30 Paintings in 30 Days- Day 6

5″x7″ oil paint and ink on a linen panel

30 Paintings in 30 Days – Day 6
Ink and oil paint on a linen panel. Today’s painting is a quick little 5″x7″ Marilyn Monroe portrait. I also thought I would bust out some of the linen panels I had. And I have been wanting to try these out for a while. And on first try I was not pleased with it. There is way too much texture for my taste. I figured they would be smooth panels but you live you learn.
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30 Paintings in 30 Days 2017- Day 1

Moleskin oil painting 2017

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.

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30 Paintings in 30 Days-Day 23


Today’s portrait is of Julie Adams, who plays Kay in the Creature From the Black Lagoon.  It’s another watercolor painting, where I’m trying to stay close to the Zorn palette.  In the movie she is the main object of the Gillman’s attention.

October is the time of the year called Inktober, where people are doing a month’s worth of ink drawings and I’m thinking about joining in for my first time.  And the reason I bring this up is because I’m thinking that the Creature From the Black Lagoon film might be a main subject of the drawings I will do for the month.



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