For the month of September, I’ll be working on Leslie Saeta’s Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days Challenge. It’s a busy month and I’m not a fast painter, so we’ll see how long I last. This is my first installment, and for now, I’ll just call it #22. NFS – yet.
The three-armed eggbeater ride of my childhood was called The Scrambler. It has evolved into today’s sleeker, curvier Sizzler. The cosmetics have changed, but the experience remains the same. It’ll still make you want to hurl, and (if you don’t hurl) it’s a great first date ride. That’s because centrifugal force smashes the riders together, […]
The rodeo arena was decorated with several huge American flags, which dwarfed the cowboys sitting below them. With all those stripes, I thought it would be a good piece for Carol Marine’s Stripe Challenge over on Daily Paintworks. I’m enjoying painting on these cheerful yellow backgrounds. In this case, my reference photo was taken near […]
I don’t know why I love the Bumble Bee Bop so much. I guess part of the reason is because these guys are always cheerful, and just so darn cute. Then there’s pure artistic admiration. The designers managed to create believable personalities from basic shapes that remind me of a giant billiard ball stacked on […]
Only Miss Lish knows the secrets behind the scars on her ancient face, and she’s not telling. At age sixteen, she has the mug of a battered boxer, nose dented, one eye in a permanent squint. She’s timid, so maybe she injured herself diving for cover under a piece of furniture. Or maybe someone accidentally […]
He’s not really blind, just blinded by blinders. Trainers put all sorts of interesting contraptions on these harness race horses so they won’t get distracted by things – real or imagined – during a race. Some setups look like they were cobbled together with baling wire. This one is posted in the Daily Paintworks Up […]
Artist Carol Marine says in her Daily Paintworks Horsing Around Challenge that she and her family woke up one morning while camping in Missouri to see this horse grazing near their tent. She snapped a photo of the scene, and posted it for artists to interpret. I’m not a relaxed camper. If I heard a […]
The idea for painting breakfast comes from Carol Marine’s Paint Your Breakfast Challenge on Daily Paintworks. For me, breakfast is the same every morning: 4% fat cottage cheese mixed with freshly ground flax seed and a variety of oils – flax, hemp, fish, and coconut. I like the stuff, but my husband can barely choke […]
I couldn’t resist painting a portrait of this lovely waitress from a photo taken by artist/photographer/traveler/blogger Lee Brown. Lee generously lends some of his travel photos to artists in the context of his ADNW painting challenges. Participants get one month to submit their interpretations of his image. There’s some cool stuff already posted. Go see […]
A little exercise never hurts. This painting exercise called the Limited Stroke Challenge was posted by artist Nancy Colella on Daily Paintworks. It’s purpose is twofold: She wanted us to use every stroke efficiently, and to remind us not to be stingy with the paint. Nancy says, “The result will be a rather abstract, simple […]
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