Day 1 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge

8"x8" oil, inks and colored pencil on illustration board.
8″x8″ oil, inks and colored pencil on illustration board.

This is the first painting for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge on artist, Leslie Saeta’s blog-  And the subject of day 1 is of one of the busts found in the changing portrait hallway in Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion.  I’m a huge Disneyland fan and the Haunted Mansion is one of my favorites.  And it, along with Disneyland, will be a subject that I will be coming back to during the challenge this month.

With the challenge I am trying out a new process for most of these paintings.  Lately I have been doing mostly watercolor paintings with ink pens or painting with gouache.  But, for this painting I used acrylic ink and oil paints.  I started by using the acrylic ink for many thin washes.  In between washes I would use white charcoal pencils for highlights and colored pencils for some shading and streaks of color.  To finish it off, oil paints were applied.  This was my second attempt at this technique.  And I find myself enjoying it.  The layering process does add more time to the whole thing.  In the past I feel like I try to work fast and finish things quickly but I have felt like I need to slow down and take more time with my pieces.  I will be using this process more through the month with a few attempts with watercolor pieces to see what reaction I might get from those.

As for subject matter of the pieces I will be doing, I plan on more Disneyland pieces along with Muppet characters and doing some portrait works as well.  I like the idea of trying some different kind of subjects to test myself and stretch my wings a bit.  I hope to get some comments about the direction I’m going or about the subject matters.

Here is the first painting I did in this painting style and it happens to be the other bust from the Haunted Mansion.

8"x8" acrylic ink, colored pencil and oil paint.
8″x8″ acrylic ink, colored pencil and oil paint.

Both paintings are available for sale at $50.00 each.

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Bounty Hunters and Ewoks

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“Bounty hunters, we don’t need that scum.”
Here are some of the bounty hunters that the Empire brought in to find Luke Skywalker in, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.  Most of these characters got very few seconds of screen time, Bossk(the 2nd painting), was my favorite.  Boba Fett (the 1st painting) is universally most people’s fave, not mine.  He is a great looking character  but doesn’t do much in my opinion.  IG-88 (the 3rd painting) is interesting because he was the only droid who was also a bounty hunter.  When I think of him I always think of his action figure and his spindly legs.
Star Wars is not all ugly characters.  To cleanse the bounty hunters from my pallet, let’s look at some Ewoks:




Wicket Logray










These furry residents of the moon of Endor helped saved the Rebellion’s mission to bring down the second Death Star.  Wicket, (the 1st painting) was a big merchandising star after Return of the Jedi.  He was even the star of the animated series, Ewoks.  Second, we have Logray, who was the shaman of this tribe of Ewoks.
The Ewoks take some flack for being too cute or that it’s hard to believe they could take down an army of stormtroopers, but I have always liked them.

These drawings, like all of the Star Wars paintings I will be posting are 5″x7″ watercolor and ink on watercolor paper.  And, they are available for purchase for $20 each.
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