Tuesday, September 24, 2013

#24 of 32

I get so excited when I discover a new contemporary artist that I love.  Today I discovered

Monday, September 23, 2013

#23 out of 32

One thing I don't so much like about this slow reveal is the numbering of them.  It feels like a countdown, which it is, but it is like counting away the days, and I think time moves fast enough.  I will look forward to naming paintings again!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Monday, September 16, 2013

#15 AND #16 OUT OF 32

Today is day 16 of 30 and I am finally caught up (I started 10 days late).  You can see how these pieces fit together.

I discovered a new favorite artist.  Her name is Christine Nadeau and she is from Quebec.  Here is an example of her outstanding artwork.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

#13 and #14 of 32

Every day is a new experience (duh) but I  really notice it in this painting.  I am observing my approach more closely and how it changes from day to day. 

Friday, September 13, 2013

#9 & #10 of 32

each 6"x6" oil
I am feeling like I am getting a better understanding of how I want this painting to look in the end.  I have gone back and edited a few things, mostly how my buildings look.  This is a very interesting process.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

#7 and #8 out of 32

2 more pieces of the puzzle....I can only post 2 at a time on Leslie Saeta's sight, so even though I have caught up, I am dragging out posting them.  The whole piece will be revealed on Sept. 30.  I hope that is exciting for you; it definitely is for me!  I am hoping every inch of this 24"x48" piece is full of energy and joy!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

#4 and #5 and #6 of 32

Each of these are 6"x6" and part of 32 pieces that make up one painting.  I spent the day at the Hyde House Museum in Glenn Falls, New York, looking at Georgia O'Keefe paintings, among other things.  She said it was the abstract qualities that she liked when painting whether it was of something realistic or abstract and that realistic paintings are made up of abstract elements.  I know what she was implying.  I feel like this process of painting squares really helps me to focus on the abstract qualities and the hardest part is the buildings, because my mind really wants to shift to seeing them as real objects, rather than as shapes, colors, values and lines.  I am enjoying this experiment and think the end result will reflect some learning, but also my joy at doing it.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

#2 and #3

#2 of 32, 6"x6" oil

#3 of 32, 6"x6" oil
Today was a good painting day and I like this project.  I got several sections done and am posting two here.  I like this method, although I probably won't do it often.  It forces me to pay attention to each 6"x6" square and make it interesting.  It will be interesting to see how the colors work because it really is different each day, even though I am trying to be consistent in my mixing.  The photos of these sections look really flat, but in reality there is a lot of texture and subtle changes in color.

Monday, September 9, 2013


I am inspired by my two week beach vacation, but it is now time to really get busy.  I have decided to participate in Leslie Saeta's "30 Paintings in 30 Days."  It ends at the end of September so since this is #1, you can see that I am behind by a third!  I decided I would do 32, 6"x6" squares and (hopefully) when I get them all done, I will have one big painting!  I am hoping to do more than one a day to get caught up and think that is possible because, my palette will be similar day to day, and to get it underway (and keep it working together) I drew it out loosely today and finished this one piece.  I received an email today with a link to a video that really expresses how I felt after this relaxing beach vacation.  To see it (it is 10 minutes long and really really worth watching) click here.
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