Friday, January 03, 2014

Day 2, 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

Well, I did it; but I almost didn't. I have decided to really challenge myself this month by going outside my comfort zone. My theme is "experimentation." 

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I've titled this "Nessie" and it measures 1 3/4 x 2 1/2". It took longer than the one I did yesterday and it's a fraction of the size. If you think you're going to cut corners by making a mini painting, and you're used to painting larger paintings, think again.

Since I have never been able to work small I decided that my first challenge would be to work in miniature. I have discovered that it isn't a style I like very much. I created a landscape, which turned into a seascape, which turned into a mudscape. I gave up, but thanks to my friend Vicky Knowles, from the World of Wibble, I decided to change it. I won't post the first attempt because it's too embarrassing - it looks like I did it blindfolded. 

The second attempt worked, although it's not really a subject I would normally pick for myself.  I jokingly said maybe adding Nessie, the Loch Ness monster, would improve it, and she did. It's not a masterpiece but it isn't in the trash either, which is where it was headed. What an accomplishment! I went out of my comfort zone twice. I painted a miniature painting AND I chose a subject that I never would have chosen otherwise. 

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Vicky Knowles said...

I really love this one Shawn!

Shawn Marie said...

Thank you Vicky. I wouldn't have done this without your encouragement.