Sunday, January 25, 2015

CAUGHT UP AT LAST!

"Party Girl", original oil painting, 6" X 6", unframed
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"Winter Blues", original oil painting, 6" X 6", unframed
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"Strawberry Cupcake", original oil painting, 6" X 6", unframed
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Well, color me all caught up!  These three are my Days #23, #24 and #25, all three painted today to catch me up for the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge.  Today has been a fun COLORFUL day and I have enjoyed playing "slap-dash" with my colors, brushes and palette knife!  Of course my palette may never be the same!

I even went to lunch at Ulele with paint on two of my fingers because I forgot to do a check before leaving the studio.  Oh well, such is an artist's life, right?  Believe me when I tell you the Gouda Grouper didn't even know about the pthalo blue!  Psssst.........lunch was AWESOME!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

HIGHLAND MICKEY

"Highland Mickey", original oil painting, 6" X 6", unframed
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I have been known to pirate a photo or two off my friends' facebook albums, especially when it involves portraits.  I find faces interesting!  Sometimes you have great light, sometimes it's the structure or coloring or attitude.  With Mickey, I really liked all the colorful fleshtones and I always find that challenging.  I wanted to keep this loose, with emphasis on the facial tones and little blending.  Anyway, I sure had fun with him!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

DAYDREAMIN'

"Daydreamin'", original oil painting, 6" x 6", unframed
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I am always watching kids when I am out and about.  Once I was almost accused of stalking because I was taking lots of photos of kids playing on the beach at Clearwater!  The mom accosted me and wanted to know why I was taking photos of HER child.  I explained that I take photos of MANY children and women for reference for paintings.....that I do not paint strictly from the photo, but sometimes just use postures or light effects.  She was not swayed and asked me to delete her child's photo.  THAT was a first!  I produced my copy of photographer's rights (always kept in my camera bag), explaining that any public place is fair game for photographers, but as a COURTESY, I would delete her child's photo.

This is NOT that child....lol  I took this photo at another public event...the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City.  That event is coming up soon and I always load up on my people references there.  :)

Btw, I am still one day behind in the "30 in 30" challenge.  ;)  Don't worry, I will catch up.  I just had too much fun with this one!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

PLAYING CATCH-UP

"Glow", original oil painting, 6" X 6", unframed
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"Blushing Galas", original oil painting, 6" X 6", unframed
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"Fun with Color", original oil painting, 6" X 6", unframed
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"Early Tulips", original oil painting, 6" X 6", unframed
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"Mixed Emotions", original oil painting, 6" X 6", unframed
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Sooooo..... ok.  Here I am trying to play catch-up for Leslie Byrd Saeta's "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge.  I have not painted since the 15th for one reason or another.  My brother came for a visit for a few days and, since I had not seen him in a couple of years, yes, I took that time for myself.  It was a wonderful visit, full of fun and talk and just enjoying each other's company, but definitely too short a visit.

Yesterday, I squeezed in two paintings, but had no time to post them.  Today I managed three more after he left for home, so here they are............  Days # 16, #17, #18, #19 and #20.  Tomorrow I should catch up with #21 and #22 and we are square again!

There is nothing like pressure to inspire you to new color combinations, an economy of brushstrokes and just plain fun experimenting.  In these pieces, I have experimented with drama, color, subtlety, bold and bright choices and loved them all.  What a way to learn and grow!  There is nothing off limits in this challenge as long as I paint 30 in 30.  :)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

MISTER BLISTER

"Mister Blister", original oil painting, 6" X 6", unframed
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For the first time in the few years Leslie Saeta has been issuing this 30 in 30 challenge, I am second-guessing why I signed up yet again.  The short answer is, I love painting EVERY Day!  The long answer is.... I thrive on it!  I re-energize from it!  It relaxes me and satisfies me.  I like pressure and I enjoy learning what I can do in a time crunch of.......say.........45 minutes!

I enjoy pushing myself to paint "on the fly", between appointments and other commitments on my time.  So today, we are treated to Mr. Blister and his pompous attitude!  Enjoy!
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