Friday, February 13, 2015

30 Day Painting Challenge - Week 7

I'm at the point where I have to keep reminding myself why I started this challenge in the first place. Whenever I paint I can't help but think about what types of paintings I would do for a gallery or a solo show.  Most artists paint with a certain type of style or subject matter but I just kinda paint.

art journal page
#22 - The original was boring so I added the vines.  
I'm still working through my skills and ideas.  It's nice to look back in my journal and see what I've accomplished so far.  I have about six painting left and it feels good.  But then what?  I hope to start concentrating on finished pieces for sale/galleries.  Btw, I LOVED hearing about your goals in the last post!

#23 - I went around in circles for a while before this idea come along.
bee hive painting

At times, I feel intimidated because I want my work to look a certain way.  For right now, I'm going to chill and be happy with my progress.  And of course, keep painting.

van gogh painting art journal
#24 - First, I was scared about this one then I got a bit carried away. 

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

New Fashion Illustrations + Goals for February

I recently did a few illustrations for M&M Fashion Bites blog.  Maria and Marina run this blog and are two very stylish girls.  I've been painting a lot lately so it was nice to switch it up for a bit.  

This is my first blog collab so I took my time during the drawing process.  I sketched each one two or three times before I was happy.  Pencil on watercolor paper makes for easy shading.  I chose to keep them clean and simple without color.  Can't wait to hang these in white frames very soon.

Since January is coming to a close here are a few of my goals for the coming month.  I plan to take them seriously and assign a date in my planner for each one.  Do have any special goals for February?  Please share!
P.S. I used to make my to-do list!

Friday, January 23, 2015

30 Day Painting Challenge - Week 6

Yes, week 6.  LOL!  

I only managed to get one painting done this week.  I took process photos along the way.

Art Journal painting

Painting 21 of 30.  The list for day 21 says to be inspired by fashion so I planned on painting a whole outfit.  Since, I don't have a ton of time I focused on one item.  I started with a pair a sunglasses and they were great but sorta boring.  But, I just kept painting and figured something would come up.

Danielle's painting journal

My inspiration was the butterfly I painted back on day 4.

Visual Journal Pages

I would have to say the hardest part of the painting was the glass.  I'm completely out of medium for glazing so I used a crappy old brush with a tiny bit of watered down white paint.  I was careful not to get too carried away and just let it be.

Have a wonderful weekend!  Sharing with Creative Every Day & Paint Party Friday

Friday, January 16, 2015

Creative Questions & Answers #1

I recently got a few questions on Google + and wanted to share them here on my blog.

How long does it take to finish a painting? 

Painting #19 Downtown San Antonio.  3 hr session.  My hands were hurting!

Honestly, it can take 2 to 3 hours to finish a page 
(in my visual journal).  

I know that may sound like to long time but I kinda get lost in the project I'm working on.  I've noticed that if it's not coming together by the second or third layer I might have to reconsider the direction of the painting.  My first idea for painting #19 ended up in the trash.  How long do you typically spend on a project?

What type of paints do you use?

#20 Abstract Sunset.  I plan to repaint this one on a large canvas.

I use Grumbacher Academy acrylic paints. 

I got a basic set from Michael's and they let me use a coupon.  The line has nice texture and great color payoff.  What are your favorite supplies?

If you have any questions please feel free to ask.  Have you joined the 30 Day Painting Challenge? Sharing with Paint Party Friday, Art Journal Every Day, Creative Every Day.  Click here to see my previous entries.
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