Did you hear about the 100-Day Project?
"It’s a celebration of process that encourages everyone to participate in 100 days of making. The great surrender is the process; showing up day after day is the goal. For the 100-Day Project, it’s not about fetishizing finished products—it’s about the process."
The project is sponsored by Elle Luna & The Great Discontent site. Check out the details - and join in.
You're supposed to create a unique hashtag for your project. I'm calling mine - #100DaysofArtCreations.
I worked on a couple of small collage pieces that I will post on Monday. But now I'm thinking of creating hand lettered art instead. Why not change my mind! As Elle says, "It's about the process."
I used the word Focus in two different ways: I focused on painting an Oriental Ship. And I focused on painting a wet-in-wet watercolor painting.
In the reference photo, the ship's sails were orange. Since I'm really not an orange person, I made the sails pink.
I finally began and completed my art journal page for The Documented Life Project. The March 14 Challenge is Borders. I know that I'm a bit behind but maybe I can catch up on some of the previous 2015 challenges.
For my borders, I used floral napkins printed in England and the words Fleurs Bistro stenciled in plaster. The stencil comes from the Americana Decor line (from DecoArt).
Are you participating in the challenges?
Today is the last day - Day Thirty - of 30 Paintings in 30 Days. I'm back to circles again. But this time, I added some white accents.
During the Thirty Day Challenge, I actually only missed two days. So I created two catch-up art pieces. Here is my rendition of a pinkish-red cone flower painted with watercolors.
And last, I painted purple circles on a vintage page from an old typography book - and mounted the art on some brown paper left over from a delivery package.
Note: Typepad is acting up again. I can't delete that unwelcome rectangle you see below.
Only one more day to go! It's Day Twenty Nine of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
I painted a cone flower again but instead of working with watercolor paints I used washes of acrylic paint.
Diluting acrylic paint with water offers the advantage that once it dries, it won't lift when you apply more water and/or paint. While watercolor dries lighter, acrylics will dry at the same value and intensity when it is used transparently. However, using acrylic paint will dry darker when used opaquely.
Have you ever worked with transparent washes of acrylic paint?
We're almost at the end of the Challenge. Today is Day Twenty Eight of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
For today's challenge, I'm submitting a new character that I'm working on. I may change her up a bit. Working title is Angel Baby.
Today is Day Twenty Seven of 30 Paintings in 30 Days. Only three more days to go.
I'm painting cone flowers again. Each flower comes out differently depending on the mercurial nature of the watercolor paint mixing with water. I plan to do a series of these flowers. I then might make a mosaic of the individual flowers.
We've now arrived at Day Twenty Six of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
I'm taking Danielle Donaldson's online class, Creative Girl: The Land of Light & Shadows on Jeanne Oliver's Ning.
For one of the exercises, we created a whimsical girl without features. I'm submitting my rendition (above) for Day Twenty Six of 30 in 30.
I had a lot of fun creating this fanciful design for Day Twenty-Five of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
First, I inked the design using a Micron Pen and the new Ranger Fude Ball Pen (1.5). Before applying a light watercolor wash over the inked page, I checked the Fude Ball Pen which indicated it was Water and Fade Proof.
But when I applied the watercolor wash, the Fude Pen bled a light gray color over my drawing. I quickly mopped up the gray smudges with a paper towel.
I've worked with Micron pens for a long time so I know that these pens are definitely water-proof. Also, I did not soak the inked paper with a heavy wash of paint. If you do use the Fude pens, just be careful with watercolor washes.
We're now at Day Twenty-Four of 30 Paintings in 30 Days. For my submission, I experimented with a wet-in-wet watercolor technique to create a painting of a bird.
Lately, two of my favorite watercolor paints are Holbein Opera Rose and MaimeriBlu Cyan. I love the rich colors that these paints produce. I used both of these colors in my painting.
What are your favorite shades of watercolor paints?
Somehow, this art piece reminds me of the Moon. A moody kind of moon. Yes, I'm working with circles and a paint chip card again. This will be my last day on that topic.
We made it to Day Twenty-Three of 30 Paintings in 30 Days. Take a few minutes to check out the other artists' work.
I can't believe that it is already Day Twenty of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
For my submission, I created this whimsical painting. I used Letraset Neon Markers and the colors came out really bright. Too bright for my taste. However, when I scanned the painting in PSE, I couldn't recreate the neon shades. How odd.
Instead, my art piece looks more pastel than the original work.
Only ten more days to go. Are you still painting?
And so we have finally arrived at Day Nineteen of 30 Paintings in 30 Days. Only Eleven more days to go!
I painted the same flower again but this time I used purple watercolor paint for the petals. I think I like this painting better than yesterday's blue petaled flower. I usually don't often use this shade of purple in my watercolor paintings.
Yesterday, I played hooky from 30 in 30. Not really. I completed a lot of sketches yesterday but I didn't work on a painting.
