Oh dear! I am so behind in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. Today is Day Nineteen. Well, I just need to keep making art.
I finished this art piece today. I began it in an Abstract Painting Class led by Wan Marsh at the Art & Soul Retreat in Virginia Beach. The painting somehow reminds me of the old buildings in Jerusalem.
Wan makes abstract painting look so easy. I plan to keep experimenting with the ideas that she mentioned in class. Wan suggests working on a few canvases at the same time. Great idea!
When we were on vacation, I had hoped to do some paintings for the 30 in 30 Challenge. But we were so busy touring Jacksonville, St Augustine and Charleston that I didn't get a chance to paint.
Well today I finally finished an Angel painting that I had been working on for a while. So this is my entry for Day Fourteen of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
Leslie Saeta, founder of the 30 in 30 Challenge, says it's OK to miss some days. The important thing is to keep painting.
Happy New Year to All!
Well here we go again.....Today is Day One of 30 Paintings in 30 Days in 2016.
Here's a fashion girl done with watercolor paints and a vintage paper flower.. My scanner acted a little wonky today and this gray shadow showed up in the images of my scans. I've managed to blot out the gray shadow.
Image from Tara Lazar's Blog
According to Tara, "The challenge is to create 30 picture book concepts in 30 days. You don’t have to write a manuscript (but you can if the mood strikes). Daily blog posts by picture book authors, illustrators, editors and other kidlit professionals will help inspire you."
Registration is open through November 5th. I'm looking forward to the challenge. Why not join in?
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Image from Jake Parker's site
I just discovered Jake Parker's InkTober Challenge. Here's a description of the challenge in Jake's own words:
"Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. I created InkTober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year. Anyone can do InkTober, just pick up a pen and start drawing."
It's not too late to join. As Jake says, you can participate daily, every other day or weekly. Check out the InkTober Rules for more details.
As many of you know from reading my blog, I draw on a daily basis. Now all I have to do is add some ink to my sketches.
Today is finally Day Thirty of 30 Paintings in 30 Days. I can't believe that I actually completed all thirty paintings.
I create art on a daily basis in a variety of mediums. However, I generally do not complete an art piece each day. Some projects take a few days for me to finish. So doing a completed painting for thirty days in a row was a stretch for me. Yes, I've completed this 30 in 30 Challenge in other years. But somehow this year's challenge appeared more difficult. I was probably trying to fit too many other activities in one day.
I hope you were able to increase your painting output during this challenge too.
Day Twenty Eight of 30 Paintings in 30 Days. Only two days to go!
For this painting, I used acrylic paint, stamping and a bit of collage.
Today is Day Twenty Seven of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
I completed another watercolor painting for this day's challenge. My goal was to create a soft pastel look.
We have made it to Day Twenty Six of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
I've worked with primarily acrylic paint for about two-thirds of the challenge. Therefore, I really enjoyed painting with watercolors today.
Are you still participating in the challenge?
Today is Day Twenty Three of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
Instead of working with the usual paper substrates, I painted a silk scarf.* To protect my table, I lined it with freezer paper. First, I brushed undiluted alcohol on the scarf. Then I dropped small puddles of alcohol ink all over the scarf. I sprayed the puddles with alcohol to achieve diffused colors.
When the scarf dried, I used a text stamp (loaded with pigment ink for fabrics) to print an all-over design. Last, I ironed the scarf to make the colors permanent. The photo doesn't adequately show the beauty of the silk-painted scarf.
*Note: The scarf has a beige background because I had eco-dyed it beforehand with found plant materials.
On to Day Twenty-One of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
My goal was to use bright colors in this acrylic painting. Next, I added black lines of paint; ink scribbles, stamping and mark making.
This is not my usual choice of colors but it is a good experiment. I entitled it: Abstract Explosion.
We're heading toward the finish line at Day Twenty of 30 Paintings in 30 Days. Only ten days to go.
I began this acrylic painting with large rectangles of dark purple paint. Then I just kept adding many layers of white, light purple and pink paint. To finish off the piece, I added some stamped circles.
It's Day Nineteen of 30 Paintings in 30 Days. What? Only Day Nineteen?
This acrylic painting of an Abstract Forest proved to be a challenge for me. When the latter happens, I just tell myself to keep painting. Tomorrow is another day to experiment and paint.
Here we are at Day Seventeen of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
One of the benefits of this challenge for me is the opportunity to experiment. I ventured outside of my comfort zone again by working with red acrylic paint. And now I actually enjoy including red in my paintings.
Are you still participating in the challenge?
We made it to Day Sixteen of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
For this painting, I decided to have some fun with circles and acrylic paint.
Today is Day Fifteen of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
I did another version of a tree landscape in acrylic paint with added text stamping.
Today is Day Fourteen of 30 Paintings in 30 Days. We've completed two weeks of the challenge. Are you still hanging in there?
