30 in 30

This is the page where I will be posting 30 paintings in 30 days!  Stay tuned!

Look for it.  Hold me accountable.  Help me grow.

Here is a link to the 30 in 30 Challenge, if you would like to join in!  Look at the map of artists from all over the world.   And there I am listed in Thomson, GA!!

http://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30.html

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Day One – 30 Day Journey
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Day Two – Morning Light -6×8 acrylic
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Day Three – In A Different Light
5×7 acrylic
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Day Four – “Labor Day”
11×14 Oil

I painted this one from a photo over several days.  I’m taking a Labor Day Holiday today!  I love the work ethic of these two munchkins.  Fall is in the air!

 

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Day 5 – A Memory
11×14 acrylic
$80

From my photo and memory of experience.

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Day 6 – From the Top of the Driveway
8×10 Oil
$75

We live on a hill with a steep driveway.  One gray morning, I set up at the top of the driveway and painted this.  That is the open garage to the right.  Just over that ridge is a steep descent to the road.  It was a morning of solitude with my thoughts.

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Day 7 – Reflective River
9×12 Oil
(work in progress)

I am in Blue Ridge for the Plein Air Paintout.  So today I painted in two locations.   This is one of them.  It’s unfinished, but it sure was a lot of fun being there and painting.  Stay tuned!

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Day 8 – Blue Ridge Mountains
9×12 oil
on exhibit til Oct. 17 at Blue Ridge Arts Center

Today I participated in my first Quick Draw.  That means I painted this in a one hour timed competition.   My goal was just not to be embarrassed!  The location was a vineyard in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  With all the straw hats of Plein Air painters and rows of vineyards, I thought I was in France!  A fun day!

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Day 9 – Morning on Depot Street – Blue Ridge, GA 
9×12 Oil
on exhibit til Oct. 17 at Blue Ridge Arts Center

More painting in Blue Ridge, GA — What a beautiful morning I had watching the town come to life!  (That four-colored building on the right is the Gartrell Gallery – you can find my paintings there.)  Go upstairs and visit!

Day 10 – Standing in the Storm – http://melaniestokesart.com/blog/

Day 11 – Not able to post due to aftermath of Hurricane Irma – power down, along with trees!

Day 12 –

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A Little Corner 
5×7 oil

Here is a little 5×7 done in about an hour one day.  Not today, because we are still without power and cleaning up after the storm.  I did paint a bit this morning.  But some days, it ‘s just not worth posting.  Pulling out one from reserve, today.

 

 

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Day 13 – Once Upon A Time…
24×30 Oil
$360

Named so, because it takes my mind to long ago and far away.  No place in particular, but I’m sure there is a story there just waiting to be told.  Use your imagination!

 

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A Little Light on the Subject
6×8 Oil

Day 14 – and day 4 of not having power (after Hurricane Irma).  When you paint outside, lack of electricity is not an immediate problem.  There are still abundant sticks in my yard, but for this morning…I painted.

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A Pot of Marigolds
5×7 Oil
$50

Day 15 – A quick 5×7 from my backyard.  A wisp of a painting!

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8 AM Daylight
9×12 Oil
$60

Day 16 – I’m addicted to this daily painting!  It is Saturday and I was on my front porch painting by 8 a.m!  Trying to learn how to capture it in less than an hour, for the light and shadows are so ever-changing.

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Lake at Mercier Orchards
9×12 Oil
$85

Day 17 – Last Saturday, I was in Blue Ridge, GA, painting out at Mercier Apple Orchards. What a gorgeous place!  I set up lakeside to enjoy the view and paint en plein air.  If you haven’t been lately, not only do they have delicious apples, but plenty of family fun to attract crowds of mountain tourists.  It’s hard to imagine all the activity of a parking lot behind me when we look toward this peaceful view.  It’s all about what you choose to see!

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Sky and Earth
5×7 Oil
$60

Day 18 – A 5×7 painted from a photo of the orchards in Blue Ridge.  I see a lot that needs tweaking, but will go ahead and post it for today.

