Winter is coming (or I’m not dead yet!)

Or something like that.  It was nice here today, but it’s going to be colder by the middle of this coming week.  Ugh.

Anyways, not been all that busy, but I did manage to complete a postcard for TAE18.  This will be the first year I’ve taken part and I’m pretty excited for this.

El Dorado
Watercolor on paper, 4″ x 6″

El Dorado (TAE18) (2017)

El Dorado (TAE18) (2017) | Watercolor on paper. 4″ x 6″ | Available

And I finished this piece this afternoon.  It’s a bit new (I usually do wet washes all over the page) but I really like how it turned out.  I mean, really like it!

Jellyfish Daydreams
Watercolor and ink on paper, 9″ x 12″

Jellyfish Daydreams (2017)

Jellyfish Daydreams (2017) | Watercolor and ink on paper, 9″ x 12″ | Available

So enjoy! 

Day 7 – Another Untitled Piece

Nothing much to really say here.  I’ve yet again failed to come up with a title but that’s all right.  It will let the viewer decide what they like about this painting rather than be influenced by the words I assigned.

I’m really enjoying how the violet and turquoise blue look together.  Overall very pleased with how this turned out even though I was experimenting for part of it.  And I’m getting comfortable with the 5×7 size.  It gives a bit more room than 4×6 but doesn’t feel like I have so much space to fill if I were doing 8×10 or 9×12.

“Untitled Abstract” – Day 7
Watercolor on paper, 5″ x 7″

Untitled Abstract (Day 7)

Untitled Abstract | Watercolor on paper | 5″ x 7″ | 2016

 

Days 4, 5, and 6 – all together now!

So in my usual timely fashion, I’m behind on posting my daily paintings.  I have such good intentions, but then my book and comfy chair downstairs tempt me when I get home from work.  Tonight I was ambitious though!

Days 4 and 5 are sibling paintings, in that they started out life as one larger piece that simply was not working for me.  I’d worked at it and worked at it and the balance or je ne sais quoi just wasn’t there.  So I took a knife to it and ended up with these two pieces instead.  The smaller format gives a better flow and focus to each painting, IMO.  No names came to me though, so these are simply “Untitled Abstract 2016-04” and “Untitled Abstract 2016-05”

Day 4 “Untitled Abstract 2016-04″
Watercolor on paper, 5″ x 7”

Untitled Abstract 2016-04 (Day 4)

Untitled Abstract 2016-04 | Watercolor on paper | 5″ x 7″ | 2016

Day 5 “Untitled Abstract 2016-05″
Watercolor on paper, 4.5″ x 8”

Untitled Abstract 2016-05 (Day 5)

Untitled Abstract 2016-05 | Watercolor on paper | 4.5″ x 8″ | 2016

As this post title suggests, I also have day 6 to share.  I was in a purple mood so went with the lovely violet color, supplemented by scarlet and turquoise blue.  I started subtle and then worked in layers as usual, but adding the new twist of flowing lines along the edges.  The center line of scarlet just feels right, as does the title.

Day 6 “The Shores of Desire”
Watercolor on paper, 5″ x 7″

The Shores of Desire (Day 6)

The Shores of Desire | Watercolor on paper | 5″ x 7″ | 2016

Enjoy!  I’m waiting for day 7’s painting to finish drying before I decide whether it’s done or not.  I think it is, but still need it to dry completely before I can take it off the board.

Day 3 – Tidal

Unlike yesterday’s painting, the title for Day 3 came to when I was almost done.  I had been planning to do something for my Layers series in my usual greens and turquoise blue, but I ended up putting a bit of a twist in there.  As the green layers were drying, I had the impression of water against land.  When I added the two additional blue layers, the work “Tidal” just came to me and I thought it fit perfectly.  I hesitated before adding the brown layer, but felt the piece needed an accent of some sort and I think it works.

Day 3 “Tidal”
Watercolor on paper, 5″ x 7″

Tidal (Day 3)

Tidal | Watercolor on paper | 5″ x 7″ | 2016

Day 2 – Mist

When trying to think of names for my paintings, I usually come up blank (and I’ll probably name one of my pieces “Blank” one of these days).  Sometimes, nothing comes to me when looking at the piece.

Sometimes though, a name just pops into my head and in some cases, it sticks even if the final painting seems to have nothing to do with the title.  That’s still fine with me, because if I come up with a title first and then work, that title influenced what I painted and is still part of the piece, even if the two don’t seem to go together.

For Day 2, the title “Mist” came to me as I was about mid-way through.  I liked it enough to want to work with that in mind as I continued painting and while it might not be a perfect fit after all, I still like the title enough to keep it.

Day 2 “Mist”
Watercolor on paper, 5″ x 7″

Mist ( Day 2)

Mist | Watercolor on paper | 5″ x 7″ | 2016

 

Happy New Year!

Here’s to another great year of fun and creativity!  I’ve decided to start off 2016 with another 30-in-30 Painting Challenge, once again hosted by Leslie Saeta on her blog.  It’s exciting to be one of hundreds of artists taking part.  Here is my piece for Day 1.  It started out as a planned piece to go with the Retro-Circles series and ended up in the String Theory line because it wasn’t working at first, so I threw water and threads at it and got this as a result.  I like the limited colors (pumpkin orange, scarlet, saddle brown) but overall, this didn’t go as originally planned.

Day 1 “Confetti”
Watercolor on paper, 5″ x 7″

Confetti (Day 1)

Confetti | Watercolor on paper | 5″ x 7″ | 2016

 

New Art? What’s that you say?

Yes, I come bearing new art.  Of course, it’s only new because I’ve taken so long to finally get it posted here, but let’s not quibble about minor details, all right?  And I’ve been trying to get back into doodling some more, to kickstart my brain somewhat but it’s sadly not working.  Everything I try to pick up I end up putting back down again.  I’ve had this happen before, which is why I’m at least doodling some things.

So, new art –

“Frost”
Watercolor on paper
5″ x 7″

Frost

Frost | Watercolor on paper | 5″ x 7″ | 2015

September 30-in-30 Challenge – Wrap-up and Summary

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.

September 30-in-30 Painting Challenge Collage

September 30-in-30 Painting Challenge Collage

September 30-in-30 Challenge – Days 18 through 25

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