Saturday, January 21, 2017

Day #21 of the 2017 30/30 Challenge

Since I'm presently taking a figurative/narrative painting class, I thought I would practice a bit with a small painting. Each painting should tell a story. I couldn't decide whether to call this one, "Good Morning, Mr. Sun" or "His Sister's Pajamas". Either title would make an interesting story, I think.


Good Morning, Mr. Sun, 6x8, oil


This painting is available in My Ebay Store – Small Paintings.

Thanks for joining me,
Celene


Leslie’s 30/30 Challenge https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30.html

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Day #18 of the 2017 30/30 Challenge

I thought that January would be a quiet month with lots of painting time, but that's not the case here. Seems like there is always something to do. I'm thankful that they are good "somethings".

High Flying, 5x7 oil
This painting is available in My Ebay Store – Small Paintings.

Thanks for joining me,
Celene


Leslie’s 30/30 Challenge https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30.html

Monday, January 16, 2017

Day #15 of the 2017 30/30 Challenge

 Got a little behind in my painting and posting. Hope you had a nice weekend with friends and family. We did.


Borestone Mountain, 6x8, oil


This painting is available in My Ebay Store – Small Paintings.

Thanks for joining me,
Celene


Leslie’s 30/30 Challenge https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30.html

Friday, January 13, 2017

Day #13 of the 2017 30/30 Challenge

 I was able to finish my painting today for our Virtual Paint-Out trip to Puerto Rico.  

Puerto Rico, located in the Caribbean, about 1200 miles southeast of Florida, consists of a main island and various smaller surrounding islands. The main island measures about 110 mi. x 40 mi. (a bit smaller than three Rhode Islands) and is home to approx 3,579,000 people. 

The island is an unincorporated U.S. territory with a landscape of mountains, rain-forests and beautiful sandy beaches. The climate is tropical marine with average year round temperatures in the low 80’s.


Puerto Rico, 8x10, oil


This painting is available in My Ebay Store – Virtual Paint Out

Thanks for joining me,
Celene


Leslie’s 30/30 Challenge https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30.html

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Day #12 of the 2017 30/30 Challenge

We are almost halfway through the 30/30 Challenge. This morning I evaluated all my completed paintings for this series and added the final touches.

My preferred method of painting has three main steps – the underpainting, the painting itself and the final touches. Even though the paintings in this series are small, usually 5x7 or 6x8, they still require the same procedure and drying time between steps. The final touches are the most fun – enriching the darks, brightening the lights and increasing the color intensity – all the little bits that add excitement. And, of course, the larger the canvas the more involved and time consuming the steps become.

I enjoy this 30/30 series because it forces me to revisit my stash of reference photos. Not all photos are compositionally correct, in fact, most are not, so this gives me the opportunity to experiment and see if the photo would work as a larger painting.

This afternoon I worked on the painting for our Virtual Paint-Out trip to Puerto Rico. I had already scouted out the island via my computer and Google Street Views, downloaded a few scenes to my Kindle and laid in my 8x10 underpainting. 

There is no painting to see today even though I worked in my studio for most of the day. I was going to post a WIP (work in progress) but didn’t. I don’t like to post something that isn’t finished. Hopefully tomorrow I can work on Puerto Rico and post it for Day #13.

Thanks for joining me,
Celene