Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Day 16 : An Oil a Day 30 Day Challenge . . .

Day 16 : Seward July

Yeah, I took a break.
Not that I wanted to.
It was kind of forced on me by first my sinuses and then my intestines.
I won't go into more than that.

Here I start in once again at Day 16 with a quick and light summer scene.
From the Seward, Nebraska Airport, I can see a far off farm.
Looking so clean and tidy and bright from a mile off,
sultry summer clouds building and dying, building and dying.
Milo is yellow/green with heads ready to turn rust soon.

Details : 6"x6"
Oil on canvas

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Day 15 : An Oil a Day 30 Day Challenge . . .

Day 15 : Rising

Since life seems to be getting in the way of the last 15 days of my challenge,
I've taken to reworking my first few paintings.
A good thing.
I still get to paint only in smaller time blocks
I improve on the earlier works where I was experimenting with brushstrokes and color.
This one had a weird row of field-like mess along the bottom.
That's gone, the painting turned upside-down.
Turquoise and Cobalt Blue mixed on the canvas.
In these hot days of July we feel heat rising from the cut wheat fields.
Above the ground - rising.

Details : 12"x12"
Oil on canvas

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Day 14.9 : An Oil a Day 30 Day Challenge . . .

Day 14.9 : Mona Lisa
I am several days off schedule with my Oil a Day 30-Day Challenge.
Life kind of got in the way for a while there.
And it's going to be in my way for the next two weeks.
But I swear I'll get back on it as quickly as I can because 
I love the time I dedicate to these paintings.

I have renamed this painting Mona Lisa.
I just could not make myself like the grassy areas of the first painting
and I had to get back into it with a second attempt instead of
letting it drive me nuts.
Mona Lisa because I have to believe that DaVinci did no always achieve
intended results with the first attempt.
That maybe, just maybe, there is another crappy version of 
Mona Lisa beneath the beautiful Mona Lisa.
Maybe one where the background was wrong or one where her eyes looked
crossed or her smile was off. Maybe she had buck teeth. Who knows.
I just believe that there are fabulous artists out there who
have stared at their 'finished' works and thought,
So I got back into it last night and made changes to the foreground.
Oh, I'll try the other again with the disappearing fence line but for now, 
this works.

Details : 12"x24"
Oil on canvas

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Day 14.5 : An Oil a Day 30 Day Challenge . . .

Day 14.5 : Fence Line

I'll admit it - I'm a couple of days behind.
It's been a long week full of all kinds of things except the things I want to do.

This painting is one I'll likely do a few more times.
I like the clouds and I'm okay with the fence line and the hazy distant hills.
But I can't seem to get the foreground to look like a grassy field.
I keep getting soft green feathers instead.
Keep working it.

Details : Oil on canvas

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Day 14 : An Oil a Day 30 Day Challenge . . .

Day 14 : Just a beginning
Since I took yesterday and the evening before to prep more canvases,
last night I began another painting.
Not finished but about halfway.

More to come.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Day 13.5 : An Oil a Day 30 Day Challenge . . .

Day 13.5
Sometimes you've just gotta stop and regroup.
Today I hit reset and applied ground to 14 canvases.
Now I can resume my 30 Day Oil a Day Challenge and continue uninterrupted.
For 14 more days.

But I did lay out the next one to begin today.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Day 13 : An Oil a Day 30 Day Challenge . . .

Day 13 : July and Daylilies
Yes, I'm off a day or two.
But I broke my palette knife yesterday and it was hot and I went to a ball game.
Or something like that.
Ah, yes. Today.
This is taken from photo I took last summer of our barn that I have lined with orange daylilies all across the south side.
They were just lush.
Against the corrugated steel siding, the orange glowed.
Don't quite have the steel color right or the treeline but I've learned this:
there's no shame in painting the same subject over and over.
I'll be doing this one again and comparing my growth.

Details : Oil on canvas