Day 5. So it’s a tradition for me to paint Bert during these challenges, especially if there’s a holiday weekend.
So I’ve decided I’m doing my own spin on 30 in 30–30 days of painting, but not necessarily 30 paintings. This one was a two day project.
This is from last month when my cousin’s daughter, Jamie, came out to visit from the east coast. She’d visited two other times. I vaguely remembered that 20 years earlier, I had painted her portrait and when I mentioned it, she offered to pose again. It was late and she was heading home the next morning, but we went for it, and we all had a good time. Below is the one from almost 20 years earlier.
This sounds kind of dumb, but this took a lot longer. And if I wasn’t doing the challenge, I might have tried to work on it again tomorrow…instead of spending so many hours on it today. Two left and I’m still asking every day “Really? Are you still going to do it?!” I could really use a break. This is such a challenge in every sense. I’m learning so much about art and myself.
This is another version of a piece I did last summer.
And here’s a process shot of the more recent painting. I was tempted to quit at this point, because I kind of liked what was happening. Do you think I should have?
It’s cloudy and cold so we set up indoors today. They keep growing in size. Too bad he’s leaving soon or we could work up to 6 feet.
This was based on a request by a customer at one of my galleries who wanted the piece in a different format. I wouldn’t necessarily usually do this, but it seemed like a fun enough challenge. I used my other piece and the photo I took that day and I’m pleased with the result. Haven’t heard yet if it’s a sale, so for now, it’s still available.
This was a last minute choice–but I really like how it came out–the harmony and the sunlight.