Day 27, daily painting challenge

I’ve been pretty busy the last few weeks. I am grateful that Jim likes to cook, otherwise I may have starved!

Today I finished an abstract landscape, that we see a lot at camp. We are so far down in the ravine that, in places, when you look up you can’t see the sky. You see this glorious green glow from the leaves and deep, dark branches. I did a watercolor underpainting for this one. I am not convinced it was necessary, although it made the pastel painting portion very quick.

the canopy, 12×18, pastel, 5 January, 2019

 

I have been meaning to finish the last painting in a series for my daughter, and was able to get that done. I am really pleased with how it turned out.

Roses for Rosie, 5×7, paste, 4 January, 2019

 

While my nose was running yesterday and my ears were clogged about all I could handle was a less than stellar landscape. I feel better today and on second look decided I really like the color combination and will use that again.

first snow, 5×7, pastel, 4 January 2019

 

I also got squirreled by zentangles, they are amazing aren’t they! I spent many evenings over the holidays working on these two. I love them and want to do more!

zentangle1, December 2018
zentangle 2, January 2019

Tis the Season

Santas helpers

It’s been a great month since we left the Little White House. We have spent our time visiting family and friends. To the point that some of them may be tiring of putting us up and feeding us! We have not been able to spend this much time in several years.

Although this has been great for us, it hasn’t been as good for my art. I am not as confident as I should be to draw in front of others and I always feel selfish when I take time to draw instead of socialize. Drawing and painting demand my full attention.

I have set myself a few goals and am working on being a better artist, I am also going to enjoy these holidays by collecting as many hugs as I can! 

Wishing a blessed holiday season and peace to all

Blessed in the City of Brotherly Love

A Billy Joel concert with the fam was an early birthday present! The show fabulous! The scenery gorgeous (and crazy clean for the Democratic Nation Convention)!

I am really enjoying being closer to family. Can’t explain what it is like, seeing these people once a year on a good year for the past 28 years and suddenly able to go play for a night and skip out the door the next morning knowing I will see them again in a week or two is surreal.

I also am truly enjoying the time I’ve had to paint. I have had a few really bad days where I question why I bother, but most days are good. I keep attempting images way beyond my ability and am pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Ideas for next images flow faster than I can write them down, I think about painting tomorrow when I lay down at night, dream about it and wake up ready to go. Crazy, incredible opportunity I have been given!

Billy!
Billy!

 

Waiting for Billy!

 

Liberty Bell with Independence Hall behind, 9 x 12 pastel painting on Strathmore pastel paper
Liberty Bell with Independence Hall behind, 9 x 12 pastel painting on Strathmore pastel paper

 

Breakfast, 5 x 7 pastel painting on carson watercolor paper
Breakfast, 5 x 7 pastel painting on carson watercolor paper

Pittsburgh in June

Some images from a quick trip to Pittsburgh, PA

7 x 10 #2 Pencil on Carson mixed media paper
Buddies – 7 x 10 #2 Pencil on Carson mixed media paper, drawn July 11, 2016

 

7 x 10 Watercolor on Carson mixed media paper
Buddies 2 – 7 x 10 Watercolor on Carson mixed media paper, painted July 12, 2016

 

7 x 10, soft chalk pastel on Carson mixed media paper
Cloud Arbor, Buhl Community Center – 7 x 10, soft chalk pastel on Carson mixed media paper, painted July 13, 2016

 

7 x 10, Soft Chalk Pastel on Carson mixed media paper
Duquesne Incline – 7 x 10, Soft Chalk Pastel on Carson mixed media paper, painted July 13, 2016

The incline is a must when in Pittsburg, it never gets old. I found this drawing in a sketch book a day or so after I finished the pastel painting. Made me happy!

After a trip to the Incline in 2012
After a trip to the Incline in 2012

Collaboration

On good days I get texts with ‘doodles’. These doodles come from a young man (my son) who is a dynamo with a pencil, albeit unbeknownst to himself. It doesn’t matter what kind of paper or the drawing implement, and the subject matter is completely out of his head, sometimes light and happy, sometimes a bit disturbing. Either way, I love to get these texts, they just make me happy.

Several months ago I printed a few of these images with the intention of adding color, just because he won’t and it would be fun!

Finally I have the time to work on this…here is our first collaboration!

Original artwork by Carl Mayou

 

Collaborative piece
Collaborative piece