Day 2 of 30 in 30, 2014 edition

Day 2 of 30 in 30, 2014 edition

Lucky# 2 of 30

My husband John and I recently went on a three week walking trip Coast to Coast across England.Since we returned I have been rendering value drawings representing each day of the journey. I plan to do a series of 16×20 oil paintings, more to come later about that project. I mention it because it’s been 6 weeks since I have actually painted anything.

I joined this challenge to get back in the swing, to become a better painter, a better colorist, to see if a style of my own might emerge. In conjunction I also signed up with wordpress to start a blog and plan to start offering my daily paintings for auction on daily paint works. No pressure.

I actually painted something yesterday, a small study for one of my Coast to Coast series. It was a complete and utter failure. I was too embraced to show it as painting #1 of 30.

I have been painting for 5 months, it should not come as surprised to me that not every painting is going to be a keeper, that i don’t have clue yet what I am doing. I forgot to oil the surface, so i did it after I obliterated the white of the board. I didn’t have a clear plan of how I wan’t it to look. I didn’t take the time to mix the main colors, in the amounts needed for a cohesive color scheme. I was tired, I had walked 7 miles, prepped dinner, and had run a few errands before I got started.

I am reminded of Richard Schmids  list of common mistakes in his book Alla Prima II. Best book ever if art is your desire.

So to today. “Lucky” I love hares for their crazy expressive eyes, their long haunches and extra larges ears. I imagine them as creative creatures, nomads, having a great sense of survival and good humor. They are the bohemians of the animal world.

Think I’ll add it to the challenge gallery.


September 30 Paintings in 30 days

September 30 Paintings in 30 days


I am joining nearly 700 artists from around the globe in Leslie Saetas Thirty Paintings in Thirty days Challenge. It begins today, but you can join in at any time, The purpose is to motivate artists to create every day. All the details are available at the link

I challenged myself in June to create something every day for 45 days, because I am 45 years old . Project 45@45 can be seen here.