#22: Joe

6 x 6 oil on panel

This is my last submission to the 30 in 30 challenge. 22 out of 30. I'm pretty happy to have pulled off 22 paintings this month. I think it's been said before, but this experience turned out to be a lot more important than I ever expected. Meeting new artists was my favorite part. But it was great fun to get comments from some of the artists I've admired for years. What a thrill! Knowing I needed to have something to post on a fairly regular basis was a great push for me. It finally made me tackle a few subjects I had just been thinking about. 

This is my husband in deep thought. I do love doing portraits. But I prefer a non traditional pose. I'm thinking about asking you all to send in photos of people that they would like to see me paint. I know this has been done before. Most recently (that I know of) by Maria Bennett Hock. Who did her 30 in 30 paintings of portraits of fellow artists. And even before that by Carol Nelson who collected 100 photos and painted 100 portraits in 100 days! Wow! I could never pull that off with my other responsibilities. But I would like to try a smaller version of that. I really haven't figured out how that would work yet. I guess I'm thinking out loud here. I wonder if how many photos I can get people to send me?

On another note, I'm headed Scottsdale, AZ to visit my sister and Celebration of Fine art next week. I don't think I'll have my computer with me, just my ipad. So this might be the last of my paintings until I get back. This also means I won't be able to ship any paintings until I get back. Sorry for any inconvenience. 

#21: Found Treasure

6 x 6 oil on panel

This is my submission to the 30 in 30 challenge. As much as I love a backlight figure I still find it difficult to get the values correct. I love this one because of the long shadows and how intent he is upon picking up this stone treasure. Such a wild beach boy he is!

Is anyone else having problems loading Leslie's 30 in 30 blog? It might just be my laptop. I think it's on it's last legs.... sob sob. I'll try using another computer to add this thumbnail to her site. 

Thanks to everyone for all the encouraging comments! I so appreciate that you take the time to stop by and comment!

#20: Coffee Break - SOLD

4 x 4 oil on panel

This is my submission to the 30 in 30 challenge. I was pretty happy with Kona, so I thought I would try another. I think these two paintings would look good as a pair. And I'm thinking it's time to brew up a pot!

#19: Kona

4 x 4 oil on panel

This is my submission to the 30 in 30 challenge. Here is another small one with a warm feel. I wanted to keep it loose as a warmup after not being able to paint for three days. I sometimes have a hard time knowing when to stop. It might be fun to do a series of beverages at some point.

#18: Jingle Bells

6 x 6 oil on panel

I've never been able to stay in sync with the rest of the world. Seems strange to be posting a painting called "Jingle Bells" when Christmas is long over. But that is par for the course for me. I just had to include the bouncy santa hat and jingle bells on this runner. I really enjoy painting the clothing on the younger runners. This is my submission to the 30 in 30 challenge.

#17: Latte

4 x 4 oil on panel

Something small and quick was needed so as to not fall further behind. It is so cold here today that I thought this was appropriate.  This is my submission to the 30 in 30 challenge. I hope everyone is keeping warm!

#16: Last Push To Finish

6 x 6 oil on panel

This is my submission to the 30 in 30 challenge. I had to go back to painting running legs today. I have a few more that I think are pretty interesting. This guy is really powering through to the finish. 

I was able to paint two paintings today, so it looks like I'll still be able to post tomorrow, even though I won't have time to paint! Yeay!

#15: Flying - SOLD

6 x 6 oil on panel

This is my submission to the 30 in 30 challenge. I can't believe I've fallen so far behind. Sometimes things happen in life that are just more important than painting. I know that is hard to believe, but sadly true. I'll keep painting when I can, but it's possible I'll only have a few opportunities to paint this week. 

This little guy is Flying! Nothing like a good toss in the air by his daddy!

#14: Underwater

6 x 12 oil on panel

This is my submission  to the 30 in 30 challenge. It might look familiar because I painted a smaller version of this last December. I have been working on this larger version all month and  just finished it up today. I do like the wider format for this painting. 

