Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Day 30 - June Marathon

Okay - so there it is - 120 small paintings, all 5 x 7, all done in the month of June. Most of them were done in pastel. If someone told me they'd pay me $1,000,000 to do it for another month, I'd tell them I'd have to think it over. It was a good exercise for me, inspite of all the work.

The chickens (that were right next to me) at this farm were enough to drive me to drink. I was starting to get this strange pain in my neck. After one painting I left with a headache.

I had one painting left to go. I was driving around looking for one last spot. Ended up back home and decided to paint Tucker. After all he was my trusty companion during this whole thing. Unfortunately, he wouldn't sit still. There was too much going on in the neighborhood. So in desperation, I took out my oils and painted the camper next door.

Maybe I'll do this all over again in the fall, but right now it's 4:15. I think I'll call it a day.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Day 29 - June Marathon

A wild turkey and her large chicks walked into my view finder as I was looking through it. My dog was asleep at my feet at the time, but later had the pleasure of rolling in their "droppings" afterwards.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Day 28 - June Marathon

This is the tail end of my June Marathon. Most of these little paintings are done in pastel and all are 5 x 7. Looking back and seeing what I have done over the month, there is at least one pastel on most days that I like. I will look for 20 that I like and in July redo them in oil. That is the plan anyway.

I didn't get 5 done today. My last one was hard enough. Very gray late in the day. We'll see if I can get 6 done tomorrow - weather permitting.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Day 27 - June Marathon

2 pastels 3 oils

Three more days and 15 more paintings to go to make 120. These will be three long days. I'm anxious to get back to work in my studio.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Day 26 - June Marathon

I was going to make comment on these and my thoughts before I started, but I'll just let them be what they are.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Day 25 - June Marathon

I lost the light by the time I did my last one, so I decided to try something abstract. I really tried to get more abstract then this, but it was very hard.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Day 24 - June Marathon

I retrieved my other set of pastels from my studio this morning. I couldn't decide how I wanted to break them up, so I took them all. This first drawing is done with the set I have been using and the second one with my pastels from my studio. The second definitely is more toned down.

I went to my old (and used to be) neighbor's property to paint today and was greeted by their two young great-grandsons who were eager to have me paint up at the frog pond. I've seen the frog pond, so I graciously declined. They very politely insisted on helping me carry my gear to a place that was my choice. The one with my easel didn't last long with it and ended up with my board. We got to our destination, and I offered them paper and some pastels... They wanted to know when I was going to eat my lunch. I pretended not to be hungry. I didn't want to share my lunch and my pastels. They were as delightful as two young brothers on a hot summer day with a huge mud puddle and a young dog can be.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Day 23 - June Marathon

I used sanded paper today as well as smooth. I read in one of my books Wolf Kahn did not recommend sanded paper, there was no need, it just weared your pastels out faster. Well, as much as I love Wolf, I beg to differ. I think the colors are so much richer with the sanded paper.

Oy. I have yet to retrieve my other pastels from the studio. To get away from the over saturated colors and - the green... I was determined to gray everything down and not use green. The result was a little too pinksy bluesy, but at least it was possible.

Finally some things are going to seed. At least it takes away some of the green in the fields.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Day 22 - June Marathon

I have a minimum amount of "gray" pastels in the set I've been using outside. Most of my pastel colors don't even exist in the real world (at least the ones I have in boxed sets.) I always seem to fight against them, although I do like the end results usually. I am going to mix them up a little with my studio set and see if I can gray things down a little so the saturated colors can really sing.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Day 21 - June Marathon

I am two days behind schedule after my trip to Maine (eight paintings to makeup). I posted five today to make up one for the 18th. I actually painted another one of the woods today and seemed to have lost it while saving it. I figured it was sign, and it shouldn't get posted. It was difficult and the mosquitoes were thick and I was hot. If I paint 5 for the next 8 days, I'll will reach my goal of 120 by the end of the month.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Day 18 - June Marathon

Today I took the ferry out to Monhegan Island in Maine. I swear every last wild flower and bush were in full bloom. What a beautiful island. One painting was done hastily by the rocks, the other hastily as the ferry was about to board, and the other back in Rockport, ME.