Saturday, January 10, 2015

Day 10, Gulf Sunset

Gulf Sunset
Acrylic Ink on Yupo, 5.5 X 7

Day 10! We're 1/3 through the month already. Amazing. I love sunsets. I love painting sunsets. Sunsets down here in SW Florida are wonderful, always changing, never dull, and can be a whole variety of colors. I think it's the humid atmosphere that must make them so beautiful. I really like the way the ink moved on this piece. I'd like to say that it wasn't an accident, that it was my skill but I cannot. I don't think I could duplicate this if I tried. 
I really appreciate the comments, they are very encouraging. 

Friday, January 09, 2015

Day 9, Georgia On My Mind

Georgia On My Mind
Alcohol Ink on Yupo, 7 X 5.5

Some artists are following as theme as Leslie suggested, I am not, obviously. I guess it's because of my random personality type, I get bored easily if I do the same thing every day. This is a rather experimental alcohol ink piece. I'm trying to get the stuff to flow before it dries, which seems to happen in about 6 seconds. I put down a layer of blending solution, then the ink and got some movement. This reminds me of the close up flowers that were painted by Georgia O'Keeffe, hence the title. More experimenting with this medium ahead.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Day 8 What Cats Think 2

What Cats Think 2
Acrylic on paper 9 X 11

My cats all spent a lot of time watching birds outside so I think they must think about birds. This is a companion to the one I did for yesterday's post. It has the same colors and similar stamping in the background. It was fun getting off the serious track and painting a couple of whimsical things, I think I'll have to try some more along that line.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Day 7 -What Cats Think 1

What Cats Think 1
Acrylic on 3003 paper
9 X 11

Of course I have no idea what cats think but this may be what they think, especially when they hear the can opener. We are one week into the Challenge; I'm already having a struggle trying to think out of the box and do something different that I don't usually do. Painting on this paper was so different and difficult compared to the Yupo. Yupo was so much easier to lift paint since it lays on the surface and doesn't sink in. Even with layers of acrylic it seemed like it was sinking into the paper, drying too fast and hard to get down to the layers underneath. So, it was a good lesson for me and fun to do something whimsical.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Day 6, 30 in 30 Challenge, Bright Future

 
Bright Future
Acrylic on Yupo, 9 X 11

This gal sees a bright future ahead, she's optomistic and ready for whatever life brings her way. It's painted in the same way as yesterday's painting with acrylic over alcohol ink on Yupo. These two paintings came together pretty easily for me. The one for tomorrow is giving me some difficulty but I will be like this painting and think positively. 
Thanks to all who have made comments, I really appreciate it. 

Monday, January 05, 2015

JOY! 30 in 30 Challenge, Day 5

JOY!

Acrylic and Alcohol Ink on Yupo
9 X 10

One of my goals for this year was to put more figures in my paintings. I had to let go of the need for perfect proportion, face my fears and just do it. Letting go brings joy, fun returns to the process. I think I had more fun with this than I have had with painting for a long time. It started as an early attempt at alcohol ink on yupo that I cut in two and started layering acrylic on top. I stamped and removed paint so that the colors underneath peeked through. I put in a figure shape and painted around it. I used a stencil for the rays and for the pattern on the skirt. 


Sunday, January 04, 2015

Complete Triptych, Day 4 of 30/30 Challenge


Triptych 1

Triptych 2

Triptych 3

Each Collage 4 X 6

The Triptych series is now complete. It is matted and framed at 25 X 9. I did all three at the same time so that the colors and compositions would be compatible. Each one has a visual element evoking the sea. The two on the ends with seashells, the center one with a fish. I think it was a challenging learning experience to make them similar enough but not copy cats. I'm pleased with how they turned out and I will try to do more of these in collage and in painting, too.



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I started watercolor painting earnestly in 1991 after I moved to Florida. My husband and I are retired, and we are both artists. We both have works displayed  at the Wildchild Gallery in Matlacha Florida.