Wednesday, January 1, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days, Day One

"Cardinal's New Coat"
 Happy New Year!  My first painting of 2014!  I'm again challenging myself to 30 paintings in 30 days!  Leslie Saeta proposes this challenge every year, and I did it last year.  Check back to January of 2013 to see all of those!  This is a great way to get back into painting after taking December off for all the parties! Check out Leslie's blog to see all the many artists who are doing this challenge.  There are 360 this year!  Call me crazy, because this is no easy feat!  My series this year will be birds. I've always loved cardinals, especially in the winter when they show up so well against the snow.  This cardinal has a funky new coat!  It is available for $125, unframed.  I used a past simple shape study as my idea for the background.  It is pictured below. 
I hope you will follow along as I bring in the New Year with daily paintings.  Please comment too.  I love to hear what you think!


  1. Happy New Year! You are at it bright and early and I love the cardinal. Looking forward to being inspired every day this month!

  2. Wow! This is really cool! Realism with a splash of abstract. Beautiful painting.

  3. Love the background and the "crazy" feathers. I get a lot of cardinals in my backyard, But I haven't come across this one yet!

  4. Very cool style and design! I look forward to the rest of the challenge birds!

  5. I love the birds new coat! Simply beautiful. The background is really cool too!



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