Day 2 of 30 Do What You Love

Day 2 and I am already behind!  As you can see, I’m not finished.  I just had to get to bed before I could finish painting this.  I hope I can get caught up tomorrow.  Only 28 more days to go!

do what you love unfinished

do what you love unfinished

My Music Classroom

Well, after moving across the country and preparing for and teaching my first week of school, I’ve finally come up for air.  I thought you might like to see my classroom and where those quilts went.  As you can see, there is a space theme going on here.Music can take you to exciting placesIMG_1213IMG_1216IMG_1221IMG_1222IMG_1214

Fabric works great for covering bulletin boards.  This space themed line of fabric is from Connecting Threads.  IMG_1215IMG_1217IMG_1218

One of the first things I teach is how to say my name.  It’s easy for the kids, but still hard for the adults!IMG_1220

I will be joining the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge starting on Sept 1.  I think this is the 5th time I have participated, so I didn’t want to miss it.  I don’t know how I’ll have time, but let’s just say my “paintings” will be small and simple.  I look forward to re-connecting with all my artist friends.

Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days: Day 1 — Cool Cat

I’ve decided the theme for my 30 days will be MAKING MUSIC.

I play saxophone, so I had to start with this one.  He definitely IS one COOL CAT!

Cool Cat350by Pam Schoessow

Day 5: It’s Fall Y’all

Well, maybe not according to the calendar.  But it’s September, school has started, and the squirrels are busy in my yard.  That says Autumn to me.It's Fall Y'all

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Original 4″ X 4″ watercolor on board with easel.  $28 in my Etsy shop.

Day 2: Cruising

I’ve only been on one cruise and it was a blast!  A few years ago, my younger brother paid for all of our siblings,  their spouses and my Mom to go on a cruise to the Caribbean to celebrate his 50th birthday.  As much as I enjoyed the wonderful ship and all it’s amenities, being with my family was the best part.Cruising

 

4 ” x 4″ watercolor on aquabord with easel.  See it in my Etsy shop.

 

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Yes, it’s time for another painting challenge starting Monday, September 1st.  I will join 700 other artists and attempt to paint 30 paintings in 30 days.  Of course that means painting small.  Most of my little art is only 4″ x 4″ or 5″ x 7″.  I like to paint on Ampersand Aquabord with watercolors.  It is a sturdy panel with an absorbent surface.  I thought I would get ahead of the game and start to draw a few things.IMG_0610 These are still in the ink stage.  Next I will add color with watercolors.  Then I spray them with multiple coats of varnish to make the color permanent.  Before I start drawing on the aquabord, I sketch some ideas on paper.  I thought you would like to see some pages in one of my sketchbooks.  These are real rough sketches–and they all don’t become paintings.  I just kick the ideas around for awhile.  I am somewhat embarrassed to show these, but maybe you will see that I’m just doodling, really. IMG_0624  IMG_0626   IMG_0611 IMG_0612 IMG_0613 IMG_0614 IMG_0615 IMG_0616 IMG_0617 IMG_0618 IMG_0619  IMG_0621 IMG_0622 IMG_0623  IMG_0625  IMG_0627 IMG_0628 IMG_0629IMG_0620

 

Well now you have had a peek into the process of a “not so fine” artist!  I will start posting finished paintings on Monday, September 1st.  If you want to see daily art from hundreds of other (real) artists who have signed up for the challenge, check out artist Leslie Saeta’s blog at lesliesaeta.blogspot.com

Day One : I Love Snow

It’s past midnight (Happy New Year!) so I can post my first painting of 2014. We’ve had a very snowy New Years Eve so it seemed only appropriate that I should start off the year with another snowman.    I will be adding this to Leslie Saeta’s blog as part of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.   Day One is done!   See it in my Etsy Shop.

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New Year’s Daily Painting Challenge

Tomorrow,  I (and about 400 other artists) will start the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge on Leslie Saeta’s Blog.  This will be my 3rd time participating and it has made all the difference in my “artist” life.  Come along with me and enjoy some fabulous art.  The question still remains though…. What am I going to paint tomorrow?!  Stay tuned!

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Day 30 Vase with Pears

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Day 30  Vase with Pears

Last Day! I’m glad that I made it all the way through the 30 days. I do feel like taking a few days off, though. I have a quilting retreat this weekend–perfect timing. I do want to continue to post my paintings, but maybe just once or twice a week. Thank you to all my new followers and especially to those who left me so many kind, encouraging comments! I’ll try to keep my creative juices going. I’m working on some projects and hope to turn my drawings into marketable items in the future. Stay tuned!

A Pot of Posies

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I bought this quilt top off of Ebay for $30.  I did some extensive custom quilting on it.  Afterwards, it appraised for $3000.

Many of you who have been visiting my blog lately have commented that you wished to see some of my quilts.  So I will add some pics of my quilts to each of my posts for the rest of the challenge.  I bought this quilt top off of Ebay for $30.   It wasn’t in very good shape and most of the fabric was faded.  I did some extensive custom quilting on it. Afterwards, the finished quilt appraised for $3000.

 

This is a close up of one of the white blocks.  I quilted it like a sampler with some variation in every block.

This is a close up of one of the white blocks. I quilted it like a sampler  quilt with some variation in every block.

 

One of the pieced blocks.  Whoever pieced this, did it all by hand.  Each small square is less than an inch square.

The appraiser said that the top was most likely made in the 1920’s.  This is one of the pieced blocks. Whomever pieced this, did it all by hand. Each small square is less than an inch square.

 

In keeping with an old tradition, I quilted my initials into one of the blocks.

In keeping with an old tradition, I quilted my initials into one of the blocks.  

Now for my painting of the day :  A Pot of Poses

A Pot of Posies

Some more flowers to brighten your day.  Thanks for visiting!