Thursday, January 31, 2013

30 in 30, #30, "The End"

9 x 12
oil on canvas, $95
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It's been a lot of days of painting, but have finally reached the last of the "30 Paintings in 30 Days". The ranch theme for this series has been inspired by the Food Network show, The Pioneer Woman, a great cooking show, but equally as inspiring in it's videography of the family's ranch. These particular horses are from a painting trip to Ennis, Texas, just south of Dallas. Their position, just like bookends, seemed to be a perfect "ending" for this challenge.

Thanks again to each of you who have been following me through this painting frenzy, for all your encouraging comments, and especially to all on my "followers" list who have had their mailboxes filled each day with these posts. I promise to give you a break!  


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

30 in 30, #29

9 x 12
oil on canvas, $95
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Had planned for this to be the last of the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge, you know, "riding off into the sunset"...but have come up with a finale that I like best to end this series. So stay tuned for the finish tomorrow! 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

30 in 30, #28

9 x 12
oil on canvas, $95
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Feeding time on the ranch is my 28th entry for the "30 Paintings in 30 Days". Hard to believe that we are down to only two left in this challenge. Can't tell you how much I appreciate all the comments by you who have stuck with me through this painting frenzy.

Monday, January 28, 2013

30 in 30, #27

9 x 12
oil on canvas, $95 
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"The King of the Ranch" is what this rooster thinks as entry #27 in the "30 Paintings in 30 Days". Just don't tell the cows, horses and ranch hands!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

30 in 30, #26

9 x 12
oil on canvas
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Entry # 26 in the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" on the ranch!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

30 in 30, #25

9 x 12
oil on canvas, $95
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We are up to 25 entries in the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" with this cat that lives on the ranch, gotta stay with the ranch theme, you know! This one is also a first for me, painted entirely with palette knife. A big part of this challenge is to grow in your art by tackling new things and stretching yourself past the norm, and I will have to say this was a totally new and enjoyable way to "sling paint". Thanks to all who are following me and encouraging me on this challenge, hope you will stay with me for five more!

Friday, January 25, 2013

30 in 30, #24

9 x 12
oil on canvas, $95

Checking for open gates on the ranch is the entry number 24 for the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge, also proving that real cowboys wear pink shirts!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

30 in 30, #23

9 x 12
oil on canvas, $95
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Fishing on the ranch lake is entry number 23 in the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

30 in 30, #22

9 x 12
oil on canvas, $95
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A cowgirl has gotta have just the right boots! Ready for some boot scootin'??? Number 22 in the "30 Paintings in 30 Days".

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

30 in 30, #21

9 x 12
oil on canvas, $95
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Love this cowboy's happy face knowing he's having fun working on the ranch, #21 from my series "30 Paintings in 30 Days".

Monday, January 21, 2013

30 in 30, #20

9 x 12
oil on canvas, $95
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Number 20, two thirds through the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" Challenge.  

Sunday, January 20, 2013

30 in 30, #19

9 x 12
oil on canvas, $95
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There are always fences on the ranch that need repairing, so everybody gets to help. Again, many thanks for all your comments on this challenge of 30 Paintings in 30 Days.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

30 on 3, #18

9 x 12
oil on canvas

Ready to mount my horse! Every young girls dream. An everyday occurrence on the ranch for the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" Challenge. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

30 in 30, #17

9 x 12
oil on canvas, $95
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A good break from all the work on a ranch is a little fishing. This is number 17 of the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge. 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

30 in 30, #16

9 x 12
oil on canvas, $95
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This is the start of the second half (#16) of "30 Paintings in 30 Days" with getting the horses out of the barn for another day on the ranch. Thank you again for so many positive and encouraging comments!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

30 in 30, #15

9 x 12
oil on canvas, $95
Day 15...Half way through the "30 Paintings in 30 Days"! Now that's something to "crow" about!!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

30 in 30, #14

9 x 12
oil on canvas, $95
Cowgirls are part of the ranch, too! Number 14 in the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge.
Thanks to everyone who has posted so many encouraging comments, you are my cheerleaders!

Monday, January 14, 2013

30 in 30, #13

9 x 12
Every ranch needs a dog to curl up with after a hard day of work! This is entry #13 in the "30 Paintings in 30 Days". 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

30 in 30, #12

9 x 10
oil on canvas, $95
Thought I would give you a glimpse of a couple of stages I usually go through with these paintings for the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge.


I start off with a light drawing, spray a fixative, then a wash of yellow ochre and red, giving the painting a warm under tone.
Burnt sienna and ultra marine blue makes a darker mixture for establishing darks and lights and values. This is followed by adding color to the painting.





I'm a couple of days ahead on the paintings and I especially like tomorrow's painting #13. Stay tuned!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

30 in 30, #11

9 x 12
oil on canvas, $95
"30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge entry number 11. Another cowboy fits right into this ranch theme! Here are some of the other entries for the day.

Friday, January 11, 2013

30 in 30, #10

9 x 12
oil on canvas, $95
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Entry number 10! Wow, one third of the way through 30 Paintings in 30 Days. Thanks to all of you who have stayed with me through this challenge and for your many nice comments.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

30 in 30, # 9

9 x 12
oil on canvas, $95
"30 Paintings in 30 Days" entry number 9. I'm trying to stay ahead with a few paintings so I don't get caught on one of those days when life gets in the way of painting. So far this is working! Had fun with the silhouette of these horses heading to the barn at the end of the day.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

30 in 30, #8

9 x 12
oil on canvas, $95
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Had no intentions of staying with this cowboy/ranch theme but I'm on a roll now and will see if I can keep it up for all the paintings of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge. Thanks for continuing to follow along with me. 


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

30 in 30, #7

9 x 12
oil on canvas
$95
Finishing painting 7 of the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge puts us at the end of the first week. Thanks for sticking with me on this challenge.

Monday, January 7, 2013

30 in 30, # 6

9 x 12
oil on canvas, $95
30 Paintings in 30 Days entry number 6. You can tell this is one of the good guys, how can I tell? White hat, of course!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

"30 in 30", # 5

9 x 12
oil on canvas, $95
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Have made it to number 5 in the "30 Paintings in 30 Days". Thanks to all who have commented and offered encouragement in this new year's commitment. 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

"30 in 30", #4

9 x12
oil on canvas, $95
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Entry number 4 of the "30 Paintings in 30 Days". These posting times are really coming around very quickly....but this challenge is pushing me to paint more often and to try new things...whew!!!

Friday, January 4, 2013

30 in 30, #3

9 x 12
oil on canvas, $95

Number 3 of 30 Paintings in 30 days!
I think I have a Western theme going on here!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

30 in 30, #2

9 x 12
oil on canvas, $95
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Here is my second entry to the "30 Paintings in 30 Days", only 28 to go! Here is the link to check the other entries.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

30 in 30, #1

9 x 12
oil on canvas

It's the first week in January and most of us are busy making resolutions for the new year. I've never been very good at this in the past, but fortunately a California palette knife artist has done it for me this year. Leslie Saeta has started a "30 paintings in 30 days" challenge on her website. Needing a little extra push, I jumped at the chance to challenge myself and this is my first entry. I'm hoping to work on a looser style of painting with better color harmony, so let's see how #1 will compare to #30.

Those of you who get an email each time I post, please bear with me through this challenge. I don't want to clutter your email box but hopefully you'll enjoy the challenge along with me and also check out the other entries on Leslie's site.