Friday, August 29, 2014

A Little Piece of my Mind: September 2014 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge!

6x6 oil by Wendie Thompson

So once again I have taken up the gauntlet of Leslie Byrd Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge! This is my third time entering and last year I was not able to complete it as my Father passed away and the swirl around that...well it just was no longer the priority.

September is a very busy month for me as I still have a number of Plein Air Competitions I am in as well as the undulating family life I am involved with. I will most likely end up with more than 30 paintings in September...time will tell.

So I have decided that for the challenge I will paint small pieces (no larger than 6x6 or 5x7) and while I normally paint from life, all of these works will be out of my photo, no model, no plein air...just grey matter. You are invited to view whats floating around in my mind!!

You can follow my daily paint throwing here and also on Leslie's blog: (I heard she was closing in on 800 artists in 22 countries who have signed up to do the challenge! How cool is that!!) 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Border Wars...Number Two!

Wow...I got out to paint today with some good friends!! Cedarburg is such a beautiful place...can't wait for summer!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Great Mid-West Plein Air Border Wars: Winter 2014!

Wow...plein air in the Winter BURRRRRRR!

First thing you must do is decide to go out there. Then you need to figure out how on earth to do this. Bundle up baby it's cold outside!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Moi! On TV painting! This Saturday Morning!!!

Oh my friends...This Saturday I am doing a first! I will be doing a complete painting from start to finish on the morning news from 7-9am on Channel 4 (! I am doing this to help promote the Shorewood Plein Air Event! Tune in and then come see me in person as I do my "quick paint" on Saturday! Then come to the Gala Saturday to see what we've been up to for three days!!

Study: Atwater Park Shorewood
8x8 oil

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September 11th: 12 Year Anniversary (10th and 11th: 30/30 challenge)

It's September the 11th at this writing. The 12th year anniversary of the terrorist attack on the United States by a well trained group of Islamic Militants. I have thought today about the women in their lives...mothers, sisters daughters...

9x12 oil

We are also this month dealing with a situation in Syria where a large group of, women and children...were slaughtered by people using chemical weapons putting the world we know at the brink of a world war. The images of both of these events are seared on my mind. Today I painted my feelings about these things.

7x5 oil

7 and 8 and 9 on the 11th...HELP I am way behind!! (30/30 Challenge)

I am behind in the challenge but I am still painting! No need to explain...just normal for my crazy life these days!! 

On Monday I decided to paint from a plein air study I did earlier in the summer in a beautiful garden center near me. There was something about the study I really liked and it is closer to the direction I want my work to take so I got out my 20x16 canvas and began by laying in an under painting using only paper towel. Where was the darkest dark going...the lightest light? What were the dominant contrasting colors and what colors were supporting? Mindfully defining the abstract shapes under the painting. The under painting only took maybe a half hour and as you can see a big chunk of the work was done.

Next I got out my palette knife which has become my best friend these days. Then I began to lay in the design on top of the still very wet under painting. As this can become a muddy mess very quickly I concentrated on keeping the "pieces of color" fresh and separate from each other so the eye does the blending and not the paint! That's how "Daisy Riot" was born!!

"Daisy Riot"
20x16 oil on linen panel
Here's a photo of both the field study and the completed painting...

Then on Tuesday I painted from my mind and memory "Tall Grass Meditation" (12x12) and a small 6x6 cloud study. If I can do two today I will be caught up!!! Whew!!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Paintings 5 and 6: New Berlin Plein Air Competition (30/30 Challenge)

Did I tell you how much I love to paint Plein Air? I got to spend most of the day today painting outdoors in a beautiful apple orchard/vineyard (Auntie Evie's Orchard) in the City of New Berlin WI. I got two paintings done, framed and turned in for the competition! I also got a little sunburned! Wish me luck! I'll let you know how I did tomorrow!


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