Tuesday, February 13, 2018

day 11 Skyler in the water at dusk. Trout River Pond.

Skyler, age 12,  Trout River Pond 
4x4 inch oil on masonite 
My son Skyler playing in Trout River Pond during a family and friend canoe trip.  There was barely any light left at all.  He was having so much fun splashing.  I'm so grateful for these experiences.  Watching them grow up is bittersweet. 
Knowing they have freedom in nature like this is worth everything. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

day 10/30 Starting daily brushwork exercises

I missed a few days but I am signed up with a bunch of other artists who are all steam rolling ahead so I'll just join them on day 10 and have missed day 7,8, and 9. My style is super slow so i'm not able to keep up the pace once you add in everyone in the family getting colds as well as falling behind on commissions and I really need to catch up.  So I thought a great idea for this super slow detail oriented artist to do would be to do some small brushwork exercises. This allows me to just learn about the paint and the brush strokes without any stress.  My favorite artists tend to use a combination of detail and very brushy work within the same piece so this should be a fantastic exercise for me,  short and sweet and allows me to practice that one area I really want to improve.  So here is my first brushwork exercise.
Brushwork exercise 1

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Chicka-dee-dee-dee! - Day 6/30


4"X4" oil on masonite
This one took wayyyyy longer than I planned!!!
I obsessed too much over the details.......
My shoulders and neck started aching......
I felt a bit frustrated.......
and then I started saying "chicka-dee-dee-dee!" and felt happy :) ha ha

I tried to keep the background a little more brushy. Working on that! 
Fun stuff.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Sort of cheating in Labrador! - Day 5/30

Little falls on Churchill river lake
I sort of cheated today. This was one I did last year. I did paint one specifically for today, and I do like it.....
but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get a good photo if it!
The painting is quite dark, so maybe that has something to do with it.
If I get a good photo of it sometime I will post!
so....if the point of the challenge is to paint, well, I did do that! Just posting a different painting due to technical difficulties! 

In the meantime, this is a waterfall I took a photo of when we did an 8 day canoe trip
down the Churchill River in Labrador. We spent one entire day crossing a huge lake in a headwind.
The entire shoreline was either vertical cliff or big rocks like this.....nowhere to camp or pull in.

So it was pedal to the metal! Or paddle to the water or something like that!  :)
We occasionally pulled into little "coves" where the wind wasn't so bad to wait for friends and have a snack or two, still in our canoes. It was at one of these little moments I snapped the photo that became this painting. I tried to keep it loose and brushy which was definitely in the spirit of a painting a day!
I framed the painting and gave to my husband as a memento.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Ruby portrait repeat! - Day 4/30

Ruby
I didn't get my little daily painting finished today so I am re-posting Ruby, 
she sorta counts as she was finished in February!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Selfie #2 - #3/30 in 30 -something silly!

Selfie #2
Self-portrait as a lego!
For fun :) 
30 paintings in 30 days #3/30

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Selfie #1 - #2/30 in 30

Selfie #1
30 paintings in 30 days #2/30
A practice study to start working at human portraits.