Friday, 31 January 2014

Back to our regular programming

The 30 day challenge is over but I feel I don't want to stop.  Here are 2 little ones I did.  First the chocolate in the box and then the chocolate bitten.  I got to admit it looked pretty gross under the lights - it got all soft and gooey.  I also couldn't leave it out because I have had a couple of bad experinces of a dog eating my subject.  Sometimes I get no suppport from my loved ones.

I am continuing with my Ray Turner copies.  Turner out a little too purple for my taste.  But getting better.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Day 30 - In my Own time

The last day.  I am glad to say I really enjoyed this.  Glad I made the commitment but more than that glad I came through. Here is another dog that I don't know personally  but just took a picture of.  I think this was at a dog show.  Doesn't he look like a winner?  Of course not in a dog race, but in a winner at something.  

I am grateful to Leslie for setting up the challenge. 

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Day 29 - Just call me Charlie

I have no idea what the dog's name is, but I think he looks like a Charlie so Charlie it is. It's sweet how total strangers will pose as long as they have a dog.  Do you think she would have posed for me if I I had just gone up to her and asked - I don't think so, but a dog changes everything.

I originally painted just the values in blue and white, but while I was looking at it I thought I'm in a good mood - what would happen if my darkest value was a middle red and everything else had to be lighter.  I used two colours - red and yellow. OK you caught me I also used white. Funny in my painting the background reads as pure white but the picture shows blue and green in the body.  It of course needs a bit of work but really not that much.  I am quite happy with it as an experiment that went well.  Thanks Charlie.
Tomorrow is the last day for the 30 in 30 challenge.  I have been thinking about what to do next. I have some paintings that are due, but I want to improve my art.  Here are my goals
  1. Blog daily - it helps to post and look at your work
  2. Pick a master and copy his work every day
  3. draw every day.
  4. pick a book and work through the exercises 

Doing the challenge and completing it made me think I could be more consistent.  Bombs away.  I don't know why I typed it but that's how I feel

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Day 28 - and now for something completely different or ring my bell

I painted on a black canvas, for the first time.  There is a big advantage - somehow its not as scary as a white canvas.  I had fun with this - at first glance,  the bell is just yellow and the more I stared at it, the more colours I saw.

I bought the bell at a garage sale for my dog.  I had the brilliant idea to have her ring the bell when she wanted to go out, but it didn't take.  She is sticking to her method. She takes a shoe and drops it on my head when I am sleeping.  I have to admit it works. She is a better trainer than I am.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Day 27 - Size 7

Oh boy - did this painting feel good.  Wouldn't it be nice if they were all like that. I liked the composition right from the start, I liked the back lighting I just liked it.  It was fun to paint - I didn't worry if something was wrong and I am not going to mention where because it just doesn't matter. One thing I tried differently was I didn't blend.  I put down a stroke and just left it.  I think I will try that tomorrow.  I wonder if it is like golf where you think after a great stroke you know what you have been doing wrong and think you won't make any mistakes again, but you do.  At least that's how I think golfers act because I actually  don't play.  I'll just enjoy the moment today and in the words of Scarlett from Gone with the Wind "I'll think about that tomorrow".

Correction: My daughter informs me, the shoes are size 6 1/2.  Sorry about that

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Day 26 More please

I painted the lemon and the mug again.  The lemon is beginning to look a little well -  dead and dare I say gross.  I thought this painting was different than yesterday's  but it has a remarkably similar composition.  Can you plagiarise yourself?  I am not sure about that but none the less here is Mug, again.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Day 25 Tea please

A study in Britain found that women prefer tea to sex and they really like their partners bringing a cup of tea to them in the morning.  I don't know that I am that fond of tea but here is my tribute to British women.  A mug of tea.  The lemon is clearly not finished but I have to go pick up my daughter at the train station and that beats anything.