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Saturday, September 7, 2013

30 in 30!

I decided to sign up for Leslie Saeta's '30 in 30' Painting Challenge for the month of September.  The idea is to get you in the studio painting everyday, have fun with it, and just do what you can even if you can't get a painting done everyday.  Since the 'rules' were fairly easy I decided to sign up even though I will be gone for at least a week during this month.  (It should have been 2 weeks but our week of vacation was cancelled. That is actually, another whole Blog in and of itself!)  I have an upcoming Show in Idaho next week so I will be gone for that.

Anyway . . . I decided I would only Blog about the Challenge every few days or so rather than each day I do a new piece.  Easier on me and one less email you have to deal with!  I started a few days late into this too because I thought I was going to be away . . . on that vacation :( 

This is the first piece that I did.  As you can see from the different styles I am still 'exploring' which road I want to travel with my painting as versus my Collages.  Right now I'm enjoying the different 'moods' (and my husband would so agree with the 'mood' part!) so I guess that's what counts the most.

This is the first piece I did called "Sunsets are Free'

Sunsets are Free
12" x 12" Acrylic on Canvas
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Colorwise, this is probably closer to my Collages than the next two.  I enjoyed painting this one and have another, larger piece in this style started.

Next comes  'Abandoned to the Night'

Abandoned to the Night
5" x 7" Acrylic on Wood panel
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And lastly  'Night Watch'

Night Watch
6" x 6" Acrylic on wood panel
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I did this background like I do on a lot of my Collages ~ with a brayer.  Then I just let it tell me which direction to go.  I saw a forest and then decided to add this tree sitting on these rocks (from a photo I'd taken last winter actually ~ the tree was in hibernation and the rocks covered with snow?!! : / 

If you remember, last week I did the Palette knife painting (before the challenge started).  If you have a moment, I would love comments, or thoughts, on what you like best (or don't like).  Thank you.

In the meantime, have a great weekend!


  1. Hello Charlene,

    I am participating in Leslie's challenge,also. This challenge is great for beginners because it gives a wonderful opportunity to practice and learn.

    Regarding your above paintings. All three are beautiful and own their own individual 'mood'. For me it is very difficult to pick just one as a favorite because I enjoy a large variety of styles! (I very rarely dislike a painting unless it frightens the hell out of me!) However, I do lean towards colorful but then I love soft and gentle, as well. What an amazing artist you are to beautifully capture each individual mood!

    Can't wait to see more of your work from this challenge.

    Happy Painting!

    1. Hi Joan . . . Thank you so much! I appreciate your comments. I think the challenge is great for everyone. It makes us get in the studio and do what we love, and by doing that we can only get better - no matter what level we are at. Have fun with the challenge - and stay away from those lightening storms!! :)

  2. Linda I love each piece, your first is so vibrant and juicy and then comes such an evocative work. I love your style, very special and unique.

    1. Thank you Susan! i love your description 'vibrant and juicy' ! :) Have a great weekend!

  3. I'm also a challenge painter and having a great time. I too love your use of color but Abandoned in the Night is my personal fav. Happy painting.

  4. Thanks Sharon . . . I think out of the three that is my favorite too. Although, like you, I like the color in the first piece. Now . . . to just put those two moods together! :) By the way, I like your Bait and Tackle Shop!