Sunday, January 27, 2013

30 in 30 Challenge: Day 25 and 26

I decided I really need a weekend off. Instead of waiting and getting behind this close to the finish, I worked ahead. Yesterday I painted three studies! It was so late by the time I finished that I didn't post yesterday's painting even though it was done. I will post them both here and then tomorrow's will be in its own post.
The weather, sea, and sky was spectacular yesterday. Unfortunately I am still having issues with my gear but I decided it was a good opportunity to practice another approach. I drove the truck and parked a half a mile from my house and sat there and sketched wave studies. Oh how I wished I could be right out painting on the beach. The colors! The light! The waves! Not to mention the rainbows. All I could do was get the shapes and take lots of notes. I went home and started painting from my sketches and from memory. I did all three paintings yesterday as I didn't want my memory to fade any more than it naturally does.
So, here is the official painting for yesterday, Day 25 and is also Wave Study #29 and its accompanying sketch:
©2013 R.L. Delight, Wave Study #29, 6"x8", oil on canvas
Sketch for Wave Study #29
Making a study sketch from life and then painting a study from the sketch and memory is a process that I am actually enjoying. I like the challenge and the freedom that comes with it. I think it is a good exercise. I plan to do this once in a while to improve my skills.
Here is today's painting, Day 26, and Wave Study #30 along with the sketch:
©2013 R.L. Delight, Wave Study #30, 6"x8", oil on canvas
Study Sketch for Wave Study #30
A note on my process, I don't trace or copy the sketches directly onto the canvas or panel. I set them next to me and work from there. That allows me to change things if I so choose. I like the freedom.
I would like to take time to develop the sketches in the field a bit more in the future. So many wonderful possibilities. I am having a lot of fun!
Day 27 will be posted tomorrow. I plan to spend this weekend getting caught up and organized as well as working on my website and hopefully blog. I need a little time to reflect on what I have learned from this challenge.  A little reading and playing my cello will be sprinkled throughout as well.
One final note, this is my 198th post on this blog. I am coming up on 200. I would love to think of something to celebrate with but I just might be too busy finishing the challenge. We will see.

1 comment:

Theresa said...

Look at you go! Love them both but I have to say #29 is my pick for favorite of the two. Looks like you had the perfect storm out there the last few days, without the wreckage!

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