I just counted these:15 floral, 8 still life, 5 plein air, and 2 portraits. Please let me know which are your favorites. I guess now I take a break and figure where I want to go from here. I think I’m torn between wanting to do more developed work, like the first 3, and doing more studies more like the last 8. Maybe I will alternate? I have a serious situation going on at my job and ordinarily I’d feel like I just don’t have it in me to paint until that is behind me, but maybe that’s not the right idea. We’ll see. I had a whole weekend of non-art related activity planned and it all got cancelled…so suddenly have a free weekend. But there’s plenty to do. A little marketing is in order about now too. Thank you for all the generous comments. I really enjoyed this round of the challenge, even with all the juggling of vacation, work, etc. Grateful to have had the opportunity to participate once again.
The last painting for the challenge, done right before the first debate, so I can’t help being a little silly here…but not as silly as some of the stuff going on in the race for President.
The truth is B does not want to just sit for me, so I let him work on the laptop while I’m painting and ask him to look at me when I’m doing his eyes. Not optimal, but that is how I did yesterday’s portrait. So for this one I just let him look down. I had to start this one over a couple of times. I tease him about how he squeezes all of those features into his face, because he is surprisingly difficult to capture–he has a pretty long nose, and large lips and by the time I get to them I either have to enlarge the head…or start over! (He makes up for it with great coloring!)
Can’t do the challenge without a picture of Bert! I think I’m getting somewhere here! Another one tomorrow. (Oh yeah, the title is what he said the guy who gave him his haircut that day told him he did.)
The title refers to both the subject and my attempt to scale back my ambition after a long day of teaching but I have actually found that simple does not mean easy.
A potentially happy ending for these two.
Continuing on with the pear theme…and a Gerber from the bouquet.
I was encouraged by the response to my last painting so did several more like it. I thought pears would be quick, but I was so wrong!
The title came about as a projection of some problems I’ve been having at work. I bought a book called The Bully at Work and they say 37% of American Workers have been bullied! Astonishing. It doesn’t feel good to be a Target and I wonder what I did to deserve all this aggravation. Then, again, I’m going to try to knock it out of the park when I’m evaluated by 4 different women, at least 2 of whom seem to me to have made up their minds without, mind you, ever having really spent any time observing me (or very little). Anyway, the pear on the right was shining more brightly than the one on the left, but the one on the left is “elevated.” It’s kind of nutty to make up stories about fruit but C. Marine does it, so what the hey? I got an unusual bump up on Instagram from this painting. Ten times the usual amount of new followers….and a lot of hearts! Was it the painting or the title? Life is just full of surprises. You just never know what to expect from people, be they your audience or your supervisor…sigh…