30-in-30 Challenge – Day 10

Yes, we’ve reached one third of the way through Leslie Saeta’s 30-in-30 painting challenge.  Yay!  I’ve only completed 8/10 paintings but I’m still considering this a success so far.  I’m trying some new things out for fun, playing around with techniques and styles, and overall enjoying myself quite a bit, and what is art for but to provide enjoyment?

Today’s piece builds off of day 8’s “String Theory” (and I’ve imaginatively named this one “String Theory II”) by using threads soaked with colors to bleed onto the page.  This time though, I didn’t create a full background but let the white of the page come through.  That is also one of my weaknesses.  Just as I have troubles with deep dark colors, I don’t allow the white/negative spaces to come through as much as I maybe should.  The blue colors along the edges is a result of the tape I reused having some turquoise paint left on it and that bleeding out, which goes well with the rest of what I was doing.

I was actually pretty tempted to stop at the watercolors when I took this in-progress pic

String Theory II (WIP) | Watercolor, Pen, and White Ink on paper | 6.5" x 8.5" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

String Theory II (WIP) | Watercolor, Pen, and White Ink on paper | 6.5″ x 8.5″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

But once I started adding the pen lines and then went back to add the white ink lines (which I need to practice applying more, or get a better nib), I think the piece really came together.  Or I could be deluding myself, who knows, lol! 😉

Day 10 – “String Theory II”
Watercolor, pen, white ink on paper
6.5″ x 8.5″
Available for purchase, contact me at lahutton(@)gmail.com for more information.

String Theory II | Watercolor, Pen, and White Ink on paper | 6.5" x 8.5" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

String Theory II | Watercolor, Pen, and White Ink on paper | 6.5″ x 8.5″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

30-in-30 Challenge – Day 8

Yes, I know I missed day 7.  I meant to do a piece last night but had personal things come up, so instead we get a day 8 piece.  Maybe I’ll go back and do an extra piece at some point, maybe not.

Anyways, this piece is probably the closest I’ve come to actually hating something.  Well, maybe hate is a strong word for it.  I kind of like it, but more for what I learned about a technique I was trying out than for the painting itself.  I was placing bits of string on the wet wash (hence the title), thinking they would soak up the colors and form faded lines.  I did this on a previous piece and it didn’t work out; the stings soaked up the colors but didn’t leave any impression.  So I used those same strings and this time, the color bled out of them onto the page, which I liked.  So I may explore more along those lines.

The other thing this painting does for me is say “You need to buy a decent red color!”  My crimson is sadly pink and any other shade of red I have has degraded over the years. *sigh*

Day 8 – String Theory
Watercolor and pen on paper, 5″ x 7″
Available for purchase, contact me at lahutton(@)gmail.com for more information.

String Theory | Watercolor and Pen on paper | 5" x 7" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

String Theory | Watercolor and Pen on paper | 5″ x 7″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

30-in-30 Challenge – Day 6

Happy Epiphany!

So I’m playing catch up from taking the previous night off to worry about my sick dog.  Today’s effort isn’t my best.  I’m just not feeling it and day 7’s piece isn’t going like I’d like either.  I’m not done with that either so it’ll be a late post as well.  I’m trying to keep pushing through though and stay on track.  Not everything is going to be a masterpiece but if I keep trying, something good will turn up.

Day 6 – “Catching Fire”
Watercolor and ink on paper
6″ x 9″
SOLD

Catching Fire | Watercolor and Ink on paper | 6" x 9" | January 30-in-30 Challenge | Private Collection

Catching Fire | Watercolor and Ink on paper | 6″ x 9″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge | Private Collection

 

30-in-30 Challenge – Day 5

It’s day 5 of the 30-in-30 Painting Challenge hosted by Leslie Saeta and I’m still at it.  Sounds strange to say that when it’s not even been a full week yet but sometimes life gets in the way and things fall by the wayside.  I don’t plan to let that happen here.  Right now I’m working a day ahead and that schedule is working out for me.  Now that work is starting up again it’ll give me time to think about what I want to do and then work on the painting in the evening.

Today’s piece is a pair of smaller paintings, similar to what I did for day 4.  Yes, these were meant to use up scrap pieces of watercolor paper from when I was sizing out paper for another piece, but that’s part of the challenge, too.  Use an odd shaped piece of paper and turn it into something beautiful.

Day 5 – River of Gold
Watercolor and pen on paper
Each approx. 3.75″ x 10.5″
Available for purchase.

River of Gold | Watercolor and Pen on paper | 2 pieces, each 3.75" x 10.5" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

River of Gold | Watercolor and Pen on paper | 2 pieces, each 3.75″ x 10.5″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

30-in-30 Challenge – Day 4

I’m continuing with the theme/technique/style that I used yesterday but this time, I used watercolors for the background.  I’m not sure if I’ll go back to the gouache this month but I would like to.

