Sunday, October 1, 2017

30 Trees All together!

Here they all are!
What Fun. Believe it or not I'm doing another challenge- inktober!
An ink drawing a day.
 I'll post mostly on instargram.
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Tree # 30! Done!


I treated myself to a Starbucks latte and breakfast sandwich on my way to this  spot in Couch Cemetery in Marshfield to paint my last 8"x10" canvas of the 30  tree project.
Cemeteries are great for trees and parking spots, and I usually leave out the headstones, but I didn't this time. Maybe because I am laying this project to rest.
It's been a wonderful experience and I will definitely be out painting a lot in October, but not as relentlessly! And it will be nice to explore some other subjects. I will be framing and tweaking all these and they will be for sale at Local Pottery in Norwell with an opening party November 3. I will be posting details! If you see one you want I will reserve. The prices are $150.  each.
What I learned:

Sometimes I can actually follow through with my commitments!
Even on grey, windy, rainy days I can paint en plein air- in my car!
I could find the time even on the busiest days.
I wasted little time finding the perfect spot to paint.
I tried acrylics and oils and got out my palette knife.
I enjoyed the responses and it helped me stay inspired.
I got over my not liking standard size format.
I liked using a limited palette at least to start the paintings.
I started to see the bigger shapes and left the details for later or never.
I have a rudimentary set up and it was just fine.
It was fun to see all 30 grow on my wall together!

Thank you Leslie Saeta for the challenge. I love that this is free and happens twice a year!

I will be posting all of them together once I create the image of that.

Thank you dear followers! Stay tuned- I will be painting a lot more!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Tree #29

Had a date with this copper beech today. My friends Jill and Chris live up the hill from the beautiful North River. So lucky and grateful for my friends!
 It was almost chilly enough for gloves! A welcome relief from the recent humidity. The massive quality of this beautiful tree was a challenge on my 8"x10" canvas...And I finished it in my studio after dark, so this photo was not taken not in the preffered natural light, but it is what it is.
One more to go!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Tree #28 Nocturne

Not a lot of time today- had 20 minutes before I had to clock into work- I had only 15 minutes to paint and then the light changed- so I had fun playing with this image.
I glazed it with layers of blue. The night sky lately has been magical!
Trying to capture...

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Tree #27 Audubon on Webster Street

I am going to have to return to this place- I love it. SO peaceful. 
I had a 45 minute window before work to paint, then finished in my studio this afternoon. It's so hot- I'm wilting a bit. Been enjoying some dips in the North River to cool off.
I struggled a bit with the cement post in front of the tree.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tree #26 Buttonwood Tree in Hingham

I finally got over to paint this tree - a couple of friends had told me about it- it was like I had a date with a tree today. Sat in car, acrylic under, oil over later on this afternoon in the studio.
I am feeling like I'm just starting to get it... just a little!
There were whir spots in the tree- It looked so weird to me I  left them off.
4 more to go!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Tree #25

This one is weird and looks nothing like I hoped- it is a tree hydrangeas in front of my house. It's pretty big. I love the dusty rosey greenish flowers, but the smell in late summer is a little pungent...
this one was painted very quickly- I am tired today-didn't really feel it- but I'm so close to finishing the 30 I didn't want to take a day off. Crazy, I know...