August Painting Challenge Complete!
31 paintings in 29 days.
This month I set myself the challenge of (averaging) one painting per day.
Almost every painting was done in the evening, after the girls were asleep, with what little brain power I had left after a full day. Each painting was done within about 60 minutes before I ran out of steam.
Some days I had the inspiration and energy to do life-like paintings, where other days required color meditation.
These photos have not been edited or retouched.
I'm really proud of about 1/3 of these - the rest, not so much.
I'm not someone who usually paints quickly - many of my favorite paintings have been done over the course of months, if not years. Completing paintings in about an hour was definitely a new challenge for me - not to mention doing so day after day for a month.
Here, in order, are this months daily paintings:
Tired after a day of driving the girls to Maine on my own.
An exhausting day adjusting to the new (vacation) location and schedule and shepherding the girls through a place where events and meals do not wait for us to arrive.
The view from our cabin becomes a little more clear.
No, the canoe isn't sinking. I just didn't feel like painting the tree that was in the way.
A vacation from vacation.
Larger painting done for donation, then cropped to edit out blurry head.
One afternoon in Maine, as I sat in the river with C and A (everyone else was on outings) we had the great pleasure of watching a great blue heron walk back and forth along the bank fishing, for more than half an hour.
Wild (low bush) blueberries picked along the bike path in Maine
Started as a life-like painting and then morphed into colors.
I ran out of brainpower before completing this painting of the Rudolf Steiner House in London
From a favorite Aunt's photo of a blueberry with milk from her cereal.
Hinnomaki Red Gooseberries - I tried to buy myself some gooseberry plants for my birthday but couldn't find them anywhere. A local place that was sold out for the year, so I'll have to order some in time for my birthday next year.
I opted not to paint from my photo with C's hand trying to pet the bumble bee.
I love these colors, and the vibrancy of this paint!
Bridge of Flowers, Shelburne Falls, MA
There were many evenings I didn't want to paint. Toward the end, I was really done spending all my grown-up time, every single evening, painting. I worked ahead a few days so as to have time off.
Without the accountability of the challenge (or a show), I might not have painted at all, never mind worked through so many different exercises/styles/challenges.
I'm really thrilled to have completed it and really stretched my painting muscles to do better work in shorter blocks of time.
Stay tuned for next months challenge!