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Day 29 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge


Today was a fresh start but with some challenges. It was my day to work at the Gallerie at Gruene so I had to paint with loads of people coming and going and I had to tend to all of them. Needless to say, my painting was a few dabs here, stop, start, a few more dabs, stop. It went on all day like that. Great that there were patrons but I certainly didn't concentrate for very long. I like the painting anyhow -- it is clean and fresh. I might try it again and maybe put some cows or some kind of life form in it for interest. Cheers!
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Day 28 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge


I have put off posting this because I am just not too happy with it. My scraper was in my hand a couple of times -- you know that feeling: just can't noodle it back into shape. I learned from my struggle and will come better prepared in the future, that is to say, consider not mixing MUD! Onward!
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Day 27 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge


Whoa! I had great fun with this painting. I decided I would again use near complimentary colors (yellows and purples plus white) to see what would happen. Well, it was hard to stay away from getting mud but I think keeping my distance to anything that resembled red to orange helped to keep things clean. This one has a feel of transparency - a fun challenge. Try it!
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Day 26 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge


This was an interesting painting to do given that it was mostly all sky and just a suggestion of water below. I loved going for the color and the drama and I think we have all seen a sky similar to this one. One thing I have learned in doing my series on the sky is that you hardly ever see two skies alike. Each day's sky is unique and has a mood all its own. How great is that? Cheers!
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Day 25 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge


Wow, I can't believe I am on number 25 already. This one was fairly easy to pull together but in looking at it while uploading it I see that I need to raise one side of the cloud so it isn't so even with the one on the other side. Easy to fix. I plan to go back to all of the ones I have done to date and "clean them up" a little and take a good look at the ones I would like to develop into a larger work. Onward!
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Day 24 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge


Well, let's just say I showed up for work. This was an experimental day. I received a gift of eight "Radiant" colors by Gamblin and I had never opened a single tube. Today not only did I try the new colors but I tried out four new brushes that were synthetic and much smaller than I usually use. The colors are just beautiful, quite opaque and toward the pastel side, so pastel that I had to punch things up with cad. red and ultramarine blue. I wondered how you could miss the mark with names like Radiant Turquoise, Radiant Rose and Radiant Yellow.The brushes were great but I see that I went overboard with short choppy brushwork. Tomorrow back to my usual equipment but it was fun to try something new. Onward to #25.
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Day 23 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge


Today I was going for drama and I had fun trying to reach that goal. After a couple of days of trying to get a nice turquoise hue, I have decided that I might look for that horrid tube of phthalo blue that I tried to get out of my sight and give it just one more chance. It is so powerful that it totally takes over everything. Carol Marine is a master at taming that color.

Have you purchased Carol Marine's latest book -- "Daily Painting - Paint Small and Often..." Watson Guptill, 2014? I bought my copy on Amazon, loved it and just ordered two more copies for gifts. It is SUCH a great book! Onward.
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Day 22 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge


A better day today. I headed to the studio early this morning with an open mind after doing some homework last night making a color chart of the colors I would use in my next two paintings. Today I painted two paintings --the first using secondary colors of orange, purple and green. The second painting the complimentary colors of orange and blue. I had better success with the second painting and it is the one I posted here. I think I will continue working on the different combinations to see if I can gain more control over them. Onward!
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Day 21 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge


Sometimes things just don't quite go quite the way you hoped they would. My date with my easel was posponed until late in the day and I tried to rush through the painting process. My composition, colors and brushwork could have been better. Tomorrow I will work in my studio -- early -- and give painting my undivided attention and I know things will go much better. We all need a day to goof-off even if we do suffer the consequences. Onward!
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Day 20 of 30 paintings in 30 days


On a crisp morning fifteen days ago we woke to a room full of red. "The Sky!" With that, shoeless and with down jackets, we jumped in the car and dashed up the hill to see the horizon. It was crimson perfection -- never to be painted quite as it was at that moment. I made a go of it with delight in my heart.
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