The Grand’s Toy Basket and Other Favorite Things -Week Four of the 30-30 Challenge

This is the last full week of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge and I’ve decided to paint a few from  “The Grand’s Toy Basket”. I’ve collected a some of their favorite toys through the years and kept them in a basket in the closet intending to paint them someday. Someday has arrived.  Here is the basket full of some of their favorite toys.

Of course, they have all outgrown them, but fond memories still linger for the Grandparents. …..David and me.

Grand's toy basket

Painting #22

“Tugboat and Crew” 8″ x 8″ acrylic on museum quality panel

22-Tug Boat and Crew

Painting #23

“I Can’t Swim” 8″ x 8″ acrylic on museum quality panel

These two rubber duckies spend their days on the side of the bathtub in our hall bath…except when a cat comes in and knocks them into the tub then stares at them. The cats seem to think they should be IN the bathtub, not on the edge.

23-I Can't Swim

I have to share my studio window. At least this time they didn’t argue over who got there first. Tomboy is on the left watching squirrels with Abby Cat.

Cats at studio window

Painting #24

“Polka Dot Bear” 8″ x 8″ acrylic on museum quality panel

I wanted the bear to be pink with polka dots….after all…it’s my choice……I’m the artist!

24-Polka Dot Bear

The new owner of my painting, “Meet Me At The Cafe” texted this photo to me. It looks happy in its new home…a lovely beach house on the Gulf.

Cafe 1 at beach house

Painting #25

“And You’re Invited” 8″ x 8″ Acrylic on museum quality panel.

25-And You're Invited

Painting #26

“Double Duty” 8″ x 8″ acrylic on museum quality panel.

26-Double Duty

My theme for the rest of this week is “Favorite Things Around The House”. I had photographed the watering can and flowers  soon after receiving them. The beautiful bouquet was a gift, but our Abby Cat thought they were for her.  I put them in the old watering can and placed it on the patio table.

Painting #27

“Painted Sticks” 10″ x 8″ acrylic on canvas panel.

My style seems to be getting more playful and abstract as the Challenge goes on. I actually have a pot with these sticks in it……I collected them on our green belt while taking a walk. Of course, they were not this color at the time.  This is my imagination taking over.

27-Painted Sticks

Painting #28

“Art Show Treasure” 8″ x 8″ acrylic on museum quality panel

28-Art Show Treasure

I purchased this beautiful bowl at an art show several years ago and it became a favorite coffee table art object…..until Tomboy Cat came into our family. He is a playful, active, and very nosy little creature and knocked it off the coffee table very quickly. It didn’t break and is now safely on a high bookcase shelf. Is it really safe from Tomboy?




Meanwhile, have a good week. To purchase a painting  please visit my website, These paintings may be seen on the “30-30 Challenge” tab.

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OOPS! Week Three Continued.

Okay, go ahead and laugh. David said I would eventually “Publish” my blog when it was unfinished. I didn’t believe him. Now I do. His Personality type is almost always right.

Tomorrow there is NO time to do a painting so today I did two. Do you think that might have something to do with my little mistake?  I’m so tired  I think I’m getting more playful with my art during this Challenge. Maybe a good thing…it sure is more fun.

Anyway, here is………

Painting #21

“Meet Me At the Cafe”

21-Meet Me at the Cafe

I didn’t get to say everything I wanted to say about what Week Three has been like. (Of course, I never get to say all I want to say about ANYTHING.) So, I decided to put in a “selfie” photo I just took with my iPhone. It tells the whole story.

My selfie

Adele Bower….as she just completed Week Three of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge!

Now I must go back and do things as I should have done them before. But “YAY”, Week Three is complete.

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Week Three: Sept. 15-21 of the 30-30 Challenge


Sunday, as I looked forward to this coming week I couldn’t help but wonder how I would get everything done AND keep my commitment to do a painting each and every day.  But I’ve having so much fun and discovering new things about acrylics, procedure and myself. What a blessing!

Painting #15

“Never Too Many” 6″ x 6″ Acrylic on museum quality panel.

15-Never Too Many

Painting #16 in progress.

I started by painting the entire surface a light pink. BIG mistake! Never again.

It was a constant struggle to overcome the force of the color as it changed the other colors painted over it.


Med. Mem. in progress for blog

#16- “Mediterranean Memories” 10″ x 8″ Acrylic on museum quality panel


16-Mediterranean Memories

Painting #17

“Old Ruins at Rhodes” 6″ x 6″ Acrylic on museum quality panel

17-Old Ruins at Rhodes

Painting #18

“Library Path” 10″ x 8″ Acrylic on museum quality panel

18-Library Path

Painting #19

“Fresh Fruit” 6″ x 6″ Acrylic on museum quality panel.

