16/30 January Painting | “Manuscript”

By | January 16, 2017

Day 16, 30 paintings in 30 days.

Maybe you’ve already figured it out. You’re smart like that! Yes, this is actually the last piece of a 4-piece painting (also known as a tetraptych)!

It was really fun to paint, and I like how all the pieces turned out individually as well.

The thing I’m not good at is naming my paintings. One little-known fact about me is that I hate naming anything. I’ve never named my car or my appliances, or any other inanimate object in my life. I was co-owner of a couple cats growing up, but I’m pretty sure I deferred the naming to my siblings. When we were allowed to help name my younger brothers and sisters when they were born, I don’t remember having much to contribute. And the characters in my books? Well, let’s just say I’ve never been happy with what they are called. If I ever have kids of my own, I cringe to think of how stressed I’ll be in attaching a proper noun to them for life.

When it comes to naming my paintings, I’m aware that they seem uninspired. And now with a tetraptych, I’m not sure if I keep the same name as what I called the first ones, or if the set is supposed to have a different name. I chose to re-name it, “Manuscript.” Let me know if you have a better idea.


Just crossed over the hump with the 30 days of painting. Stay tuned for news of my upcoming art show, which I’m going to hold at my house in the beginning days of February. Excited to gather all of my art together so you can see it in person!

Here is the final piece from the tetraptych, plus all the pieces together, plus some in-progress shots:

Tetraptych Sketched

Tetraptych Sketched

Tetraptych Started

Tetraptych Started

Tetraptych in Progress

Tetraptych in Progress

Editing Hand, in-Progress

Editing Hand, in-Progress

Bottom Pieces

Bottom Pieces

Top Pieces

Top Pieces

Final Piece, finished

Final Piece, finished

Finished *but unfinished* "Manuscript"

Finished *but unfinished* “Manuscript”

P.S. One of my goals for the new year is to paint in January. My theme for all the paintings is “writing”.


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