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Week 12: Non-Dominant Hand

Week 12: Non-Dominant Hand
I spent the entire day with my goat while she was in labor, during which I decided to be somewhat productive. Since I was dreaming of all the yummy goat milk I will soon have to drink and make cheeses, I decided that would be a good choice for this ink and wash. Micron pen with Albrecht-Durer watercolor pencils. It was fun to do something without high expectations of my self. It let me just enjoy the challenge/project and let go. 

Week 11: Mother

Week 11: Mother 
I had the hardest time deciding which mother to paint, as I live on a small farm. The other night, I caught a pic of a great moment when one of my rabbits was nursing her kits. She only nurses them a couple times a day, and when she gives that mysterious signal, they DIVE under her, flip over, and start snacking! Super cute!

Week 10: Watercolor

I didn't paint a picture this week. I had a hard time deciding what to paint. I will have to come back and catch up! 

Week 9: Animal

I kind of cheated and used a piece I had painted previously. This was done last fall, but I love it so much, I decided it deserved another round in the spotlight. 

Week 8 : Horizon

This week's theme of Horizon took me to a cartoony, fantasy realm with a landbridge, Asian inspired temples, and a terrific sunset. I particularly like how the sky turned out, and the glow on the underside of the landbridge. I added touches of warmth here and there to capture the last hint of sunlight. I am also happy with the lost and found effect on the stairs. Placing the grasses in front of it really set the stairs back into the scene and anchored them as well.

Week 7: Kindergarten

This is one of my first attempts at a cartoon style. It was fun, and I giggled a bit about it, but maybe that's just me.  ;)

This time I worked on a cheap Canson watercolor paper. Lots smoother than the journal I have been working in. Maybe one day I'll paint on my REALLY nice paper by Arches. 

Week 6: Printing

This week's theme for the 52 week challenge is Printing. This painting doesn't look like it has anything to do with printing. The connection is actually very subtle. Whenever I think of printing, the first thing to come to my mind was A. Malcolm : Printer and Bookseller, which pertains to my favorite book series, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I won't give spoilers, but those in the know will know this exact moment in the series. It's REALLY powerful!

A new Challenge!

The 30 paintings in 30 days challenge is over! I did my best, but it was just a bit much to keep up with. I managed 9 paintings. I'm ok with that! It was just for fun!

Even more fun is ahead! I found a friendly and fun Facebook group dedicated to a 52-Week Illustration Challenge. Each week has its own theme, it's perfectly fine to fall behind and have to catch up, has all levels of artwork, and everyone seems very nice!

Ink and wash farmhouse- Day 26 of 30, painting 9

I have been having some trouble with my journal paper. It has little sizing in the paper and it is a rather loose weave which causes it to be a bit too absorbent for my liking. It makes it difficult to do certain juicy, watery techniques. Additionally, if worked even marginally wet, it will let the colors bleed through to the back side of the page. In an effort to salvage the backs of my pages, I applied a thin wash of white gesso. It covered the stains nicely! It leaves the pages a bit scratchy to feel, but not unbearably so.

Kitten : day 22 of 30. Painting 8

Continuing on with my challenge... I have painted a whopping 8 pictures. I was supposed to have gotten to 22 pictures by now. Still, I am not beating myself up. I do what I can. As a casual painter, I'm happy when I have time to, or take time to put pigment to paper!