About a month ago (mid-September), I participated in my second 'paint out' event. I teamed up again with my artist buddy Rachel Steely James and we made it a double-date, tent-campin' weekend! We camped at Clifty Falls State Park and the event was held at Hanover College. This event was super laid-back and not competitive at all since there was no judging or prize money at stake. All of the other artists I talked with were friendly and encouraging. The next four paintings that you'll see here on the blog are from my weekend. Enjoy! :)
Painting No. 57, 6x6in, oil on gessoboard
$50, email me if interested
For this painting, I used a photo that I had taken during my trip to Southern California back in 2008. I was visiting my dear friend Kristin. (I wish she didn't live so far away!!!) The landscape in L.A. is just so different than Indiana! I was taking lots of photos from the car as we were driving around...and five years later, I'm glad I was able to pull this one out. :) I think we often become immune to the beauty of our 'local landscape' and it takes fresh eyes to see the beauty.
Painting No. 55, 6x6in
This was my official re-entering of my Journey to 500 Paintings after my month-long break. This was originally painted for my husband Wes's birthday. He did love it by the way! It's of his family beloved sailboat which has many lovely memories attached to it. :) I like that I was able to keep my brushstrokes loose and expressive. The only 'negative' is that I should have done this on a 5x7 gessoboard...it was hard to fit the drawing of the boat onto a square surface....so I ended up taking taking a stripe or two off of the boat to make it all fit and 'work'. A week or two after I finished this one, I made Wes another painting (probably one of my very favorites to date) of this Hobie, on a 8x10 board. So thus, this little one is for sale. :) Only super Hobie-lovers would notice a little height missing on the large sail.
Painting No. 54, Not for Sale
This was my example painting that I did for one of my art camps this summer. I think this is the last of the acrylic paintings for awhile. I debated whether or not to include this and the Natalie and Bryce decoration paintings into my 500, but thought...hey, they're paintings, I should count them! My next posts will be back to oil and back to my true vision of my journey. Thanks for following my blog, there's a few that I'm really proud of coming up, so stay tuned! :)
Acrylic Paint on Cradled Hardboard
Painting No. 49, Not for Sale
The next several paintings will be a break from my 'norm'. We recently moved to a new house...with lots more wall space to fill, and so I created several pieces for my kiddos' rooms. The drawings are not original, I used clip art for most of my references; however this little dog was on one of Bryce's shirts and I thought he was really cute. Bryce is super pleased with the results of this one....he's obsessed with dogs! :)
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