Category Archives: Daily Painting

A Breakthrough Leads to a Decision about my 50×50 Commitment

I made a decision last week that I’d been mulling over for quite a few days. I tend to be a bit wishy-washy about all decisions, whether it’s what to have for breakfast or something that will majorly impact my life. Despite being an artist, I’m an extremely overly analytical person, and I have to look at a decision from as many angles as possible before going one way or another.

About a month ago I decided to take on 50 paintings in 50 days. This was a good idea at the time, as I had success with my 30 paintings in 30 days challenge from September. And the first 25 days of my new commitment were pretty great…the project got me into the studio every day, and into a daily routine. I tried some things I probably wouldn’t have tried without the commitment. I could keep going, but my heart isn’t in it. Here’s why:

Some of these little paintings led me to bigger and better things. I fell in love with my little sky studies, and I decided to try my new technique and style on a larger scale. I took what I learned from the sky studies and applied them to a new 16″x20″ cycling themed painting:

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Final Charge
16″x20″
Oil on Canvas

I am so completely enamored with the process I went through when painting this. Something clicked in me…loosening up with my brushwork and experimenting with some slightly less realistic (and bright!) colors was so joyous. I feel like I’ve created something more unique than I ever have before, and it feels like “me”.

So rather than forcing myself to continue painting one little painting every day, I’m running with this new-found freedom that painting larger has granted me. I’d love to be able to paint a 16″x20″ every day, but it’s not realistic to think I can fit that into my schedule!

My commitment is still to paint every day for the remainder of the 50-day period I originally pledged I would complete. I’ll probably even end up painting more hours than I did with the little paintings. I’m so, so excited about expanding my style and working bigger, and I have several other larger paintings already in the works. I can’t wait to share them with you, and I’ll do my best to post some in-progress photos so you can see what I’m up to. It feels amazing to have a breakthrough!

Remembering Costa Rica

Over the holidays, Brian and I were fortunate enough to spend 3 weeks in Costa Rica. If you missed the blog posts from our trip, you can read them here:

It was a truly amazing trip, one that we’ll remember for the rest of our lives. I’ve been wanting to do some paintings based on photos I took on that trip, so I took a break this week from my skiing themed work to focus on this magical place. We spent most of our trip on the West Coast, so we got to enjoy lots of gorgeous seaside sunsets.

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 Costa Rica Palms
4″x6″, Acrylic on Canvas

 

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Dominical at Dusk
4″x6″, Acrylic on Canvas

 

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Tropical Twilight
4″x6″, Acrylic on Canvas

 

Time for Après

Here are two little paintings that can be displayed together or separately:

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Time for Après
4″x6″
Acrylic on Canvas

 

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Time for Après II
4″x6″
Acrylic on Canvas

I love après ski almost as much as I love skiing. It’s such a great feeling to sit with friends while enjoying the sunset and sharing an appetizer and some beverages. Reliving the day’s memories, laughing, and reminiscing is almost as much fun as being on the mountain! This pair of paintings celebrates that contented feeling. Skis are planted in the snow while their owners enjoy some après.

Ski Day at the Basin

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Bluebird at the Basin
11″x14″
Acrylic on Canvas Board

Yesterday I skied at Arapahoe Basin with my friends Christy and Matt. I hadn’t been there yet this spring, and I forgot how much fun it is to ski there late season. It was such a beautiful day, I took several pictures for future paintings. This painting was actually created from two photos; one that I took, and one that Christy took. Thanks for letting me paint your photo, Christy!

There really is a method to my madness…

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Sky Study #6
4″x6″
Oil on Canvas

Alright, you probably think I’m nuts now that I’m on my 6th sky study…but they are fun and I am learning! I switched up the color scheme this time to be more red and blue heavy, instead of orange and purple. I’m almost finished with a larger painting (to be revealed soon!) that uses the colors and shapes from my sky studies #3-5. But I’m also prepping for a new large painting that will use reds, blues and purples in the sky. I kind of consider these little 4″x6″s practice, so I’ll be more confident when I start working on a 16″x20″, 18″x24″ or even a 24″x36″! Working with such a large canvas can be a little intimidating, so anything I can do to make it a little less scary is a good thing!

Call Me Crazy…

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Climbing into the Sky
11″x14″
Acrylic on Canvas

I paint a lot of figures skinning or climbing up mountains with their skis. There’s a reason – besides painting, it’s one of my favorite things to do. Call me crazy, but there’s something so satisfying about huffing it up a mountain for a couple (or several) hours and being rewarded with fresh powder at the end of the uphill journey. It slows life down a little. I talk to my husband and friends a lot more when we’re skinning than we do sitting on a chair lift (although that’s fun too!). And burning the equivalent of a 1/2 lb buffalo burger and a Bloody Mary is pretty satisfying too (because, let’s face it, that’s probably what I’m going to eat after I ski down!).

This painting was painted in acrylic. Even though I’m currently having a love affair with oils, my paintings have been selling at the gallery and I need more inventory! When I joined the gallery I got accepted based on my acrylic work, and I have to reapply if I want to display oils. So, I’m splitting my time between oils and acrylics at the moment. Hopefully I’ll have enough of a body of work in oil to reapply again soon.

Sky Study #5

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Sky & Mountain Study #1
4″x6″
Oil on Canvas
Not for Sale

I’m a little late posting this, but here’s another little study in my sky studies series. I painted this yesterday morning and then got absorbed working on a larger piece that I started earlier in the week. The time flew by, and before I knew it, I had to walk out the door and didn’t have a chance to post. So here it is…sorry it’s late!

Here’s a little sneak peak of the larger piece I’m working on. It’s 16″x20″ and I’m also painting it in oils. These little studies have really helped me get the look I’m going for in the larger piece. This piece isn’t all sky either…it’s a little more exciting than just abstract clouds and colors, in my opinion. But I’m keeping the subject matter a secret for now…so you’ll just have to wait and see what I have cooking!

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