.....a day later, I couldn't leave it alone. Something was bothering me, the cheeks, the mouth...something wasn't right...
Monday, September 29, 2014
and we come to the end of the challenge. I was able to paint more than the thirty and I do think the experience helped me to loosen up. Not worry so much about the outcome and to simply enjoy the process of splashing paint around. I think also through this I have discovered what it is about my art the seems to be a consistent theme regardless of subject. It's color. Full on saturated yummy color. I love it! Also expressive brush strokes. I'm not one to quietly sit and do a tight studied painting. I want to wave my arms in the air, I want to see the paint fly, I want a loaded brush and splash it on. I want at the end of a painting to be exhausted and happy. For my last painting I give you myself. A watercolor Selfie, if you may ;)
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Its day 28, but I did a little playing in the studio this morning. I'm not sure if I'll keep this as post 29. I'll see tomorrow if I get into the studio and if so what the results are. I wonder if anybody else is like me and though the challenge is 30 in 30; they actually paint much more? I painted this from a photo I took on my drive yesterday. This one was actually pretty close to home. My husband and I ventured up into the Adirondacks. Wow was it beautiful. The leaves are peaking there. I'm thinking I might paint something tomorrow from one of those photo's that I'll like better. In case I don't here is a landscape offering for a potential #29
I think this might be my last in this series for a bit. I will come back to painting fish as I am attracted to the color and movement, not to mention the light reflections, but...there's just so much I want to paint out there. The Fall foliage is beginning to peak, how can I possible ignore that! :) For 28 I offer you Koi number 9,
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Well I certainly am having a difficult time coming to grips that it is the last weekend in September. Fall has absolutely arrived in Upstate NY. The leaves have started turning and are putting on a gorgeous show. The days are golden and warm and the nights refreshingly cool. It's the time of year for bonfires, cozy blankets, laughter and hot cider. Apple pies in the oven and dinners with family and friends. I truly love this time of year, it is cozy and about family, friends, nesting, beauty and love. What's not to like :) For today's offering I share with you one of the totems of Fall. Apples! Upstate NY is apple country. The hills are planted with row after row of trees. It's just so pretty. Apple cider, apple pies, apple butter, apple tart, apple salad. Heavenly!
Thursday, September 25, 2014
What does the rooster say... I had fun today, I painted a proud Red Rooster with four different approaches. Reference photo from PMP, Gary Jones.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The sunrise was soft and warm this morning. Though it was crisp and the grass wet with dew I ventured outside in my Pajamas to capture the moment. Yes folks Barefoot Pajama Lady made an appearance again. see her debut here, http://lotfivestudio.blogspot.com/2011/01/barefoot-pajama-lady.html. Though three years later and in a different state, she still is a little nutty ;) My tootsie's got soaked, but I got the shot.
I went from yesterday's stomping dancer to a quiet moment snuggling on the bed. Today's offering "Snuggle Buddies". Tighter than yesterday, but still what I would consider loose. I do find when I try to control watercolor is when I ruin a piece ;) I had a hard time photographing this one, the whites seem to want to be blue.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
This morning I went in a direction so very different from anything I've done this month. I went RED! There's a challenge over at Paint my Photo in the loose watercolor group to paint with red. It's a difficult color, so it's a very good learning exercise. A lot of folks have been painting Flamenco dancers, it looked like fun. So, I went crazy and splashed out a dancer this morning.
Monday, September 22, 2014
I think I'm in a landscape rut. I tend to do that, pick a subject and beat it to death ;) I may have a few fish paintings still in me though, maybe tomorrow I will head back to the pond ;) for now, number 22 painted from a photo I took myself last winter. It was the beginning of the cold season and snow had just started to cover the fields, I think it was late October and it was a wet snow. I went out for a country drive and spotted this charming house and barn, I liked the hills in the distance and the one lone tree. Enjoy, see ya'll tomorrow and thanks for looking :) Oh yeah, on Fabriano 140lb. cold press with Daniel Smith watercolors. I like these paints, very bright and clean :)
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Here we are already into the 21st of September. The leaves are starting to change here in Upstate and the nights are most defiantly chilly. It's my favorite time of the year and that nesting feeling is overflowing. Orange, russet, purple and golden greens are dominant in my palette, which I think is reflecting my vision of Fall :)
I splashed out two landscapes this morning. I had to be quick as it's Sunday, football day. Yup, I'm one of those girls that like football. I even play on my husbands fantasy league. I grew up in Foxboro Mass. Home of the New England Patriots. I would be a traitor if I didn't support "the boys" ;) I even use to babysit for some of the players kids back in the 70's and 80's.
Anyhow, I digress. The paintings
p.s. thought ya'll might want to see the paintings on my table. I put a full sheet of Fabriano 140lb. cold press out and just sketched in, loosey goosey all the way ;)
I should have painted a football ;) not sure which one I'll title 21? I'm leaning toward the barn. See ya Monday...GOOO PATS!
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Another loosey goosey landscape for ya'll today. It's Saturday morning, I have a cold, lots to do...hence the loose sketch ;) I'm heading for the showers then the market, see ya'll tomorrow :) enjoy!
