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.

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.

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.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Day 16 - June Marathon

I found this great farm next town over and met one of the farmers as he came by the field to collect the eggs.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Day 8 - June Marathon

2 Pastels, 2 Oils Today
I limited my palette with the pastels today - much easier! Yesterday I was thinking Marc Hanson was smart to paint his marathon in April when there is more color. There is SO much green in June. Luckily I read on Loriann Signori's blog this morning as she quoted Wolf Kahn - beware of the green disease. That I shall.

This one was fun to do, although the whole time I was paranoid about the sun changing things. It is some kind of pipe deal on the side of a mill building. I'll probably try it again.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Day Two - June Marathon

This is a pile of logs for those of you who are wondering??? This next one also has to do with logs...

Can anyone guess what this next one is? I was a little overwhelmed.... omg! Didn't realize that until I got into it. Was I out of my mind?!!!

Okay... I think I may alter my commitment. It is safe to say that it is going to take me all day to do 4. I may feel the need to slip in a small oil painting or two here and there, which will alter my stack of pastel paper posted earlier.