Friday, January 31, 2014

January 31 - Collage of 30 paintings in 30 Days

This collage was fun to use and see all the paintings together. Next week I plan to revisit them and try to finish and touch up where needed, and maybe paint over when indicated! Got to love this painting stuff, you can paint over your mistakes and start over. I wish all of life were that way!!
30 Paintings in 30 Days
Kathy Elliott

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Day 30 of 30

Well, I made it with a few hours to spare!!!!
The last of the 30 day challenge seemed daunting today, as if I really didn't know which of my series I wanted to work with, or was it time to start something completely new. I have so new ideas of what I want to do a series of, and not sure, some say 10 is a series, some say 50. Monet did hundreds of water lilies. Well, I am not sure how I would handle a hundred windows, or doors or skylines. But it gives one things to think about in this world of too much to think about all ready! Thirty days of painting just makes me want to take time every day to do this. Taking time out for the important things of course, like loving and holding grandchildren, which I am lucky to get to do often!!! And children, and sisters and brothers. Honoring friends and loved ones. Ok, I ramble.
Here it is. My last of the 30! What fun this has been!
he End of the Day
11" x 15"
Mixed Media on Paper

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Day 29 of 30

This post is for a special person whose favorite spot is right here, between the two trees looking out on the ocean. I left him out  of the painting for many reasons! One being, I didn't want to have to redo it ten times and still not be so sure!
Happy Birthday, TK! On Super Bowl Sunday! Imagine that!
Love you!
The Hut
11" x 15"
Mixed Media on Paper

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Day 28 of 30

Continuing with my cityscapes, this painting has two colors I have been wanting to play with, Liquitex Baltic Green and Baltic Blue. Playing off of each other as two pretty neutral colors, I had to punch it up. I may need to revisit this one after a few days!!!
11" x 15"
Acrylic on Paper

Monday, January 27, 2014

Day 27 of 30

Continuing with my skyline and buildings series, I decided to go with some red!
Paint the Town Red
11 " x 15"
Mixed Media on Paper

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Day 26 of 30

I had so much fun playing with the skyline in blacks, I decided to explore in color.
11" x 15"
Acrylic on Paper

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Day 25 of 30

My good friend gave me a challenge for this painting. She told me to use black and white and the tones in between. As I played with this, I started really enjoying the nuances created by the values of the many greys you can get by mixing. I think I may be onto a new series! Thank you Doris Vasek!
Dark Night
11" x 15"
Acrylic on Paper

Friday, January 24, 2014

Day 24 of 30

Today's painting was an experiment with acrylic and ink. I tried not to over think the process and chose blues and greens that to me felt calm and crisp at the same time. The yellow and coral red were just part of the playing with color.
On the Terrace
10" x 8"
Acrylic and Ink on Paper

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Day 23 of 30

Now that I am nearing the end of the 30 days, I realize things I would have done differently to make the process easier to paint 30 paintings. But as I get near the end, I also realize how many other explorations I want to try with windows, circles, or rectangles. Perhaps add a figure or two. More lines. Different color schemes. This challenge has opened my eyes to new possibilities and more ideas of series to attempt.  What a great way to kick start the new year. Now, if I can just stay on the treadmill! This painting had a lot of texture and color underneath. Then I used Transparent Red Iron Oxide to glaze. Cutting away and adding back in. That seems to be my process these days! And again I tried to leave a few hits of circles.
Recycled Window
12" x 12"
Mixed Media on Canvas

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Day 22 of 30

The painting was started with the thought of adding circles and squares. Playing with different stamps and stencils allowed me to overlap squares, rectangles, and circles. I tried to make one dominant and the one that felt most natural was the squares and rectangles. So I finished with hints of circles on top to finish.
In The Neighborhood
14" x 11"
Mixed Media on Paper

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Day 21 of 30

Wow, the home stretch. I have learned so much painting every day to a completed work, or shall I say completed for that day. I am looking back at several and seeing how I want to rework or change some things.  Other paintings I look forward to making larger. Today's painting is a new challenge for myself, working with circles. I have decided they are definitely not natural to me.  This is one that I worked and kept adding to until it was over the top "circles". Then, when I knocked it back with Titan Buff, I was able to see through the surface and see some mystery in the circles that are slightly hidden. I am showing the three views to completion, or completion to this day!

