The wonders of learning

I took a workshop this weekend put on by one of my favorite local art groups SOMMA (Society of Mixed Media Artists) Carol Neslon was “the bomb”. It was a well organized and fully packed 3 day workshop. Carol is a fun and informative and giving instructor. It’s often a “crap shoot” shelling out money for an expensive workshop. This one was well worth the risk. These are some pieces that were started there and finished in my studio:

20 or so drawings

It was fun to do these out of my head rather than with a reference. Of course, they aren’t by any means perfect, but then I’m not sure that was what this challenge was about. . . not for me anyway.

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Multi Tasking

I don’t multi task much anymore. I find I can’t do as well at it as I use to. However, while I was doing the 30 in 30 Painting Challenge, I also did a 40 Day Drawing Challenge. This was put out there by one of our local groups Local Artists Coming Together on their FB page. Since I joined the challenge a week or so late and I was busy painting, it was 22 days before I managed to post my drawings….Up Next.

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New Process Writing

Make sure to check out my “Process” page. I finally added something new. I hope to continue to do so as really I have been more and more interested in and aware of my process than I ever have before. I think this comes with doing more and more work and dare I say “maturing” as an artist. Here’s a peak at on of the sample pieces on that page: Before and Afterkoi-vii-org-n-redo

Leftovers

So I actually had some pieces that I never posted for the challenge. They were kind of like my understudies, in case I didn’t finish what was intended for the day:

Day 30 a strong finish?

I’m pretty happy with it, though tomorrow I will probably see some things that need tweaking.

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Day 29 Glad I have extras

Good thing I’ve been able to do some editing of older work to fill in when I can’t manage to get into the studio. It hasn’t happened very often during this month’s challenge, but today is an example. Trying to play catch up on my accounting which has been neglected since September, plus the daily things that did not get done this week since we babysat the grandbaby all week. It’s been hard to adjust to the new routine with him around, but we will get it done.

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Day 28 Unfinished

I’m posting on my blog ahead a day again. I may work on this one a tad more. I don’t considered finished, but it only needs a tad tweaking. This is the second time I’ve attempted to paint this particular scene. It is NOT from my own photography, but is such an intriguing exercise with the fog and the rain that I couldn’t resist. I am very likely to paint it again. I’m much much happier with this one than I was with the first, but still not satisfied.

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Day 27 Home Stretch

It’s been a little harder to get things done since I became a “Granny Nanny” and ran out of pieces I’d done ahead of time. This is another reason the challenge is good for tweaking or reworking older work. I’ve been interspersing some of those with new stuff.

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Day 26 Ahead with a Flashback

Ever since I saw a very beautiful work by my friend Dee Roberts I’ve wanted to paint a Jelly fish on Yupo. My first attempt was a disaster and got wiped clean. I’m okay with this one. I’m thinking that Yupo pieces may require tons of tweaking. This one has already taken me hours. I’m calling it “At the Jellyfish Ball” because they look like they are dancing.

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