Thursday, 12 January 2017

Days 9, 10, 11, of 30 in 30 - roses from my garden


Today in NZ is Thursday 12th January (remember we are a day ahead of USA - 11th there), and no paintings posted today  as could not paint at all yesterday - had dental appointment the day before 10th - tooth extraction and bit of other stuff.  Am total coward so under anaesthetic, and always given extra bit by dentist as seem to wake up and normal amount not strong enough - this time... boy oh boy... friend collected me and took me to her place I crashed onto a bed and woke 5 hours later !    Took me home again to crash again and sleep.   So whole day completely gone.

Yesterday still tired, however, given a couple of herbal tablets by my friend seemed to have given me a pep up but still not in mood to paint - must be the anaesthetic - think an age thing.   However, instead of a painting, thought some roses taken from those blooming in my garden may make up for lack of last few days in posting.

Soft white/pale pink rose

Georgeous pink/red rose
Old fashioned briar rose

Pale lavendar/pink rose
Velvet red rose
Scarlet edged yellow rose




Monday, 9 January 2017

Day 8 of 30 in 30 - Mountain Tops

Title:  "Mountain Tops"  

Day 8 of Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 day challenge, ie painting one painting a day for 30 days. Small oil painting 4x6 inches (10x15cms). 

Oil on loose canvas 4x6 inches (10x15cms).


Sunday, 8 January 2017

Day 7 of 30 in 30 - Lakeside Cliffs

Title:  "Lakeside Cliffs"  

Another painting for today.  This one quite small and painted from a section of a larger one I presently have on the easel to be completed - on which there is a lot still to do.    I had the paint out for painting the larger one, and thought would do a small quick one of part of that.


Oil on loose canvas 10x10 inches (26x26cms).

Being a Sunday and even though a lovely day pm today, decided to have a relaxing day and take time of from painting, gardening, cleaning house, or whatever - just a day off for a change - feet up, glass of wine and a movie.  😄  So wonderful ...

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Day 6 of 30 in 30 - West coast


Title:  "West Coast"  

Leslie Saeta's twice a year 30 in 30 painting challenge.   Paint a painting each day for 30 days.   Managed to paint another small oil today, early a.m., as need to complete paintings awaiting finishing touches so can get them out to galleries.

Did this, then not happy with it, as was over the top of another painting, on canvas I had cut off stretcher bars, and then cut into segments to paint on when in the mood.


Oil painting with knife (and fingers!) 12x12 inches (30x30cms)

Left a lot of the colours from original artwork, ie the pinks in the sky, and lots of blue in the water, then had to think on what to do for the darker bits in middle and on left.  Remember having seen the rough coastline along south island's west coast when coming back on the coach from Queenstown - consequently the cliffs appeared.   .

Not quite to what I had in mind when starting - well, that's not really true as had no idea of what to paint, started with fields, which looked terrible so wiped off.  Started again and this was starting to take a form. 

Can live with this as had never aspired to painting cliffs and rough water prior to this and, as was completed quite quickly using my fabulous favourite knife and lots of' finger' smudging, thinking really did not turn out not so bad after all.   Did go back to it and add more white water.    Now so much paint will take months to dry probably !



Friday, 6 January 2017

Day 5 of 30 of 30 - Mountain snow - blues


Title:  "Mountain Snow - blues"  

Goodness, undertaking this 30 in 30 definitely sends the days whizzing past !    Cannot believe now on day 5 and almost one week gone of the New Year.

Used to hear that when one gets older the days go faster, however, this is true, but... also true that days are going faster for everyone, even those at school.



Knife painting. Oil on loose canvas. 10 x 12 inches. (26x30cms).

Above - my oil all painting  for day 5.    Oil on loose canvas, all knife painting, which I thoroughly enjoy using.   Always looks terrible when starting out, but gets better as painting goes on.    Tried to paint this one in as short as time I could and with knife painting there is so much paint is consequently difficult to go over so has to develop as I go along.