30-in-30 Challenge – Days 23-26

So I’ve gotten behind again on my daily paintings, but more from doing other work here on the website than from lack of motivation.  If you haven’t noticed, I’ve added my own shop here on the site instead of only relying on Etsy for (attempted) sales.  And I’ve gotten a bit ambitious working on days 23 and 24.  I’m doing these as a pair so it’s easiest to actually do them at the same time.  Plus the technique I’m playing around with (inspired by seeing a video of how Stephanie Pui-Mun Law does some of her textures) is new, so it’s taking me longer to finish areas.  And there is more detail involved, so again, takes longer.  I like what I’m seeing so far though, so that’s always a good thing.  So here’s a WIP of days 23 and 24, so far untitled although “Creeping” comes to mind.  Or maybe “Fractures” might work, too.

Days 23-24 – WIP Untitled (so far)
Watercolor on paper, each 9″ x 12″

Days 23-24 Works in Progress

Days 23-24 Works in Progress

I haven’t been totally into my computer work though.  I managed to do a tiny painting for today.  It’s something I need to remember to take in with each day, plus I just wanted to play with a new flat brush I have. 😉

Day 25 – “Joy”
Watercolor and blue ink on paper, 5.5″ x 2.5″

Joy | Watercolor and blue ink on paper | 5.5" x 2.5" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Joy | Watercolor and blue ink on paper | 5.5″ x 2.5″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

And in-between waiting for the above two pieces to dry, I got the background put down for my day 26 piece, which will be pen/ink lines over the colors.  Tentative title right now is leaning towards “Burning Bright” for some reason.

Day 26 – WIP “Nebula”
Watercolor (and ink) on paper, 7.5″ x 7.5″

Nebula (WIP) | Watercolor (and ink) on paper | 7.5" x 7.5" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Nebula (WIP) | Watercolor (and ink) on paper | 7.5″ x 7.5″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

30-in-30 Challenge – Day 22

This one is a complete change for me because it includes text.  In fact, that’s the whole reason I did this is because I love this phrase from the Pink Floyd song “Time”.  Well, I love the whole song but something with this phrase just resonates  with me.

Day 22 – Something more to say
Watercolor and white ink on paper, 3″ x 9″

Something More to Say | Watercolor and white Ink on paper | 3" x 9" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Something More to Say | Watercolor and white Ink on paper | 3″ x 9″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

And just for fun, enjoy the song as well.

30-in-30 Challenge – Day 21

This one was a quickie, to be honest.  I worked on it between doing day 20 and day 22, so I had 3 going at once.  Mostly, I wanted a vibrant piece in reds and oranges and yellows, so here it is.

Day 21 – Dancing Sun
Watercolor on paper, 5.5″ x 6.5″

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Dancing Sun | Watercolor on paper | 6.5" x 5.5" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Dancing Sun | Watercolor on paper | 6.5″ x 5.5″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

30-in-30 Challenge – Day 20

Posting later in the day, but I ended up reading last night instead of finishing my day 20 painting.  That’s all right though, I had the base done so it didn’t take long to finish.  This ended up going in a completely different direction that I’d planned though.  For some reason, drawing the little flourishes all over appealed to me, as if they were sprouts of some sort.  In the end, I rather like this one quite a bit.

Day 20 – Flourishing
Watercolor on paper, 4.5″ x 6″

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Flourishing | Watercolor on paper | 6" x 4.5" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Flourishing | Watercolor on paper | 6″ x 4.5″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

30-in-30 Challenge – Day 19

So I’m all caught up and working ahead a bit, which is a good thing.  I have day 19 done and ready to be sent out (?!?) and the base for day 20 is drying on the backing as I type this.

Day 19 is a two-fer piece.  In addition to doing this painting challenge, I’m also taking part in Postcard Swap #4 organized by Dawn Diamantopoulos.  I got my address to send an art postcard to and decided that I would do that this weekend and also count it for one of my daily challenge pieces.  For this, I went back to my retro circles a bit, but I also used a few new things as well from this month.

Day 19 – Postcard Swap #4
Watercolor and marker on paper, 6″ x 4.5″

Postcard Swap #4 | Watercolor and marker on paper | 6" x 4.5" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Postcard Swap #4 | Watercolor and marker on paper | 6″ x 4.5″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

In the interest of staying ahead of things, I also started working on the base for day 20’s piece.  Right now it’s at the “adding water to create shapes” stage but by tomorrow night, it’ll be completely dry and ready for me to start adding accents with paint and ink.  I can’t wait.