#13: Home Stretch

6 x 6 oil on panel

This is my submission  to the 30 in 30 challenge and also this weeks DPW "Make It Move" Challenge. Is everyone getting bored with "Legs"? I think I might be. This was a fun one because of the striped socks. I also liked this perspective for a change. I still have more I would like to do, but I will take a break from "Legs" for now.

#12: Jog

6 x 6 oil on panel

This is my submission  to the 30 in 30 challenge. Another pair of legs at the Jingle Bell Run in Peoria. I just couldn't resist the turquoise shoes! 

I want to thank everyone for all their wonderful comments. I appreciate it very much. Thank you all for stopping by. 

#11: More Chasing

4 x 4 Oil on panel

This is my 11th submission to the 30 in 30 challenge. 
I was not able to get to my studio today. I didn't want to fall further behind so I'm going to post this painting I did last week and talk about why I don't like it! I did this painting before I painted my #10 The Getaway (shown below). 

Originally I liked having his hands in the frame because I like the interest it adds. But after I painted this I was not thrilled with the shape of the negative spaces around him. The figure and shadow are just not filling the board in as pleasing a way as I wanted. Maybe if I had not cropped off his head it would have worked better. But then I would have had to put this on a larger board and I needed a quick small one in order to stay on track with this challenge. I wanted to put more emphasis on the shadow and the space under his right foot. So I resized the image.

Here, again, is my #10 submission The Getaway so you can compare. I think it works better than the one above. What do you think? 

This is me learning in big ways, on small panels. :o)

#10: The Getaway - SOLD

4 x 4 oil on panel

This is my 10th submission to the 30 in 30 challenge. Back to Legs... 2yr old running legs. These legs are always running! 

I got the title for this piece from a comment by Maria Hock. Thanks Maria! He is making a getaway!


5 x 7 oil on panel

I interrupt this series of "Legs" with Declan, my new grandson. He is one week old here, but he's a whopping 2 1/2 months now. He has been on my mind this week since I know he is having a few firsts right now. He is sleeping in his own room now, and he starts daycare this coming week. 
This is my first baby painting I've been somewhat happy with. But even here I know I was being too fussy and overworked areas. It was good practice for future paintings of him!

More legs will return tomorrow :o)

Oh... and this is #9 for the 30 in 30 challenge. 

#8: Lope

6 x 6 oil on panel

This is my submission to the 30 in 30 challenge. Again, I'm keeping with "Legs" as a theme. I don't think I can fill the rest of the month with Leg paintings because I don't have that many sources. But I hope to get another couple done before I get bored. 

This guy seems to be loping toward the finish line. I really had fun with the fabric folds in his shorts, and trying to keep just the right amount of intensity in the colors. I like how it ended up.

#7: Sprint - SOLD

6 x 6 oil on panel

This is my submission to the 30 in 30 challenge. I'm still a couple days behind, but that's okay. 
Did I mention I like to paint running legs? I've been collecting photos but have not really dug into them until now. This was taken in Peoria at the Jingle Bell Run that my son-in-law was a part of. I stood at the finish snapping away at the legs coming into the finish! I wish the sun had been out that day then I would have fun shadows to play with. But instead I tried to focus on the muscles and gesture. 

#5: The Chase - SOLD

4 x 4 oil on panel

This is #5 for the 30 in 30 challenge. I'm pretty far behind since it is really day 8. I will post this on the challenge blog for day 7.  I have another one to post today also. I've been painting every day. I've wiped a few and had problems taking photos. There is still hope that I will catch up. But I'm okay with just doing the best I can. It's fun just to be a part of it. 

Running legs. I love running legs. This pair of legs are my favorite these days. What is not included in this painting is his mom's legs close behind as she tries to keep up! 

#3 Fall Farmers Market

6 x 6 oil on panel

Day 3 of the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge. This painting was inspired by a photo I took in October at the Woodstock, IL Farmers Market. The brick streets were filled with colorful mums. 

I'm pretty happy with this one. I didn't get too fussy. I like that the figures are just suggested. It was hard to leave them alone.