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.

30 Paintings in 30 Days – Day 4 – The Jewel Tree

Stumped, I asked my facebook peeps about what to call this one and a friend came up with a few suggestions. I went with “The Jewel Tree”. By the way, the namegiver makes soaps and essential oil mixes and lip balms over at Handscuffle Handcrafts if ya’ll are interested in such lovely things.

Acrylics on canvas paper, about A4 size.

It all started with a moody purple landscape..

And there was a moment when I thought this painting would have to go into the bin. But hey, it turned out alright after all!

30 Paintings – Day 2 – Night Watcher

This is the pair to the first painting yesterday. I think they look best side by side.

Hand painted using acrylic paint. Slightly smaller than an A4 paper. Dated and signed in pencil underneath, after this picture was taken. Might be for sale later.

See what I mean..? They complement eachother nicely. Or maybe it’s just because I painted them like that, now I’m emotionally attached to them being side by side.

September 1st – the first of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days – The Boldness of Life

For this 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge I’m aiming to paint two paintings each time I sit down and paint. I’m using a sketchbook made for acrylic paint and dividing each page into two sides.

The plan is to make sure I’m ahead of schedule, so that I won’t have to force myself to paint on days when I don’t feel like it (it never turns out well). Plus, while I let one sit for a bit I can work on the other side, letting my brain work out what is needed on the one side while working on the other side. More efficient, yay!

Today one of my beloved cousins is celebrating his 30th birthday with a big party, so colour is on my mind today, colour for life and celebration and growth. It’s acrylic paint, slightly smaller than an A4 paper.

The end of 30 paintings in 30 days – collage

Today it’s time to post a collage of all the paintings done during this 30 day challenge period. I put them in the order I made them rather than how they’d best look next to eachother.

Some of them I still haven’t taken a liking to and I’ll probably rework them later. Some of them are favourites that I’ll keep at home for a while.

My biggest takeaway from this challenge is that on the days that I don’t feel like painting it doesn’t pay off to force it. I just end up with a painting that I don’t love and even if others might like the painting it’s hard to sell something you don’t feel strongly enough for. That “something’s off” feeling isn’t about feeling lazy, it’s more like not being in tune with the right thing. As if you’re a faulty instrument. Sometimes that might correct itself as the eve goes on, sometimes you just keep on playing false notes. That’s how it works for me.

Each painting took about 2 hours to make, sometimes a bit more. More time will be needed for painting borders, applying varnish, adding a hanging mechanism. A few will take more time as I rework the scene to something I love more.

I was hoping to get some of that done today since it’s a Saturday but it turns out having nothing scheduled made all the things I feel come out and I’ve spent most of today in bed. I have places to be tomorrow so maybe Sunday will be a productive day.

Day 30: Creativity Forest

It’s the last day of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. Tomorrow we’re all posting a collage of the paintings we’ve done. Then it’s time to go through them all, paint borders, fix minor things, add a hanging mechanism, add varnish, calculate price for some of them and distribute.

“Creativity Forest”, 8×8 inches 20×20 centimeter, acrylic painting.
Progress pics of the painting below.

It’s been a very full moon day. Somewhere in the sky is a big bright moon making people crazy.

Part of the day was lovely, loved talking about Instagram. Other parts of the day was the reason I took some time to literally scream out emotion. If I find out the little whispering people have been making issues I will shout into their faces this time, they’ve used up my patience. If they want to deal with me and have my respect they’d better talk, say what they want, because if they leave me guessing and acting weird then I stop caring about what they need, I have zero tolerance for that kind of drama. And I found out my favourite neighbour has moved, hence no more random monastery music or opportunity to overhear philosophy talk as they discuss outside on their balcony. And then I had my own version of Lucifer season 3 episode 7, except not quite so extreme. Truly, when you’ve hurled major abuses at me several times I’m done listening to what reasons might be behind them, I’m leaving. So that’s my day today. Maybe it’s the reason why the painting turned out darker in color than I had planned. Overall not a bad day but a frustrating one.

Day 27: The Most Hopeful Thought

Having issues getting a proper photo of this one. Going back and forth about if I’m actually done with it too, I’ll know better in the morning.

“The Most Hopeful Thought” – 20×20 centimeter 8×8 inches, acrylic paint.

To be honest, all my trees of hope are pretty small, saplings, they’ve been cut down a lot. Some days I can dream, though, and I can see the most beautiful of trees growing, strong and sturdy. Every life change towards the better raises questions like can I do this, am I good enough, but I do so try to ignore those thoughts and instead focus on the next step, the next practical thing, the next little small brave thing.

Just 3 more days left of this challenge. I do plan on keeping on painting regularly, just not every day, I’d swim in paintings before long.

Day 26: Joy

Sometimes things don’t turn out as expected. I loved today.

“Joy”, 20×20 centimeter 8×8 inches, acrylic paint.

I don’t want to say much, afraid I’ll jinx it or ruin something. But it was a good day. Surprising. Warm. Funny. And I don’t know, maybe I just get this one day. I’m still terribly sad inside, full of grief. But today I’m also happy. Feeling small and careful, when offered that hand I’ll take it and follow. If things seem stable and real, I’ll grow stronger.

Day 24: After Midnight

It’s been a topsy-turvy day. Temperatures dropped rapidly and triggered my fibromyalgia, like what am I, a weather station? So today I’ve been stupidly tired. Then I broke down, so much sorrow. And then it was in the middle of the night and I still had a painting to do.

“After Midnight”, 8×8 inches or 20×20 centimeter acrylic painting on canvas.

I’m so sleepy I’m painting with one eye closed. I keep finding myself squinting like a pirate and telling myself “I’m almost done”. I was already about to post the so called final version when I had this strong feeling that lanterns of some kind were missing. Below you see the version before the lanterns.

Just need to post this to the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge blog and then to facebook and then I can stop being a pirate and close both eyes and sleep.

PS: These creatures often show up in my paintings when I paint at night. Should I be concerned?