Thursday, February 28, 2013

Day 7 & Lessons Learned

Day 7 of the painting challenge produced a flop, a painting and taught me a lesson!

I started my day off early in the studio. Grabbed an 8 x 10 wood panel, turned the music on, sipped my tea and got right to work. I bought myself some flowers yesterday for my desk and I thought hmmm I think I'll paint a vase of flowers today, I was feeling inspired. I sketched it all out and thought about it for a bit and then got down to work by first laying down my background color. I was happy with the colors I was working with and happy with the arrangement of flowers in the vase - liked how the vase turned out, I was excited - so I started painting the flowers, and painting the flowers, and painting the flowers. I over painted the flowers - then I hated the background! I kid you not, I repainted the background 6 times. With each color change I got crankier and crankier - I stepped back from it, had some lunch, then painted some more. I ended up with my background being the very same color that I had started with. ------grrrrrrrrrr------ This painting and I were NOT getting along - I had over worked this painting so much that it didn't even look like my work - it was feeling so forced and I was beating up on myself for creating a disaster - so I stopped, tucked the painting out of sight and grabbed another wood panel. I took a deep breath, loosened up on my paintbrush and myself and ahhhhhhhhh.... I created a little gem I was very happy with. The exciting part is that I see ways to expand on this painting - elements within it will make great patterns. I felt my voice in this painting - I stayed true to myself and let go of what was not me.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Day 6

As day six of this painting challenge rolls around I'm excited to see that I have the start of a collection of color forming!! Its fun to see them all together and see the colors that I have been gravitating towards. Maybe I need to challenge myself a bit more tomorrow and try a different color palette. Not sure how that will go - these seem to be my signature colors and where my joy is. But I will try!

For Day 6, I painted another of my vintage trays. These are great fun to collage with fabric and then paint - they make a wonderful "catch-all" for your stuff!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Day 5

Here is today's art - mixed media on 8"x8" cradled board - Love this one it sort of has a floral motif. Stay tuned more to come...

Monday, February 25, 2013

Day 3 went missing -

I have no idea what happened to my day three post - either I plain forgot to post it or it was eaten by the internet monster. Here is day 3!

Day 4!! Still going strong

Here is what today brings - a sweet little 4" x 4" cradled wood panel of color! I just started a Pinterest board for this painting challenge. Not quite sure why because they will all be here on my blog - maybe simply because I love Pinterest so much that I look for ANY excuse to go on there!!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Day 2

Ok can't say I'm on a roll because it is only day 2 - but here is the next piece - I am having fun and feeling creative - win win!!

Let's see what tomorrow brings! Here is where this is coming from The Trodden Path a great artist community.

Friday, February 22, 2013

10 Day Challenge

Well I have been absent for a while again - resting and recouping. I have been painting lately and it feels really good! I have started a 10-Day Challenge. 10 paintings in 10 days - thought I would give it a go! Here is what day 1 looks like -

Off to bed I go, need my rest so that I can paint tomorrow for day 2!!