I have just completed another 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. Usually I would post here week by week, but I am sorry to say I have been so neglectful of my blog, and my email updates. I do hope that some of you have missed me, though. :)
I started the challenge with a painting of a rose, an experiment in the old Flemish style of painting that uses many layers starting with toning the canvas with the lightest color of the rose. The second and third layers are done in various shades of umber… I did a fast take on the umber and kind of fast forwarded to the fourth layer which is the gray layer, as shown in the first photo below. After this layer it has to dry, so I waited until day 8 to do the first color layer which is the middle photo below. Then the painting has to dry again, so on Day 15 I completed the rose and added the leaves.
Day 1, 8, and 15 ~ White Rose
This is the closest I get to plein aire in the summer here in Oklahoma, because it’s usually too hot and there are too many chiggers and ticks in the grass to stand in it with an easel… But on my morning walk I made a quick sketch of this misty pond and took a reference photo.
Day 3 ~ A Little Floral
I painted several mini florals this month and I'm hoping to offer them all in a Giveaway very soon. They make such great little gifts of original art. I love them.
I thought the painting had an contemplative feel to it. When the song “Be Still and Know” came on my Pandora station, I knew that was the title for it.
I'm doing a series of these paintings on black canvases. This one is the third and largest in the series. This painting needs some more work. When they are completed I will post a picture of them together.
Day 6 ~ It's Cold Out Here
This is my rooster Darcy. He is such a gentle rooster, and doesn’t like the cold one bit.
I have a frame that will be perfect for this little painting…
Day 7 ~ The Catch
A painting from another photo I took while out on my sunrise morning walks...
This was the first week of paintings. In the next few days I hope to finish sharing the rest of the 30 days challenge with you. :)