Saturday, 29 December 2012

Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days

I have just signed up for the Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days Challenge!! Am I mad? No,I just need some motivation! My studio is out of bounds for a few days while my new floor insulation is being laid, hopefully I can best use this time to organise myself for the challenge! 
Now I know I won't be able to paint EVERY day so there will be days when I will have to do 2 or more paintings! Obviously they will be small, maybe VERY small! There are no penalties for not doing 30 paintings within the time scale but it would be nice if I could.

These old working boots were the subject of the first small oil painting I completed in 2012 and started me on a wonderful adventure. Having been exclusively a pastel artist for the past 7 years, after a hiccup or two, I am loving the complete change in medium and subjects!

I have since bought myself gouache paints and received a set of acrylic inks for Christmas! I had done a few little sketches with my gouache which I will post soon. I look forward to a new year of new and exciting challenges, which I promise to share over the next 12 months - but I'd best see my 30 paintings challenge through first!

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to one and all! After all the cooking and eating I actually managed to get down into my studio today! I got my pastels and oils out! I thought I'd try the same subject, in pastel first, then try it again in oil. Neither were particularly successful but I will keep working on them, though not for a week or so.
My dear better half is putting down underfloor insulation so I spent the latter part of this afternoon moving as much stuff on to my work surfaces so he can get access to at least two-thirds of the floor! Then I will move everything over to the other side!!So I have a grand excuse to NOT paint but I will be sketching as much as possible! Honestly!!!
I received new acrylic inks for Christmas, I'm looking forward to experimenting with them!!!