December 28, 2015

Am I Ready for This?? Another 30 paintings in 30 Days Challenge Coming Up...

Map showing the people from around the world that joined the challenge.

Soooo, I don't really feel like I have the time or the energy to tackle this challenge right now, buy to tell you the truth this is actually the main reason why I joined the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge launched by Leslie Saeta.
I need to have a stronger commitment to paint every day.
Life has been getting in the way a lot. Events, messy house, kids activities, holiday shopping, and a general lack of energy over all.
I have not painted much this month.
I'm very disappointed in my performance in the studio.

I know from previous experience that the 30 in 30 challenge is hard to carry on, but at the end of the month I look back at what I have painted and for some miracle it is always more and better than I thought while I was doing it.

So I signed up.

With one resolution:
To paint every day.
One small painting a day.
One composition, from start to finish, daily.

What a wonderful practice I'll get out of it!

Some (probably most) of the paintings will be meh, but I am sure that a few will surprise me positively.
It's always like that. I think I can't pull it off, and then one day something happens that makes the brush create artwork that makes me smile.
And even if only one painting will come out like that, making me proud, it'll all be worth it.

You can learn more about the 30 in 30 challenge at its official website:

December 8, 2015

Pretty in Red - Rose Oil Painting - This Week's Auction

"Pretty in Red"
6" x 6", Oil on gessoboard

I painted this during a get-together with my friend Lynda. She came over to my studio for a few hours and we spent some time painting and chatting.
I had a big painting to finish, but I decided to start a small painting of a pretty red rose.

In the evening I went back to finish painting the rose and I realized that it was already finished! Amazing. Talking with Lynda I did not "see" how far in the painting I was already, and all I had left to do was sign it.

I love good surprises! :)