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DAYS 29 AND 30!

Heart Wings watercolor on FABRIANO Artistico paper
12,5 x 18cm/ 5" x 7"

day 30 Trumpet Flower watercolor on FABRIANO Artistico paper
12,5 x 18cm/ 5" x 7"


"Angel wing begonias" and "trumpet flowers" are my final paintings for the month. I worked on them together. "Heart wings" I started with the flowers and worked the background later. "Trumpet flowers" was the opposite. I'm always trying to see what works best. In the end, I'm discovering that it varies from painting to painting and there are no set of rules but just a lot of practice and more practice!

Funny how I started the challenge thinking it might be easier the second time around. I found it harder this time even if I had prepared my ideas, photos etc. I work on my artwork everyday, in some way, even if for only five minutes. I don't normally finish a painting every day, it took a lot of effort to do otherwise!
The greatest thing about participating in this ch…

Days 25 through 28...

CAT NAP watercolor on FABRIANO Artistico paper
12,5 x 18cm/ 5" x 7" 
The photo reference I used came from Paint My Photo . It's always great practice to paint greyscale. I should really do this more often.
WINTERS ECHO watercolor on FABRIANO Artistico paper
12,5 x 18cm/ 5" x 7" 

SNOWY HORIZON watercolor on FABRIANO Artistico paper
12,5 x 18cm/ 5" x 7" 

Long cold shadows are what inspired me to paint both landscapes. The trees created interesting mirroring shapes on the snow in the early afternoon. I took the reference photo myself last year. My husband and I enjoy snowshoeing. It allows you to move away from the crowds and be lost in the woods. Of course, he has it all mapped out, I usually lag behind. I'm probably not the ideal hiking companion. 
LAKESIDE WINTER watercolor on FABRIANO Artistico paper
12,5 x 18cm/ 5" x 7" 

I am striving to transmit strong grey shadows and muted colors near a lake in winter. Yet another photo from my reference fil…

A GIFT- DAYS 23 AND 24

Primroses watercolor on FABRIANO Artistico paper
12,5 x 18cm/ 5" x 7" 


Prim and Proper watercolor on FABRIANO Artistico paper
12,5 x 18cm/ 5" x 7" 
We celebrated my husband's birthday this week and we received primroses wrapped in paper as a gift.

 I approached the paintings differently even if I was working on them at the same time.  I sat down while I painted day 24 and stood up while painting the other. It is fun to see what works best. I tried to stay loose, working with larger brushes and forced myself to not fiddle too much. Something I normally do, it is very hard for me to not want to add that last wash or bit of color.

I love to listen to Sky.FM as I paint. They have increased their selections and I find music to fit my every mood. For these paintings I picked Smooth Jazz. It's easy listening and great to tap your feet to!


My work in  progress



Tutti Frutti (Days 17-22)

These last paintings are all about fruits. Fruits are one of my favorite subjects to paint. The possibilities are as limitless as there are fruits! I love to play with the shapes, colors and shadows to create different compositional ideas.

I apologize about bunching them all up in one post. I have not had much time to devote to the computer this week.


"Sunday Sketch" graphite on paper
I've also included my "Sunday sketch" from my Michelangelo book. I just opened up a page in the book and drew the first thing I saw. I realized I was spending at least a good half hour just trying to figure out what to draw!



This is the last week of the challenge! I can't quit now.

I hope everyone is well! Thank you for stopping by!


I am selling all my 30 in 30 paintings from 2014 for €30 each (shipping included!). For any interest, please follow this link.


Some finished paintings to share

MARKET DAY
watercolor on  paper

12,5 x 18cm/ 5" x 7"
THE GARDEN
watercolor on  paper

12,5 x 18cm/ 5" x 7"  
CARNATION
watercolor on  paper

12,5 x 18cm/ 5" x 7" 

I am keeping up with the challenge, it is very difficult to complete a painting each day. I am not photographing or uploading my paintings on a daily basis, especially in regards to Leslie's site. This way I avoid a great deal of stress.

I take MANY reference photos at my local market.  I get strange looks from the people who work there. I must look funny taking pictures of tomatoes and melons but so many great compositions come up every time I visit. "Market Day" is a painting of the flower stand with a bright umbrella. I buy many of my plants here. They had primroses yesterday which I will buy soon !

