Saturday, January 11, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days: Day 12

"Happy Feet"  watercolor    $295
This painting wasn't easy, but I'm pleased with the outcome.  I thought it looked as if he were starting to dance, so I called it, "Happy Feet".  The question I keep asking myself, is why I'm making this challenge so hard?!!  Illusionary paintings such as this one are very time consuming.  The good news is that I like it, so it wasn't 8 hours in vain.  The bad news is that I'm not enjoying the "process" when I work in pure watercolor.  I know in the back of my mind, I'm thinking about the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and that their deadline is coming up!  I hardly EVER do pure watercolor anymore, so pickings are slim, if I were to choose to enter.  For those who don't know about it, the paintings are awesome, and it's a national show.  They get close to 2000 entries and they accept only about 90, so it's always an honor to get juried into the show. I'm a signature member, and I love to make an annual trip to see the show personally.  It's held near Chicago, in Kenosha, WI.


  1. I really like this composition and how you've broken up the space. I'm impressed that day 12's painting is already finished. I'm about to start mine. Good luck if you enter TWSA.

  2. I am sorry to hear you are not enjoying the process. But it was definitely worth it! The color and pattern are terrific, and that's another really great bird!

    1. Cindy, most of the time, I love painting. Just lately, I've turned to mixed media so pure W/C gives me trials. Thanks foriking my work!

  3. I am so intriqued with your work. An artist friend of mine also does beautiful WC, but when she switched to mixed media (she incorporates her handmade marbled paper), like your work it takes it to new levels. Yours is a blog I have been checking everyday and the thumbprints always catch my eye. I really enjoying the birds series.

  4. Thanks so much Lydia! What a nice compliment!

  5. I really like this one too! The bird looks like it is standing on a mirror that is reflecting the wall behind it. Like all successes, it was definitely worth the struggle! :)

  6. I have asked myself the very same question about why am I doing this to myself?! I eased up today and did an abstract. I love your bird and understand the time it took but wow what a piece! So beautiful.



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