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
After the warm-up sketch was completed, I continued.
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.
This is what happens when I stand up to step back and take a look at my progress. I prefer to sit as I paint.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
The photos above show you a little bit of the exciting procedure to create a painting. Grin!
“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?
“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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They are absolutely beautiful as I knew they would be! What a treasure this will be for your granddaughter! I am following along…can’t wait to see more!
Thanks, Elizabeth. I appreciate your comments and interest in my art. See you soon.
Adele, I don’t know why but tonight you popped into my mind and thought I would check facebook and there you were! I still see that you are as talented as ever and love your paintings. I still draw too, more than I paint. I volunteer so much and get to paint a lot of stuff there! I’m on facebook too. Blessings, AM
Wow! Anna Mary, What a wonderful surprise to hear from you. I think of you so often. Thank you for subscribing to my art blog…my first blog. I’ll also ask you to be Facebook Friends, now. 🙂
Again, thanks for contacting me. We really need to have lunch together some day. Hope all is well with your family.
I loved everything. I enjoy your whimsy as well as your serious paintings. The colors are all so vibrant and compelling. I also enjoyed the work in progress photos; especially Abby cat. Good job this week. I love you.
Thanks, Karen. Now to start all over tomorrow on Week Two, but it’s fun and I’m learning a lot.
Yeah, these cats are always part of my work.
Adele – enjoyed seeing and reading about your 7 paintings! What a challenging goal you have set and you’re doing a great job! Thanks for sharing your art with us! All the best in your next endeavours!
Thanks, Melanie. I need the encouragement.
I am thoroughly enjoying your paintings especially since I have NO talent in that area. Please enjoy your next 23 days of painting, I am positive I will!
Thanks, Linda. I’m ready for a week off now (Ha Ha!), but I’ve made a commitment.
Now I want to go to Rhodes, too! I love how you are showing your process as well as the beautiful finished works.
Donna, I’m glad you like my processes. Of course, I find them interesting but at times they are really weird, but I get the job done. In the commercial art world there is no time for “do-overs” so the artist learns how to compensate for mistakes.