Well, it appears I won't get thirty barns finished, but that's okay. I have been keeping myself busy. Here are two figure sketches done over the past couple of days. My intention is to put in a big push for the rest of the week and see how many small barn paintings I can come up with. I should be able to get to the 20 or 21 mark. Honey Bunny wants to put them all up in a bunch on the living room wall. We'll see.
Well, here we are. Two-thirds of the way through the challenge and I'm still going strong. I do need to finish this one off because I have an idea for one last painting that will take at least five or six days to complete.
Spent the majority of time today on the roof line of the barn. It was off a bit in the perspective department and I had to bring it back. Now I'm quite a bit happier with it. I will need to do just a little touch up to the barn and the rest of the buildings before I'll be happy. I also need to retouch the tree branches in the lower right part of the tree. After that I'll take care of the foreground and then start of the finish of the painting.
It's been awhile since I posted a Sketchbook Follies. Over a year as a matter of fact. I need to change this. One thing I've come to realize is that if I'm going to take some time to relax and watch a movie, I can also be sketching at the same time. And I really don't need a reference or model to do it. One of the sketches done above was just from my imagination and the other was from a photo reference I had on my tablet computer. I won't say which is which.
Here is day #2 of the larger painting. I have pretty much finished the sky and most of the tree. I'm sure I'll spend a few more minutes on the tree before calling it done. In the next session I'll bring the barn to a good level of completion and start on the foreground. It is starting to look closer to what I see in my mind for the completed painting.
So begins a larger painting and consequently, a painting that will take three or four days to complete. I'm bringing all kinds of ideas to this painting, so let's see how it turns out. If it goes the way I hope it does, I may do an even bigger painting towards the end of the challenge.
During the next painting session I intend to finish the sky and begin on the barn and trees.
I needed to take a break from the barns in the 30-in-30 Challenge. My last one (yesterday) was my best one, in my own opinion, but the next one is going to take three or four days to finish. So I wanted to do something outside the challenge just for the heck of it.
The Meyer lemon tree in the backyard has pretty much finished for the season. We need to get the last of the lemons off the tree so it can have a couple months of rest before it starts putting out blossoms. Maybe I'll haul my plein air setup out there in a couple of months when the tree is full of blossoms and enjoy the tree by doing some outdoor painting. Me and the Africanized honey bees.
Well, here it is. My two day painting. Love all the flowers. Who would have thought California (poppies) and Texas (blue bonnets) could get along so nicely? It would be wonderful to walk through these fields and pick some color for a bouquet and possibly a painting.
Here is something a little different. One thing I've always said about the 30-in-30 Challenge is that you don't have to complete a painting a day. Just show that you have been painting each day. If you want to do an hour a day for thirty days on one painting, then have at it. Just post your progress photos each day. This painting I'm working on will take me two days to finish and the next one I'm planning will probably take three or four days.This painting will end up being Barn #15 when I'm finished.