My daughter introduces fine art to school children. I did this Monet inspired painting for her and she showed it to a 1st grade class along side a copy of "Boardwalk at Trouville." A boy in the class looked at both and said, "Your Mom did that, I like her's better." Sorry Claude...
I tried to say no to this request for a portrait of dog and owner but it turned out to be a great learning experience. I worked on it over a number of days taking photos as it progressed.
Work was called off for the blizzard, 24.8" of snow with high winds, gusts up to 60mph. I'm still recovering from pneumonia so I was very happy to spend the day painting. Pupicek is my favorite subject. Going on 16 years old he is happy to pose for long hours in a warm spot.
I still find black dogs the most challenging to paint. This guy was a little more difficult because the photo reference was taken in low light.
The thirty day challenge is going on again this month and I have to say, I am happy to be painting at my leisure.
In keeping with the New Years resolutions it is good to start on day one by posting a painting I am happy with. Whenever I need a boost of confidence I always go back to the dogs. It's fun to explore other subjects but it is the dogs that flow more easily from my brushes.
Now about those diet and exercise resolutions, one good day down, 364 to go...
Lot's of work to do with painting still life but it fits in with the winter weather and is such a good exercise. Moving on to fruits & vegetables which will also improve our diet!
I enjoyed a wonderful three days of painting with Qiang at the Falmouth Artists Guild. He is a talented artist with a structured approach to painting which appeals to me. I painted these onions on the final day and they were clearly the best of my three attempts. I'm now very excited about exploring still life further at home in the studio!
This painting is an experiment with a more contemporary look. The 30-day challenge had me taking every attempt very seriously knowing I would have to post the results. I am enjoying the freedom of painting just for the pure joy of it.
I love the one dropped ear look, so expressive! The 30-day challenge has me hooked on a square format. I have been playing with a few landscapes but it's the dog portraits that keep me painting.
Not all my favorites are here but the colors of this group
and direction of their gazes work well together. I have a few commissions to work on but I'm looking forward to painting
at a more leisurely pace!
The last one, thirty paintings in thirty days, the pressure had me painting to abstraction!
Thank you all for your interest and
comments. Your feedback has been invaluable.
Day twenty-nine, this has been a big effort to keep up with a painting a day.It will be good to take a little break Always a good exercise, perhaps now I will challenge myself to a painting a week.
This past summer I was fortunate to attend a workshop with Colley Whisson at the Landgrove Inn in Landgrove, VT. Colley is an Australian artist