Day 6 of “30 Paintings in 30 Days”: The Approach

I keep starting off with this true desire for realism. At some point during the process I just go crazy. With this one as well, I was doing realistic colours and I hated the painting so much. I kept thinking “will I have to toss this one and do another?” Then I went Disney. Colourful flowers! Stronger colours! Yes! Now I’m happy with how it looks. Maybe I’m not meant to do realism? Not today at least.

 

The Approach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Approach (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Approach (3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acrylic on canvas. 27 x 35 cm or 10,6 x 13.7 inches. Some final preparations need to be made before it can be put up for sale. This painting was made participating in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge.

Day 4 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days: Dawn Valley

I wasn’t really feeling it today. Painting, creativity, it wasn’t coming to me. I figured I’d at least get started with the background, something usually emerges when I start putting down colour. I decide on a few main colours and go for it. Then.. I put on the music.

 

Dawn Valley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The playlist started. Amanda Palmer. Instead of the subdued easy scene I squirted out some black paint on my easel. Mixed it with red, mixed it with brown, light and dark was born. Dawn Valley. Now to wait until tomorrow’s daylight to check it for errors and get a proper photo of it.

Day 3 of “30 Paintings in 30 Days” – Midsummer

I keep finishing these challenge paintings when it’s dark and ending up taking these not-perfect photos of them. I’m curious to see what this one will look like in proper daylight. Calling it “Midsummer”.
Midsummer (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Can’t believe it’s day 3 and I’ve already let go of my vow to only use the small square canvases.

Day 2 of “30 Paintings in 30 Days”: Moon, Mood

I was going for a cool evening feel but ended up with some spooky twilight instead. It might be related to how much I was cussing about the lack of natural light. The colours appear very different depending on what light is available and the best light is definitely daylight. However, this is January so there was barely any good daylight to start with and then I had to rush to work and when I got home it was absolutely dark. Ah well.

Moon, Mood (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This piece, “Moon, Mood”, has a type of fuzzying of the tree stems going on. It’s a sketchy place to be – it’s hard to tell what’s lurking in that forest.

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Moon, Mood 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The edges still need to be painted dark, hanging mechanism added, signature and varnish.

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge – Day 1

January 1st marks the start of a new painting challenge. 30 paintings in 30 days – read more about it at https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30.html. I’ve vowed to stick to small canvases, the 20×20 cm / 8×8 inch ones are perfect for finishing in a day.

Recently I bought a “grow your own lavender” kit and I’m so excited about getting to activate the seeds soon that lavender was all I could paint. I took a photo of it in two different light settings and I’m not sure which is the most accurate representation of its colour. The sun set ages ago, waiting for tomorrow’s daylight to know how it really turned out.

 

2017-01-01-16-48-26Lavender (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used a palette knife and left plenty paint on the canvas so that the flowers get a sensual 3D effect when viewed in person.
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Part of the edges still need to be painted, a mechanism for hanging it up easily, plus a signature and protective varnish still need to be added before I can put it up for sale.

The mess! This layout doesn’t work!

I’m having layout doubts again. I know how I’d like to change the images at the top but what about the rest of it? Something’s just not right. And I know myself, this is going to keep bugging me and hinder my website-related work until I fix it.

The featured image of this post is one I made some years ago after having read someone’s blog post about how she spotted a rat at the dump and it turned and looked at her. No doubt that would be a hideous experience for many people but I rather have a thing for rats and mice, so my rat at the dump looks friendly. The dump is more or less how I feel about my website right now. Perhaps someone else can see this place the way I see the rat; a perfectly lovely thing. The trouble is that I can’t.

Watercolouring – the art of patience

Watercolouring is all about layers. To get strong colours it’s not usually enough to lay down one coating of paint. Oh no. You need to wait until it has dried up some and then add more. And maybe more after that.

In that way, watercolouring is very zen. It’s a practice of patience and nature. Most often when I’ve messed up a watercolour painting it’s because I couldn’t find the inner peace to do it slowly.

That said, I like to make final adjustments digitally. Perhaps I need to work on my zen but on the computer I can fix any problems with shadows, hues and lighting to get it just right. I’m still painting by hand, just using different tools. What do you think? Is digital painting less zen?

This post’s watercolour image was made for a recent #colour_collective challenge. The colour theme was moss.

Hoo!

I love watercolouring, especially when it comes to creating backgrounds! There’s an unpredictability that comes with it. The water and pigment flow and it’s not completely within your control. It leaves room for happy accidents and I love those.

This baby owl was my entry for #colour_collective this week. The theme colour was Cool Grey II, which is found on the owl.

The painting has been added to my Society6 shop. Below is some examples of what can be found there. (Clickable images)

Owl Phone Case by JennloopOwl Mug by Jennloop

Owl Tank TopBuy Baby Owl Cards

The Faerie Folk

For a long time I’ve wanted to see the wee people, the faeries and elementals and gnomes. I’ve always had odd experiences so why not add faeries to that? So far no luck as far as actual sight goes but I remember the day I bought Brian Froud’s Faeries Oracle cards.

I was spreading the cards out onto the kitchen table and invited the faeries to join. It was a ritual to connect, to get acquainted. My sensitive cat companion Desirée decided to join me and started watching something flying through the air. I figured it could’ve been a fly, who knows, and kept connecting with the cards. My cat started half-lazily chasing whatever she was seeing and now it was clear that whatever she saw was going through the (completely solid) table and moving fast around as if playing with the cat. If it was a bug or fae, I leave that up to you to decide for yourself.

(Image: #colour_collective entry from a few weeks ago, colour theme Viridian.)