Day 4: Family

Families come in all shapes and sizes like this one.  Even good friends can be included.Family and Friend 2

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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

Daylight Owls

I haven’t been doing much painting lately, and it shows!  I thought I would do something fast and simple to get back into the groove.  But then I agonized way too much over this one–the colors were all wrong!  I finally decided to stop fiddling with it and be done!

Even though owls are supposed to be nocturnal, these didn’t think their true colors would be appreciated except in the daylight!Image

How High Can You Go?

Well, it’s looks like the birds won this one.  But this good natured giraffe doesn’t seem to mind!  I couldn’t decide on a background color on this one, so I just left it white.  I like the clean look.

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Original watercolor on board with easel 5″ x 7″   $38 in my Etsy shop.    Buy it here.

Day 20 Jungle Cat

Is this a cat?  Is it a tiger?  You decide.   And do heart trees grow in the jungle?  They do in my world!  This one is pure fantasy fun.

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Watercolor on Aquabord  5×7 inches.  $38 with easel   See it now in my Etsy Shop.

Day 7 The Happy Couple

I guess this would be considered another one in my “bunny” series.  I really don’t think of series, I just like to draw bunnies at the moment.  To me, this looks like an old married couple who have grown close together (and alike) over the course of many years.  

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4″ x 4″ watercolor and ink on aqua board with easel   $28 in my Etsy Shop