Thursday, January 1, 2015

Day One- "30 Paintings in 30 Days"

"Remembering Friends"    11" x 11"      SOLD
January 1st and the first day of the 30 Day Painting Challenge!  I have to admit, I was very nervous this morning when I faced the white piece of paper! I didn't paint at all in December, and I honestly fear painting after taking that much time off.  My goal is to paint looser and include figures into an abstract background.  I was thinking of my friend, Connie, as I painted this.  She is in another world now after loosing the battle against cancer on November 24th.  She always had such a positive attitude and I can hear her cheering me on during this challenge.
I started this painting by dropping globs of paint on the paper, and then spreading it out, using a credit card.  It was fun! (see photos below)  Then I picked the spots where I wanted that first layer to show up and drew the figure into the composition accordingly.  I finished this, using an oak branch as my brush.  I love the hit and miss that the branch creates in line work! Happy New Year everyone!  If you'd like to join me in this challenge, click on this link: http://30paintingsin30days.weebly.com/  If interested in purchasing this painting, it is $145 and is 11" x 11", image only.

 

9 comments:

  1. Fantastic beginning, Karen. You go girl!

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    1. Thanks, Jan! Are you doing the challenge again?

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  2. Great start! Looking forward to seeing more!

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  3. Fun process and this is quite bold. A nice homage to Connie. I look forward to seeing more this month. I am going way out of my comfort zone for this months challenge.

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  4. You are an inspiration, always reminding me of what can be. What a great way to start the challenge with a painting tribute to a dear friend who is cheering you on.

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    1. Thanks, Jim. Love your angel painting too. Smart idea to get ahead for next year. Do you really give originals to all your friends? I want to sign up!

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