Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Daily Art Challenge - January: Watercolor painting spree

 So ends one whole month of painting or drawing every day (except for one day, but I made up for it by making two pieces the next day)! Now over thirty new pieces of art are taking up more space in my room. :P None are exceptional pieces (I need more time for those!), but I had fun exploring different styles and mediums. Will I keep going? I'll have to think about that. I only have one day to decide, though!
 I began my Daily Art Challenge with a medium I hadn't used since I was a small child - watercolors. As you can probably tell from the photo below, I had so much fun with them I kept taking my ancient set of pan watercolors back out to paint some more. I really enjoyed learning how watercolors behave and figuring out the best ways to use them. I also liked that I could paint these small studies fairly quickly and with very few supplies so I could even paint while I was at the computer. 👍
I now have a new appreciation for watercolor artists and their art. I definitely would like to play with this medium some more.


When I felt like I should change mediums, I hid my watercolors from myself and usually went back to pencil, pen and ink, or acrylics. The time limit gave me an excuse to practice working in a looser style, which is usually a lot more fun, especially when using acrylics.
Below are the acrylic paintings and a pencil drawing I created during this challenge. Not shown here are my embarrassing sketches, other not-so-embarrassing sketches, and a couple digital art projects (I like the Microsoft brand of Paint too!).

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Daily Art Challenge - Day 20: Mini painting of Blue Jay

This is the smallest painting on canvas I've ever done! The canvas measures almost 3" X 3". Sorry about the recent terribly dark photos. The sun needs to come out! Or maybe I just need better lamps...

A.J. here is trying to look like he painted it... The brush I used was even thinner than the one he's holding.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Daily Art Challenge - Day 18: Painterly portrait of Baxter

I've done very few paintings of my Boxer, Baxter, so I thought I'd paint a black and white portrait of this old guy for my Daily Art Challenge.

Baxter is 13 1/2 years old now. He has outlived two of my goats, one of my other dogs, and many of my smaller pets.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Daily Art Challenge - Day 5: Painterly Monarch

At the very beginning of this year I decided to challenge myself to create one piece of art a day. I did not specify how long I was supposed to keep creating, though, so I guess it's not much of a challenge...
Anyway, I have created seven pieces so far, mostly terrible sketches, but a few pieces I put more effort into turned out okay.

Here is the piece (for Day 5) I put the most effort into. It's a 12" X 12" acrylic painting of a Monarch butterfly on Joe-Pye weed. I had a lot of fun painting in this loose style.

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  Look for a video of me painting this piece in the coming days!