Saturday, January 31, 2015

Final Day for 30 in 30

So Saturday was day number 30 in Leslie Saeta's challenge of 30 Paintings in 30 Days of which I am showing 28 in my collage above. 

My husband and I took a trip to Yosemite and that threw me behind in the challenge for several days but I intend to catch up this week and finish my final two!

It has been a great challenge and I loved getting up each morning with an idea already planned to paint.  But in a few days it will be good to get back to my own paintings and commissions!

Thanks to all for viewing and your support through this challenge!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Love that!

Day 27

30 Paintings in 30 Days

After Edouard Manet

Love Manet's paintings! The more I study them, the more I appreciate his work! Unfortunately I had a full day today and by the time I finished this there was only my easel light to photograph from so some of the colors are a little washed out.  

I will try to get a new shot of it tomorrow!

3 days left in the challenge!

Monday, January 26, 2015

After Thiebaud

Day 26 

30 Paintings in 30 Days

Wayne Thiebaud is an American painter best known for his colorful works depicting commonplace objects—pies, lipsticks, paint cans, ice cream cones, pastries, and hot dogs—as well as for his landscapes and figures. Wikipedia

Great line work (on the original).  I couldn't quite get his thin vibrant lines on such a small painting 6 x 6".  Was fun to paint anyway!

I put in some line work before I began began painting and that is probably what I should of stuck with so my line work doesn't get muddy.

I found my line work was too thick so I had to cut back into it.

Just need to finish up her hand, ice cream cone and background.


Sunday, January 25, 2015

One More Sorolla and a Hinkle

Day 25

30 Paintings in 30 Days

After Sorolla (again!)

His nose really isn't this lavender, nor is his ear so red!  Something is happening with my camera settings!!

And I needed to make up Day #2 as I was babysitting my niece's children that day and I just could not paint!

Day 2 

After Clarence Hinkle (1880-1960)

Loved the dappled sunlight!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

After Vuillard

Day 24

30 Paintings in 30 Days

OK.  I have to tell you.  I picked this one because of the hat!

Now for the original artist.....I think it is Edouard Vuillard.  At least that is who it was attributed to on Pinterest but when I went to find it today on the internet, it had disappeared. Oh, it was still on Pinterest but when I Googled Vuillard, she didn't show up.  When I went to the match program on, she didn't show up.  So there you are.  A great hat and an unknown artist.

Only 6 more days!

Friday, January 23, 2015

After Rockwell

Day 23

After Norman Rockwell's "First Trip to the Beauty Shop"

For my 50th birthday (several years ago - HA), my mom and I spent a week or so on the East Coast and one of our stops was a the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  He was a prolific artist who told a story with each of his paintings.  I loved that about his artwork.

A little girl looks at her reflection in the beauty shop mirror as her hair is swept on top of her head. I get the feeling that she envisions herself as a young woman.

Here are some of Rockwell's posed characters alongside his paintings.

Only 7 more days to go in this challenge!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Countdown is On

30 Paintings in 30 Days 

This is Day 22

After Edward Hopper.....

One of his most iconic paintings is "Night Hawks" painted in 1942.

It is an amazing process of limiting your time on a painting.  I see so much that can/should be changed but by limiting myself, it's done and it's time to move on.  There is something so freeing in that!  Thank you for viewing my art.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

9 Days to Go

Only nine days to go in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge by Leslie Saeta.

Day 21

After Renoir - A detail from "A Dance at Bougival" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1883 which is hanging at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

After Van Gogh and What Was I Thinking?

Oh my!  So my 1 hour time limit is off with both of my Van Gogh paintings.  The first one took 2 hours and today's painting took over 5 hours.

Just getting started......

Trying to do a little of the tedious background before I do the face.

Enough with the background (which I thought was difficult) and onto the face! 2 hours in......

OK a little more background and then I allowed myself to start the beard.  Crazy making! 3 hours in...

4 plus hours in and I am loving it but ready to jump in the creek!

Finished and ready for a glass of wine!

The man that Van Gogh painted was his postman and friend, Joseph Roulin.

The Roulin Family is group of portrait paintings Vincent van Gogh executed in Arles in 1888 and 1889 on Joseph, his wife Augustine and their three children: Armand, Camille and Marcelle. This series is unique in many ways. Although Van Gogh loved to paint portraits, it was difficult for financial and other reasons for him to find models. So, finding an entire family that agreed to sit for paintings — in fact, for several sittings each — was a bounty.
Joseph Roulin became a particularly good, loyal and supporting friend to Van Gogh during his stay in Arles. To represent a man he truly admired was important to him. The family, with children ranging in age from four months to seventeen years, also gave him the opportunity to produce works of individuals in several different stages of life.
Rather than making photographic-like works, Van Gogh used his imagination, colors and themes artistically and creatively to evoke desired emotions from the audience. - Wickipedia

Like I said in a previous blog, Van Gogh was a mad genious!

