Thursday, January 30, 2014

Day 30 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

"Pear Study 2"
Oil on Linen Panel, 5x7, $25

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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!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Day 29 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

 "2 Pairs 4 Pears"
Acrylic, Gesso Board, 4x4

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!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Day 26 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Acrylic, Linen on Panel, 5x7, $25

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.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Day 23 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

one, two and three
acrylic on gessoboard, 5x7, $25

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!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Day 21 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

"Electric Crow"
Acrylic, 2" cradled Gesso Panel, 6x6
(no frame needed)

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.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Day 20 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

"Robin's Eggs"
Acrylic on Gesso Board, 5x7, $25

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Day 20 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days. Well, today is day 20 of Leslie Saeta's Challenge, 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

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Day 18 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

"Ruling the Roost"
Acrylic, 4x4, 2" Cradled Gessoboard
Not for sale

Day 18 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days
I'm still actively involved in Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days and really enjoying it! I am optimistic that I will continue painting small daily paintings and posting them on the Daily Paintworks site.

"Ruling the Roost" is painted on a natural wood 2" Cradled Gessoboard so no frame is needed!

As always, your comments and critiques are most welcome!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Day 17 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

"Call Me Irrefragable"
Acrylic, Gesso Panel, 6x6

Day 17 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days with Leslie Saeta
My curiosity for crows continues. This time I employed a bit of the "impasto" technique which is a fancy word that simply means that I applied the paint very thickly leaving ridges to add texture and give the impression of lifted feathers. I hope you like it. As always, comments and critiques are warmly invited. Thanks.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Day 16 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

"I said CAAAW!"
acrylic, gesso panel, 5x7, $25

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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!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Day 12 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

"Rasta Sheep"
Acrylic on Gessoboard, 6x6
Day 12 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days - Check out all of the wonderful daily paintings at Leslie Saeta's blog, Slice of Life. Thanks and go on, leave a comment! 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Day 11 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Acrylic, Gesso Board, 6x6

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Day 11 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days with Leslie Saeta of the Artists Helping Artist Show on Blogtalk Radio. This one I rushed through. Maybe I'm losing interest in birds. Perhaps I need another subject for week 2. Thanks for leaving a comment or critique, I alway appreciate it!

Day 10 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Acrylic, 6x6, Gessoboard, $25

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Day 10 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days Done! whew...some days are easier than others.....leave a comment, critiques welcomed! Thanks for looking! Take good care.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Day 8 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Acrylic, Gessoboard

Done! Day 8 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days. I love crows. They are so smart and present. We come upon a "murder" or flock often on walks and hikes. I'm always intrigued. They're always up to something, talking back and forth.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Day 7 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

"Kind Robin"
Acrylic, Gessoboard, 8x8

Day 7 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge hosted by Leslie Saeta of Artist's Helping Artists Blogtalk Radio Show. Woo. Robin....get it?

Monday, January 6, 2014

Day 6 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

"Juicy Apple"
Acrylic, Gessoboard, 5x7 $35

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Today is Day 6 of the 30/30 January challenge. I slipped and skipped yesterday but back on it today. Starting right up in the morning is best for me and I get so pumped that I can paint all day into night. I plan on getting a day ahead so that I don't panic if something comes up or the grief is unbearable. I have to plan painting around yoga, however, because that is my lifesaver in a sea of grief. No problem, it's just an hour and close-by.

I've gotten tremendous comfort from reading about the afterlife since Mark passed over. As soon as he left, I felt a desperate need to find out where he went and so the investigation began. It is pretty incredible that there are so many credible sources who have written about this subject yet few are talking about it. (Well Anderson Cooper is because of the movie coming out, yes!) For starters I recommend Between Death and Life by Dolores Cannon....excellent. The eye opener for me is that of the many books I've read about this (and there are many more) they all say the same thing in slightly different tones. I feel more comforted than I did before reading these since the truth is that we don't die. Energy cannot be destroyed. When it is our time to transition over to the spirit realm, or afterlife, or hereafter, leaving the body is painless and very quick. Oftentimes, we don't know that it's happened because we are the same person....we think, we feel, we remember....we just don't have a clumsy body. After reviewing what has just happened and adjusting to being outside of the body, we continue on our journey to the spirit realm feeling peace and full of love. Our loved ones are always with us in spirit. I do talk to Mark a lot because he's right here....Hi Mark, I love you.....

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Day 4 - January 30 Paintings in 30 Days

"Lily Aglow"
Acrylic, gesso panel, 8x10
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Day 3 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days .... some days are not pretty painting days

"Strange Fruit"
Acrylic, gessoboard,  6x6
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 .... some days are not pretty painting days...

My day was that kind of a day. A bit frustrating but the 30 in 30 Challenge is about getting to the easel daily and producing a painting, good/bad it's subjective. Back to the easel tomorrow. ;-))

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Day 2 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

"Robin, too"
Acrylic, Gessoboard, 6x6"

Day 2 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge done! It feels good to be painting again.

I wondered if I would be able to do this. Since Mark left this earth plane on 8/24, my life has been consumed with grief. Yes, four months and four days ago, I lost my soulmate, lover, friend, confidant, clown, supporter, rock, honey bunny, spoon, my everything. It's quite an experience--the depths of which I have never, ever experienced before. The loss, sadness, loneliness, quiet, and the missing of all the qualities of the man that I loved so intensely put me in a place and space that is indescribable. I'm not going to attempt to describe it today because I have a painting to do but I will share here and there what I am going through. How does one not talk about something that is all consuming? I heard a medium yesterday say that a grieving person needs to talk about their lost one all of the time. This is difficult since most people have moved on and don't want to hear it. They feel that they need to help. There is no way to help. We just want to talk about our loved one. I love you Mark. You know that. I'm painting again, honey bunny.

Day 1 of the January 30 Paintings in 30 Days. Yeah!

"my robin"
Acrylic on Gesso Board, 6x6

Whew,  I finished my painting, edited the photo and posted it to Leslie's Blog with about 8 minutes to spare before midnight. Then, as I was editing my blog post, I deleted it....time for BED....!! Will I learn not to procrastinate.....nope, it's the way I roll! Goodnight...