Sunday, January 15, 2017

Days 14 - 15 Leftover Gourds

Started this 6 x 6 painting yesterday but time was short as it often is on a Saturday - so I finished it this afternoon. This picture is way to contrasty - the shadows are not nearly that harsh.  Guess you'll have to come to Maui Open Studio February 25 and 26 to see it in person.  đŸ˜‰  Manana, mas!  #stradaeasel

Friday, January 13, 2017

Day 13 - Sketching and Painting in Lahaina

Busy day sketching and painting in the Banyan park in Lahaina, Maui.  Gorgeous day and the temperature was perfect. Will be going back...   #stradaeasel

Day 12 - Above Makawao

Very voggy day on Maui.  Though the haze is hard for some people it makes landscapes interesting.  The sunlight was wonderful!  Not happy with the foreground so will be heading back up to finish it one of these days.  #stradaeasel

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Day 11 - Copy paper and ball point pen.

Day 11 - unexpectedly found myself in ER today and so did a life sketch on the back of something there.  Top of a tray table.  Enjoyed drawing it!  Everyone is fine and back to painting today -

Day 10 - No White Paint

Left the white paint in my studio - darn it!  So carved out the values with paint and will go back again - hopefully Friday morning.  Day 10 of Strada 31. #stradaeasel

Monday, January 9, 2017

Day 9 - Paint Tubes

Day 9 of 31.  Having fun.  This is almost finished.  Am going to leave it for a couple days.  Painting in Makawao tomorrow morning and in Keokea on Wednesday.  Expect to finish it on Thursday.  Will post a better pic then.  Thank you for visiting -   #stradaeasel

This has been a fantastic impetus for me to regain a great painting routine after several months needing to be caregiver for several family members.  Everyone is fine - but it's been tough to be away from the paint.

Day 8 Eggplants

Was tough to get to the paint today - wonderful family weekend.  Just squeezing this one in...
Day 8 of Strada 31.  #stradaeasel

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Day 7 of the Strada 31 Challenge

A day at the beach with my boys.  Mixed media study done with pens, water soluble pencil, watercolors and casein in small Moleskine watercolor book.  Moody ocean.  Wonderful to be outside after all the rain we've had.  #stradaeasel

Friday, January 6, 2017

Day 6 of Strada 31

Nope - didn't finish.  Fixed some drawing problems and made progress.  Had more fun than yesterday if that's possible.  Painting on the beach tomorrow. Ah......  can't wait.  This palette is a bit unusual for me - so many colors.  A warm and cool of each primary plus a transparent red oxide.  Strada 31. Day 6. #stradeasel

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Day 5 Paint paint and more paint!

Okay - So I'm already tired of painting tiny little card fronts.  This is 10 x 10 and Sooo much fun!  Hopefully will finish it tomorrow if I can wait that long - perhaps after dinner.  Fifth day of the Strada 31 paint challenge. This is just what I needed!  #stradaeasel

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Day 4 - Tomatoes

Day 4 of the Strada 31 day paint challenge.  So I took the few left over colorful tomatoes and put them on top of the red ones.  Most of the purple ones had been consumed but worked a little purple in there.  This was a fun study for a larger painting.  Will need some more multi-colored tomatoes from Mana but they were all out last night....  To be continued...   #stradaeasel

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Day 3 of Strada 31 paint challenge

Day 3 of Strada 31.  So - I finished my value sketch and notan and my darling daughter ate most of my still life!!!  Ugh...  She has a bunch of special needs and cherry tomatoes are like candy to her - so how can I fault her - cute as can be!  So here's the drawing - loved these too - they were the multi-colored ones.  Will get more for tomorrow...  #stradaeasel

Monday, January 2, 2017

Day 2 - Oil Sketch "After Breakfast"

Day two of the Strada 31 paint challenge for January.  This is an oil sketch on prepared paper.  Using limited palettes chosen at random also.  This particular one is Winsor Red Deep, Winsor Yellow and Old Holland Scheveningen Blue Deep.  The prepared paper is watercolor paper with a warm granular wash on it with shellac over that to protect the paper. So I'm starting on a middle-ish value, not white.  #stradaeasel

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Strada 31 Day Painting Challenge Day 1

I'm doing the Strada Easel 31Day painting challenge. Besides painting and drawing, my purpose is also to have 31 small oil sketches to use as card fronts for stationary. :) So this is Day 1 - January 1st, 2017. Happy New Year!!! #stradaeasel And thank you Strada and Haley!