30 Paintings in 30 Days – Day 21 – City Life

After all the careful brush strokes I needed something different today so I grabbed the palette knife and started carving out points of light and spreading out colourful foliage. The palette knife is also a great way to get cool textures and coverage over the whole surface fast and I needed that speed. After work I collapsed and half slept for about 2 hours, losing a bunch of painting time to fatigue. But such is life with fibromyalgia, I’ve had a persistent cough virus for a while and the combo fibro + virus is making me far more tired than usual. But I know how to work fast. And it was such fun! I really enjoy the messy lines, all the smudgy colours combining into something that looks alive.

“City Life”, acrylics on paper, about A4-sized.

This painting doubled as my entry for this week’s #colour_collective submission on Twitter. The colour theme this week was a cool green colour.

30 Paintings in 30 Days – Day 20 – Together

I can feel it. Today is not a painting day. It doesn’t flow. I need to work on the details on this one another day when the feeling’s right. Today my mind, my heart, is elsewhere. I keep trying but the paint won’t bend to my will. Although it needs to be posted today to be on schedule, I’ll fix it up later.

“Together”, acrylics on paper, about A4-sized.

30 Paintings in 30 Days – Day 19 – Make A Wish

When I started this painting yesterday I was feeling bright colours, passions, edges, intensity. Today feels more grounded, more earthy, but the passion is still there. Either way, I decided not to mess with the colours so the brightness remains. I wonder what would’ve happened if I had decided to express passion in movement instead, a picture that implies wind and life and love. Perhaps no matter what I would’ve painted today I wouldn’t have been satisfied enough. Maybe what I want to express today just doesn’t fit into a single painting.

“Make A Wish”, acrylic on paper, A4-sized.

Its “twin” is carrying the same passion but is based on the loveliest blue. We’ll see where that goes as I continue working on it tomorrow.

30 Paintings in 30 Days – Day 18 – Towering

Today’s painting feels so.. doodly? It doesn’t look like the paintings I’m used to making, so I’m feeling strangely skeptical towards it. There’s buildings, a telescope. And if I stare at the lower cliff enough I think I see a cat at the very tip, looking out onto the landscape.

“Towering”, acrylic on paper, A4-sized.

It’s a twin with the previous painting but with a totally different mood going on. Below you can see them side by side on the paper.

30 Paintings in 30 Days – Day 16 – They Follow The Rain

For a while now I’ve imagined or sensed dragons that sometimes come with the rain clouds. How marvelous it would be to see one dive and let out a dragon scream, fading in and out of the clouds.

“They Follow The Rain”, acrylic on canvas paper, about A4-sized.

Below are the weekend’s paintings side by side. One can tell they’re sort of related. Similar colour scheme and the addition of a not so natural phenomenon. Usually I prefer to paint as much nature as possible, nature is the best thing in the world. My psyche was in a slightly different place this weekend, however.

30 Paintings in 30 Days – Day 15 – Adventure

It’s strange, the main tree looks more defined, slightly darker in real life.. The trouble with finishing these paintings in the evening on the day that they need to be posted is the lack of good light, so the photos don’t come out great. This particular piece took a lot work, it just wouldn’t come together right, so it was definitely dark by the time I finished.

“Adventure”, acrylics on canvas paper, about A4-sized.

30 Paintings in 30 Days – Day 14 – Movement

I had already mixed some brown and white and thought about adding seagulls or a partially visible lighthouse, maybe a ship, but.. I like it best the way it is. Just the sky and the water.

“Movement”, acrylic paint on canvas paper, about A4-sized.

Turns out the theme and the colours fit my current mood just fine, I was a bit worried that I’d feel something radically different and it’d be difficult to continue on this one, a painting I started last night.

30 Paintings in 30 Days – Day 13 – Point of Power

I really love all shades of green-blue. It can be calming, it can be a sign of deep waters, and it’s often associated to elves and elven cities. The restless birds mirror my own restlessness today. Partly it’s due to the stories I’ve ingested, I’m listening to Divergent in audio book format and I watched the last episode of season 1 of the Shannara Chronicles. But also there’s restlessness in my life, which I’m trying to balance and be patient about.

“Point of Power”, acrylic paint on canvas paper, about A4-sized.

I’ve already started on tomorrow’s painting. I like it when the paintings that are side by side sort of twin eachother. The motif isn’t going to be the same but the spirit or energy is of a similar temper and the colours are more closely related than if I had made them on different days. If I start on a painting from scratch, the colour scheme would match whatever I’m feeling on that day and the likelihood of getting a twin isn’t big.