19-Fresh Fruit

In the Studio for the blog

Painting #20

“Ioannina Garden” 6″ x 6″ acrylic on museum quality panel

20-Ioannina Garden

Week Two: September 8-14 of the 30-30 Challenge

Now to start a brand new week of paintings… each day!

I’ll admit that it was a lot of work to complete seven paintings in seven days last week, especially since I had to catch-up due to a 3-day trip to San Antonio to see our youngest Grandson who attends college there. I had to paint two paintings in one day. But did I mention that, already?

Having my theme established, “Vacationing in the Greek Isles”, helped me plan for this week…well, at least the first painting of the week!  I spent yesterday afternoon going through the wonderful photographs our Granddaughter took while she and her husband were in Greece this past summer. Then I did what any commercially trained and experienced artist (like me, for instance), would do; I cut and pasted, added part of one photo to another photo, added bright ideas and so on until I had a composition I liked.

  Now I’m ready for the sketch. By the way, for acrylic paintings I do my prelim sketches on the panel with a CarbOthello pastel pencil, probably about a #4 or #5. It’s so old I can’t read the number on the side. The lines do not interfere with the paint and are easily removed with a damp tissue on the painting surface. I learned that tip from my many workshops studying with THE MASTER OF ACRYLICS, William Hook. And much, much more.

pencil sketch-Must be Lunch Time-Lindos, Rhodes

Frequently I’ve been heard to say, “I don’t like to draw/paint architectural subjects, just people, still life arrangements or landscapes”.  Yikes!

Oh yes, there are interesting architectural scenes in Rhodes, of course.  It won’t hurt me.

Painting #8

“Must Be Lunch Time-Lindos, Rhodes” 10″ x 8″ Acrylic on museum quality panel.

Must Be Lunch Time-Lindos, Rhodes

Painting #9

“Backyard Flowers” 6″ x 6″ Acrylic on museum quality panel

Backyard Flowers

I resisted giving this painting a title that included the word sunflower. I hope it is obviously a sunflower.

#9 in display easel

The painting is looking mighty proud in its very own display easel…which I include with the purchase price.

Tourist in Rhodes -a study sketch

Painting #10

“Tourist in Rhodes” 10″ x 8″ ink and acrylic study sketch on paper.  This is considered a “study” because I rendered it very quickly and made decisions along the way which explains the swatch of blue color in the upper corner. Today was a very busy day, including speaking to a women’s Bible study group, so I chose to do a study (which is acceptable for this challenge.)

11-Bright Window

Painting #11

“Bright Window”  12″ x 12″ Acrylic on museum quality panel.

I did this painting in three hours….out of necessity…the only time available. I enjoyed pushing myself to finish; it kept me loose.

Tomboy Cat graphic for blog Wk.2

Painting #12

“Congratulations” 12″ x 12″ Acrylic on museum quality panel


Painting #13

“Sunset Sail” 6″ x 6″ Acrylic on museum quality panel.

13-Sunset Sail

Okay, I’ll admit that this is a departure from my theme, “Vacationing in the Greek Isles.” Actually it is in Texas on Galveston Island. But I felt very inspired to paint it anyway. I call it a “practice study” and it is not for sale. I was born in Galveston, Texas, but don’t recall ever going for a sail. Wonder why? David was in the Navy and has zero interest in getting out on any water again. Swimming is enough.

New table in studio 9-14-13

I’ve needed a little more room for my palette, water container, paints, brushes ,spray bottle, tissue,  etc.  While working today I remembered a table we had stored away so I carried it into my studio/workroom and had it set up in no time. It has a very nice imitation leather surface so I covered it with an old plastic picnic tablecloth.

Cozy looking, isn’t it? I’m enjoying the extra space.

And now……Painting #14

“At Tharri Monastery-Rhodes” 6″ x 6″ Acrylic on museum quality panel

14-At Tharri Monastery-Rhodes

This beautiful and rugged stone wall attracted me to this scene…located somewhere on the grounds of the Tharri Monastery in Rhodes, Greece. What a lovely and serene place.


“He has the deed half done who has made a beginning.” ________Horace

Week Two has been an adventure in discipline for this artist. Being committed to creating a painting each and every day has been very difficult but a lot of fun.

I have learned much more than I had anticipated and after all the years I’ve been doing art, I still have a lot to learn.

I still have a lot to learn and look forward to next week and its challenges.

