Today is the first day of September and the first day of a 30 Day painting challenge. I have decided to do 30 days of painting.... not necessarily 30 paintings. Today I have started a bee and flower painting. I took a photo of this friendly bee last year in our garden. We had lovely flowers, unfortunately I didn't plant any this year. This little (or shall I say BIG) bee was happy and let me take its photo with no threat to me or the bee. I am starting this in watercolor, however I do not claim to be a watercolor artist, so if it doesn't turn out, you know why. I am contemplating doing an underpainting in watercolor and then adding my pastels on top, to make it "pop".
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Wow, here we are again at Leslie Saeta's SEVENTH 30 day painting challenge.There are many artists all over the world who have joined the challenge, so you will more than likely find some sort of artist online who is involved in the painting challenge.Last January I did a 30 day painting challenge AND I did 30 artist interviews on my blog!Kicking off the challenge with a little 5x7" drawing.This is the first part of the new year. And what a better way to start it than LOOKING FORWARD to all the cool things that are planned for this year. I have written and REVISED (a dozen times) all my goals for the year. And keep revising, because sometimes things just don't fit.This is my drawing for the first day of the 30 day challenge.
If my readers (i.e. YOU ALL) are interested in owning my drawings and sketches, I have a deal for you! Starting today, and every day for the duration of the challenge this month, I will have a drawing for sale, the amount for sale will correspond with the day. For example, Artwork #1 will be $1, Artwork #5 will be $5, Artwork #10 will be $10. (plus shipping)
I hope that makes sense. I may not do the whole challenge, I hope I do finish it, but I am naming them ARTWORK #1 instead of Day #1.Since this is DAY 1, that means this little drawing is $1 so you can have an affordable piece of artwork from me.
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I put this painting to the side for a bit. I think it's good to take time away from a project sometimes. I think I did say that I signed up for Leslie Saeta's 30 day painting challenge again YIKES! You know, I think she is hosting her 7th painting challenge and I was only able to complete 2 in the past. January 2015 I did 30 paintings AND 30 artist interviews! The challenge is fun, but you gotta be organized! Hopefully this one will be successful and I will finish the 30 paintings.Between work and other activities this month, I can't remember what size this is, I think it is a 16x12". No worries, it will be revealed when it is finished (and when I start working on it again).
This is a pastel painting. I am using Faber-Castell pastels on Canson paper.
I went last month to a special meeting, in which I wanted to join a very special art society. I had written to the society and asked how to join and what I needed to do. I was to send some photos of my work and where they can be found. Not long after, I received a message that I was a prospective candidate for membership! So I was invited to attend a special meeting only for prospective members. We were to take our artwork to show and I decided to take this one:
So in the post where I first posted the finished painting, you saw behind the scenes where I was saying I had finished the painting and I was putting this in the pop up gallery. Here I put it in the POP UP gallery. The next thing I did, a few days after the pop up gallery, was go to the special prospective member meeting. And I took that huge painting with me. I arrived at the meeting and all the new prospective members were to put our art on easels or on table tops. At the meeting there were no other active members present except for the ones who were "officers" like the president of the art society, vice president, secretary, etc etc. I was very nervous. All the while thinking, "is my art good enough? will I get in? will I have to wait another year to improve and be accepted?" As of Friday, December 11, 2015... I AM A MEMBER OF:
THE STRATFORD UPON AVON ART SOCIETY
I CAN'T EVEN EXPLAIN HOW EXCITED AND HAPPY I AM ! 🙂 🙂 The most exciting thing about being a member... The Stratford Upon Avon Art Society has an exhibition every year held at King Edward VI school! Don't know about that? It's only the school that WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE attended as a boy! As an American, that is so exciting! So, as my husband told me this weekend, after being accepted, I need to "up my game" now. So I am going to try my best to do more and better paintings, because I also have other shows in the coming year. Thank you for your support and thank you all for dropping by. I need to get painting, so CIAO FOR NOW 🙂 Cindy Williams
OK I failed the 30 in 30 this time. I didn't paint 30 paintings.BUT.... my friend Sheila Delgado passed with flying colors!It was so much fun following her blog this month. She painted 30 paintings of Sunflowers.Some were very small, and she even painted bookmarks and had giveaways in the month.Sheila even posted some of the artists she was following to her Pinterest board.I would like to share my "top 10" of Sheila's paintings this month. This is MY picks of my favorite ten paintings she did in the 30 day painting challenge.
Here... We... GO!..........
#10 Day 23 – 30 In 30
This one is an abstract, it just made me smile, when I first saw it, it looked like a happy sunflower waving so fast in the breeze it was a blur. 🙂
#9 Day 29
Another abstract. Sheila commented on how she could change it but I like the fact she is trying different things, going back and forth between abstract and impressionism.
#8 Day 16
In this painting, Sheila did not add a background color and she showed how it looks with a frame. I like it with a black frame it makes the painting "pop".
#7 Day 9
Sheila explained how she was having trouble with the colors, and there was a big water drip that she had to correct. I like the way that she explains each step, even though she makes mistakes, she still includes it all.
#6 Day 10
Day 10 you can tell that Sheila is really enjoying her painting. She had sprayed the painting with more water and started having runs, but I love the way the water makes the colors mingle together. She calls it a "happy accident", it certainly is happy 🙂
#5 Day 24
In this painting, Sheila stepped out of her comfort zone and used a palette knife to create this sunflower. She criticizes herself often but I think it's great she tries various techniques that she is not that familiar with.
#4 Day 7
Sunshine and Rain.... that is the name Sheila gave this painting. She describes what Yupo paper is and some other artists that use it. She did a good job with her watercolors using Yupo paper, in depicting the "rain". And the sunflower is lovely, as it made it in my top 5. 🙂
OK I must confess... I really don't know if I should put this for my #2 favorite or my #1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS PAINTING! I like all the background color and how Sheila has used the water to manipulate the watercolors, and it just seems "busy", but I really do love this painting. Oh, I just can't make my mind up if this is number 2 or number 1 as my favorite! It might just have to be a tie 🙂
Sheila explains how she is starting to use Yupo paper and she is practicing on painting more loosely. This painting is one where she used a palette knife too, so she is trying different types of painting. I love it Sheila! 🙂Well, there you go, my top ten of one of my fave artists I follow. Sheila took part in a 30 day painting challenge hosted by artist Leslie Saeta. I tried to do the challenge, but failed miserably.Hopefully if Leslie hosts another painting challenge I will be able to join in, I am still recovering and taking care of my health. Right now it is either take the time to exercise for my health or paint, and now I am listening to my body 🙂 Hopefully by the next one, which may be in about 3 months, I will be in tip top shape to join in. 🙂OK back to Sheila Delgado. You can follow Sheila's blog, you can also find her on Pinterest.She paints all sorts, but this month was a lovely month of sunflowers.I hope you enjoyed this post, if you are a fan, please share my blog.I am grateful for each and every one of my readers and I intend to give you great content.Who is your favorite artist?Thanks for dropping by,Ciao for Now!Cindy