30 Paintings in 30 Days – Day 30! – Towards Light

Holy moly, it’s been 30 days already!? I was worried about not having enough time but it went really well this season after all. It helped to make them on paper instead of on cotton canvas and it also helped with speed to make two side by side. Sometimes I was able to make two in one day, giving me a day’s break. I still made a few paintings that I’m not happy with and I wonder if I should make sure I’m several days ahead at all times, so I’d avoid painting on days when I really don’t feel like it. Not feeling it really messes with the results for me.

Tomorrow the next challenge starts – Inktober. Then I’ll be working in inks, I have several different colours to work with and I’m thinking of following the witch themed one but incorporating the official Inktober prompt list into it. We’ll see. For now, here we are, the light at the end of the tunnel, the end of the acrylic painting challenge. I’ll still randomly make acrylic paintings from time to time but ah, I should probably tend to that ignored pile of dishes and such as well, now that there’s no acrylic challenge to keep me terribly busy. Man oh man, this has been so much fun!

“Towards Light”, acrylics on paper, A4-sized.

Below is how the last two paintings look side by side.

30 Paintings in 30 Days – Day 28 – Close

The twin painting to yesterday’s creation turned out to be another one I really like. And as usual it’s a representation of how I feel right now. I did start on it yesterday but I only did the foreground with the grasses and ground and some implied trees in the background – the finished painting is how I feel right now. But how do I explain that? The straightness of the trees, the joined canopy, the independent little mini hills that they stand on, the joint darker ground. The mist. Warmth and cold at the same time. A hare that’s alert. A more crooked tree on the other side. Well.. It all makes a sort of emotional sense.

“Close”, acrylics on paper, A4-sized.

30 Paintings in 30 Days – Day 24 – Party in the Woods

Next to its twin, the painting posted yesterday, this one looks so loose and fuzzy, I don’t know if I like it yet. It’s hard not to compare and have a preference. Maybe I’ll keep working on this later, maybe not, we’ll see. Right now I’m tempted to add a bunch of colours and decorations. At first I thought of it more like woodland spirits celebrating, now it feels much more like they’re human, and humans bring stuff with them. It’s a party in the woods either way. Autumn colours, equinox on my mind still.

“Party in the Woods”, acrylic on paper, A4-sized.

30 Paintings in 30 Days – Day 23 – Autumn

Happy equinox and Mabon and all that jazz! Today I’ve been cutting down on summer things on my balcony, taking down the watering system and one of the flower boxes, bringing some of the plants indoors, so autumn has been much on my mind. Right now the night sky is periodically getting lit with bright flashes, I thought it’s so cold that thunder was a thing of the past already. Apparently not. I’d better hurry up and post this in case it comes closer.

“Autumn”, acrylic on paper, A4-sized.

30 Paintings in 30 Days – Day 11 – Presence

It’s been a weird kind of day but in this late evening I’m still left with a warm glow kind of feeling, I guess it poured out onto the canvas as well. Personally I sense something’s there, something’s with us in the forest. Maybe a whole hoard of small things, maybe something angelic, maybe a UFO, who knows. Maybe for someone else there’s simply the sunlight. Nothing more awesome than nature, you know? Whatever you see is great.

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

30 Paintings in 30 Days – Day 8 – Mystic Woods

There’s signs of foliage yellowing here in southern Finland right now. It’s such a warm September it feels unreal to think that there’s going to be an actual fall soon. Feeling pretty tired out tonight so I’m calling this painting “Mystic Woods” and leaving it at that, hoping I won’t regret the title tomorrow morning when my brain is up for thinking again.

“Mystic Woods”, acrylics on canvas paper, about the size of A4.

I like the way the paintings look side by side. Since I’ve been in a similar mood or state of mind while painting both, they feel very much related. I also try to use somewhat similar colours, whatever blend is left from making the start of the first painting.

30 Paintings in 30 Days – Day 7 – Love

Oh boy did I have problems getting this one to look right. For the longest time it just looked like I had stopped painting too soon, so I kept going. Thankfully that paid off, but I did lose the lovely brown and yellow hill ground that I had liked so much. For some reason whenever I tried making grass it just looked wrong, it worked better as growth with flowers. And love, of course, is what’s on my heart today, so although I had envisioned something different, this is where I ended up.

“Love”, acrylic paint on canvas paper, about the size of an A4.

30 Paintings in 30 Days – Day 6 – Lush

I think I’m going to have to add some shading to the path before I declare this one absolutely done, but for now here it is – lush.

“Lush”, acrylic painting on canvas paper, about the size of an A4.

Below are some progress shots. About the previous painting – I started off with just one deer but then I felt like I just couldn’t leave him alone there, my heart was with him after all. And slowly the scene turned more blossomy, more spring-like, because they have an emotional bond even if they’re not touching. And today’s painting, I decided to include a semi-transparent parrot figure as one of the focal points, to give it an extra dimension. I didn’t know where it was going at first, all I could think was “trees, must have trees”.

I was painting them more or less simultaneously, painting on one while I was figuring out the other.