Friday, January 2, 2015

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2015

HAPPY 2015!!! I can hardly believe it's a whole year since I began this painting blog when I took on the challenge last January to paint 30 paintings in 30 days.  In some ways, it feels like that was the last time I painted all year.  Truth be told, I haven't done any painting at all for over a month.  Between Christmas and other things I do besides art, like singing and working and various time consuming activities, the palette has dried up and the studio looks like a multi-purpose room for an institution of some kind.  So, instead of trying to clear up and tidy so I could paint up there, I went on location. I packed up and trekked south to the dining room, found a corner of the buffet where Christmas lights illuminate the seasonal decor I worked on for weeks up to a month ago.  I had my usual pre-painting dream of what it would look like.  I know I should have taken more time to set up a more pleasing composition, but I was in a hurry, want to just paint, just do it, just get on with it and do it.

I don't often paint from life. I admit that again, and again, and again.  I use photographs a lot.  Once I get what I want from a photograph, I use nothing but my eyes and hand, transition to another space of consciousness, quite freeing.  But from life, not so much freeing.  It didn't help any that I chose a silver tray with a silver cocktail shaker in front of a vase with lights inside it and artificial flowers of the festive time against a corner with a mirror.   What was I thinking??  I wasn't.  I was determined to get Number One on the board and done.  I didn't think at all, really.  I grabbed a tube of black paint and pad of palette sheets and a few brushes and just hit the canvas.  Oh, I had a few moments of wondering if I should make some changes, add some other objects, take more time to ponder how I could make this a sure fire masterpiece, maybe I'll be more thoughtful for Number 2.

Feels good to paint again.  Compared to last year's 30/30 Challenge, I am not particularly stressed about it.  Maybe by Number 12 I'll be feeling a bit stressed and tired, but for today, I'm ready for some fun!!

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