Here is my submission for Day Eighteen of 30 Paintings in 30 Days. I intended to paint the flower petals with Indigo watercolor paint. However, I didn't like how dark the petals looked so I added a lighter shade of blue to the Indigo underpainting - and lots of water.
How's the 30 in 30 challenge going for you?
Today is Day Sixteen of 30 Paintings in 30 Days. I was inspired by a drawing of a wing that I saw on Pinterest so I decided to sketch my own wing.
For my submission, I used pen, acrylic & watercolor paints, watercolor pencils, ink and art stampings.
How is the challenge going for you?
For Day Fourteen of 30 Paintings in 30 Days, I experimented with plaster and a palette knife to create an Abstract Angel. I finished off the painting with acrylic paint and gold gilder's paste.
I may add some small images to the 5" x7" canvas board later on.
We've made it to Day Thirteen of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
I used the splatter technique again to create my field of flowers. I dropped a lot of water onto the flower shapes because I was going for a pale look.
Are you still participating in the challenge?
Today is Day Eleven of 30 Paintings in 30 Days. This 5" x 7" mixed media art piece was inspired by a snippet of text that I found in a book review about birds.
I actually built my art around the above words. To create the piece, I used acrylic paint, DecoArt Media Crackle Paste, ephemera, inks and art stamps.
Yes, I believe birds are survivors.
Even though I had many errands to do today, I managed to squeeze in this abstract painting of circles and squares/rectangles for Day Eight of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
I used acrylic paint, oil pastels and colored pencils to create my submission. The stamp is a Teesha Moore image.
Today is Day Seven of 30 Painting in 30 Days. Only twenty-three more days to go!
I noticed that many artists are using the 6" x 6" format for their paintings. So, for the first time, I decided to give it a try on watercolor paper. I liked working with a square format.
For today's submission, I left the world of flowers and painted a beach chair instead. For the painting, I used acrylic paints, Pan Pastels and watercolor pencils.
Today is Day Six of 30 Paintings in 30 Days. So far, I've completed all six days.
I wish I had some paintings in reserve. But the holidays went by so quickly that my plans to do a few extra paintings before the Challenge Start Date didn't work out.
Today's painting looks similar to the one that I created a couple of days ago. However, this time I used acrylic paints for the sky and grass - and watercolor paint for the flowers.
How are you doing with the 30 in 30 Challenge?
Today is Day Five of 30 Paintings in 30 Days. Are you still in?
I chose to paint a single coneflower with watercolor paints for today's submission.
There are quite a few artists participating. Today, I'm #306 on the submissions list and entries are still being added.
Here we are at Day Four of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
I worked with the splattering technique again but this time I used both watercolor and gouache paints.
Take a few minutes to check out the other artists' paintings in the challenge.
Today is Day Two of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
I used watercolor paints and a splattering technique to create a field of abstract flowers. Check out the other artists' paintings. Better yet, come join the challenge
Today is Day One of 30 Paintings in 30 Days. Here is my contribution.
I'm taking Kate Thompson's online course entitled Fractured Angels. I highly recommend the workshop. For the first exercise, Kate has us quickly sketching angel images and adding paint. I used acrylic paint and pan pastels for my first angel sketch above. I plan to refine the features on the angel some more.
For Leslie Saeta's last 30 in 30 Challenge, I completed 30 paintings. However, I've overextended myself this time with online workshops and other challenges so I don't know if I'll complete 30 paintings. But even completing a few paintings indicates accomplishment to me.
Today is finally Day Thirty of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. I did it! I painted thirty paintings. Last year, I only completed twenty-three paintings so it was very important to me to complete the challenge.
This art piece was created on a wood board. I blocked in colors with acrylic paint. Next, I stenciled in some circles and the word, color. I accented the piece with oil pastels. The art work actually has more vibrant colors in person. Just for fun, I manipulated the piece with PSE.
I kind of like the manipulated art piece too.
This morning I'm headed to Virginia Beach for the Art & Soul Retreat. I'm looking forward to a wonderful experience.
Yes indeed - Today is Day Twenty Eight of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.
On this day, I created a rose using Alcohol Inks on Yupo paper. The latter is a very tempermental medium. I added a stem and some stamped text. The actual painting is about ATC size.
Here we are heading down the finish line on Day Twenty Seven of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.
For this day, I did an acrylic painted portrait. I also used watercolor paints, pencils and some stamped silver stars.
Are you still in the game?
Today is Day Twenty Six of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. Only four more days to go. I'm determined to complete 30 paintings this time.
My background for this art piece was a map from a vintage Lost Civilizations book. I covered the map with acrylic paints. Next, I added some collaged script, stencils, art stamp and oil pastels.
Today is Day Twenty Five of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.
To create this portrait, I used charcoal, watercolor paint, ink, pencil and art stamps.
Five more days to go! Can I do it? I'll keep trying - one day at a time. Note to Self: In the next challenge, create a bunch of paintings before the start date so that I'll have a backup plan.
