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

30-in-30 Challenge – Day 12

So I worked ahead this past weekend.  Partly because I was just in a creative mood and partly because I wanted to give myself some leeway for relaxing in the evening if I wanted.

Day 12 was more about me being a bit silly, which is fine.  I just drew some lines on the paper, went over them in black ink using one of my calligraphy pens and then adding watercolor to the mix.  I probably could have done without the drops of ink I added at the end but oh well, live and learn.

Day 12 – “Petri Dish”
Watercolor and ink on paper
4.5″ x 6″
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Petri Dish | Watercolor and Ink on paper | 4.5" x 6" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Petri Dish | Watercolor and Ink on paper | 4.5″ x 6″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

30-in-30 Challenge – Day 11

Technically, it’s still the 11th for another 32 minutes here, so I’ve made it!  Although to be honest, I finished this piece yesterday but didn’t edit the photo to post online until this evening.  So it’s entirely my fault this has been posted so late.

Still,  day 11’s piece is one of my favorites so far.  Once again, it’s part of the string theory pieces because I used the color soaked pieces of thread to bleed color onto the page.  But this time, I filled in the background with a pattern using blue ink, which just works for me.

Day 11 – “Ablaze”
Watercolor and blue ink on paper
12″ x 3″
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Ablaze | Watercolor and blue Ink on paper | 12" x 3" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Ablaze | Watercolor and blue Ink on paper | 12″ x 3″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

 

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″
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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″
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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