Day's fifteen painting is from a photo I snapped at a restaurant called  "Il Giardino" (in italian), which fittingly means the garden. We were there this summer to celebrate my i…

DAYS ELEVEN THROUGH THIRTEEN...

Weekends are most difficult for me, I managed to stay on schedule with my 30 day challenge nonetheless. I admit that I am feeling exhausted. I was hoping that if better prepared it would be somewhat easier. It feels harder to keep up now than last time.

I wanted a change of pace from painting from photos by setting up these two still-life's. I am either late or early on Christmas, but my daughter's last candy cane was arousing my attention. She plans on using it in a recipe called "peppermint hot cocoa". She very graciously will wait another weekend to try this out, spontaneously promising to share some with me! I turned the same candy cane in two different directions.



STUDY OF MICHELANGELO'S DRAWING FOR THE HEAD OF LEDA ,
SANGUINE PENCIL ON PAPER
12,5 x 18cm/ 5" x 7"
Day twelve is another attempt to sketch from a book I have about Michelangelo. I gave myself an hour's time limit on the drawing. It is an incredible experience, you notice the details e…

DAYS EIGHT THROUGH TEN...

MELLOW YELLOW
watercolor on FABRIANO Artistico paper
12,5 x 18cm/ 5" x 7"



Yellow is the theme I have chosen for day ten. This is a photo I took at a beautiful garden in France one summer while on vacation there. Yellows are a challenge to paint with watercolor especially when building contrast and depth. The fun part of the challenge is that I feel encouraged to try new things. 


Days eight and nine was also the same, trying something new. I had a feeling it wasn't going to go well but I gave it a shot anyhow. I have an impossible time painting on hot press paper. It just soaks the pigment and the colors bleed into one another in an odd way. I also added the challenge of working on two paintings at once. I thought I could do it, I had something in mind but it just did not work. It's good to try in order to understand your limits. My days' eight and nine efforts are ripped up and have become part of my scrap paper pile. I used my yoga blocks for my still life set up…

DAY SEVEN OUT OF THIRTY

Primary Pansies watercolor on FABRIANO Artistico paper 12,5 x 18cm/ 5" x 7"
I am happy to be on day seven! Last fall I bought a bunch of colorful pansies I fell in love with.
I can't thank you enough for your encouraging comments!

DAY FOUR, FIVE AND SIX OF THIRTY

DAY FOUR
DETAIL OF MARY FROM THE "PIETA" BY MICHELANGELO


SUMMER LIGHT watercolor on FABRIANO Artistico paper 12,5 x 18cm/ 5" x 7"  SUN RIPE watercolor on FABRIANO Artistico paper 12,5 x 18cm/ 5" x 7"
WIP

Day Two and Three of Thirty

Cheers watercolor on FABRIANO Artistico paper 12,5 x 18cm/ 5" x 7"


Summer Daisy watercolor on FABRIANO Artistico paper 12,5 x 18cm/ 5" x 7"
I had to stay up late to paint both of these paintings. I hope to be on a better schedule next week.

I found a cork, remnants from our New Year's Eve party while cleaning up. I thought it funny that  my initials are on it. I love the texture of the cork and originally had  set out to paint only with sepia but ended up adding other colors.

The daisy is from a reference photo file. I take many photos at my inlaws' beautiful garden especially during the summer months with their garden is at its peak. I love the play of light against the dark of this composition.

On a great note, today I received an e-mail from Ken Bromley Art supplies. Earlier in December I volunteered to test their website. They awarded me £50 for helping, awesome gift! I can't wait to buy much needed supplies!

For now, the biggest challenge is keeping…

Happy 2014!!!

Little Darlings watercolor on FABRIANO Artistico paper 12,5 x 18cm/ 5" x 7"  €30,00 unframed
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

I signed up for Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. It is my second time around, I think it's a great way to begin the year. Last year I signed up the day the challenge started, I am more prepared this year. I don't have a theme, I rather just paint what I enjoy and can create within the short time frame of a day. Additionally, I plan to post my daily work on my Facebook page and my website (which I finally started !). I will blog every few days, showing my progress with a few paintings at once.

Last year's first painting was a clementine. I thought it would be fun to see how I have progressed over the year by choosing the same subject. 

I thank everyone once more for the support and kindness you show.  I hope this year will be one filled with much color and creativity!

Last year's "Day One…