So the September 30-in-30 Painting Challenge hosted by Leslie Saeta has ended and I managed to do 25/30 paintings for the month. That’s not too bad, actually, considering I had a mild art block in the middle of the month and then life happened for a bit there. I really did want to do the full 30 paintings but I’m satisfied with the ones I did complete. Right at the end of the month I tried a new technique that I really enjoyed (“Colorplay”) and I want to explore that further. I also did something new with the “Flow” series and plan to play around with that some more, especially if it means I can pull out my metallic/iridescent watercolors again. Those are fun to use.
I think overall, I was more focused this time around because I decided to work with a set painting size (4×6 and 5×7) and that let me not worry about the paper so much. It may seem silly, but sometimes I look at a larger piece of watercolor paper and think “what am I going to do with all this space?” Even with more purely abstract pieces like “flow” or the layered ‘scapes, it’s still hard to fill the space (and that includes negative space) without overwhelming the page or making it seem too busy. It’s a tough balance and I find it easier on smaller canvases. I want to go back to doing (slightly) larger pieces though, so I plan to keep working on that.
Here’s my collage of the 25 paintings I finished for this challenge. You can also see them on the 30-in-30 Challenges gallery page. I’m looking forward to trying again in January if Leslie hosts another one. In the meantime, I’m debating if I want to jump into INKtober again this year or take a break from trying to do a daily piece of art. I’m tempted because INKtober was what started me down the path of doing daily art and I had fun with it, but on the other hand, I just got off a challenge, so maybe a break? Or I can just do one piece a week, that could work too.
So I disappeared for a few (okay, several) days there. I was still painting, but not with the verve that I started the month off with. Not sure what happened. I did have a bit of an art block but it wasn’t much of one. I’d fallen far enough behind that I ended up only completing 25 paintings total, which is fine in the long run. I’ve also created a collage image of those 25 paintings but I’ll post that as part of a summary post wrapping up the challenge.
Without any further ado, here’s the paintings for days 18 through 25! Continue reading
As I said yesterday, I had day 2’s painting done already, but I want to try posting these on the appropriate days. I need to get a better photo of this one, the bottom of the piece is too dark, but it’s late here and I don’t want to stay up too much longer. I did a lunchtime daily doodle for this piece and think it turned out nicely. I’d originally been planning to use white ink for the accents but the ink wasn’t cooperating and so I switched to a gel pen instead. I think I need a visit to the art store to see what other options I have for gel pens though. There’s got to be a white one available, right?
Watercolor and gel pen on paper
6″ x 4″
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
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
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
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
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