30/30 Challenge – Day 27

I guess I’m a little behind at posting, although I honestly have been hitting the 30/30 painting-a-day-challenge every day so I’m happy to be forming the habit which really was the goal and the ultimate challenge for me.  Here’s one that may or may not be finished.  I’m learning these things may not ever be finished!  That is the ABSTRACT question, isn’t it?  When is it finished!??


“Pond’s Edge” 8 X 10 Oil and Coldwax on Cradled board

What I do like, is that I am starting to find a voice in these.  Seeing some sort of recognizable image is something that seems to be extremely important to me, although I don’t really know why.  Why does a painting have to BE something… represent something?  I don’t know, but it seems to be an on-going struggle for me.  I  blame it on the fact that I have been a commercial illustrator for so long.  I guess am learning a new way to illustrate – by intuition and movement – illustrating what I see in my mind.

A huge fan of the impressionists, I have never been interested in painting exactly what I see anyway, so perhaps I am on my way to some sort of “abstract realism”?  I know if I keep pushing through it, experimenting and practicing, my voice will appear.  In the meantime, it’s exhilarating to just have fun with it!

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30/30 Challenge – Day 20


Cold wax and oil on cradled board

Today, realizing the importance of getting into a sketchbook habit, I’ve started my own personal challenge – allowing myself to “play” like THIS everyday!


My favorite quote from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

This seemed a fitting first page for this sketchbook kick-off.


And I couldn’t help fitting in a little mindless scribble!

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