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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