Devan Dowbiggin runs a kennel called "Ivy League Canine Center" and posts wonderful pictures. Some of them are calling out to be painted. Well they call to me anyhow. I emailed her and asked if I could use them as sources and she immediately responded that I could. I appreciate that so much.
I think this dog is called Melon. Look at those eyes. That is either devotion or a really good cookie.
Confession - I have never seen the play "a Streetcar Named Desire" I just like the quote.
Sometimes it is okay, even good to be a quitter. I have stopped doing the 30 in 30. I found the pressure to paint and produce something everyday was hard. I was making art and posting things that I wasn't proud of. The point of the challenge was to encourage artists to paint everyday. I paint everyday so I don't need the encouragement. I don't want to post things just for the sake of producing things.
There is a story going around the internet that a teacher told one of his pottery classes they were to be marked by the amount of pots made and the other class was to be marked by the quality of one pot. The story ends with the students making the most pots doing better. It is a lovely thought that if you keep working, you will produce great work. But I think if you make a whole lot of bad pots you end up with a lot of bad pots.
This painting took me one day and I am proud of the work but it isn't finished and I will work on it tomorrow.
I started painting this at 9:00 tonight and considering the circumstances I think I did okay. I got the feeling that I was after - two beings melding into one.
I live in Montreal and I have a son in Ottawa. We have been trying to visit him but every time we want to go there has been a major snowstorm . We finally made it today and had a wonderful visit but the drive back was horrible. We were in an ice storm. To those of you who live in warm climates and have visions of winter sleigh bells and fun snow ball fights that is not exactly how it is. Here are two pictures of our car. This is was just after we got home. The car was not parked but froze as we drove. The wipers could not keep the ice of the windows and the defrost just gave up.
It is stressful and tiring to drive in this weather. So I am proud of myself that at 9:00 pm I started to paint. So really I am thrilled to keep the challenge going.
I can't take it any more today. Someone sent me a picture of a beautiful child and I wanted to to it justice. I painted 3 versions and wasn't satisfied with any. So cruel to the baby. So after taking a break and watching youtube videos of ski jumpers crashing. my painting disaster doesn't seem to be so bad. What ever failures I have aren't ending up with me in the hospital and I will try again tomorrow.
I went back to my comfort zone and whipped up a puppy. I don't mean actually whipped just painted.