Polo Sketches

We’re in the home stretch of Sarasota Polo season. Only three more games. Sold one of my sketches at the match two Sundays ago. We’re going to have to find something else to occupy our Sunday Fundays.

Not that it seemed like a problem last year. Sarasota is full of fairs festivals and there’s always the beach.

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Tiny But Mighty

So it took less than a week before I couldn’t help but paint.

These are ACEO size paintings. ACEO stands for Artist Cards, Editions and Originals. The only thing standard about an ACEO is their size, 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″. For a while, they were all the rage in the art world. Small paintings with mostly small price tags. Gathering a collection was the thing to do. I’m not so sure of the market now, but I found some pieces of paper cut to their size and started thinking about what to do with them. Tiny paper, tiny birds came to mind.

We don’t get to see too many hummingbirds in our neck of the woods now. I saw one last year during migration in the Spring, but nothing so far this year. In NJ, I would put out feeders. In Florida, if you put out feeders, you attract some undesirable rodents, and there aren’t a lot of plants in our neighborhood that are a good food source. So I have to rely on memory and photos provided by the wonderful Paint My Photo Website. Photos used for reference were by Robert Carter and Kathy Paterson.

Tiny, but mighty, it’s said they can travel more than 1,300 miles without a break during migration. Makes me tired just thinking about how many times their little wings must flap to accomplish that goal! Always a delight when you get a glimpse of their jewel toned little souls.

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Day #30 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Day 30. Leaving the Beach.

The shells are collected, it’s time to head home.

As always this challenge has been an interesting experience. Going to enjoy a couple days out of the studio. But you know it won’t be long before the brushes come off the drying rack.

If you’re interested in any of the paintings, most are still available for sale.

Thanks for following along on my journey to the beach. See you in a bit.

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Day #29 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Day 29. Three Dollars.

This is actually the second painting I did for this idea. I like this one much better than the first – see below.

This challenge is about done. I’ve actually finished more than 30 Paintings in 30 Days. This do over makes 31. Then I did a rose for a monthly challenge.

And a Pelican to replace an unexpected sale of a piece I was going to put in the gallery.

If you counted the small polo painting sketches, the number is probably 37.

Every time I undertake the challenge, I swear I won’t do it again.

Then when the announcement shows up in my email, I think, “I should do that again.” Sometimes I try to bargain with myself. Entertaining the thought that no one really needs to finish the challenge. There are no painting police. Even Ms. Saeta says to just do what you can. Have fun, she says. But I know if I sign up, I am going to have 30 paintings at the end of the challenge.

It is an interesting process. Pushing and stretching. Disappointing and exhilarating. Hard to fit into this retired, “vacation all the time” life.

Will I do it again next year? Should I do it again next year?

Right now, I’m inclined to use one of my favorite saying. “We’ll see.”

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Day 28 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Day 28. Another Shell Gift.

A wonderful box of seashells appeared on my doorstep. While I was expecting the box, I was not expecting the quantity and absolute beauty of these shells.

There are enough shells to do a painting a day for the next six months! Did I mention they are beautiful. Most are currently spread across the table in my studio, where we daily pick them up and marvel again at the textures, the color, and the absolute remarkableness of them. My husband, Jim is enthralled, and has been scouring the Internet for the perfect way to display them as he has deemed them special. For now we have put a select few in a low basket on our coffee table. It doesn’t do them justice.

Nor do I feel does this painting versus the actual shell. It’s symmetrical, with undulating lines and ridges. It feels full and lush. It’s just a magnificent creation…as are they all.

While the 30 Day Challenge might be winding down, don’t be surprised if you see some more shell paintings in the future. Again, my thanks to LJ for our precious gift. They will hold a place of honor in our home and in our hearts.

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Day 28 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Day 27, Cockle Shell, side view.

Remembering the first time I did this challenge I came darn near quitting on day 27 after doing two paintings I hated. This is not my favorite painting of the challenge either, but my paintbrush is crying for a break, so I am posting it.

The paintings are done! Jim and I actually went birdwatching this morning! But I’m not going to post them ahead of time. You’ll just have to wait and see.

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Day 26 30 Paintings In 30 Days

Day 26. Starfish….a different kind than before.

While it’s day 26, I only have 2 more paintings to do, as I’ve gotten ahead a bit.

Once again, I’ve learned a ton, added some new friends, and even surprised myself…both positively, and sometimes not so much!

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Day 24 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Day 24. “Hang On”

Can’t tell you how long it’s been since I’ve painted a wet-into-wet painting on a decent sized piece of paper. And it felt good!

You never know what’s going to happen when you paint like this. You need fresh paint, because the paper’s going to dilute your paint even more. You need to paint like a tiger (a quote from another artist…sorry I don’t remember his name.) with big brushes and big strokes. And then the hard part. You need to stop before it is finished. Allowing it to dry so you can find the boring passages and jazz them up with some detail. My mentor, Dan Hines was the master, and I thank him everyday I am in my studio.

Knew I wanted to paint from the reference photo in a loose style, but felt a bit nervous. So I banged out a little study before I started. Kind of like it a lot.

We’re on the down low with this challenge. I am a couple paintings ahead, and that makes me happy.

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Another painting for the All Florida Cowboy Art Championship Show.