Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year - Yikes another 30 in 30

First of all - thanks so much for the blog comments - It is really motivating!

Secondly, I'm "going in" for the Leslie Saeta January 30in30.  I must be insane, but it's such an extreme experience I have to try even though I can't imagine how I'll accomplish it - gotta get more organized! The challenge website is here  - there are over 300 artists who have signed up.  

You would really be a huge help to me with ideas of things to paint, or photos, or anything, even thoughts about the blog.  The hardest part is figuring out what to paint and how to compose it.  Bring it on!  Very much appreciated.  p.s. I removed the comment SPAM filter so you can leave a comment easily and anonymously if you'd like.

My day 1 painting was fun to do since it's a new subject and painting from a photo is fairly new to me (yet another challenge!). We love watching the birds in the back yard and this one is a special favorite.  It's known as the "upside down" bird because it often hops down a tree trunk head first.  Once you know that, it's easy to spot them.  Apparently this one is a teenager because the markings are not fully developed yet (thanks to my bro who's an avid bird watcher).  Enough story, here she is (oh, he thinks it's probably a female).


Red Breasted Nuthatch
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This photo is from Paint My Photo by Chrissy M - check out the real thing Nuthatch PMP.


Oh and before I forget - here's the painting that received the 2013 "Painting of the Year" award from the very unscientific voting bloc which consists of the one person who gets to live with this soon-to-be-insane-artist   ;-)   Framing makes such a difference, don't you think?

The Gift - Christmas Pear
in studio



Finally - Have a fabulous and Happy New Year!

11 comments:

  1. I love the pear! One of my favorite subjects!

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    1. This one is truly special and given to a pair of our favorite people (no pun intended).

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  2. beautiful painting. Love the palette and the contrasts of lost lines and sharp lines. I will enjoy watching your 30. I did it twice and am now just watching.

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    1. Thanks so much, I hope I survive! You know how tough it is.

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  3. This is my third 30/30 and it is fun and frustrating at the same time! I like your bird with its softness and beautiful colors. It will be fun to see more birds!

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    1. Just great having new found friends facing the same challenge - we have to combine forces! This time decided to do "three of a kind" to keep the focus going, so yes three birds is the plan!

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  4. Very nice. I'm a birder, too and I have a ton of photos from various expeditions. I should do one or two of them as paintings. And you're right, sometimes framing can make all the difference.

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    1. Birds are fun - I am trying to paint them looser, but it's hard when the photo is so exacting. I tried a few more, but not getting the looseness I crave. Hopefully more practice ahead with this challenge!

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  5. Love how you simplified this little guy! Beautiful!

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    1. thanks so much, that's my goal to simplify and minimize.

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