Tuesday, 17 January 2017

30/30 January Challenge #17

Yesterday I managed to get two paintings done which is great because today seems busier than ever.
#994 - Getting Ready to Fly! - 5 x 7 watercolour
I really liked this image from my miscellaneous file; the sun shining through the transparent kite and glistening on the ocean while the boy waits in anticipation for the wind to grab his kite and take it flying. Of course, he is dreaming that he is will be up there flying too.

There are some really great pieces being shared on Leslie's 30/30 page today, so go and check them out!

On another topic - does anyone using Blogger use hashtags and if so how do you do it? - thanks I appreciate any help.

Monday, 16 January 2017

30/30 January Challenge #16

I think I bit off more than I could chew with today's painting. It involved making very thin lines with masking fluid and a fish, which I have never painted before.
#993 - Goldfish Travel Bag - 5 x 7 watercolour
My reference was another magazine clipping from my Miscellaneous file. I think the painting looks better in the photo than it does in person but I may be wrong. I also think these are two subjects that I need to work on to get the right effect.

Take some time to have a look at some of the other art on Leslie's 30/30 page.

See you tomorrow!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

30/30 January Challenge #15

Hooray! We are halfway through the challenge! I have seen some wonderful art posted and have started following a few more blogs - all a bonus of the challenge. Check them out here - Leslie's 30/30 page

It has been interesting how many times this month one painting has triggered an idea for another. Yesterday, when I was coming up with a background for my quilled bird, I got a super idea for today's painting.
#992 - Mountain Chickadee - 5 x 9 watercolour
I wasn't going to paint the Mountain Chickadee as I thought he was a little boring but, sitting up there in the fir tree he just begged to be portrayed. There is a bit of paint pouring in this piece, some pen and ink work and some detailed brush work - a real mix of styles. I even lucked out and found a precut mat the perfect colour and size.

Unfortunately, nothing has come to mind for tomorrow's painting so it is back to the files for another idea.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

30/30 January Challenge #14

Back in December when I was getting ready for this challenge I made a few quilled paper birds intending to have birds as my theme. As you have seen my theme changed, or at least expanded, to include other subjects, but the birds are not forgotten. I have already blogged about one of those birds and here is another.
#991 - Chestnut-backed Chickadee - 5 x 7 quilled paper and watercolour
I find quilled art very hard to photograph: if you aim straight at the picture the quilling doesn't show well, so I take photos from the side which makes the view angled but at least the quilling looks good. I used another mat from that batch I got from the framing business and was able to match the green in my tree almost perfectly.

I feel like a slow poke with these paintings because many of the other artists in
Leslie's 30/30 Challenge have already posted their pieces before I even finish painting mine - lol.

Thanks for stopping by: I enjoy reading your comments.

Friday, 13 January 2017

30/30 January Challenge #13

It is a good thing I finished this last night because I certainly didn't have time today to paint as Bob and I drove down to Sandpoint for the day.
#990 - Glistening Raindrops - 5 x 7 watercolour
A few years ago someone emailed me some photos of raindrops or dew caught in various plants. I don't know the photographer so I can't give credit but the photos grabbed my attention so I saved them and printed them for my reference files. I think I did a credible job of reproducing the image.

Take some time to visit Leslie's 30/30 page to see some of the other work in this challenge.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

30/30 January Challenge #12

The painting I planned to share today is taking me longer to do than I thought it would take. There are just too many subtle little details to do and I have a student coming this afternoon so I won't have time to finish.

Fortunately, I have a piece in reserve!
#980 - Quilled Hummingbird with Fuchsia - 5 x 7 mixed media
Last year I did a few cards like this and they were sold right away so I thought I would do a few more and mat them. I am not sure why I don't like this piece but I have sold a number of paintings that I didn't like so maybe this one will sell too.

Each day, like the month, just seems to zoom past so that I wonder where it has gone - too much to do and not enough time!

Check out Leslie's 30/30 page and stop by tomorrow to see what you should have seen today!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

30/30 January Challenge #11

I have switched back to my miscellaneous file and found a picture that I tore from another of Bob's computer magazines. This was a fun piece and really didn't take much skill to paint.
#989 - Lurking in the Dark - 5 x 7 watercolour
An undercoat of Quinacridone Gold, then a nice dark mix of Ultramarine and Burnt Umber; some negative and positive painting and voilĂ  it was done! If you are wondering what it advertised here is the caption: "In today's digital economy, predators evolve. Does your security?" The photo really caught my fancy and I am glad to have finally painted it.

It is hard to believe that this is just the eleventh day of the challenge; the time seems to be going so fast. Don't forget to check out the other art on Leslie's 30/30 page because some of the work is seriously amazing.

Thanks for stopping by!