It's the weekly DailyPaintworks challenge time again! As soon as I read the challenge my mind started clicking away for possibilities. The challenge this week is to paint a bowl full of something! Simple and open to all kinds of fun interpretations. There may be more than one entry from me this week. My first one is very high key, letting the squash take the spotlight. It's a "Carnival" squash, and the bowl was made by my grand daughter, Lucy. Hence, the title. :)
Here are my very first oil paintings ever! I don't know yet if oils will take over my love of acrylic (fast drying!), but I'm willing to experiment before making that decision. Both of the following little paintings are from my own photographic reference file, and within my own hometown in Oregon.
The image for this painting was found on the Paint My Photo website, with the water and background in black. I wondered how it would look with a dark blue, and here it is. We've had lots of rain the last few days, so painting a lot of water seemed appropriate! :)
My Mom is one of my biggest fans, of course! She is delighted to see me painting and selling my work, and loves to see the things I do. Her birthday is tomorrow and I decided to surprise her with a little painting of her cat, Marley. They live together not far from me, so I will get to give her the painting in person. I think she will like it. :)
Several weeks ago my husband and I went on a bike ride in the country. One of the farms along the way grows acres and acres of dahlias. We stopped for a snack then headed on our way. However, I noticed our prominent shadow and said, "Stop!" because I knew it would be a fun image to capture. Here's my acrylic version of that moment in the sun!
My daughter and grandson have been visiting for a week and today they left for home. My house is suddenly quiet again. I love a quiet house, I really do, but it's a little bit of a "sad" quiet today because I know how long it will be till I see them again. Thankfully, I have grandchildren who live closer that will visit from time to time. Hooray for that! Anyway, today, I needed a little painting project as a distraction. The Daily Paintworks challenge for the week is to paint a skeleton or skull to go along with the Halloween holiday coming up. Not my favorite holiday or subject, but I found an interesting reference from the Paint My Photo website and gave it a go with lots of light and dots. Awesome!
I started this little painting yesterday, but nothing seemed to go right. Well, except for the little blackbird...it was doing okay. It just wasn't a good painting day. Sometimes that happens, so I walked away and did other things. Today, looking at the painting with fresh eyes, I sat down and got to work, and started liking what I saw appearing on the canvas. This turned out to be a GOOD day to paint. Woo Hoo!