Today’s piece is actually in (three) pieces, all of them small.  I did these as one wash and then added the lines in black ink.  I think I may need to break out the detail brush and white acrylic though as a change against darker backgrounds.

Here’s a WIP showing how I had the pieces laid out on the board.  I taped all three as if they were one continuous piece and did the wash, plastic overlay, salt and then water splatter one all three at once.  It gives a continuity to the background, IMO.

Into Light (WIP) | Watercolor and ink on paper | 3 pieces, each 3" x 6" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Into Light (WIP) | Watercolor and ink on paper | 3 pieces, each 3″ x 6″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

For the final image, I’m disappointed that the color bled under the tape so much but I was working pretty wet when I started, so I’m not surprised.  It just means I’ll have to actually trim off the white border instead, but that shouldn’t be an issue.  I do like these against a black base, that’s for sure, but once the white trim is removed, they’ll probably look better against a white base instead.

Day 4 – “Into Light”
Watercolor and ink on paper
3 pieces, each 3″ x 6″
Available for purchase, contact me at lahutton(@)gmail.com for more information.

Into Light | Watercolor and ink on paper | 3 pieces, each 3" x 6" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Into Light | Watercolor and ink on paper | 3 pieces, each 3″ x 6″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

30-in-30 Challenge – Day 3

I’m a bit late in getting this up, but considering I just finished, it’s right on time.

Continuing the theme of “Growth” I did something the same and something different.  The same was laying down random layers of gouache and then using plastic and paper towels bits to texture the paint as it dried.  I like using plastic and salt on my washes the best, because it’s such a crapshoot to see exactly how it’s going to turn out.

The different was using true pen-and-ink.  Last night, I was digging for something in my closet (really need to clean that out!) and found the box with all my calligraphy supplies in it, including all my nibs and holders. I found that while the need to constantly load my pen with ink was a bit annoying, it also forced me to be slow and consider what I was doing.  It was kind of soothing after a while – dip, make marks until the ink started to fade out, dip, rinse, repeat.

So I used those on today’s painting and while I didn’t start with a real plan, I did end with one.  It’s got a very chaotic feel to it but overall, I really like this piece a lot.

Day 3 – Untitled 04
Gouache and ink on watercolor paper
6″ x 9″
Available for purchase

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30-in-30 Challenge – Day 2

While waiting for my day 1 painting to dry, I went ahead and started on day 2’s painting.  I changed my direction a bit because while poking through my mugs holding brushes, pens and pencils, I found my inking nibs.  Well, they’re probably more like calligraphy pens, but whatever.  I’d gotten my yellow ink out for day 1 and decided on a whim to get the black ink out as well and see what I could come up with using the nibs.  No plan, no pencils, just some lines on paper with light green and blue gouache washes for color.  I think I may have found a theme I want to explore some more.

“Early Snow”
Ink and gouache on watercolor paper, 9″ x 6″
Available for purchase, contact me at lahutton(@)gmail.com for more information.

Early Snow

Early Snow | Gouache and ink on paper | 9″ x 6″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

30 paintings in 30 days!

Yikes!

After being reminded about Leslie Saeta’s 30-in-30 challenge which started today, I signed up and got started.  I did my first 30-in-30 back in October when I participated in Inktober and enjoyed that quite a bit.  I’m hoping I can push myself more to get 2015 started off on a good foot.  I don’t have a definite theme right now, although the general idea will be “growth”.  Growth as an artist, growth as a person.  I want to use this as a time to try new things and expand what I’m currently doing.

To that end, I got out the gouache paints again.  I haven’t used them in a while and when I did, I tended to treat them more like watercolors than anything else.  The goal for day 1 was to use the gouache as more opaque colors and just put marks on paper.  I’m not entirely sure if I like this, but I did achieve my goal of getting started.

“Rain” (Day 1)
Gouache and yellow ink on watercolor paper, 12″ x 9″

Rain | Gouache and ink on paper | 9" x 12" | January 30-in-30 Challenge
Rain | Gouache and ink on paper | 9″ x 12″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

2014 in Review

Now that 2015 has arrived, I thought it made sense to do an art review of 2014.  It was the year that I got back into traditional media instead of solely doing digital art.  In fact, I’ve been enjoying using my paints that I’ve done almost no digital art at all this year, except for editing my photos to show off what I’ve been doing.  And I’m fine with that.  I’ve reached a point in my life where I don’t want to spend all my time sitting in front of a computer.  I get enough of that for work that being able to move about and paint at my drawing table is a huge relief.

I started the year out slowly but by September, I was really rocking.  I began with “proto-aliens” (which eventually turned into the alien creatures), moved through doing suns and moons, which fed into the retro circles.  All are loosely related series that I want to keep working in as my interests take me.

I gathered up some images to as a visual year in review, which is how I found out I really didn’t produce any images in July but really had some output in September.

2014 in review
2014 in review