I have mentioned before that I volunteer on a sea turtle program with the South Florida Audubon Society, rescuing hatchling sea turtles during the nesting and hatchling season. My love of the outdoors, nature and wildlife, coupled with a sense of conservation and purpose, make this a rewarding activity for me.
People LOVE sea turtles! Which make them quite the subject matter of many of my paintings. Living along the coast, it is very evident during much of the season (March - October) the presence of turtles. And as a volunteer with a permit to rescue these little guys, I get to see and save hundreds of hatchlings.
Day 20. 30in30 painting challenge. Ten more days of painting everyday. Luckily most of my daily schedule has been allowing me to keep up. However, if it hadn't been for my careful planning ahead of time, I would have faltered by now. In the next day or so, I will have to put in extra time to do some more preparation for the last series of painting. I am very please so far and if I stopped now, I'd still give myself a star.
Manatee. I hope it is recognizable as such! My wish was to knock it out and get to the next painting. Didn't happen. And as I write, I am still critiquing it. Once I finish futzing, I have to scan it, which requires that the painting be dry. This means this post will go live later in the morning.
Day 19. 30in30 painting challenge. I keep talking about framing these paintings and not so much recently about getting the next sketches done. The framing feels monumental. While I purchase frames, they don't always come with mats, and so I have to cut the mats myself, especially for any odd sized paintings. I have thus far planned the frames for 15 of the paintings and next step will be to cut mats. My husband is already thrilled with the 6' table gracing our living room covered with paints and frames. He knew what he was getting into...
Christmas. My favorite holiday running neck and neck with Halloween. It's still too early in the year for me to talk much about Christmas, even for this post. But the usual descriptors of Christmas come to mind...magical and white. The play of light on Christmas decorations help create the magic as does the play of light on white snow. I love snow, but since moving south in 1976, I have given it up, even when I have literally chased it by visiting places that were supposed to have snow. Winter in Vermont or Christmas in Montreal, or winter in upstate New York. It seems I was not going to enjoy it anymore, like it didn't exist. I hear people reading this rolling their eyes, as there has been tons of snow in recent years! I've only been able to imagine it.
Day 18. 30in30 painting challenge. What an array of paintings I have to frame. I began laying them out last night, planning the frames. Now that it is day 18 it really does feel like we are going down hill, picking up speed. Now it feels scary that time is running out or moving too fast to accomplish the task. Like a roller coaster, it was a push uphill to day 15, and now we are flying to the finish trying to keep up.
I fell in love with the colors of the reference I used for this painting which I feel I captured. Such delicate creatures! I have painted several other hummingbirds in the past and hope to do more.
Day 17. 30in30 painting challenge. I wonder if the challenge is getting the better of me. I may be coming down with something, my headache a possible indicator. My husband was hit bad this weekend, and while I rarely catch anyone else's 'cold,' I'll admit I am feeling less energetic.
Much on my mind is all I need to do to prepare for upcoming shows. Today I pulled out a table and set up all these new paintings and sample frames so that I can start making decisions on what frames I need. My framing department, my husband, will have his hands full real soon!
A bit of color fun with this one. Maybe even a slight feel of autumn in the air...as much as South Florida has autumn. Autumn is my favorite season. The light has changed, which I can often detect in August, and I get excited and a bit sad at the same time. It is still an energizing feeling as I prepare for a busy season ahead...not only holiday but my big outdoor show season through April.
Day 16 in the 30in30 painting challenge and I am being challenged to prepare another set of sketches. Deciding on what subjects is the hardest part for me. I'm not only painting for myself, though ultimately that is probably the deciding factor, but I take into consideration what my buying public will be attracted to at the shows. And I never really know. Sometimes, maybe most times, I am surprised.
This is Atila. I don't often have a personal name for my paintings, but the rescuers of this bird @falconry_crarsi on Instagram have named it. I think it is a perfect name for this South American eagle. It is sometimes called Isidor's Eagle derived from the Latin. The power of eagles so shines through in the expression on their faces. Birds of prey all have that 'look'.
Day 15. 30in30 painting challenge. We are now at midpoint! Part of my personal goals for my paintings during this challenge was to make sure I painted in various sizes. This painting is 12x12 and will be framed 20x20" (or maybe more). Because I sketched weeks ahead of time, it has made it easier for me to select a painting for the day. Otherwise, I wear myself out trying to choose something and then have to go through the whole process in one day. Personally, doing all that in one day is often too much for me, especially for larger sizes. That is why during other challenges I've stayed quite small. I will have to start sketching again real soon...I'm running out.
This painting isn't even finished. But in the spirit of 30 paintings in 30 days I am posting it now, unfinished. It is actually larger than this but realized as I progressed that I needed to fill the space with the main flower (what flower is this?), and cut out a lot of the other activity around it. So this view is a cropped view as well.
On the business side of my art, I have gotten into two juried outdoor art festivals toward the end of the year. I am really excited about doing them pre-holiday. Many other indoor exhibits are also waiting in the wings and all are posted on my Exhibitions & Festivals page. If you are in South Florida, go check it out.
I've finally experimented painting on Aquaboard. This is a snapshot and I can possibly get a better photo...but not now. This substrate definitely has some tooth. I am ok with that, but as far as taking the picture, it may be very difficult to get a true white background and eliminate the photographic of the texture. This doesn't impact the original but will impact reproducing prints. I am also not an experimenter by nature. Somehow I never want to take the TIME!
Day 13. 30in30 painting challenge. Because I fear I am getting behind, I chose a subject that is easy to paint so that I could 'experiment' with the Aquaboard. I have been doing small paintings on 6x6" paper and mounting them on a wood cradle, wide enough that it can stand or be hung. Unfortunately, the process of mounting and finishing off the paper because it won't be displayed under glass, takes place over the course of several days. I love the end product, just think the process takes too much time. So...this is why I chose to experiment with Aquaboard. I don't know if it will eliminate finishing yet. And now it doesn't stand up since I bought only 1/4" board, so I will have to figure how to have it hang. Oh well, glad I'm in a painters group in which I can explore the next steps. Jury is still out on this.
I love this ram for his horns...of course! I have noticed an affinity for curves, arches, circles in my art. Not all the time, but it has been there. I've painted this guy before and he sold almost immediately. When that happens I tend to want to paint another one, to mitigate the loss! It's not really easier the second time. There is a tendency to want to copy how it was painted before. This one is basically the same, unlike my Rhino No. 2 which was painted quite differently.
Day 12. 30in30 painting challenge. I continue to slip behind. Strategizing how not to have to skip a day...although that isn't the end of the world. This challenge brings up all kinds of challenges which is really a good thing. Great opportunity to learn about ones self, ones painting, and one's art business and promotion. There is much involved in doing art for more than just fun. That is the same with any business but applying it to art may not have been top of mind. As time goes one, one realizes the business of art needs more room in ones life.
I love wildlife. I used to have a backyard with a pond that attracted creatures that liked the water. Pretty tame wildlife, but I loved it. This goat did not belong to me, but belongs to a woman whose backyard I envy. I love her photos on Instagram of her little band of backyard animals. Goat, pig, goose, chickens, dogs, and I'm sure I've forgotten something. She doesn't know I've painted this and we'll see if she recognizes him.
Day 11 of 30in30 painting challenge. We're heading toward half-way mark, but it'll be a bit of work to get there. I am still working on a painting that is giving me fits. So today I will have to change gears and get something else painted. I'm also running out of my pre-sketches, so will have to decide on other subjects. Lots to do. Off and running...