The Last Day!

I must admit I have mixed feelings. I’m glad I’m not obligated anymore, but would like to continue to be as productive. So I am determined to continue painting every day, without the obligation to either finish or post.¬†Another nocturne. Not as successful as I’d like, but given that I rarely do anything with perspective and this is only my second nocturne, I’m going to give myself a pass. After all, I’ve been a good girl and painted a painting a day for 30 days!!!


Night Walkers by Leslie Kruzicki @

29th Day-Plein Air

There’s just nothing like painting outdoors, although todays conditions weren’t ideal. A noisy neighbor using some kind loud saw and music playing. Who needs music when there are birds and the breeze to listen to. A nice little lesson from an old AGOP member who now resides in Texas. The one thing I will remember is him saying that he thinks some judges have a preconceived idea of what a Plein Air painting should look like and that in essence that idea causes all Plein Air to look alike. I think he’s right here. I think that my recent rejections were at least partially due to this fact. My colors were not the usually overabundance of greens that every one uses, because that what they physically see. I tend to paint how I FEEL out in the open air and about what I am looking at. This one is a little closer to the norm…


Crane Garden Statue by Leslie Kruzicki @

Day 28 – Nocturne

I’ve been fascinated with nocturnes for a long time now, but haven’t ever attempted one myself. Fairly happy with this one, though, of course, as soon as I looked at it on the computer I noticed how the lower right hand side isn’t connecting with the rest of it. I can fix that. More Nocturnes are definitely in my future.


Beach Nocturne by Leslie Kruzicki @

Last of the Koi on Day 27

It’s definitely been a long haul with these Koi. Up and down. Progress and regression. The last two I find very boring visually even though there’s a lot of movement in them. Just bored of Koi I think. I’m kind of sad that I only have 3 days to express myself in some other way.


Koi XV by Leslie Kruzicki @

More Koi for Day 26

Almost done with my Koi obligation for now. Yes, I know that’s only in my own head! What can I say, I’m a wee bit OCD. Looking forward to moving on to other things. This has been a really really good experience though and I also look forward to continuing to paint every day, but a)not having to finish it and b)not having to post it. Though I may take up posting works in progress and being more active on my Blog & FB – as one should be in this day and age.


Koi XIV by Leslie Kruzicki @

Day 25 – Plein Air

I love love love to go out and paint from nature. It is just so refreshing compared to studio work. Of course, I’m a nature girl at heart any way. I love the birds, the sounds, the breeze, the smell of the air, wether it’s piney or salty. Plein Air is definitely a form of communion. It’s not bad for my first ever marsh and maybe my third oil plein air.


First Marsh by Leslie Kruzicki @

On the 24th Day-Koi XIII

More Koi of course. This is a composite of two photos. I liked the lily pod but didn’t want to just do that, so why not put a Koi in the water with it. I am starting to get anxious again, though, to do something other than Koi. My OCD has me obligated to do two more. I may have to go really wild with those two.


Koi and Lily Bud by Leslie Kruzicki @

23rd Day 12th Koi Tale

A twist on my theme, I couldn’t resist. It’s hard to believe there are 12 paintings of Koi in my studio right now. I’ve lots of matting to do!


Koi XII Tails by Leslie Kruzicki @

22nd Day Koi XI

Well I’m happy with this one too, even if this Koi is a bit chubby. Perhaps she’s pregnant. I wanted to work more with the lily pads too. They are kind boring actually when you look at them, though some have texture and if you look really really hard they aren’t all just green. Hmmm, I think I have 3 more Koi to do since I’ve been working in 5s with them. It could be years before a paint another one after this. I really don’t know how some artists do it. Painting the same thing over and over – even if they do sell. I hope for their sakes they let loose once in a while.


Koi XI by Leslie Kruzicki @

Oh Happy 21st Day!

This is definitely my favorite Koi picture so far. I’m am truly pleased with how it turned out, though it does still need some tweaks. Maybe I need to work from subpar photos all the time – as evidence here.


Koi X from Picasso’s Garden by Leslie Kruzicki @


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