September 30-in-30 Challenge – Days 11 and 12

So I’m posting late today, mostly because I had to get a good photo of day 11 and finish day 12 first.  I actually had other things to do around the house, hence the not posting until after 9pm my time.  Day 11 took me longer to complete than my usual abstracts, mostly because it’s not an abstract.  It’s a tree.  A friend posted a photo of a Japanese Maple and it just screamed “PAINT ME” in my head.  So I tried to.  Other than looking at the photo while doing basic lines, I pretty much ignored it thereafter, so there.  I like how it turned out, although the ground is kind of neon-y looking.

Day 12 is the first of my just playing around with dripping color onto very wet paper and adding more water to get it to flow down the page.  Added more color, then more water, rinse, repeat.  It was messy and fun at the same time.  Part of what also makes it fun is the bleed from my tape.  I use blue painter’s tape to hold my paper to the backing “board” (for these smaller pieces, I use plastic mouse mats, tbh) and I tend to reuse them a few times when possible.  What that means is I end up with color dried on the tape and when wetting a new page, some of that can bleed out onto the paper.  I used to be all worried and tried to avoid it but now I just embrace that added bit of color.  It can make things interesting.

Day 11 – “Japanese Maple”
Watercolor on paper
4″ x 6″

Japanese Maple (Day 11)

Japanese Maple | Watercolor on paper | 4″ x 6″ | 2015

 

Day 12 – “Flow”
Watercolor on paper
5″ x 6″

Flow (Day 12)

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

September 30-in-30 Challenge – Day 10

And shift in topic and I’m back to my blues and greens.  I’d initially intended something different for this piece.  I have some paper shapes that I wanted to use to absorb the color from a wash and then layer other more color down over that, but it wasn’t working at all.  It did give me a gorgeous base texture though so I tried to come up with a subject to use that.  Thus I ended up with what in my head is a mermaid, although there’s little to suggest that.  Still, it works for me.

I used a reference photo for general lines but that was it, everything else I made up as I went along so any thing odd looking is all on me.  I do very little representational art, partly because it takes effort (I’m lazy) and mostly because I never think it’s going to turn out well.  Still, this turned out a lot better than I expected, so I’m happy.  The green in the hair isn’t as liney looking as the scan makes it seem, the colors blend more.

Day 10 – “Blue Girl”
Watercolor on paper
4″ x 6″

Blue Girl (Day 10)

Blue Girl | Watercolor on paper | 6″ x 4″ | 2015

 

September 30-in-30 Challenge – Day 9

Another piece based on yellows and oranges, but even still, I had to include some greens in there, too.  Couldn’t resist!  Part of my untitled landscapey series, which I’ve yet to find a name for.  I felt this one needed the addition of circles in yellow ink, but they aren’t quite so prominent as in the scanned image, plus the top section isn’t nearly so light and washed out in reality.

Day 9 – “Untitled Abstract #15″
Watercolor and ink on paper
5″ x 7”

Untitled Abstract #15 (Day 9)

Untitled Abstract #15 | Watercolor on paper | 5″ x 7″ | 2015

 

September 30-in-30 Challenge – Day 8

I decided to switch from the blues and greens I’d been using and go with something more fall-like.  I had no plan in mind with this, so when I started adding the lines that became the flowers, it didn’t feel complete.  This time, adding the blue ink lines and dots fit perfectly and I really like how the piece turned out.  Now if I could only get my scanner to behave; everything ends up looking dull and washed out.

Day 8 – “Flower Power”
Watercolor and ink on paper
5″ x 7″

Flower Power (Day 8)

Flower Power | Watercolor and ink on paper | 5″ x 7″ | 2015

 

September 30-in-30 Challenge – Day 7

After the disaster that was day 6, I’m happy with my experiments for day 7.  Another artist who’s work I really enjoy is Stephanie Law and she tends to incorporate spirals into her works in interesting ways.  I’d been wanting to try something like that out and ended up making an attempt for today’s piece.  It’s rough but I’m figuring things out as I go.  This time my blacks actually resemble black (well.. more grey but close!) and I had fun working on how to do the spirals without just drawing a line.  Plus, I got out my iridescent watercolors and added some bling to this piece.

