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.

 

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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

Greet the Day Quilt

Sometime ago, I painted a little painting that featured a red bird basking in the sunshine.   I thought the design would make a great applique project.  So I recently drew out the pattern and made this small quilted wallhanging.  It hangs in my front entryway.Greet the Day Quilt

I used machine applique (my preferred method because it is faster!) and added some simple quilting.  Yes, I actually pieced those little red squares!Greet the Day quilt close up.

It came out pretty close to the original painting.  So what do you think?Greet the Day 1

 

Greet the Day original watercolor painting on board 5″ x 7″.  Available in my Etsy Shop.

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

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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