Saturday, January 30, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days, Day 30

Bird Nest, Day 30
oil on canvas panel
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I didn't plan it this way, but I couldn't help but notice how joyful this painting appears.
Could it be that I am glad to have finished the bird nests and can move on to another subject???

I did not do 30 paintings and some days I was so discouraged I just wiped off what
I had done and called it a day.

For those of you who did 30 paintings or almost 30 paintings, I admire your fortitude, self discipline, and hard work.  Yea for you!!!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days, Day 28

Bird Nest, Day 28
oil on canvas panel
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This painting is the Where's Waldo? of bird nest world.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, Day 25

Bird Nest, Day 25
oil on canvas panel

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I had some self imposed parameters for this painting.  Paint a bird nest that looks 3 dimensional with the lightest of values.   I don't think this painting is hugely successful, but I plan to try
again with an off white background.  I want the nest to melt into its environment.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, Day 24

Bird Nest, Day 24
oil on canvas panel

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Everyday I think that maybe I won't be able to come up with a new way to present the theme I chose. Sometimes I set up a still life and just begin painting and the ideas come.  I often think better with
a paint brush in my hand just as some writers think better as they write or type.  I imagine that musicians also compose while playing and coaches think of new plays while they are coaching. 

I do have another way of planning paintings and it's a method I used frequently when
teaching high school art.  I find that my thinking drifts toward painting quite often during the day and I quickly draw a thumbnail sketch so I won't forget my idea.  

As you can see, it's quite small and probably makes little sense to anyone but me.  They serve to jog my memory and sometimes give birth to a new idea.  I did not want my students to use the first idea they thought of (because they were usually not great ideas). I had them draw x number of thumbnails and then choose the one with the most potential.  Sometimes they grumbled a little but the work
they produced was stellar.

Quite often the thumbnail sketch does not transfer to a larger painting and I wipe it off and begin again.  Some paintings have gone through several wipes before I'm satisfied with it.  Sometimes I use the thumbnail idea but add or subtract shapes, colors, etc.  It's all a grand, glorious experiment
that keeps us painters up in the morning and trying again.  Churchill once said (paraphrasing here) that to be happy, choose something that demands perfection that will never be met.  I think that sums it up nicely!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, Day 23

Bird Nest, Day 23
oil on canvas panel

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For years I have bemoaned the fact that I tend to use the same colors over and over.  It's not really a terrible thing to do as it is often one of an artist's signature characteristics, but I always wanted to make myself use other mixtures to give my work a different vibe.  So on this painting the first thing
I did was mix some colors that I liked on my palette.  I thought the sort of acid green would work well with the cooler colors as well as the black and white.  I did, indeed, resort to some of my
sameo-sameo colors but also put some new ones together for a different color scheme.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days, Day 20

Bird Nest, Day 20
oil on canvas panel

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I really like abstract paintings like this in a huge size, hanging over an antique .It's a wonderful combination that keeps a room from looking dated.  I suppose I should run out and buy a bigger canvas and an antique or two!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, Day 19

Bird Nest, Day 19
oil on canvas panel
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Taking photos of black and white areas together does not always work well for me!
The single egg in the nest is
a plum color.

Monday, January 18, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, Day 18

Bird Nest, Day 18
oil on canvas panel
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I experimented with arbitrary color on this painting, and it did get rather bright.  Hope you don't get retina burn looking at it!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, Day 13

Bird Nest, Day 13
oil on canvas panel

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In addition to collecting bird nests,  I also collect driftwood pieces, smooth pebbles,  rocks, wasp nests, acorns, seed pods, feathers, turtle shells, etc., etc.  Mostly I pick them up when taking walks. These "artifacts" are found in 2 pottery bowls in my house and today I looked for a few new objects to add to my paintings.  The smooth pebble was picked up on the beach in France--hope this wasn't illegal!--and the driftwood on a beach in Florida.

Monday, January 11, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, Day 11

Bird Nest, Day 11
oil on canvas panel

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I liked the idea of eggs gently falling into a soft, cozy nest.  It's been quite cold here in Charlotte--I can hear you all in colder climates laughing!  Anyway I am in my nest, keeping warm, drinking hot tea, painting in the warm, kitchen, and reading covered in an afghan.  Life is good!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Bird Nest, Day 9
oil on canvas panel
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As you can imagine, I think about bird nests and related objects quite a bit of the time--making 
thumbnail sketches and trying to come up with another way to present the
same subject.  
One of my ideas was to paint a gold (as in the real metal) nest, but I am not sure I could do it.
Afterall, I don't have a gold nest to observe.  
So---I decided to try a gold egg first.  No, I also don't have a gold egg, but it seemed less daunting 
to try to make one up.  Since I know it's supposed to be gold, it looks like gold to me,
I'm not sure it will look like gold to others.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Bird Nest, Day 7

Bird Nest, Day 7
oil on canvas panel
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Sorry about the poor photography.  I haven't mastered the skill of taking
photos of wet paintings.  The light color is white although it looks slightly 

I enjoyed adding the yellow-green.  I think it shows well on the black background.

For those of you from Leslie Saeta's challenge, I have enjoyed seeing all the paintings 
that have been produced.  Hooray for doing this.  It's not easy, is it?

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Bird Nest, Day 6
oil on canvas panel

I finished this one at around 10:30 last night....trying to get a jump on things!  I continue to experiment, which is what this challenge is all about.  I added one more color, lavender and one more object, the feather.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Bird Nest, Day 5 --30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Bird Nest, Day 5
oil on canvas panel, gamvar

I opted for a smaller canvas today because I needed to work on some other painting that are way overdue.  I do love small painting with a wide frame.  I usually use a gold plein air frame from Graphic Dimensions here in North Carolina.  

Monday, January 4, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days

Bird Nest, Day 4
oil on canvas panel, gamvar varnish

Here's a photo of the still life set up.  My son-in-law found the bird nest woven into the branch.  I keep it in a large pot in my living room.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Day 3

Bird Nest, Day 3

"Bird Nest, Day 3"
oil on canvas panel, gamvar - 12x12 in
I have joined Leslie Saeta's annual 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.Leslie a California painter, started this several years ago and there are over 1000 painters participating this year.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Bird Nest, Day 2

Bird Nest, Day 2"
oil on canvas panel, gamvar varnish - 16x12 in
I took the nest and rock from my door step.In the studio I put it higher than eye level, balanced on a coke can (what we artists won't do!), so I could paint it as if it were floating above the viewer.The top part did not photograph well because of all the black.You can click on my blog to see a close up of it.

Friday, January 1, 2016

The Big Reveal of yesterday's post

Birdnest, Number 1
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​This is my first painting for the 30 Paintings in 30 Day Challenge started by California painter Leslie Saeta. I have chosen a common subject-bird nests-since I am a collector of abandoned nests and have quite a few.  When I taught AP Studio Art a third of the portfolio was called the Concentration. Students would select a theme, subject, philosophy, etc. to present in art.  The first attempts, however well done, were generally somewhat pedestrian.  As the days went by and the journey continued, students began to experiment more and the work became more original and expressive. So I am once again a student, working on my own self imposed Concentration--I am hoping I will follow the same journey for the next 30 days.  Thank you, Leslie, for the challenge.
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