I look forward to hearing from you this week. Just leave your comments below. They are very welcome.

Don’t forget to visit my website, and my Facebook pages.

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WEEK ONE: 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Hi There, my REALLY good friends. I call you “REALLY” good because you are kind (or bored?) enough  to be interested in my art and how I do it! Thanks for joining the ride. I love to talk and have found it frustrating if I cannot tell others ALL about my latest painting and how it came to be…along with all the suffering I had to go through to get that color on a surface. Grin! You may find more than you want to know, but you can always scroll down and hope to find something a little more interesting.

My mentor (the artist friend who created the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge), said if we know we’ll miss a day out of the studio, to do the painting ahead of time and not to feel guilty. She said that is not cheating, just “being organized.” So I got organized and painted #1 the last day of August, right before the September challenge began. We spent the next three days visiting our youngest Grandson at college in San Antonio. Great fun! But when I got home I had to do two paintings in one day. I sincerely hope I don’t have to do that again soon. I mentioned to David that back in my commercial art days working in an art studio, I would have thought nothing of being told to do two works of art in a day, sometimes after lunch. Hummmm! What’s the difference? Maybe I’ll figure that out and change my expectations.

So here we go! Painting #1

Painting #1

Painting #1 “Taking A Break-Sightseeing in Rhodes” 8″ x 10″ oil on museum quality panel.

This is a warm-up sketch. Sometimes it helps before starting a painting.

This is a warm-up sketch. Sometimes it helps before starting a painting.

After the warm-up sketch was completed, I continued.

oil sketch #1 with laptop in view

My photo references are on my laptop making it easy to move around to the best place or angle.  This photo shows my preliminary oil sketch.

#1 begin color

Adding color.

AC takes over my art stool graphicThis is what happens when I stand up to step back and take a look at my progress. I prefer to sit as I paint.

#1 a little more color

A little more color. At this point I stopped to do a lot of thinking about how to progress. I wasn’t completely happy so far. David (my husband) has a very good eye for painting  and gave me his advice. I went back to the easel and tried his suggestions. They worked.

Painting #3-"Rhodes Old Town" 6" x 6" Acrylic on museum quality panel.

Painting #3-“Rhodes Old Town” 6″ x 6″ Acrylic on museum quality panel.

Painting #3

By the time I started painting “Rhodes Old Town” I was pretty tired and painted with a lot more speed and abandon. Maybe that is a good idea….speed and abandon…not being worn out. Remember, I took this challenge to get looser with my painting.

2-Breakfast on the Isles-RhodesPainting #2

“Breakfast in the Isles-Rhodes” 6″ x 6″ acrylic on museum quality panel.

Well, this is actually #2 and I don’t know how I managed to get it out of order. But, no matter. This is one of my whimsical painting styles. It’s a lot of fun, and in a way, easier, but I can’t seem to decide to stick with whimsy or try to be more serious with my painting. I even like to switch mediums.

4-Lounging in Lindos, Rhodes

Painting #4

“Lounging in Lindos, Rhodes”   8″ x 10″ Acrylic on museum quality panel.

Is this cat a local or a tourist who is worn out from sightseeing? Either way, he is frazzled. This is one of my whimsical paintings. I have an ongoing discussion with myself about whether I should paint “serious” paintings, or just have fun with whimsy. Today whimsy won out.

5-Blue Window- Rhodes Old Town

Painting #5

“Blue Window-Rhodes Old Town” 12″ x 12″ Acrylic on museum quality panel

This painting took several hours to paint today, but I enjoyed it.

Painting progress-Blue Window

The photos above show you  a little bit of the exciting procedure to create a painting. Grin!

Grapes at Tharri Monastery

Painting #6

“Grapes at Tharri Monastery-Rhodes” 6″ x 6″ Acrylic on museum quality panel.

Well, this little painting took much longer and was more difficult than I anticipated, so I may not get to post a seventh painting until next week. I’ll paint one tomorrow, of course.

An artist friend once said she started from a pink surface. So I gave it a try. Not sure what it accomplished. Some say color shows through other colors.

Hmmm! Can that be true with acrylics?

Start with a pink surface

Library Courtyard-Rhodes Old Town

Painting #7

“Library Courtyard-Rhodes Old Town” 6″ x 6″ Acrylic on museum quality panel

Yay! I did it! Seven paintings in seven days. I had to get an early start this morning to get it done. Now, I want to go to Rhodes.

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Thanks for visiting. Meanwhile, I hope you have a great week and I’ll get back to my easel…..tomorrow!

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