A little over a week ago I decided to start a 100 day project. The goal being to paint from start to finish one small painting every day for 100 days, with the intent on refining my watercolor techniques and skills. The art will be nature themed and be a collection of small, 5×7 or smaller, studies. Pieces may include anything from flowers, birds, sealife, or bugs. If it is part of nature and the environment then it is fair game. Day one began on August 12, 2017. I am optimistic that I will be able to see the project through. However I am apprehensive on staying on track during upcoming travel and show commitments.
I usually am able to devote time to my art daily, however I am often inconsistent as to what that means. I may draw, or work on a larger painting, or I may be making working on other things that I need to get done in preparation for shows. Sometimes my art related work is spent traveling to or being at an art show. What I haven't been able to do is establish a routine of daily practice. This is why the 100 day project is important to me. It is an opportunity for me to start creating good habits, and to set aside some time to practice and study in my craft.
Here is my first week of daily painting and what I learned from each.
I have a couple of new painting that I finished this week. One of a peacock in a garden of bearded irises. The second a seaturtle hunting a jellyfish.
This year was a great event. I love seeing all of my artists friend in one place sharing what they love with so many people, and I love all the people that come out to support us in our passion. This year I sold four of my small originals, many prints and almost all of my found in nature bone jewelry. Some of these paintings I painted at the event and these are the only photos I have of them. But I love that they already have a new home, and how happy the people are to have a piece of my art. Faces like these make it so worth it!!!
Some thing I recently expiremented with was painting on bone. Since most of my bone art consists of jewelry and I am relatively inexpirenced with acrylic paint I decided to start small and paint on some raccoon scapula and turn them into pendants. But here is the first two of these painted scapula pendants. I can’t wait to do more and see how this series evolves.
I just wanted to take a moment to share my newest piece. It is a painted bone sculpture. Made of found bones, mostly raccoon, which were then painted and wired onto a wooden plaque.
There was a little momma red bellied woodpecker who visited my yard quite frequently this past season. I was rather surprised to see her hanging precariously from my seed feeder of a regular basis. As the summer went on her visits continued. One day, much to my delight she was there with her two fledgling offspring. Watching them grow brought me great joy. I look forward to their return next season.
I have been slow to post lately but at least I have been painting. Small watercolor paintings of little critters bring me joy. They give me a place to run away to as I bring them to life.
Two of my most recent favorites are both 5×7 inches and have matting that is custom painted to coordinate perfectly.
The Belted Kingfisher sold right away but the Red Squirrel is available in my Etsy Store.