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.
4 ” x 4″ watercolor on aquabord with easel. See it in my Etsy shop.
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. 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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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 quilt with some variation in every block.
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.
Now for my painting of the day : A Pot of Poses
Some more flowers to brighten your day. Thanks for visiting!