Friday, September 19, 2014
After yesterday's entry of the lily and goldfish that I spent two days on, lots of hours, lots of hair pulling, I decided to loosen the heck up this morning. Splashing paint around is my favorite way to paint. I truly love watching watercolor flow and bleed together. I even like the blooms. What are blooms? It's when you add more water to an area that is still too wet. The water and the pigment react and it pushes the paint away resulting in a splotch. I love splotches! Splotches in the right place are gorgeous. Hey Lot 5 has a splotch for a logo, yes I threw paint around to create that one too :) A loosey goosey gestural landscape for you today, Number 19, "Green Roof" photo sourced from PMP, one of my favorite barn photo's, just love that green roof :)
Thursday, September 18, 2014
I took two days with this one. I do fear that I overworked it, but not in a completely bad way...I think water is one of those things one can fiddle with forever. There are so many reflections and movement, lights and darks. One has to simplify where one can and hope that it still reads as water. Painting the bubbles was fun :) For better or worse here's #18, I'm calling it "Bubble Bath".
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
I have not been following my own rules. I set out in this challenge to paint underwater scenes. To conquer light and bubbles and movement and, and, stuff. I got sidetracked, I got nervous, I went to my safe place with painting people. Then I got even more nervous and doubtful and pulled out the pen. I started drawing vs. painting. Hmmmm, what made me do that? Was it the time constraint, the subject matter, the paralyzing need for perfection. Hate that perfection thing! I'm not sure, but have a sneaking suspicion it's all of the above combined together to create the perfect storm of my deviant behavior ;) I yelled at myself and went back to my original quest. Well, kind of...first I played with the pen again
Monday, September 15, 2014
I seem to grabbing that pen quite a bit these days. "When's Lunch", doesn't he look like he's waiting for something. watercolor on Arches cold press with pen & ink. I need to hide those pens and get back to the brush ;)
Sunday, September 14, 2014
it's actually Sunday day 14 and I did a sketch. Might be used for #15 if I can't get to the studio tomorrow. I hope to as I'm not entirely satisfies with this painting. I was in a hurry, hence the pen. Anyhow, enjoy :) "Red Hat Purple Dress" watercolor with Pen & ink on Arches.
What is it about type that I just love adding to an illustration
Thursday, September 11, 2014
A loosie goosie sketch for ya'll today. Our best friends children out hiking and exploring in Virginia. Love these kids, they are like family. They call us Fauntie Judy and Funcle Peter, fake Aunt and Uncle ;) Love them! watercolor on Arches,
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
I don't want to paint koi, the landscapes have been killing me. So I painted what was comfortable, people. I love painting people, not so much a portrait, but people you know the essence of people. I think portraits can be stiff, I like splishy splashy, lines and color that somehow come together to form a person. I hope that I capture the energy, sometimes I'm sure I do then other days, well not so much ;) Hoping today was one of those days I painted a face that was so very full of character. I loved those wrinkles, every one of them, I imagine this man has some great stories to tell and looks like he has lived a full life. Hope ya'll like it, watercolor on Arches cold press, "Richard's Dad", ref. PMP
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
O.k. I know it's still day 9, but I'm tired and need a day out of the studio to do life stuff. I'm kind of tired, you know... here is number 10, another landscape. I'll get back to Koi for number 11, I promise :)
I'm still painting water, just a very different view of it ;) Paint my photo has challenges, sometimes I enter. This month it is painting mountains in a very long horizontal way. Not easy to get the majestic feel of mountains in a shallow long format ;) This is my second attempt and will also be #9 in the 30 in 30. Watercolor on Arches, 4 1/2" x 19"
Monday, September 08, 2014
It's Monday, lots to do, truck is in shop, rescheduled appointments, laundry, change beds, pay bills, dust, vacuum, more laundry, take the kits out, take trash to curb, trash in, pull out the Fall decor, stare at the Fall decor and sigh, throw some orange stuff around the house. Pretty! Clean the litter box, sweep the litter up, unload dishwasher, load dishwasher, unload the dishwasher, create a masterpiece... CREATE A MASTERPIECE! Ha, not bloody likely ;) a quickie for number eight. watercolor with pen & ink. Off to get the sheets out of the dryer and think about what to make for dinner, thank goodness I de-frosted chicken or we'd be eating cat food with the kits. oh yeah, feed the kits! Lots to do on Mondays.
Sunday, September 07, 2014
It rained yesterday so I took advantage of a cozy indoor day and painted today's number 7 on day 6. The sun is already rising in the sky on this beautiful Sunday and I don't want to miss a minute of it! Fall is quickly arriving here in NY, it's a gorgeous colorful crisp time of the year. My very favorite season, but it does have the shadow of winter looming over it, so every moment of it can not be wasted ;) Back to the Koi.
Saturday, September 06, 2014
Weekends are difficult to get into the studio. I got up at 6:30 to whip out a loosie goosie watercolor for the challenge. Shhh, everybody is still sleeping. I even painted before having coffee, that in itself is a challenge ;)
Friday, September 05, 2014
I deviated from the fish. Just for a day, I promise. I will go back to the water and light study in the next painting. I painted a landscape today. Actually I painted 4, this is the only one I will let anybody see. Not a great morning in the studio ;) A loose watercolor for ya'll today. Painting inspired from Robyn Lovelock's photo on PMP. There's a monthly challenge going on over there, hence the landscape. I haven't participated in awhile and thought I'd give it a go...I should have stuck with my fish ;)anyhow, enjoy :)oh and Happy Friday!
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Still painting small, I might try larger next week. This one is also 6 x 12 painted on Arches cold press watercolor paper. It's my favorite paper. I've tried others, some are o.k., but I always go back to arches. So this painting I sourced a photo from Paint my Photo. Have you heard of it? It's a great site that photographers share their photo's with artists for them to paint. Copyright free, don't share their photo's but paint away from them as a reference. It's really wonderful filled with people from all over the world posting photos from all over the world. Here's #Four, enjoy :)