Now to start a brand new week of paintings…..one 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.
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.
“Must Be Lunch Time-Lindos, Rhodes” 10″ x 8″ Acrylic on museum quality panel.
“Backyard Flowers” 6″ x 6″ Acrylic on museum quality panel
I resisted giving this painting a title that included the word sunflower. I hope it is obviously a sunflower.
The painting is looking mighty proud in its very own display easel…which I include with the purchase price.
“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.)
“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.
“Congratulations” 12″ x 12″ Acrylic on museum quality panel
“Sunset Sail” 6″ x 6″ Acrylic on museum quality panel.
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.
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
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.
YAY! HALF WAY THROUGH THE 30 DAY CHALLENGE.
“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.
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Okay, I’m loving all of them especially the Galveston one. Since I am refurnishing my home in “Seaside Cottage” theme, is there anything for me??? Hope you have all of your paintings displayed tonight! You never know…there could be a sale in sight 🙂
Thank you, Karen.
I love all of your paintings. There is so much detail in all of your work, lovely. I very much enjoyed the sunset in Galveston. Keep up the good work.
The water transportation at Disney World is an exception to my general feelings concerning ships and boats as means of transport.
I love reading your updates and your personal observations. What fun to journey through this experience with you, David, AbbyCat, and TomboyCat! 🙂