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.
Last month during the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge, I finished this painting which I had started earlier in the year. It’s the first painting in a series of Nightmare Before Christmas paintings I’m planning on doing. All of them will be in this same size and format, oil on canvas.
This is the last painting for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge. I made it through the whole month and didn’t miss a day. While, I’m proud that I hit the 30 paintings mark, I’m not sure I am completely happy with the results. I could see that my interest was waning in the last week or so with most paintings. And a lot of it was because I was growing bored with doing quick paintings. I did enjoy working with watercolor paints quite a bit this month and I’m not sure where to go next because I also would like to do more oil paintings (like today’s painting) and gouache. I was hoping at the end of this challenge I would walk away knowing what paint media I would like to go to in the future. Today’s painting is one that has been around for a couple of months and it has been a struggle. I struggled with the subject matter and the technique. But, I made myself finish it last night just in case I wussed out on sharing it today.
I can say that for October, I will be participating in challenge of doing an ink drawing everyday of the month. It’s an online challenge called Inktober. Much like the 30 Days challenge, I’m heading into it by the seat of my pants, with nothing predrawn. So, we will see what comes out of it.
oil painting with white charcoal on a toned mat board
This painting for the fourth day of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days is a portrait of the leader of the group of survivors on the tv show, The Walking Dead, Rick Grimes. He’s not someone who has experienced much good luck in the time of the walker outbreak.
Once again, I’m stickimg with the limited Zorn palette of black, white yellow ocher and cad red oil paints. This picture started off just as a pencil drawing(that you can find a photo on my Instagram account). I felt like it got a luke warm reception and I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go with it. Since I was planning on finishing some stuff that was laying around I figured I would slap some paint on it.
Today’s painting is a portrait of Mola Ram, the big baddie from the Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom film. I have always been a huge fan of that film and the look of Mola Ram has always intrigued me. Plus, the guy can reach into your chest and pull out your heart and show it to you. Now that’s a crazy villain! The ending section of that film where Indy goes back to the mines to free the kids is my favorite section of any of the Indiana Jones films.
For the painting process of this painting I went back to my comfort level and did this one with thin layers. After completing the drawing I laid in the black with no medium to thin it out. But, the rest is all painted with thin layers of oil. And then capped it off with some white highlights. And for this painting I used the Zorn palette choices when picking my colors, which means I only used black, white, cad red and yellow ochre. The Zorn palette is one I have been playing around with lately and will be popping up again this month.
March is upon us and at the end of the month Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is coming to the movie theaters. This is a film I’m very excited for and I figure this would be a good time to do some art based on the characters that will be in the movie for this month. Today features the Michael Keaton version of Batman from the 1989 Tim Burton film. When this movie came out, it was a big deal to me. At that point I was a huge Marvel Comics fan and had not paid a lot of attention to the Dark Knight. To be honest, I did not pay much attention to DC’s characters. Like most kids I knew who the big players were. I watched the Super Powers cartoon and the Batman tv show. But that was about it. This movie was very eye opening for me.
I can still remember reading the movie novelization, playing with the action figures, I had a cool Batman shirt and then going straight to the music store to get the Prince soundtrack right after the movie.
This movie is not perfect but I do still enjoy it. Michael Keaton’s performance was great. He played Bruce Wayne perfectly. His Batman was intense. I also enjoyed Kim Basinger as Vicki Vale. But, I’m torn by Jack Nicholson as Joker. I think the make up they did on him was great and of course his acting was just as good. I always felt he was a bit too old and he does some pretty lame things, like pulling a 5 foot long hand gun out of his pants to shoot down the Batwing plane with one shot. Ugh. The mood of the film itself is perfect for Gotham City. Tim Burton’s vision of the film is excellent. And a completely different version of the setting and characters that we were previously used to from the Batman tv show of the 60’s.
The painting itself was something kind of new for me also. I usually do not paint on a canvas textured surface. I typically go for a smooth surface to paint on like the paintings I did in January. And, I haven’t played around with oil paints since I had my last art show. Technique was also a new thing for me on this painting. I have been recently studying a new painting instructional book and also watching some dvds about painting. So, this is a new way of thinking when I paint.
We will have to see how this painting technique pans out for me in the future.
Here is the under painting before I started laying on the oil paint.
Next up we shall see who challenges Batman in the new film, Superman.