Jan 10 - #2hrchallenge

As I near my due date I have been finalizing baby room stuff. I've had fun decorating, refurnishing furniture, and creating some original artwork for the room. I still have a few art projects to compete and only a few weeks to do them. So for my challenge time today, I dedicated it to working on a new piece for the room. This was really fun play time for me. Since its outside my normal 'oil on canvas' I felt like I was able to tap into a different creative stream. The rules are different and I get to experiment and see what happens. I didn't get anything finished today.... just a lot of planning, cutting, sketching, and mark making. I'll keep you posted on the progress, but here are a few pictures to wet your whistle.

The piece will be a mixed media work. I'll include watercolor, pen and ink and collage elements. The babyroom theme is woodland/nature so I am brainstorming ideas around that. It's fun to personalize art for a specific room. It's made me more intentional about my content.

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Jan. 6 - #2hrchallenge

Another day another challenge completed. I get asked a lot - "How do you know when a piece is finished?" This question is hard - How indeed? For me, the answer is usually time. I like to let a painting sit for a few days in a spot I frequent. I get to see it spontaneously as I walk by and can take in my "at a glance" opinions and thoughts. Seeing it in photograph form also helps. For some reason when I look at my painting on a computer screen, its easier for me to see problem areas or spots that need a little more time.

Today I worked at little bit everywhere. Seeing it in photograph form, I am not quite happy with the dock or the back trees. I'll probably start something new tomorrow while I let this one sit and simmer.  #dailypainter #sacto2hrchallenge #2hourchallenge

Glacier National Park Painting Trip

One of this years painting expeditions took me to Glacier National Park in Montana. My artist friend, Patris, and I went for about a week. I loved getting to drive into the park every day to paint and see the amazing scenery. The snow, mountains, rivers, and trees created an enchanting atmosphere.

It was pretty warm in late June. We found this awesome little spot to paint one day. The breeze coming off the Flathead River gave us all day air conditioning. It was the perfect painting spot.

It was pretty warm in late June. We found this awesome little spot to paint one day. The breeze coming off the Flathead River gave us all day air conditioning. It was the perfect painting spot.

I've painted in a few different mountainous areas, but was surprised at how different these mountains felt. These mountains are so massive and seemed to hover all around us as we drove through the park.

At the summit. Like I said it was warm, so we were in shorts and tanks, but surrounded by snow. The snow pack is so deep and massive that it keeps snow on these peaks all year round.

At the summit. Like I said it was warm, so we were in shorts and tanks, but surrounded by snow. The snow pack is so deep and massive that it keeps snow on these peaks all year round.

Lunch break by the Flathead River in Glacier National Park.

Lunch break by the Flathead River in Glacier National Park.

I'm all set up along the Flathead River. It was probably the most comfortable place to paint in the park. We had shade, river breeze, and we were off the road.

I'm all set up along the Flathead River. It was probably the most comfortable place to paint in the park. We had shade, river breeze, and we were off the road.

Heaven's Peak - 6x8 - Oil. We found a spot to stop in the park with this view. It was a little challenging since we didn't have much shade and the bugs were biting so I painted small and fast. 

Heaven's Peak - 6x8 - Oil. We found a spot to stop in the park with this view. It was a little challenging since we didn't have much shade and the bugs were biting so I painted small and fast. 

There were many moving objects in my landscape. It was a great challenge to capture movement and feeling in a painting. I approached the moving water by looking for parts in the flow that had repetitious movements - like water running over a boulder. That helped me hone in on an area. Even though it was moving, it kept repeating similar movements. Painting the clouds were similar. I looked for over arching shapes and movement, then composed them onto my canvas. I resisted the urge to "chase the shapes" as the clouds moved. Instead I left my shapes alone and paid more attention to the colors and values of clouds around me. I used this information to finish them.