I'm joining the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge again. It excites me as last time it was a good experience. Not only did I complete 16 out of 30 paintings in the month of January (while in the heavy throws of grief), I sold 7 paintings. I never expected that outcome. I thought, after the Challenge ended, that I'd be able to continue to paint daily but I've been pretty much unable to paint at all. The story of my journey of grief since 8/24/13 is a long one. I could never explain it here in a concise way. It's a story. It's a journey. It's intense.
I move onward now towards painting daily with this challenge as a motivator. I'll be asking my #1 angel for help, along with all of my protective angels and guides. All of my paintings may not be pretty or conform to my usual self-imposed standards. I don't mind if they don't. I want to learn and grow and express myself and move paint around as an expression of my inner experience. Whatever that means, however that manifests on the canvas is ok. I am open. I will show up to the easel. I will mix my paints, I will get through the ugly stages of my paintings, I will finish my paintings. I give my critical left brain a one way ticket.
Here is the link. I highly recommend joining in. There are a lot of benefits that are offered and unfold during the process. Oh, it's free.
My daughter asked for 'some paintings' for her apartment and I was able to squeak one out! It wasn't easy. The grief is affecting my ability to paint. The trick is to paint long enough so that it hooks me. I then can't walk away, my right brain in engaged and the left brain/ego/mean voice in my head takes a walk. This painting does show how rusty I am. That will remedy itself. Onward. Peace
This is a watercolor that I painted for my daughter Suzy as a gift when she graduated from Veterinary School in May 2013. Yes, they were her chicks and unfortunately were brutally attacked by a random murderer in the wild of Ft. Collins, CO. Oh well, the circle of life I guess. They were great little creatures although I only saw them for a week when they were still little chickadees.
Wow, I produced a painting, albeit a quirky thing, this week! I like this fellow (it just speaks male to me, I don't know...) and I continue my obsession with crows. I can't help it, they are so interesting and the black on black issue is a bit of a painting challenge that I enjoy. As always, critiques and comments welcomed!
Day 30 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days with Leslie Saeta is over! I'm very happy with my experience. It was really fun and motivating. I will do it again. I will also be painting hopefully daily and posting my paintings on the Daily Paintworks site. My first goal is 100 painting ASAP.
This is a small study working in oils. I haven't used oils in a long time and was curious. I love the way that oils flow off of the brush, like butta....and the way that they blend. I tend to make a big mess with oils which would subside with practice. I should just let it go sense I tend to be OCD with painting and I want to be loose and painterly. Brush mileage ....Onward....Thanks!
Day 29 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days with Leslie Saeta. One more day, it's been a fun and transformational little journey. Leslie's Blogtalk Radio Show Artist's Helping Artists tomorrow (or download/listen from the website) is about the experience that the painters have had during this paint-out .... should be interesting .... her show always is. Visit her site for more information. Thanks!
Day 26 - of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days. I lost a few days here but I'm ok with that. I do what I can. I had a session with a Medium and was pretty wiped out emotionally and mentally for a few days. I spoke to my parents and, of course, Mark. It's pretty amazing. That's an understatement, now really....It won't be my last session that's for sure. I was joking with Mark last night about how I hunted him down and found him....I hope he's as happy about it as I am! Still miss him immeasurably but at least I had contact with him, experienced his crazy sense of humor, had some questions answered and feelings affirmed. I love you Mark.
Day 23 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - I'm enjoying this painting challenge, it's getting me to the easel which is 9/10th of the challenge for me. I had a dream last night that I was painting and I heard the door and I looked up and Mark was there. It was as clear as life....lucid dream maybe? I don't know but I cried tears of happiness for 1/2 hour. I hadn't felt happy since he left. It felt so good to see him. I love that man....Enjoy my painting. Hop over to Leslie Saeta's blog to see all of the wonderful entries! Thank you!
Acrylic, 2" cradled Gesso Panel, 6x6
(no frame needed) Sold
Day 21 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - Hello Day 21! Here is yet another ...... crow! I just love them ... plus I have so many reference photos that I am so tempted by them. I can do landscapes plein air in the spring, right? Right now in '50 Shades of Gray CT will the sun ever stay for more than 1 day? For now, especially during the Polar Vortex, I will sit in the dining room, listen to audiobooks and paint crows! Thank you to those who leave comments....I gobble them up! Peace.
Day 20 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days. Well, today is day 20 of Leslie Saeta'sChallenge, I really encourage you to click the link on her name and look at the wonderful daily paintings that everyone is submitting. Sticking to the bird theme, here are some Robin's eggs. Thanks for viewing and feel free to comment or critique...Thanks
Day 16! (wow, I think I must have missed a few ...) of 30 Paintings in 30 Days with Leslie Saeta. No problem....I am happy to be here and I'm good with that. Here's another crow. I just love them. They really fascinate me. I mean, geez, they can use tools and throw nuts in front of car wheels to crack them. And.....drum roll....they have more than 20 types of caws. I'm impressed. Thanks for viewing and please leave a comment or critique. I love them!