Saturday, March 3, 2018
Completing my second 30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS challenge feels great. Probably the most important part of doing such a challenge is having the discipline to keep painting regardless of what life throws at you during this time. That said, there are so many rewards that come from this experience.
First there were the many dogs and cats with whom I got acquainted as I took their photos. Second there were all the friends who sent pix of their pets for me to paint. A huge thank you to all of you, even if I couldn't paint every single one.
Then there were the learning experiences involved in painting the variety of coats and colors in each of the animals. And most important, as with painting people, there was the need to capture the essence of each of these beautiful animals.
If I've learned one thing about painting over the last 10 years, it's that close observation -- really looking at what you want to paint -- is the best way to become a better painter.
Chery Baird, my painting mentor, constantly reminds all of her students that you have to paint everyday, paint a thousand paintings before you can be good at what you do. I would add, as nearly all of the great masters I've studied have said, that you will always have more to learn no matter how good you get. That's what keeps me coming back to the studio, SO MUCH TO LEARN, SO LITTLE TIME.
I'm moving on now to other projects that have been put on hold, so WATCH THIS SPACE to see what I'm working on next.
Friday, March 2, 2018
|#30 "Kiss Me, I"m Irish!" Acrylics|
This painting is SOLD.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
|#29 "I'm Innocent, I Didn't Do It" Acrylic|
Don't miss the last post of this series tomorrow.
This painting is SOLD.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
|#28 "I HATE Water!" Acrylic|
Only two days left for this challenge. What a joy this has been.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
|#27 "On Your Mark..." Acrylics|
Monday, February 26, 2018
One of the decisions I've had to make with each painting in this series is what to do with the background. If you've been following then you know that some of the animals have been in a narrative scene and some have been placed against a simple plain background. That choice depends on what strikes me when I look at the reference photo. Sometimes it's the eyes that speak volumes, sometimes it's the way their bodies convey how they feel. Often, it's their markings or the beauty of their coats. In this case, it was how totally mellow this cat is -- she just wants to be loved-on, 24/7.
Sunday, February 25, 2018
|#25 "Feel That Breeze" Acrylic|
The reference for this painting was taken at a lake I've painted many times and it seemed perfect to put the two together. Just wish I could have been in that canoe too.