Day Three of Mary Gilkerson's 5-Day Painting Challenge. So much fun!
|Taos Gorge Overlook, 5"x 7", pastel|
|Taos Gorge Overlook, 5" x 7", pastel|
|Taos Gorge Overlook, 5"x 7", pastel|
I have decided to jump on the bandwagon and do Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30, which is her Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days Challenge. An ambitious undertaking, I know, but I am convinced it will reap great rewards. I am a big proponent of doing studies so this challenge will be right up my alley. Participants are asked to post their first painting on February 1, so I have a lot of decisions to make before then.
Among the things to consider are the medium, the theme/subject, color palette, tools, surface and lastly, how large to work. None of these need be written in stone but I feel being consistent for these 30 days will yield the best results.
Another consideration is whether to not to set a time limit per painting and, if so, how long? Twenty minutes, an hour, three hours? It will depend on the size of the painting. I'm leaning toward an hour at the most because it will be a tremendous help in my goal of distilling a subject to its essence and will hopefully, result in something strong and beautiful in its simplicity.
It's a little scary making this announcement but I'm doing it to keep myself accountable. I'm not expecting any masterpieces but I am expecting this to be a very valuable and rewarding endeavor. I have a feeling it will reveal things that are presently hidden, which is both exciting and motivating. I plan to keep a record throughout the process and will share a recap of the experience upon completion.
Along with posting on Leslie's 30 in 30 blog, I will also be posting on mine, gayesekula.blogspot.com. I invite you to subscribe if you would like to be notified as posts are made. It is a separate subscription from my newsletter. You have my word that unless I do another 30 in 30, you will never receive this many blog posts in such a short amount of time ever again! If you don't want to see them come day after day, you will be able to view them all at the end of the challenge.
Now off figure out what to paint.....
|Pecos, New Mexico|
It is almost the middle of November, the weather is cooler now and autumn leaves are falling. I used to dread this time of year but now it is my favorite season of all. It is a time to slow down and reflect. It has been an amazing year... I don't know when a year flew by so quickly. So many wonderful things happened one after the other, almost too quickly to savor fully.
The time has come for reevaluation and the setting of new priorities. I have taught Beginning Oil Classes for well over a decade. In recent years my focus has shifted to portraits, which led to teaching Portrait/Figure Classes, as well as starting a monthly Portrait Group. It was no easy decision to make the announcement that I would no longer be teaching my Monday morning class.
I still have many irons in the fire and will be using this time to put things in order of importance. Social media is something that has needed to take a backseat for quite some time. I will continue sharing announcements for art organizations and checking in from time to time but social media has become a dark, black hole that saps my creativity more than feeds it. It is time for a change.
There will be no waiting for New Year's Day to make a resolution...I am beginning today, right now at this very moment to slow down and be more mindful. I will be in my sacred space, my studio, more often now and more mindfully present. It is autumn in more than just the time of year, it is also the autumn of my life and the timing is perfect.
Wishing you all peace in your hearts and in your homes this holiday season.
|"Sydnie", was selected as part of the FAV15% (jury's favorite 15% of the entries) in the August 2017 BoldBrush Painting competition by Fine Art Studio Online (FASO). Thank you, FASO!!!|
|"Sydnie" 11"x 14", Pastel|
|"Taos Hollyhocks" 10"x 8", Pastel|
|Kachina Lodge, 8"x 10", Pastel|
|"There Are Always Flowers", 8"x 8", Pastel|
|"Studying Degas #2", 7"x 5", Pastel|
|Studying Degas #1, 7"x 5", Pastel|
We all get those emails...the ones that attempt to stroke our egos with misspelled words and incorrect syntax. This was not one of those. It stroked my ego all right but it was well written which made me wonder if this was the real deal.
Well... a box of August issues of Western Art Collector arrived today complete with my feature on page 112!
This has been an amazing year. If it is a dream, please don't wake me.
I am so excited to announce that my painting "Abigail" has been accepted in the American Impressionist Society's 18th Annual National Juried Exhibition.
Thank you, AIS and jurors for this honor!
Montgomery-Lee Fine ArtPark City, Utah
September 28th - October 29th, 2017
Opening reception Thursday, September 28th
The past several months have been very busy and very exciting. Along with teaching and maintaining my own art studio, I have the great honor of serving as the Portrait Society of America's Texas Ambassador.
We had a great turnout in Dallas where Texas members participated in a Face-Off. There three more planned for 2017, one is Houston, one in Alpine and one in Bastrop.
I am currently working on a big event for Texas members, which will be announced in the next few months. If you would like more information about the Portrait Society of America, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next class sessions begin August 7, 2017.
Beginner to Intermediate,, . Cost: A six-week class is $153, plus studio fee.
Portrait and Figurative, Intermediate to Advanced,, Cost: A six-week class is $153, plus model and studio fees.
All classes are limited to 10 students
For more information please send an email to email@example.com
|"Alexandra on the Volga" After Fechin|
|"Peonies", 4.5" x 8.5", Pastel|
|Pierre Auguste Renoir|
|"The Team", 7"x 8 1/2", Acrylic|