Day 20 Work in Progress

Day 20 Work in Progress

30-in-30 Challenge – Day 18

Today’s painting should probably be titled “fun with a palette knife” instead of the non-name I’ve given it.  I picked up a cheap plastic palette knife (it came with the new plastic palette I bought) and decided that another venture into painting with gouache was needed.  I thought to try some collage as well but that part wasn’t working for me so the two bits that I did collage in just ended up getting painted over.

This one was a bit more fun to do, I’ll say that.  I think the key is to not thin the paint out with water, or to not use too much of it.  This isn’t watercolor and I keep trying to use it like that, which seems to be a bit part of the problem. When I just went with straight paint, the results look better to me.

Day 18 – Untitled Abstract 06
Gouache and collage on paper, 9″ x 9″

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Untitled 06 | Gouache on paper | 9" x 9" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Untitled 06 | Gouache on paper | 9″ x 9″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

 

30-in-30 Challenge – Days 15-17

So I’ve been a slacker about posting these the past few days, but I have kept up and done days 15, 16, and 17.

Day 15 was actually done on Thursday, but I’m just now getting the photo and editing done.  I packed up some supplies and took my work to work with me, painting a section at breaks and lunchtime.  I also used my crappy pan watercolors which take to the paper differently than my regular ones, but it’s okay.  This piece is a case of my idea looking a lot better in my head than it did on the paper.

Day 15 – Black Rose
Watercolor on paper, 6″ x 4.5″

Black Rose | Watercolor on paper | 4.5" x 6" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Black Rose | Watercolor on paper | 4.5″ x 6″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Day 16 was started yesterday but I finished it earlier today.  I was trying some different things on this and ended up liking the end results, although I would do a few things in a different order next time.  Mostly the white ink.  I did the lines and then went back to add some darker areas to the purple, which was backwards.  It’s still fine though.

Day 16 – Purple Flowers
Watercolor and white ink on paper, 4.5″ x 6″

Purple Flowers | Watercolor and white Ink on paper | 4.5" x 6" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Purple Flowers | Watercolor and white Ink on paper | 4.5″ x 6″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Day 17 was my attempt to take the technique I worked with for “Purple Flowers” and use it on a slightly larger piece.  It wasn’t quite as successful but I still like it enough to want to keep trying to refine what I’m doing.  This is the third untitled piece I have, which isn’t too bad considering how I have a tough time coming up with titles.

Day 17 – Untitled Abstract 05
Watercolor on paper, 6″ x 9″

Untitled 05 | Watercolor on paper | 9" x 6" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Untitled 05 | Watercolor on paper | 9″ x 6″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

For tomorrow’s piece, I’m going to go back to gouache for a bit.  I have a plan. 😉

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30-in-30 Challenge – Day 14

If someone were to ask me what my favorite season is, I’d definitely say Autumn.  Yes, even when things are brown and everything looks dead, there is still color and beauty to be seen, IMO.  Maybe that’s why I tend to like doing Autumn trees.

Back to the watercolors, but this one was done with calligraphy pens instead of a brush for the everything but the light blue and green washes.  And I love how the tree turned out.  There is a texture to the trunk and the branches thinning out to where I added the leaves, and green strokes for grasses… For me it’s wonderful.

Day 14 – “Autumn Tree”
Watercolor on paper
4.5″ x 6″
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Autumn Tree | Watercolor on paper | 4.5" x 6" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Autumn Tree | Watercolor on paper | 4.5″ x 6″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

 

30-in-30 Challenge – Day 13

Ah, unlucky number 13.  Seems fitting for today’s piece.  The informal theme I choose for this challenge was growth because I wanted to push myself into trying new things and yes, growing my skills somewhat.  This is one of those “push it and see what happens” pieces and it’s just not working for me as a whole.

There are things I like about it such as using the hard edge of a ruler to pull paint around rather than just using a brush.  I’ll be exploring that again.  I dug out some foam letters I’d bought at the dollar store once to try some printing but that part didn’t work as I would have liked.  Still, it was fun to experiment with.  I worked in layers, letting each one dry in-between although with gouache, that wasn’t as effective as it could have been.

Still, I just fine it hard to create “pure” abstracts like this without any structure at all.  I struggle with the results and don’t find them appealing to look at.  Yet if someone else were to do something similar, I have no problems enjoying the artwork.  Not sure why that is.

Day 13 – “Alphabet Soup”
Gouache and marker on paper
8″ x 8″
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Alphabet Soup | Gouache and marker on paper | 8" x 8" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Alphabet Soup | Gouache and marker on paper | 8″ x 8″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge