From the lack of frequency on my blog you can see that I did not make it through the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge. I gave up on it after I realized that this month was just too busy and stressful for me to keep that pace going. I’d do more art than I posted here. There were a few more pieces on my social media. You should follow along with, it’s fun!
One other reason for the lack of art is that I’m just not enjoying what I have been producing, and this has been an issue for a while now. So, the thing I need to start focusing on is fixing this. What that means is still unknown to me.
But, I will keep plugging along. And this piece is a part of that process. It is a watercolor and ink painting of the bounty hunter from Star Wars, Boba Fett. And, here is the non painted version:
30 Paintings in 30 Days – Day 8
Today is a big day. I’m making the drive from the Bay Area into Hollywood to go to the Hollywood Bowl to see a live version of The Muppet Show! It’s very exciting and something I never would have thought possible. That’s why I did this painting today. It is a 5″x7″ ink and oil painting on a smooth artist panel.
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30 Paintings in 30 Days- Day 5
Today I have an ink and oil painting of Charlize Theron. The oil paints that I have been using are water soluble so I can get thin layers of paint and still keep the ink drawing visible. I do like to paint with thicker paint but with the quick turnaround of painting daily I chose to use this technique. But, I think another reason I use it is because I like to use watercolors and this has a similar look to that.
And why did I chose to do a portrait of Charlize Theron? I wouldn’t say I’m a big fan of her. She is certainly a great actress and I’ve enjoyed some of her films. I would say I went with her because she has a timeless beauty and style to her. I also liked the high contrast in the lighting of the reference I used.
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It’s September again and that means the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge is upon us. And, I thought I would give it a go. I believe this is my third time and I did complete 30 paintings on the last two challenges. That did not come easy and this time looks to be even more challenging. Not only will I be away on a trip 3 days next week, I’m also creating work for a one man show in Oakland, CA on October 7th. And to finish off October, I’m tabling at my first convention, Famous Monsters of Filmland-Halloween Bash in San Jose, CA.
So, there will be quite a bit of stress going on this September. But, I will try not to drive myself too crazy with this 30 day challenge. My original idea was to do 30 portraits, in oil paint, in a Moleskin journal. I figured it would be a good size and challenge to try for this. Here is the image of the drawing prepainted.
This is a portrait painting of the actress, Jennifer Connelly. I have always been a fan of her from when I first watched the movie, Labyrinth and The Rocketeer(2 of my favorite movies). She also has a very classic Hollywood, beauty look that is very appealing. Those are some of the reasons why I chose to paint her. And that is a theme I plan to use with these Moleskin journal paintings.
But, I learned something important with this painting. Since I am not really painting ahead, These paintings wont dry in time to be scanned and posted. It looks like I’m going to have to pepper in some other types of paintings to be able to do this. Well, I guess we will have to wait and see what happens.