Version 1

14" x 11"
Mixed Media on Paper

Monday, January 20, 2014

Day 20 of 30

Today's painting started out looking more organic. However, the straights took over! Not exactly straight, but more straight than round, if that makes any sense!
I am experimenting with adding circles and organic items to my paintings, but they don't feel right. Perfect circles are too round, hmmm, too symmetrical, too something. It feels like I have my shoes on the wrong feet. And then a square or rectangular shape creeps in and I feel more comfortable. Even if the shoes are still on the wrong feet!

Watch Your Step
12" x 12"
Acrylic on Canvas

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Day 19 of 30

The painting started with collage on paper. The papers used were hand painted and stamped.
Next neutral colors of acrylic were used to veil and hide some of the papers, with others peeking out. I love to paint with bits of color peeking out, especially when it works as a surprise, something to strive for! Working back into it with paint, adding luscious Quinacridone gold, and topping off with India ink again enabled me to create windows
Of course, you have to look to see them! Have a good day!
Look and You Shall See
15 " x 11"
Mixed Media on Paper

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Day 18 of 30

The small wrapped canvas was prepared with layers of gesso to create texture. Next, I added layers of color with acrylic paint , and lastly I slightly veiled the surface with neutral layers. Playing with lines and attempting to stay with my window theme, I created what remind me of broken windows in an old building, with unexpected color for fun!
Broken Windows
6" x 6"
Mixed Media on Canvas

Friday, January 17, 2014

Day 17 of 30

Today is the final of the series this week experimenting with lines. This one is done on watercolor paper that was not prepared in any way to accept the acrylic. This made the lines rougher and more textured themselves. An interesting comparison of the smoothness of the background on the previous two of this series to this last one in oranges and yellow greens, not a color combination I usually paint with. The lines are created with a quill and India ink, graphite and crayons.
Today was a very special day as we welcome a new granddaughter to the family, Ella Tyler Morse!
She arrived at 4 this morning, so I still managed to get a posting done! Love you, Miss Ella!

Orange Field
14" x 11"
Mixed Media on Paper

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Day 16 of 30

The painting is another in my series using lines. The surface was first gessoed for texture. Layers of acrylic were then blended to get the purples and green. And lastly, the lines were added to the surface.
Green Fields
15" x 11"
Mixed Media on Paper

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Day 15 of 30

Today I am posting a painting from a series I am working on using lines for an on-line class. It is not a finished composition but more of a study. The painting is on gessoed paper for texture topped with layers of acrylics. Lines are then added with India ink and a glass quill. The ink in think and thin depending on how the quill is held and how fast it is moved. More lines were added with graphite and crayons.
Blue Field
15" x 11"
Mixed Media on Paper

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Day 14 of 30

My attempt here was to reverse the lights and darks from what has been the case lately.  I wanted to have more darks with the lights being the places we look out, the windows as such. I am sure there are more poetic ways to describe windows and what they mean to different people. But today I will just say I love the process of experimenting and trying to pull the work together. This painting has many layers including gesso for texture, acrylic, ink, and crayon. For tonight, I will call it a day! Tomorrow I will try something else!
Open Windows
11" x 15"
Mixed Media on Paper

Monday, January 13, 2014

Day 13 of 30

I completed a few studies and worked on one painting that just doesn't feel right. So I will hold onto it and hope the inspiration hits me during my sleep! So, I am posting one of my studies!
Searching for Windows
11" x 8 "
Mixed Media on Paper

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Day 12 of 30

This painting has a lot of colors underneath that I veiled over with gesso and neutrals and left the openings.  Mostly painted with acrylic, the India ink on the surface was done at the end.
Primary Windows
12" x 12"
Mixed Media on Wrapped Canvas

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Day 11 of 30

I always liked looking out windows. Windows in houses, trains, cars, airplanes, and windows in windows. Looking through a window is like going into my other world! That is when my mind begins to wander and that opens a whole new can of worms!
This week I am going to try to create a series with windows.

