A Special Venture


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30 in 30, 2016: As Complete as it Can Be

30 in 30 Collage

Two years ago when Barbara Davis suggested I take on Leslie Saeta’s 30 in 30 challenge, I was scared to death! The idea of painting and posting every day was terrifying. I painted the tiniest paintings possible: 2″ x 3″ or maybe even smaller. The work was, well, that of a beginner at best.

This time I ended up painting a very large piece (for me) composed of 15 sections that were about 9″ x 11″ each, and I am still working on it even as I write. I also created some other random pieces, likely as a means of “shaking off” the intensity of the large one.

Then I traveled in the last week of the challenge. During that time I kind-of lost my painting groove, but I did not lose my painting EYE! Here are some views that lit my eye while in Las Vegas. What a place!

Red Rock CollageLANDSCAPES


Plants in Vegas CollagePLANTS, Wild and Tame

Interior Architecture CollageARCHITECTURAL Details

Pinball CollagePINBALL of Old and New

Neon CollageNEON in Vegas history

Up in the Air

3030.2016.22bYesterday I was traveling all day and actually had to “paint” in the airplane. I thought I’d try out the app called Paper 53. It is a lovely app, with a huge variety of brushes and colors and options I am sure I did not exploit to their max. I just drew this little turtle from my head, and have no idea why I opted for a turtle as subject. Perhaps because my first swoop on the screen was the arc that roughly forms his back.

Turtle in AirportThe irony is that as soon as I got off the plane, this is the first piece of art I encountered in the airport. Can you guess where I am?

A Bouquet

One Dozen Posies Acrylic on styrofoam and board 9" x 8"
One Dozen Posies
Acrylic on styrofoam and board
9″ x 8″

After two weeks fretting over the puzzle of a tree of life of my own device, I just had to take a break. The “flowers” here are the bottoms of an egg carton I used to mix colors for the big composite painting. It’s just elementary, I know, but I needed to give myself permission to be frivolous.

A Departure into Theory

Yesterday I spent the day with the very-generous Sharon Gates and three other plein air painters in a one-day workshop. Sharon took us through various refresher concepts and exercises, and encouraged us at every turn. While we did mix colors and outline mass shapes from photographs, we also began to paint value-scale monochrome landscapes.

Landscape Study Oil on Board, 8" x 10" 17/30in30
Landscape Study
Oil on Board, 8″ x 10″

Here is mine at the point I left Sharon’s studio. I couldn’t stand leaving unused colors on my palette so I “threw” them out there for better or for worse. I’ll go back into it tomorrow.