I did this painting in acylics. The landscape line is really straight. Somehow, my camera caught the painting at an angle. Full Disclosure: I can't blame the camera. It was me the photographer that took the angle shot.
We've arrived at Day Thirteen of 30 Paintings in 30 Days. Seventeen more days to go.
My goal with this art piece was to create a pale, pastel painting. I used acrylic paints, inks and art stamps to create this work.
Today is Day Twelve of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
I definitely went out of my comfort zone with my choice of colors in this painting.
Although red is one of my favorite colors, I rarely use it in my paintings. I have a red Jeep...Many of my clothes are red.....My two Shih Tzu have numerous red coats.
Well, since I'm participating in a Challenge, I decided to challenge myself to create with red acrylic paint.
Today is Day Eleven of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
I used the same scrap of fun foam to create this acrylic painting entitled: Seascape II.
Only 19 more days to go. Are you still in?
We made it to Day Ten of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
This is an acrylic painting that I entitled Seascape I. I only used one tool to create it - a small rectangular scrap of fun foam. I enjoyed the experiment of working with an unusual tool.
What non-traditional tools do you use to paint? Check out the other artists' paintings in the challenge too.
Today is Day Nine of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
I worked in acrylics, PanPastels, ink and pencil to complete this painting.
Today is Day Eight of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
Oh dear, this acrylic painting gave me so much trouble. I actually wasn't going to post the piece because I'm not satisfied with it. But then I thought back to Leslie's words, The challenge is about painting daily not producing perfect paintings.
I also remember what Misty Mawn said in a mixed media art workshop that I attended. That artists shouldn't expect every portrait to be their best.
Happy Labor Day! I hope you will take some time to do something special for yourself today.
We've completed one week of 30 Paintings in 30 Days now that it is Day Seven.
For this painting, I worked with acrylic paints.
Today is Day Six of 30 Paintings in 30 Days. Today I went with a black & white theme. My background is decorative paper with a swirl design. I added stamping, mark making and acrylic paints.
Just for fun, I reworked my art piece with PhotoShop Elements. I like the dark contrasts.
We're on to Day Four of 30 Paintings in 30 Days:
I did this art piece as an acrylic painting experiment in my art journal. I will probably rework it and attempt a similar idea on a canvas. If you look closely, you can spot text stamping on the beige paint.
Are you participating in the Challenge? As 30 in 30 founder Leslie Saeta says: "The challenge is not about finishing 30 gallery quality perfect paintings. It's about getting in to the studio to try new things. It's about painting more often. It's about having fun and developing new habits!"
Today is Day Three of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
I began this art piece with an image transfer. However, I almost ruined the transfer with a non-permanent ink spray. I blotted the latter out and applied a permanent ink spray.
I then added acrylic paint, art stamping and black lines. Check out the other artists' work for Day Three.
Here we are at Day Two of September 2015 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
For this abstract painting, I began with a pale purple, acrylic painted background. Using inks, I added a Tim Holtz music mask and finished it off with handcrafted stamp images.
I just discovered that the September 2015 Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days, sponsored by Leslie Saeta has just begun. I must have missed the notice in my in-box. Today is Day One so you still have time to create a painting for today or for any of the next 30 days.
Leslie is creating abstract paintings for the challenge. Recently, I've begun to explore abstract paintings in my Art Journal. So I think I'll work on some abstract paintings too. At least for the beginning of the challenge.
I completed this art piece today. Originally, I was going to stay with a black & white theme. Then I decided to add some diluted violet acrylic ink over most of the piece.
I don't know if I'll produce 30 paintings but I'm going to give it my best. Are you in?
Here is my completed art journal page for the May 30 Art Challenge - Textured Paper - of The Documented Life Project.
To finish off the piece, I stamped images on tissue paper and glued them down on the journal page. After the glue dried, the page's texture looked similar to plaster instead of just painted corrugated cardboard and Q-tips.
I added pigment ink to accent and highlight the various textures on the paper.
This week the challenge for The Documented Life Project is Paper Texture.
Here's Phase 1 of my art piece. When I work with watercolor paints, I use a lot of Q-tips. To prepare my Paper Texture background, I glued down the used Q-tips and scraps of corrugated cardboard. I covered the resulting textures with white paint and then light blue paint.
The May 23 Challenge for The Documented Life Project is Cheesecloth.
First, I covered my art journal page with modeling paste and then embedded cheesecloth into the plaster. I added the word color with the paste and a stencil. I let this dry overnight.
I framed the page edges with two styles of pastel printed tissue paper. Next, I glued on scraps of floral napkins. I first used blue acrylic paint to cover the page and later added some pink acrylic paint.
Last, I distressed the page edges with a dark brown ink pad. The photograph doesn't quite pick up the heavy texture of the plaster and the cheesecloth - nor the soft colors of the finished piece. I do like the organic look of the dried cheesecloth - all those interesting veins on the page.
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.