Tuesday, January 17, 2017

30 in 30 - Day 17 - Willow

Today's Day 17 painting for the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" Challenge is Willow. This was done from a  photo I got from my friend, Cindy Fox. She looks like such a happy dog!

If you would like to check out the other paintings being done for the challenge you can find them here: https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30-blog

I've been getting down near the water a bit lately. It isn't warm enough to sit outside, so I've been making good use of my "mobile studio." This was done down at Hecksher Park.

Monday, January 16, 2017

30 in 30 - Day 16 - Bandolier

My Day 16 painting for the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" Challenge is from a reference photo sent to me by my cousin, Mary Jo Greco. This is Bandolier, her son Rudy's cat. I painted the cat in watercolors, added some ink and then did some strokes of oil pastel to give some light fur marks.

If you're curious about what the other artists are doing for the challenge, you can see the other paintings here: https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30-blog

Those of you who follow my blog regularly know I don't do still life paintings very often. My Wednesday night sketch group has use of a meeting room at the library for the winter this year so we decided to do a still life this week. Everyone brought along something to add. Since it was a group of about 10 people we set up several to choose from. I brought along the items in this painting. People loved the bright colors so several of us sketched it. I guess I had cooking on my mind. lol

Sunday, January 15, 2017

30 in 30 - Day 15 - Rooster

We are now halfway through the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" Challenge. This was done from my own photo taken at a wildlife refuge. I just loved the colors in this Rooster's feathers. I used watercolors and ink for this painting.
Some of the great work by the other participating artists can be found here: https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30-blog

Here's another recent portrait I did recently. Freddy is a member of our group and will be moving to Florida. He promised to pose for us before he left. In case you're wondering he has a walking stick with a cobra on it.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

30 in 30 - Day 14 - Annie

Today is Day 14 of the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" Challenge. My internet friend, Jean Ogden, has a group of assorted animals. From what I know of Jean she studied zoology which may explain her menagerie of animals. Annie is a Chinese Crested, an unusual looking dog if I may say so...big hair and a bald body. When I saw her I knew I had to paint her. I decided to experiment a little this time using an underpainting of assorted colors of oil pastels as a resist for the fur on her head. Then I used watercolors and some assorted inks to get the dark areas.

Don't forget to check out the work of the other artists participating in the 30 day challenge. There are some great pieces. https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30-blog

This Tuesday morning Ariana posed for our art group.

Friday, January 13, 2017

30 in 30 - Day 13 - Maggie (SOLD)

Here is my Day 13 painting for Leslie Saeta's "30 Paintings in 30 Days" Challenge. Maggie is the third cat that belongs to my friend, Rhea, and was painted from her photo reference. I have now painted Rhea's entire feline family. This was done with a watercolor base, watercolor pencils and black ink.

Don't forget all the other artists that are taking part in the challenge. You can view their work for today here: https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30-blog

I have quite a collection of pens of all sorts that I have been keeping in a regular pencil case. Of course I can never find the pen that I want and half of the time I end up dumping out all the pens and pawing through them before I find what I was looking for. So I started looking for a way to keep my pens more organized. I found this pen case on Amazon (under $10) that looked like it might work. 

This is a LIHIT LAB Pen Case that measures 4.7 x 7.9. What I like is that it has sections where I can put the pen and they actually stay there. Here are a few photos of what it looks like. Why orange? To be honest...it came in several colors and I liked the green the best, but that one ships from Japan rather than directly from Amazon. The reviews said people waited for a while for it to arrive, but the orange was available in two days with Amazon Prime. That was a no brainer. I figured the orange color would make it easy to find in my backpack or carry bag. So far so good... I will let you know the final results after I use it for a while.

(I am not getting anything from this company for this product review. I just though you might like to see a bit of how I carry my materials. )

My small palette fits in the large front pocket.

Two sides hold a lot of my pens.

The left side has small mesh pockets and the right has a mesh pocket that can hold pencils,
my water brush, and my travel brush.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

30 in 30 - Day 12 - Chester

For Day 12 of the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" I give you Chester. He is my niece, Jaime's dog and is now about 16 years old. He's slowed down quite a bit since I met him. This is 5 x 7 done with a watercolor base followed by watercolor pencils and touches of black ink.

Pop over to Leslie Saeta's blog and check out some of the other 300+ artists who are participating in the challenge this year. https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30-blog

Last night my sketch group met at a local library. We all brought along something to create a still life for our sketching. There were various setups around the tables. Typical of me, I brough things related to food. lol This was my setup from the items I brought with me.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

30 in 30 - Day 11 - Budah and Jade

Today is day 11 of the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" Challenge. Today I am posting my painting of Budah and Jade, two Siamese cats, done from a photo reference by my friend, Donna Howard. Donna also has a third cat but I couldn't possibly fit all three of them in the painting. Again I used watercolors, watercolor pencils, and an ink brush.

If you would like to see the work by the other artists participating in the challenge you can see them here: https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30-blog

On our return trip from Maine I was able to fit in a few sketches. First I sketched Bob's Clam Hut in Kittery, Maine done after we had our last Maine seafood feast.

These last two were done on the ferry coming back to Long Island.