Monday, January 19, 2015

After Bonnard - Day 19

After yesterday's Vermeer, I thought this Bonnard would be a jolly good, fun, easy painting.  Boy was I wrong!  Pierre Bonnard loved busy little design covering his canvas.  I have to tell you that I love his tablescapes!  Maybe when the 30 Paintings in 30 Days is over, I will attempt one of my own!

Getting the main characters face in.......

Then I worked from background to foreground and finally the patterned dress!

Pierre Bonnard was a French painter and printmaker, as well as a founding member of the Post-Impressionist group of avant-garde painters Les Nabis. Wikipedia

Sunday, January 18, 2015

After Vermeer - Day 18

After Vermeer and the "after" should be explained.  When an artist does a study from an Old Master, you want to make sure there would never be any confusion that your painting could be confused with the original!  HA!  Makes me laugh because some of my paintings from this challenge have surprised me with their wonderful energy - but NO ONE is going to confuse any of my portraits for the original, especially this Vermeer!

But doing all of these wonderful old masters has been inspiring and I could not leave out one of the most famous - "Girl With a Pearl Earring".  I also thought of painting the Mona Lisa but decided against that one because of the magnitude of that project!

Anyway I thought I had my shadow darks in nice and dark.....

Against the white canvas they look good and dark!

Starting on her head wrap and realizing that her mouth needs some attention too!

On to painting the robe and so far I am liking her!

But then I put in the blue-black background and it totally washed out her face as well as the shadows in the face.

I have a group of women that I paint with and we also do critiques.  I think I will ask them what I could of done differently to improve the finished piece.

Also, maybe it's the camera.  HA - now you are probably thinking that the dog ate my homework too!  But if you compare the photo above (with the black background) and the photo above this (with the white canvas) you will see how much darker the shadows are on the white one.  I think my camera compensates for the white and for the black causing the shadows to lighten.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Over the Hill

Day 16 has arrived in the challenge I have signed up with - 30 Paintings in 30 Days.  We are officially over half way done and I have to say that I have enjoyed the process.

Day 16 is a funny little painting originally done by Georges de la Tour "The Fortune Teller" circa 1630.  My painting is just one of the people in his original painting.  It was a struggle for me to do so much blending and matching.  I tend to paint fast and with large strokes.....this was the opposite!

I just like the expression on her face.  Kind of like she knew it would take me awhile to paint her, so she is averting her eyes and has a little snicker at my lack of patience!

Getting in the darks and shadows......

Finishing her face and starting on her head scarf......

Head scarf is almost completed.....

I could of worked several more hours on this painting but as I am trying to keep these 6 x 6 inch paintings to 1 hour and I already had 2 1/2 on this one, I deemed it complete!

Here is Day 15's lovely little painting....

Berthe Morisote's self portrait as she was aging and showing her gray hair.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Almost half way there!

Day 14

The Challenge - 30 Paintings in 30 Days sponsored by Leslie Saeta.

I really don't know what I will do with my days beginning February 1st......

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Diebenkorn & Lemieux

Days 12 & 13 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days a challenge by Leslie Saeta.

Yesterday I began a drawing class.  It was a three hour class and we drew 64 poses!  Needless to say, I was exhausted so did not get Day 12 in until today!

Day 12

"Woman with Hat & Gloves" the original was done by Diebenkorn.

Richard Diebenkorn was a American painter. His early work is associated with Abstract expressionism and the Bay Area Figurative Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. His later work were instrumental to his achievement of worldwide acclaim. Wikipedia
Day 13

I finally found my panel holder for small paintings that I purchased for a Carol Marine workshop in Santa Fe a few years ago.  It allow me to paint to the edges of the panel and it hold the panel in place beautifully.  Carol's husband invented it and now sells it HERE.

 Work in progress.....

"La Femme au chapeau blanc" - the original was done by Jean Paul Lemieux

Fun day of painting!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Day 11

I found this self-portrait on Pinterest by artist Rudolf Tewes in 1906 but when I Googled him there was not a lot written about him other than him being German.  Strange because I love his painting especially his line work. 

I had to work on taxes I began Day 11 rather late and by the time I finished, it was almost dark.  So the color of the photo/print is not this orange but pink!  I love the combo of pink and yellow!

Finished the face but then noticed that the mouth was too low.  Raised it up at the last minute!

I toned down his yellow hat as well!

Love the bold brushwork!
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