Jan. 23 & 24 - 2 hour challenge

I missed a few days due to some family stuff, but am back on track. Yesterday and today I had a lot of fun spending time in the studio. I started working back into one of my vineyard wine barrel pieces. For this landscape I am using a couple different photo references for the sky and vines, but changing the colors completely. For me having the reference is great for getting the composition and idea down, but why not change up the palette and create more harmony.

I still have a ways to go, but it was a good start - lots of juicy layers of oil.

More progress today. I'll continue to work on this piece the rest of the week along with some Woodland / Forest illustrations.

My art background is full of drawing and design, but it's been a few years since I've focused on my drawings. I started teaching drawing and illustration classes at the Crocker Museum this year and had a bit of a renewed appreciation for it. Teaching these classes on top of planning my babies nursery has got me on a illustration kick. I've been creating Woodland/ Forest Friend drawings and can't seem to stop. I don't know where these will go or for how long I'll create them, but I like that I'm tapping into a different process and creative path than my norm.

Jan 16-19 #2hrchallenge

I've still been keeping up with the challenge. You can see my daily posts on my Facebook Page: VanCannonArt.

Over the past few days I've been working on turning one of my sketches into a painting. I've been using Canvas Paper, Pen and Ink, and Acrylic paint. It's been a fun process and you can see my progression and changes in the following photos.

I started with the whimsy color palette and then did another with more of the traditional forest greens, tans, and blues. I like doing multiple drafts since the colors totally change the overall feel of the piece. I think they both work - just depends on your taste. Both are almost complete - they still need a few tweaks here and there. 

Jan 13, 14 & 15 - #2hrchallenge

Sorry for the combined post. It's been a struggle this weekend to stay on top of my challenge. Mostly because I haven't felt well. I still did find time each day to work - Although it was mostly research and sketchbook studies. Those I could do from the couch and bed. :) Today I am back in the studio and enjoying more Baby Room Art. These pieces aren't necesarily for my baby room, but I've enjoyed creating the illustrations so much that I am giving myself the freedom to explore.

As a full time artist/painter its a bit of a risk. I've always been encouraged by my teachers and mentors to buckle down and focus on one subject and style. It's important for people to recognize your style and get familiarized with it - especially if you rely on sales of art for your living. This has been an area that is hard for me. I get so intrigued and interested by many subjects. I want to keep exploring and trying new things. So this month with the challenge I am allowing myself to go where I feel (creativity wise) and try whatever I fancy that day.

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