Friday, January 3, 2014

Budding Plumeria, 30 in 30 - Day 3

Today was a frustrating painting day.  I started a different painting and thought it was finished and then decided that I didn't like it so I painted this one.  I'm not crazy about it either.  It doesn't have the glow that I was trying to achieve, but it is finished so I guess that's good.

January is beginning to look like a very long month.  It's only day three and already I'm spending way too much time each day trying to decide what to paint.  I knew that picking a subject was going to be hard, but I didn't think it would be this hard.

I really like to paint large paintings so picking something to paint small is frustrating.  Looks like tomorrow's painting will be another vegetable or fruit.

Budding Plumeria
Image Size 7.5" x 9"
Watercolor

11 comments:

  1. This is a lovely painting. I understand the frustration of trying to figure out what to paint and what you do paint not turning out as you desire. I have had those days. Keep up the great work. Katrina

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    1. Thanks for the pep talk Katrina. I really appreciate it!

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  2. I like this one, I think you captured the delicacy of the flowers very nicely.

    I did the 30 in 30 challenge twice in the past, and I too had trouble with them. It's hard to get yourself into a groove of churning out small paintings - and liking them! But working small was the only way I was able to do it. When I had a good day, I often painted the same subject twice that day so I could try & be a day ahead. Good Luck - I passed on it this time. I stressed myself out too much the last time trying to succeed. Try not to let it get to you - it's an exercise that you will get through. You're a good artist, don't let the subject choices throw you!

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    1. Thanks Nan. I re-did the onion for day 4 in a different medium so I'm not so stressed today.

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  3. I think this does indeed have a glow, Nancy. I also think it is beautiful! So now a bit of a suggestion...you can always check out Paint My Photo for subject matter for this challenge. Course, deciding what to paint is still necessary if you use that site; so many beautiful images, so little time!!

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    1. Thank you Sherry. I'll check out that site.

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  4. Nancy, this is a beautiful little painting!

    It's wonderful that you are giving this "painting a day" a go! I would imagine that it would get easier as time goes by. It would also be a good chance to do a series or a few series which would eliminate trying to figure out what to paint.

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Hi Kathleen. Doing series is a good idea. I hope this gets easier as the month goes along. I think it is a very good way to challenge myself but like anything new, it takes awhile to settle into it.

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  5. Congratulations you lived through it, and got some lovely detail in the flower. Also like the softness of the background as it really shoots the flower forward. Think there was a full moon yesterday as everyone seemed to have issues of some kind. Will look for your next fruit :) Ah (sigh) another day, got to figure out another painting.

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    1. Thanks Nelvia and good luck with your paintings.

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  6. Hi Nancy, I like the way you painted the flowers, I think the glow does come across. I've painted pink plumeria before (we call it frangipani in St. Lucia) - I like painting the little twist on the buds. :)

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