They will stay on the Florida coast until about November/December and then head to Key West and then probably on to Bahamas and the Caribbean. They were originally from Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky and Florida with their boats being their homes now that they have retired.. What an amazing life. This harbor picture is my first ever pastel and is a tribute the our new friends on the sea.
This is the fourth day of the 30 day challenge. I've decided to paint these tropical themed paintings with the technique I learned with Dream Tolle Perry. Her paiintings are very colorful and she uses a base coat of tranparent colors before adding opaques. I have so much fun painting this way. Thought I'd try another painting of coconut palm tree look upwards.
Yesterday we took a trip to Fort Myers beach to a wonderful quiet section of beach with soft waves and clear water but what fascinated me was the beautiful coconut palm trees. While riding on the island we passed the Red Coconut which is a trailer park that I went to with my family many many years ago. I always remembered the name but never knew quite where it was so what a surprise and what a trip back in time. I remember wanting to bring a coconut home somehow and my dad and I found a shorter palm tree and he hoisted me up on his shoulders and somehow I climbed the rest of the way and pulled one down. We took it home to NJ and mom made at least one coconut cream pie but probably more. Tasting coconut from your own pick is so much better.
September is here at last. Not that I want summer to end, but I have been looking forward to painting 30 paintings in 30 days in September with Leslie Saeta along with lots of artist from all over the world. I did this last year and found it a real challenge to both work and paint. It really helped me to paint quicker, as I often take too long to decide on the perfect subject. But, it's not as much about finding the perfect subject as it is portraying something that excites me. I'm starting this challenge while on vacation. Tropical storm Erica decided to head to the gulf coast this week and while we are in Punta Gorda, we had the most beautiful sunset.
I've been painting... really... just haven't been posting anything since last year. It takes time and I've been trying to focus on getting enough paintings together for a show. No plans yet, but that's the intention. But I am glad to be back blogging and I will try to get my works out here where you can see what I'm doing.
This spring, I started painting larger - 12x16. Still doing the smaller ones too. The larger paintings were a bit to get used to but I'm loving it.
Even though I don't know who might be reading this blog, it's feels comfortable to be back.
My first interior painting - my kitchen with another vase of yes, sunflowers. This was a lot of fun without getting too caught up in the details. I'm trying to concentrate on center of interest. I love studying about having a center that is more detailed but when it comes to painting, I want to make everything detailed. So, here, I tried to keep soft lines except on the right sunflower and vase. This large pottery has become a favorite to paint.
I've never been much of a sunflower person until this year. They are so bright - such a big dose of happy! Can't help but make you smile. This is my 3rd sunflower painting. They challenge me so - trying to keep the yellow fresh and bright. I'm determined to keep trying to capture that elusive brightness they possess.
Walking around Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts one early spring morning in 2013 was such an unexpected treat. Our daughter, Amanda, came with us from Boston. The white trim and picket fences everywhere are so amazing when that morning sun strike.. Wrought iron whales over doorways, nautical symbols everywhere, widow's walks on top of houses, unbelievable scenery of lighthouses, boats, ferries and of course, sharks. Well, not really, but Jaws was filmed there. I came upon these steps that felt like such a warm welcome to the home. I snapped a picture and later did the study and the fianl 12 x 16 painting.
We stayed in Edgarton on Martha's Vineyard in early spring, in fact the island had just opened back up after closing down for the winter and everyone was out painting their white trim and picket fences with that super shiny paint which I think may be more durable for the ocean air. But everything was bright and cheerful and wonderful.
Last month I did a 30 day challenge and painting every day made such a difference. I could feel like a barrier had come down when faced with a white panel. Havarti, a cute little cheese knife and a bottle of red wine got me started again.
This the last day of the 30 day challenge and it has been difficult and yet so rewarding. I've learned so much from this but the biggest take away is that it has gotten me to dive right in and start painting quickly. I used to labor over it in my mind as to what I would paint, how big, the colors, the composition etc, and now I am putting my brush to the canvas as soon as I start. It's removed the fear that I felt before starting, the fear of failing, the pressure that it had to be good, the thought that others had to like it. Now I'm just painting for me, for my knowledge, trying new things, trying transparent colors, trying palette knife, try to paint fuzz. Yeah, fuzz.. That was not easy. I labored over these peaches and want to try them again because peaches are a real challenge for me. To paint something soft seems harder to me than to paint something hard or shiny. So, I've learned about painting, but more so, I've learned about myself, and I'm still learning what evokes emotion in the choices of what I paint. I am planning a new piece, larger, to be a landscape with people in it. I've chosen a picture I took at a French farmers market of several older french men who met Saturday morning at the market. They are so cute. I think that will be my next piece. Be on the lookout. Follow my blog for new paintings that I will post here first.