So here we are at Day Twenty Four of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.
I had fun with this drawing and painting. I used black India ink, watercolor paint and water-soluble pencil.
How are you doing with the Challenge so far?
The time is passing quickly. Today is Day Twenty-Three of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. Lately, circles seem to be a theme of mine.
For this art piece, I used dye sprays, Gelatos, oil pastels, pencil and a white paint pen.
Only seven days to go!
Today is Day Twenty Two of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. Are you still in?
The background image for this art work came from a vintage Lost Civilizations book. You can still see some of the image beneath the paint.
I used copper and metallic blue acrylics. Last, I added some shadows in the circles with oil pastels and accented the piece with pencil marks.
Only nine more days to go. Today is Day Twenty One of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.
For this art piece, I used a combination of watercolor paint, dye spray, homemade acrylic paint spray and india/acrylic ink to create the background.
Leslie Saeta created a fabulous painting of The Mighty Six (colored pencils) for today. I love her work. Check it out.
Can you believe that it is already Day Twenty of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge?
I decided to do a quick portrait again. I used Golden Fluid Acrylics and watercolor pencils. Last, I added a collage of flowers.
We're now looking at Day Nineteen of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.
I haven't practiced portraits in a while so that is my topic for today. First, I did a quick sketch in pencil. Next, I used Golden Fluid Acrylics to paint my subject. Later, I added in some pencil shading.
Only eleven more days to go! Are you keeping up?
We are now at Day Eighteen in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.
I decided to have some fun and do a page of doodles which I colored in with watercolor paints.
For Day Seventeen of 30 Paintings in 30 Days, I chose the theme of squares and rectangles. Instead of painting the shapes individually, I experimented with blue painters tape to create the forms.
I used pastel shades of blue, purple and pink watercolor paints. Last, I outlined the shapes with watercolor pencils and activated the lines with water. I was going to add a design in the center of the piece but then decided to keep it simple.
Only thirteen more painting days to go in the Challenge. Are you in?
We're now at Day Sixteen of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.
On this day, I decided to go with whimsical flowers and watercolor paints. Doing all this painting is making me miss my art journal and collage work.
How are you doing with the Challenge?
We're at the half-way mark - Day Fifteen - of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.
My goal was to create an abstract acrylic painting. I began my background with vivid shades of metallic blue, hot pink and copper. I next added various PanPastels and water-soluble oil pastels - and finished off the piece with pencil markings.
The colors in the actual painting really glow but PSE somehow dulled down the bright hues.
For Day Fourteen of 30 Paintings in 30 Days, I decided to work with two-inch squares instead of circles.
First, I penciled in the squares. I then painted with watercolor pastels of pink and blue. Just for fun, I manipulated the image in PSE. I actually prefer the photoshopped image.
Now it is Day Thirteen of 30 Paintings in 30 days.
Today was a challenging day for watercolor painting. I actually completed three paintings. I was not satisfied with the other two pieces.
I decided to post the Tulips above. I actually used some acrylic paint and colored pencils in this piece too. Last, I enhanced these Tulips with a light touch of Photoshop Elements.
What did you create today?
And so now it is Day Twelve of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
The background of my art work is made up of swatches of fabric and paper. I next added a wash of blue paint over the entire background.
Then I hand lettered the word Dream on a scrap of watercolor paper. I must admit that I got carried away with the blue marker pen and nearly obliterated the letter M.
Only eighteen more days to go. Are you in?
Today is Day Eleven of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.
I began this mixed-media piece with a foundation of layers of tissue paper. I next added acrylic paint to the background and small card - and later wiped some of the paint off. Last, I accented the art piece with some art stamps.
Check out the other paintings in the Challenge. I love Leslie's Spring Peonies. She is such a talented artist.
Today is Day Ten of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.
I actually first did this drawing on a large, light purple paint chip card. However, after I outlined the image with a Micron pen, I found out that the ink bled. The bleeding probably occured due to the coated paper on paint chips.
I then redid the drawing on a postcard and added some color to the flowers.
On another subject: Via Lifehack, Chris Bailey writes about 100 incredible things he learned while watching 70 hours of TED talks last week. Here are just a few points that caught my interest:
Check out the complete post for more informative ideas.
Today is Day Nine of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. Over 200 participants are posting their art work each day on Leslie Saeta's blog.
Take a few minutes to check out their work. If you haven't joined the challenge yet, why not give it a try?
Yesterday, we were in Virginia Beach for most of the day so I didn't get to paint. I did catch up with the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge and completed a painting for Day 7 and Day 8.
The above art piece was created by cooking gesso, on a canvas board, with a heat gun which resulted in a bumpy texture. I then used dye sprays and pigment inks to add color to the canvas. I glued on a white glittered star as an accent.
This is an ink and watercolor painting. I added texture with a watercolor pencil and sand paper.