Sunday, October 1, 2017

THE CHALLENGE IS OVER, NOW WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED

Here are my two favorite paintings:
 What makes this one of my favorites are the strong composition and values, and the abstract treatment of the shapes.  Were I to paint this again in a larger version, I would probably add one "alien" color in a cool hue for just a little contrasting pop.


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 My final painting did have a contrast of warms and cools (yes, this black is a cool black) and I think it helped to enhance all of the warms.  Again, this painting had strong composition and values.  Intentionally placing the focal point right in the middle meant I had to work hard to move the eye around the rest of the painting. 




Thirty paintings of the same subject is the longest series I've ever created.  Doing this series in only thirty days has taught me a lot.
  • Focus is more critical with a daily deadline
  • It is necessary to really stretch and get outside the comfort zone when there are so many of the same subject
  • It's okay to create some works that aren't very successful -- they show areas of weakness but they have areas of strength
  • It's an opportunity to accept ideas from others but interpret them in my own way (Posted Palettes)
  • Working with the same subject creates an intimacy with it that doesn't happen with a single painting or a short series
  • It strengthens design and compositional skills
  • It creates the need for quick self-critique and immediate improvement of  each work -- no time to put the painting aside and come back later
  • It requires organization because it's not just painting the works, it's posting them on the challenge website and on the blog and Facebook too
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY -- it creates a wonderful opportunity to engage with frequent viewers and new viewers and with artists around the world.
  • The next challenge is in January 2018 and I'll be back!
 Here are the two paintings I consider my weakest with a brief critique of each:

 This painting is crowded and it's not clear where the shadows are and where the real branches are.  I used a patterned paper that I wanted to show through in the final work which took away my freedom to paint opaquely behind the blooms.  The composition could have been stronger if I had made the small  branch on the bottom left come in from a different place and not crowd the main bloom.  I do love this color scheme though.

This is a beautiful color scheme that takes the usual white magnolia to a different place.  The biggest problem with this painting in my mind is that the main blossom is too 
centered  and needs to be a little larger.  There is too much vague background.  Also
The blossom needs more distinct shadows to create more dimension.  This one could
definitely use more work. 




A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE SUPPORTED ME DURING THIS CHALLENGE. 
I HOPE YOU HAVE ENJOYED FOLLOWING THIS SERIES AS MUCH AS I HAVE ENJOYED  PRODUCING IT.  PLEASE CONTINUE TO FOLLOW MY BLOG AND VISIT MY WEBSITE:  HARDAGEART.COM.  LOTS OF NEW ARTWORK TO COME.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS -- DAY 30


#30                      Caught in the Sun                        Acrylic

Our final Posted Palette was suggested by another sweet friend, Lynda, whose colors were Orange, Yellow, Green, Black and White.  In this painting I was most interested in the shadow cast by the center of the bloom.  Creating the shadows with this color palette was a challenge since I usually use red and blue in the cast shadow color.  

I'm going to miss painting a Magnolia each day but there are other ideas whirling around in my head waiting to come to fruition so it's time to move on. Thank you to Leslie Saeta for hosting this challenge at www.saetastudio.com.

There will be another 30 Day Challenge in January.  Anyone have any ideas for what I might paint?

All of these works are 5 x 7" and available for $20 each.  Please comment below with the Title/number you wish to purchase.  Proceeds will be added to our donation for Hurricane Relief.  Numbers 3 and 6 have been sold.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS -- DAY 29

Today's Posted Palette of Turquoise, Coral, Lime Green, Hot Pink and Brown brought to us by dear friend, Margaret takes me to a hot tropical location and thus a very exotic Magnolia.  Here, artistic license was applied, since my reference photo showed white blooms with lots of greenery.  It's almost as though all that heat has wilted the bloom.  Time for a siesta?

Only one day left in the challenge then on to other projects. 

#29                     Going Tropical                       Acrylic


All of these works are 5 x 7" and available for $20 each.  Please comment below with the Title/number you wish to purchase.  Proceeds will be added to our donation for Hurricane Relief.  Numbers 3 and 6 have been sold.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS -- DAY 28


#28                             Notice Me                          Acrylic


Today's Posted Palette is brought to you by Jordan, a sweet former student.  Her colors are Light Teal, Dark Teal, Yellow and Grey.  This simple palette has resulted in a very calm serene blossom.  One of the interesting aspects of painting these Magnolias has been paying attention not only to the flowers, but to the negative spaces -- those that surround the flower.  Making them as interesting as the subject is a challenge, especially in the closeup blooms.  This, by the way, is a radial composition --all of the "lines" of the painting radiate from the center outward.  Thank you Jordan for helping me complete this challenge.


All of these works are 5 x 7" and available for $20 each.  Please comment below with the Title/number you wish to purchase.  Proceeds will be added to our donation for Hurricane Relief.  Numbers 3 and 6 have been sold.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS -- DAY 27

Bekah, another former student has given us today's Posted Palette -- turquoise, blues and blue greens.  Although these are not "magnolia colors", they make for an interesting abstracted painting.  Because they are all cool colors the challenge was to convey the variety of leaves and make the bud stand out without a contrasting warm color.  Thank you Bekah for making me think.  Had fun with the first layer, applied the paint then sprayed it all with water and allowed it to drip and run down the page.  Just a little of the result can be seen at the left near the bottom of the bud.


#27               Hey Bud                   Acrylic


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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS -- DAY 26

The Star,  today's painting has a Posted Palette sent by my former student and wonderful Videographer, Brandon.  He selected what might have been a very sweet, shy palette:  pink, blue, yellow, white and red.  I chose to make it more dramatic.  If you look closely you'll see the delicate pinks, blues and yellows supporting the bolder colors.  Another aspect of being an artist requires us to carefully select the titles for each work that we do.  Sometimes, this can be difficult, since the title should guide the viewer's perception of the work.  In this instance, it was easy, as I was intrigued with the dramatic center of the bloom.  By the way, this is a "lemon magnolia."


#26                 The Star             Acrylic 

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Monday, September 25, 2017

30 PAINTINGS IN 30 DAYS -- DAY 25


#25                       The Web                             Mixed Media

Provided by former student and current musician, Will, today's Posted Palette offered a real challenge -- grey, black, violet and Navy blue.  This painting combined pastel pencil, collage and acrylic paint and required the use of lots of glazing (layers of thin, transparent paint) in order to keep the web-like pattern of the collage in the background.  Since all of the colors were cool, I warmed up some of the greys to offset the sombre cool tones.  When the challenge is over, it might be fun to return to some of these pieces and paint the same magnolia in a different palette.  (Maybe another challenge at a later date?)
What's one word you would use to describe the "mood" of this piece?


All of these works are 5 x 7" and available for $20 each.  Please comment below with the Title/number you wish to purchase.  Proceeds will be added to our donation for Hurricane Relief.  Numbers 3 and 6 have been sold.

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