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″

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 – 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″

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 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″

Untitled 04 | Gouache and ink on paper | 9" x 6" | January 30-in-30 Challenge

Untitled 04 | Gouache and ink on paper | 9″ x 6″ | January 30-in-30 Challenge

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″
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Early Snow

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

30 paintings in 30 days!


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