Monday, January 20, 2014

January 2014 Nibblefest & 30 Day Challenge Entry

Here is my entry for this month's Nibblefest contest. The theme is "blue" and blue this is. Blue is my favorite color and the sky is one of my favorite things to look at so this came naturally. I've titled it "Stormchasing."

This is a 5 x 7" painting on canvas. I textured the background and thought it resembled a window with raindrops on it.  Anyway, there is no doubt what the subject matter is, and you might have guessed by my last post that I love storms. I've dreamed of doing a storm-chasing vacation, and hope to one day.  

Here is the link to my Nibblefest entry, and once there, click on the banner to see more art.

Another painting for the challenge: Moirai

Here is another piece for the painting challenge. I feel a lot better since I made the decision not to pump out a painting a day. It just isn't me, and there is no way I can do my best work in a day. I have done two paintings in four days though; both rather small, but I am happy with them. 

I will post one tonight. The other one is for the Nibblefest contest, and I just finished it so I  have to photograph it tomorrow in daylight. For now, here is "Moirai," a 12 x 12" painting on canvas, with paint chips and paper collaged on.  

The choice to use the word "Moirai" as the title has nothing to do with Greek Mythology; I simply wanted a pretty word that meant the same thing as "fate." 

The painting shows a tornado in the background spinning and scattering debris, with a rather oblivious woman, apparently surveying the scattered pieces. Three vapor trails can be seen in the sky, heading to, or maybe away from, the tornado, but the viewer has no idea which. Yes, this is a rather dark piece, but this is the sort of thing that comes out of my head.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days (but I'm only on #7)

Well, it's been over a week since I painted.  It seems I just can't be happy completing a painting in one day. I would be cheating myself if I forced it, so that's why I just decided I would do it when I can. After the arctic blast I wasn't feeling well, so I took a few days off.
But I'm back at it and I finished this piece over the last three days. It's called "Blue Dress" and measures about 9 x 12". It was completed using Golden acrylics on Morilla 140# cold-pressed watercolor paper and a little paper doll dress from the 1950s.  

I initially did this with the Nibblefest contest in mind, but it's too big and I fear it won't sell for what it's worth, so I'll be doing a smaller one for Nibblefest. The theme this month is "blue" so I might try my hand at one half the size - or even an ATC, although I really don't like working that small. 

If you want to learn more about Nibblefest, please click HERE. For details about 30 Paintings in 30 Days, click HERE.

Friday, January 10, 2014

30 Day Painting Challenge, Day 10, and I'm way behind.

We had a couple days here that were just crazy because of our arctic storm, and on those days, our furnace went out. At the peak, the outside temperatures were -33 Fahrenheit with the wind chill, and even with the heat running, the wind blew through our house like it was a wind tunnel.  I really wasn't prepared to feel cold like that and now I know what it feels like on the summit of Mt. Everest during climbing season. It was actually colder here than the average summer temperatures there. That is crazy!  

I bundled up and went outside to see what it felt like because I read a lot of books about mountain climbing. I walked to the back of the house to wipe snow off the gas and electric meters but realized that I had ventured too far. I couldn't breathe. I ran back to the house in a panic. There is no way to describe that kind of cold except to say that it was scary. Despite the many layers I wore, the cold bore through them instantly and I was shivering just a minute after being out. By the time I was indoors again, less than three minutes after stepping foot outside the door, my skin was icy cold to the touch everywhere. My chest hurt to take a breath for almost an hour.  I realized how easy it would be for a person to perish, and hoped that nobody was stranded in their cars along the roadside. My thoughts went to the many homeless people who have no place to go, and I hoped that they were getting help.  I noticed the stillness and quietness of the frigid night--not a car could be heard, and we live only 20 yards from a busy road. Surreal is the word that comes to mind.

We made it through that night unscathed but, after having the Consumer's Energy technician out to fix a leak at the meter the following night, our furnace went out. It was a night of hell, and the fault of the tech. He left air in the line, which triggered the furnace to shut off. After several calls to Consumer's they sent someone out, but he was rude and unkind--he said it was up to a furnace specialist to fix the issue. He wouldn't acknowledge that it was a Consumer's Energy problem.  It all happened too late to call anyone, and we couldn't get in our car and drive anywhere because the roads were nothing but ice and non-essential driving was prohibited.

I looked like a giant marshmallow, all bundled up trying to stay warm. It wasn't easy. The thermostat read 43 degrees, but because our house is drafty, I believe it was colder than that. I stayed under the covers as much as possible until the furnace repairman arrived at noon the next day, but I couldn't sleep. I only got about 3 hours of sleep two nights in a row. We survived it but I was unable to paint. Now, two days later, I'm just not feeling up to it. I'm still catching up on much needed sleep and I feel drained. 

I will also admit that I'm not enjoying the painting challenge. I feel forced and I'm not doing my best work. I also have a lot of joint pain and the daily painting is causing it to flare up. One morning I couldn't even move my wrist. I don't think that it's helping me to force out a painting a day, so I'm not going to spend the month doing it. Instead, I will paint what I want as I can, and take my time on the work so I feel a true sense of accomplishment.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Day 6 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge - Pop Art

Today I chose Pop Art. I have always been fascinated by it, but was never really interested in creating it. I chose politics as a topic. This is a painting created with acrylics on Morilla 140# watercolor paper. It measures 11 x 13" and is titled Bacillus Reptilikochus Superclown.  The tags all say either "Made in China," "Made in Mexico," or "Made in Bangladesh."

To see more art from the 30/30 Challenge, click HERE