Looking Out
12" x 12"
Acrylic on Canvas

Friday, January 10, 2014

Day 10 of 30

Woo hoo! The goal of 30 in 30 seemed impossible when I started, but I feel like I am learning and progressing in my own way. Some of the paintings have been in process and I needed the impetus to finish them, so I haven't actually started and finished those in one day! I asked a teacher once how does one know if a painting is complete. She said to me, " if you ask that question,  it is not." Committing to this challenge pushes me to quickly finish. However, when I set it aside and in days after, often I see things I would do differently or perhaps will return to and revise. So, ultimately I am learning and finishing paintings!
This painting is oil and cold wax and has a lot of texture creeping through. It is one I started and put aside a while back. I'm still not sure if it has more to come. Time will tell!
Secrets of the Heart
12" x 12"
Oil on Cradled Ampersand

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Day 9 of 30

Today's painting was created with many layers of oil and cold wax. Adding solvent to the last layer made dramatic changes and many colors seeped through from the layers below as well as some of the texture. 

Turquoise Trail
12" x 12"
Oil on Wrapped Canvas

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Day 8 of 30

This painting has many layers of oil and wax that have been added and subtracted. Today I played with solvent and got back to one of my favorite color combinations that I briefly loved before I covered them up. Working on one painting a day helps me walk away from the painting.
The colors remind me of the gorgeous jewelry that I own because of my sister who is a jewelry designer! Amethysts and Aquamarines.... yummy!

Amethyst Over Aquamarine
12" x 12"
Oil on Wrapped Canvas

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Day 7 of 30

I have been adding layers to this painting for a very long time. But I also have been taking layers away! Alcohol is my friend..not to drink! Rubbing with alcohol takes the painting back to another stage. This week one of my goals was to bring it to some sort of conclusion. Will it stay this way? Who knows. But for tonight, I am calling it complete!

Coral Tops Turquoise
24" x 24"
Acrylic on Wrapped Canvas

Monday, January 6, 2014

Day 6 of 30

A watercolor painting was torn and adhered to a canvas. The painting was then completed with acrylic and water soluble crayons. I like painting on top of texture created with gesso, molding paste, or torn paper. I am experimenting right now with different types of torn paper. Each paper takes the paint differently. Visible through the layers are the collaged paper, watercolor, graphite, acrylic and crayon.
Turquoise Mosaic
12" x 12"
Mixed Media

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Day 5 of 30

Goal 5. Simplify! Simplify the process. Don't keep touching it up and fussing with it!
Often I keep going back in, painting over, touching up, often losing something I liked never to recover it. A kind mentor told me to strive for that "one brush look". Ah, yes the freshness of not being touched 100 times more than necessary. Ok, I exaggerate, maybe only 10 times more than necessary.

This painting has torn layers of newsprint attached to the surface for texture. When I started to paint, the jagged edges of the newsprint reminded me of mountains and thus it became mountains! One of my favorite places to be, especially with my sister or my son and his bride!
12" x 12"
Mixed Media

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Day 4 of 30

The painting for today is a monoprint created with Akua inks. The print was torn and attached to a canvas. Acrylic paint was added to the surface to complete.

12" x 12"
Mixed Media on Canvas

Day 3 of 30

This painting is done in acrylic with graphite accents.
I'm still behind, but I am gaining ground! The process makes me think that it is good to set a deadline, such as, this painting is done because I have other things to do, places to go, babies to play with, and more art to make! Or I will continue to tweak and paint over, as my mentors and painting
buddies all know!

Frosted Windows
12" x 12" 
Acrylic on Canvas

Day 2 of 30

Well, I am a little behind, but will catch up. I decided I could modify my goal to complete 30 in 30.
And the rules are meant to be broken, so that means that I can also modify something I previously assumed finished! Today's blue and green with touches of red is done in oil and cold wax. It is difficult to photograph these because the wax reflects back into the lens. But I will keep trying!
Looking for Green
8 " x 8" on cradled board
Oil and Cold Wax

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Years Resolutions - 2014

Time for re-evaluation, regeneration, and renewal.
Time to set new goals, again. Maybe just revisit the same old goals, and make them happen!!

  • Goal 1. Create 30 paintings in 30 days.
  • Goal 2. Complete the unfinished paintings in my studio.
  • Goal 3. Start a blog to keep track of my accomplishments, and failures as well, since I learn with each!
  • Goal 4. Create a web site. And a blog.
  • Goals 5-100. To be determined as each day evolves!
(one day late, I will catch up!!!)
Double Trouble
12" x 12"
Acrylic on Canvas