Day 7 – “Midnight Sun”
Watercolor on paper
4″ x 6″

Midnight Sun (Day 7)

Midnight Sun | Watercolor on paper | 4″ x 6″ | 2015

 

September 30-in-30 Challenge – Day 6

Well, I’ve been hinting about this one and here it is.  As I described it to my husband – “It fell from the ugly tree and hit all the branches on the way down.”  He prompted said he liked it, LOL!  Go figure.

I was trying for something like a nebula or a galaxy.. bright, diffused colors against a black sky, but my black apparently dries purple-ish, my paper buckled in such a way to form two channels in the middle (making this seem like a triptych, almost) and the colors were muted.  So once I saw this just was not going to work out, I just started doing whatever to see what I’d end up with.  And here it is.

Day 6 – “The Ugly Tree
Watercolor on paper
4″ x 12”

The Ugly Tree (2015)

The Ugly Tree | Watercolor on paper | 4″ x 12″ | 2015

September 30-in-30 Challenge – Day 5

Went back to what I’d been doing before – layering paint onto paper.  I really should come up with a name for these paintings, because they are definitely done in the same theme/technique/style/whatever and are more than just abstracts.  Only 5 days into the challenge and I’ve noticed something – I’m on a green kick, lol!  Oh well, I can live with that.  Tomorrow’s painting isn’t green though, I can tell you that much!

I also decided to revisit my scanner and see if it would be even remotely useful.  Considering the last time I tried scanning a painting the colors were way over-exposed, I was worried I’d have the same issue because my favorite victim – turquoise/teal – was present again, but it took a bit less color adjusting that I thought it would.  Plus I can scan at 200dpi rather than taking a photo with my phone and then trying to upscale if I want a higher dpi image.  After doing all the color adjusting.  So I’ll see how this works out.  Anyways… a painting…

Day 5 – “The Paths of Light”
Watercolor on paper
5″ x 7″

The Paths of Light ( Day 5)

The Paths of Light | Watercolor on paper | 5″ x 7″ | 2015

September 30-in-30 Challenge – Day 4

Day 4 (which was actually done on day 2.. gotta love working ahead!) is a revisiting of sorts of day 1.  In retrospect, I shouldn’t have started in with the ink on my day 1 piece, but I did and while I’m not thrilled with how it turned out, I do like it overall.  Today’s piece is using the same colors and same technique and this time, I’m letting it stand on it’s own.  My “issue” with doing that is my view that this is really just a background and needs more embellishment and it doesn’t.  I have to tell myself that it’s okay to just stop and let a piece be simple and stand on its own.

As usual, I am completely unable to get the tealish greens and blues I love so much to show up properly in a photo.  Suffice it to say that this isn’t as green as it looks.  There is more of a tealish tint to this.  And of course it’s untitled, lol!

Day 4 – “Untitled Abstract #14″
Watercolor on paper4″ x 6”

Untitled (Day 4)

Untitled | Watercolor on paper | 4″ x 6″ | 2015

September 30-in-30 Challenge – Day 3

So I actually started this piece on day 1 and finished it late on day 2, but it’s for day 3.  Go figure.  I also completed day 4 but that gets it’s own post. 🙂

So for this piece I honestly had an idea and a plan of what I wanted to do.  What I ended up with… isn’t the same thing.  Which isn’t that unusual.  My initial inspiration came from a foggy commute to work earlier this week. I wanted muted greyish-greens that started out very light and faded and progressively got darker.  I think I went off the rails with the pattern/space I used for each layer; it just wasn’t working to me, so I added a few splatters of green and then some purple.  When I was sure this wasn’t working how my brain saw things, I just said “oh, well” and added the purple and ended up with “Faultlines” instead.  And I like what I ended up with.

Day 3 – “Faultlines”
Watercolor on paper
4″ x 6″

Faultlines (Day 3)

Faultlines | Watercolor on paper | 4″ x 6″ | 2015