Thursday, July 22, 2021

Pink Flamingo

 

"Pink Flamingo" (pastel, 8x8 inches)

This elegant bird was the star of my July Paint-Along. For a $10 pledge, you can watch the full painting process with commentary on Patreon!

Click here to watch a short speed video of Pink Flamingo's process.

On auction for a limited time at Dailypaintworks.com!

Friday, July 9, 2021

Hala

 

"Hala" (pastel, 7x5 inches) sold

I painted this during my last Virtual Online Studio day in June, but I already had enough paintings planned out to finish my 30 paintings in 30 days of June challenge, so this was extra!
To see a quick GIF of this painting's process, click here - or, to watch the full video with commentary, consider joining my Bunny Buddies on Patreon, here!

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Saturday, July 3, 2021

Recent Sheep Won Honorable Mention

"They don't see what she sees" (pastel, 36x36) sold

I'm thrilled to brag that my most recent large sheep painting has been selected by juror Marla Baggetta for an Honorable Mention in the Established Category of the Dakota Pastels 2021 Second Quarter Pastel Competition! The painting will automatically move on to the year-end Grand Prize portion of the contest. 

Best of all, the prize comes with a $100 gift certificate to Dakota Pastels! Whoohoo!! I'm goin' shopping!

This painting, as I composed it, is an allegory on how children see differently than most adults, While the grown ups are engrossed with something off screen, the child notices... you! The viewer! This can also be a comment on how we are trained as we grow up not to stare at people and to, in fact, ignore outsiders, but it's charming how children will engage directly with strangers, and will frequently exchange a silent communication of emotion and expression (smile at a baby, and they often smile back!)

See a speed video of this painting's process here!

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

30-in-30 Paintings in June ... Finished!

 

June 2021 Daily Paintings poster.

I can't believe I really did  it; 30 paintings in 30 days. My usual month in past years had been November because it's otherwise fairly slow. I really wasn't ready in June but I had missed November last year (I missed a lot of things last year, lol) and I was really eager to do a month of paintings. Now July is going to be full of everything I couldn't get done  in June... commissions, paperwork, groceries... but I've proven to  myself that it can be done even when I think I'm too busy. It's a great feeling of accomplishment to look back on the month and see all the paintings. And several of them have also sold, so there's that too!

It's HARD to be a true Daily Painter (completing and posting a new painting every day) so it's become more popular to do it one month at a time. It's a lot easier to accomplish 30 days in a row than 365+ days! I highly recommend a Daily Painting practice for anyone wanting to improve their painting skills and work habits. I also find that Daily Painting and Working Small are inevitably connected, so I want to share this blog post on Why to Paint Small. It might help inspire you to greater smaller daily paintings!

Now I'll have a full booth at the #rockportartfest hosted by @rockportartcenter this weekend, and hopefully a nice couple days to kick back and relax a bit.


This poster has not been ordered yet, but I'll take pre-orders to see how many I should get. It will be 16x20, $25 includes US shipping. Let me know if you'd like one!

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Day 30 of 30 - Coy

 

Day 30 of 30 paintings in June - "Coy" (pastel, 6x6 inches)
DONE!! Whoohoo!
I'm finishing up my month of paintings with this flirty love dove. I painted her a few years ago and wanted to paint her again. I always loved the blue shadows on white.

Coming up soon, July 3 and 4, spend your holiday weekend at the #rockportartfest hosted by @rockportartcenter and catch some great art, including "Coy"!

See a GIF of "Coy"'s painting process here!

$305, price includes frame and US shipping.


 

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Monday, June 28, 2021

Day 29 of 30 - Bird on a Wire

 


Day 29 of 30 paintings in June - "Bird on a Wire" (pastel, 7x5 inches)

Only one day left, and then I'll have finished this 30 paintings in 30 days challenge! I haven't painted many birds this month, so it's nice to finish with a few.

See this piece and others like it at the #rockportartfest hosted by @rockportartcenter located right on the beautiful coast of Texas!

Check out some progress pictures here!

$305, price includes frame and US shipping.


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SO! If you're receiving this post via email, I thank you for your subscription, but you will no longer be getting these delivered to you from my Google Blog after this month.  
 
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