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Thirty Skyscapes in Thirty Days - ART OPENING!


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Day 30 of 30 paintings in 30 days Yay!


In looking at my blog today I noticed that my final painting done on the 30th somehow did not get uploaded -- one of those mysteries. It has been such fun painting everyday, even if the paintings were just 8 x 8's the process was still there, as was the priority setting. I am at a loss not being in front of my easel each day. It was such fun. I am formulating a plan that will help me get back to daily painting -- it will be my own personal challenge -- so we'll see how it goes.
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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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