30/30 January Painting | “Mail”

Day 30, 30 paintings in 30 days. I did it! I painted 30 paintings in 30 days! I want to be ecstatic. But first I’m weary. I’ll have to celebrate my accomplishment tomorrow. (Is this what they mean by “delayed gratification?”) I’m also a little frustrated, because I wanted to really like my painting for… Read More »

29/30 January Painting | “Sealed”

Day 29, 30 paintings in 30 days. I’ve realized I like painting old things that have gone out of style. Old musty books. Quill pens. Typewriters. Card Catalogs. Even pencil sharpeners and paper dictionaries are becoming old-fashioned, and I painted them, too! So keeping with the “old writing” theme, I’ve done a parchment envelope sealed… Read More »

25-28 /30 January Paintings | “Message in a Bottle”

Paintings 25-28, 30 paintings in 30 days. I really wanted to catch up on my paintings, so I can legitimately say that I completed 30 paintings in 30 days by the end of this challenge. So I did a tetraptych today—4 paintings that become one larger painting. It’s been hard to decide what I want… Read More »

25/30 January Painting | “Book Stacks”

Day 25, 30 paintings in 30 days. Whew! Why did I decide this was a good idea?? A two-day painting. So saying this is painting #25 is misleading, although I would love to count them as 2… For the purpose of keeping the number the same as the date, I’m going to go with it.… Read More »

24/30 January Painting | “Stacking Books”

Day 24, 30 paintings in 30 days. I’d prefer to post finished pictures, but this one’s kind of a doozy, and it’s not going to get done tonight. I think I should get credit, though, for painting tonight, don’t you? The thing with stacks and stacks of books is that they’re cool to look at… Read More »

23/30 January Painting | “What Does It Mean?”

Day 23, 30 paintings in 30 days. I spent the day feeling confused and concerned. This is something a dictionary can’t solve. I’m still left wondering, “What does it mean?” P.S. One of my goals for the new year is to paint in January. My theme for all the paintings is “writing”. You might also like:January Painting… Read More »

21&22 /30 January Painting | “Speak Out”

Day 21 & 22, 30 paintings in 30 days. I did participate in the Women’s March yesterday. It was, overall, a tremendously gratifying and uplifting event, where I felt solidarity, hope, and possibility for the future. Will anything come out of it? No, not if the individuals who participated go back to their homes and… Read More »

19&20 /30 January Painting | “Love & Hate”

Day 19 & 20, 30 paintings in 30 days. Some art is raw and edgy. These two are the rawest, edgiest paintings I’ve ever done. For me, today, this piece has multiple meanings. See process and final, below. I started with one blank canvas, and one that had leftover paint from another project smeared on… Read More »

18/30 January Painting | “Sharpened”

Day 18, 30 paintings in 30 days. I have a lot of memories of busting a gut laughing with my siblings as we were growing up. One such memory has to do with a parable about taking time out to renew and re-energize. We were in the van, listening to a motivational book on tape,… Read More »

17/30 January Painting | “Erasing”

Day 17, 30 paintings in 30 days. How do you find the time to get the things done you want to do? You find the time. It’s hard to find something you’re not looking for, so in order to find it, you first have to look for it. I wondered how I would manage to get… Read More »

16/30 January Painting | “Manuscript”

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… Read More »

15/30 January Painting | “The Editing Never Ends”

Day 15, 30 paintings in 30 days. The painting went quickly today. Done before 3:00 p.m.! That hasn’t happened to me yet during this challenge! You may feel like this one is quite familiar already, if you paid attention to my post yesterday. Well, the editing is never done…. so yes, another painting of Editing—“The Editing Never… Read More »