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Winter’s Night
18×34 Oil  $300

Day 19 – Yes, it is 90 degrees outside on this September day and I am painting snow.  Why?  Sometimes, art happens.   I took a photo of this house in Blue Ridge summer and the background evolved.   Cooler weather and seasons of winter are ahead.

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“Unoccupied”
5×7 Oil
$60

Day 20 – I noticed the light on the bluebird house this morning.  It was in my line of vision from the studio door.  I was trying to be true to my commitment to paint outside for 30 days on this hot, muggy day.  So I settled for the doorway with the AC in the background!  The birdhouse is unoccupied by bluebirds, presently.  But always there, waiting for their arrival.

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September Skies
26×30 oil
$400

Day 21 – This was a FULL day and I never picked up a paintbrush.  But I did present a program about my paintings.  And I did observe the “September Skies” as I came and went, thinking about how I would paint them.    This, one of my favorites, was painted several years ago.   I always notice clouds in September.  There is something about the way that the shadows get longer and crisper in September, something about the billowy look of the clouds as they float by, changing shapes as quickly as one realizes that summer is gone!    The change in the clouds and atmosphere each September reminds me of a day, thirty seven years ago today, when we stood in a hot cemetery for my mother’s funeral.  It was a sad season, with beautiful clouds overhead, clouds that surrounded me with comfort.   They still do, today.

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Dairy Barn
11×14 oil
$140

Day 22 – While I worked at the gallery, I painted a commissioned piece and did this one as an extra from my photo.  What’s not to love about an old barn?

 

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Day 23 – Morning Fog
6×8 Oil – $60
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Day 24 – Watching Clouds Roll By
9×12 Oil-$80

Sunday Afternoon on my front porch — watching the clouds roll by!  Amazing Creator, God!  Impromptu worship service with a paintbrush in my hand.

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Day 25 – Ocean in Miniature
5×7 acrylic
$60

Painted with a palette knife and acrylic paint.

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Day 26 – In the Back of MAC
11×14 Acrylic

MAC on Main Art Gallery is the name of our cooperative gallery in Thomson, GA.  I painted this to keep from hovering over my adult painting students as they painted on Tuesday.  It’s the back corner of the studio, and the hub of our gallery operations.    And, behind this hub is a Cooperative of fourteen artists who work together to create, manage, promote, and work this place at 107 Main Street.  We are, literally, the “Back of MAC.”

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Day 27 – “Sheltered”
9×12 Oil
$125

See blogpost for today on Ponderings Page.

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Day 28 – “Backup Tree-O”
5×7 Oil
$60

After I painted “Sheltered” yesterday, I whipped this one out quickly.  I like the looseness.    (Title credit goes to my clever husband!)  I’m glad I had an extra one to post today because I have been working in my studio on a slower project.  Hoping to have it finished in the next TWO days!

   

Day 29 “The Back Corner of the Garden, #1 and #2,
5×7 oil,
$60 each

I enjoyed the cool morning.  The only flowers I could find to paint are in the back corner of a raised garden.  Delicate, little marigolds, visited by an even more delicate butterfly!  (The lattice in the first one bothered me so I tried again.)  Try, try again – that’s what the 30 day challenge is all about!

...Day 30!

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Day 30 – Happy Dance!
12×12 Oil
$130

So named, because I wanted the capture the dance movement of the hummingbirds that frequent my yard.  And the one in the top right reminds me of Snoopy doing the happy dance.  AND, I am doing the happy dance because this is Day 30 – the grand finale – of the 30 day challenge!  Thanks for sticking with me, holding me accountable, encouraging me, and making purchases!

What did I learn?  I think one thing I learned is not to ponder and dwell on a painting too long.  Knowing I had to post one daily, made me learn to paint fast and to post it whether I felt it was totally finished or not.  Maybe that builds confidence to just put it out there, right or wrong.

I’ll still be going in my studio daily.  But, I will be glad to slow down the pace a bit and work on some larger projects.  I learned a lot about plein air painting – practical techniques and painterly techniques.  Stay tuned for more to come!