Thursday, September 21, 2017

Day 21 - Spreading Outward

Spreading Outward, Acrylic on Crescent Board, 10"x10", $125

Day 21 - Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days

I have used this color combination before when I was painting portrait. It carries a lot of punch. This has got a lot of paint on it because I kept adding, covering, and changing things until I was happy with it. This was primarily an exercise in letting the paint make crazy shapes and having the fortitude to leave them be.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Day 20 - Black and White

Black and White, Acrylic on Crescent Board, 10"x10", $125

Day 20 - Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days

Two-thirds through already! I've been playing with some pretty bold palettes the last few days, so today I decided to step back and do something in black and white. I love paintings that are black and white or that have just one additional pure hue added to what seems like it should be boring. Done well, these paintings can have the most amazing impact. And, therein lies the rub - doing them well. I think I got a pleasing pattern of lights and darks here with enough movement and variation to make it interesting. This is definitely something that I will continue to work on.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Day 19 - Spinning

Spinning, Acrylic on Crescent Board, 10"x10", NFS

Day 19 - Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days

OK. This one had about a hundred potential titles including "Spinning Outward," "Circling the Drain," "Going in Circles," Spiraling Inward," and "Hurricane Anna." Actually the titles are more fun than the painting, but I wanted to try something different and I did that. I started out putting spirals and circles of different sizes and colors all over the board, overlapping them and letting the paint mix. It was fun but there was no coherence. So I started working on creating a focal point while retaining the mic of colors and textures. I think that worked fairly well. In the end, though, this is not all that interesting - a big problem with paintings that feature circles. That's what I learned today.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Day 18 - Sliced and Diced

Sliced and Diced, Acrylic on Crescent Board, 8"x10", NFS

Day 18 - Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days

Bright, bright today.I'm still playing with patchwork colors, crazy lines, splattering and stamping. Random and intuitive.I'm not sure what to do with it, so I'm just going to sit with it for a while. All the wonderful criss-cross lines were made with a credit card dipped in paint - I like the variation in line width and color as the card travels across the dry and sometimes not-so-dry paint.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Day 17 - Trees

Trees, Acrylic on Crescent Board, 10"x10", NFS

Day 17 - Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days

This one is kind of fun. It started out as an experiment in sprtizing and pouring yesterday but my impatience quickly turned it into a gray mess. So I let it dry overnight and painted over it all this morning using a palette knife to make sure that most of the mud disappeared. I stayed with the color scheme from yesterday and applied it to a stand of trees - very abstracted - I painted what I "understand" to be a tree rather than what a particular tree actually looks like. In the end - not too bad. I think there is more that I can do with this concept and a fresh substrate.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Day 16 - Patchwork

Patchwork, Acrylic on Crescent Board, 8"x10", NFS

Day 16 - Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days

Back to work! Today I revisited the ideas from the "Metalwork" painting from a couple of days ago but with a completely different palette. I like the color combination. I found that I needed to add white calligraphy because the black didn't carry the punch I was seeking. And, although I like some of the passages in this one, overall the composition isn't as strong as I would like.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Day 15 - Play Day!

Baaaa, Acrylic on Canvas, 16"x17", NFS

Day 15 - Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days

So, gorgeous day today - I had all the usual Friday errands and chores to do plus I wanted to go ride my bicycle. Focus on painting? Nope. So I brought this one out. It's an old canvas that I covered with green and blue paint and then decided needed some sheep. And here they are. Fun, fast, and totally off-beat.  I promise to focus tomorrow.