Painting Challenge Day 23

Day 24- Lit up for the holiday…. inspired by a photo my brother sent me that he took on his way to work one morning. I loved the pic, but was nervous to paint it. How to make it look like lights? and the background was just a dark night… so I thought about it and decided some Christmas trees for a background might do the trick. Then I added a visitor hopping by……. this will eventually be for sale in my etsy shoppe. Happy Monday!

 

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The art of brush strokes

Brush strokes within a painting create art

Have you ever studied a painting?  I am sure you have looked at a painting…. but have you ever looked close at the brush strokes that created the painting?  Probably not.  I am not finding fault, I did not look myself, before I started painting.  But now I certainly do.  Because from afar you are just enjoying the painting, and maybe don’t realize the work that went into creating that painting.

Let’s think about how that painting was created.  An artist picked up a brush, dipped it in paint, and swirled it onto a canvas.  Sometimes they used a large brush to cover more of the canvas, and sometimes they used a smaller brush for detail.  No matter what the size of the brush, it was an implement to get the paint on the canvas.

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a closeup of some flowers.

While the artist used that brush, she also stepped back from the canvas, to see what it looked like overall.  To see how the brush strokes blended.  If they were creating what the artist intended. Because up close the strokes don’t always look like much.

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a closeup of some shrubs

So hopefully you now realize that it is a little harder than it looks.  Sometimes it works well, and sometimes we have to start over.  Either way, its a wonderful thing to create, and I am so thankful that I get to work these brushstrokes to create art.

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Overall painting with areas shown above, available in my etsy  shoppe

 

 

Day 30 of 30 in 30- Finis!

Day 30-  I finished one day early.   Its not that easy having a painting to post daily, and I ran out! I always start these paintings with tons of ideas, and some just don’t work out.  Or I just am not ready to share them yet as I am still working on some.  My favorite paintings were the view from the Poly, because it reminded me of a wonderful trip I took home, and the dress shoppe.  And there were some more favorites, as I paint what I love, so why wouldn’t most be my favorites?

I hope you enjoyed following me through another challenge!  Next one is in the fall.  Until then, I will be painting as often as I can, as I believe in the old saying “practice makes perfect!

 

If you have a minute, please let me know what painting you liked the most.  Thanks to anyone that takes the time to do so!

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Day 15 of 30 in 30- The view from the Poly

Day 15 – This was the view from my room, many years ago when I stayed at the Polynesian. It was our 10 year wedding anniversary, and we upgraded to the Poly, as a gift to us. We could not afford a great view, and were shocked when we got this fabulous view. Every night the fireworks would go off over the castle, and my son loved watching them from his bed. (When we were in the room, lol) If you look to the right of the hotel, you will see the castle, above the monorail.

This was one of my favorite trips, as we went with our best friends and their girls. Hope you enjoy this view as much as I did!

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Day 13 of 30 in 30- Sunset at Tea House

Day 13 – This is a painting inspired when I visited the Marble House this winter. The Marble house is a “cottage” in Newport, Rhode Island. In reality, its actually an incredibly large mansion, on Bellevue Avenue, and this tea house is in its backyard. This tea house was built by Alva Vanderbilt, who hosted tea parties for women’s suffrage, or the right to vote. Newport has quite a history of wealthy families, their homes, and rich heiresses that made matches with Englishmen with titles. A lot of English families lived on their large estates, and needed a surge of wealth to maintain their homes and staff depending on them. A match with these wealthy heiresses filled the coffers and saved them from ruin, but sadly most matches were of convenience and not love. If you are local to New England, it is definitely worth a trip to see these “cottages” and the beautiful Ocean Drive area.  If I sound like an add for Newport’s tourism, its because I have been going there for years and love to visit!

This was the tea house one late afternoon, touched by a pinkish, orange sunset.  I started this painting with a palette knife, but gave up and finished it with brushes.  I did keep some of the palette knife strokes, but its mostly brush strokes.  I hope to try the palette knife again sometime, as I do enjoy a challenge!

 

 

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Day 12 of 30 in 30- Viviana’s View

Day 12 – This is the view from Viviana’s room.  She is lucky enough to have a view overlooking the lake where she lives. I don’t know about you, but I find something magical about a water view.  The way the lights, clouds, sky and moon reflect on the water is always mesmerizing to me.  I wish I had a view to enjoy like this!

This is based on a photo taken by her Mom, who feels the same about water as I do.  She is always posting beautiful pics of the lake, and I knew she would enjoy a painting.  Seeing how I was going to her home for the holidays, I knew it would make a perfect hostess gift.  One of the benefits of having an artist in your family. 🙂

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Day 11 of 30 in 30- Patriotic Flowers

Day 11 – I saw these beautiful flowers last summer and snapped a pic, knowing I would paint them one day.  With the dreariness of winter, it sure is nice to see some bright, colorful flowers, and a colorful American flag.

I have over 11,000 pics on my phone.  You don’t have to read that again, you read it correctly, 11,000.  And I just became a Grandmother for the first time, so goodness knows that’s going to increase substantially.  I take lots of pics, as I use them for different paintings.  Sometimes, it may be a small one like this, and other times this may go on a pretty porch on someone’s house.

This is a small painting, and has a bow for hanging. There is a link below the image to visit my etsy shoppe, or to visit the blog for the challenge to see more art.

Hope you enjoying the art I have been creating! At this point I would love to hear from you!  Its not always easy listening to crickets, lol! Whether its a comment to keep going, or if you like my art, I would love to hear it!

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