Monday, January 26, 2015

January Challenge...Final Week

This is my last week of the January Challenge. My schedule this week is packed ; meetings, cleaning up the studio for Final Friday, family. Knowing ahead of time this is how things are headed this week I started  the last new pieces over the weekend. The piece below is finished on a 24-30 Gallery Canvas and is ready for hanging. This is the first sunset I have tried using acrylic paints. I think I like working in oils a little better. They blend well and are much easier to push around to form those highlights of the clouds. This piece was started on Saturday and finished this morning after about three hours of patience.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

January Challenge..Week Three

Turned up the palette on this new 24 x 30 abstract. I remember as a child leaving my crayons outside in mid July and how they melted and ran together. It always reminded me of a great kaleidoscope of colors. Giving the appearance of blending together but at the same time staying separate. Have a great weekend.

January Challenge...Week Three

Wanted to work with two new colors today. I also set in the trees first, then painted over them. When all done,I went back and highlighted the original trees. Close up this turned out really great. This is a 24 x 30 canvas and will be framed in a black floater fame.

January Challenge...Week Three

Day 12. Past the half way mark. Felt like a change in colors today. I prefer the softer, more muted shades. What is your favorite color palette?

January Challenge....Week Three

Week Three and I have started off the week with a smaller canvas(12x12). Exploring a softer palette today with the addition of Magenta and Cobalt Teal. Hope you have a good start to the week.

January Challenge...into Week Two

I am half way through my January Challenge today. As the week has progressed I have come to realize I need to rethink some of my original assumptions. In order to achieve my original goal of exploring the use of acrylic paints and loosening up my brush stroke I have had to move to larger canvases. They allow for more freedom of movement as I'm painting. This means I am not finishing a painting a day. The new piece pictured below, "By The Rivers Edge" took me two days to complete. With this change in process I am looking forward to the next two weeks; fewer but larger paintings completed. Wishing all a great weekend.

January Challenge...Day Six

Week Two of the January Challenge. 

I usually paint landscapes and in particular sky scapes or woodland scenes. Today's new painting is my second attempt of looking at one of my favorite subjects from an abstract perspective. We seriously will not discuss the first attempt. Something's are just better left alone.  I am working from a minimal palette of only three main colors. Today has been one of my more enjoyable of the challenge. 

Have a great Monday.

January Challenge...Day Five.

This is the fifth piece this week. I took the smaller 11 x 14 and applied some of the new techniques to this larger painting. We had a light dusting of snow over the past few days, so I incorporated it into the field In front of the woods. 

Hope you have a great weekend.

January Challenge...Day Three and Four

Loving these color combinations and the way hey work together and contrast each other.  I have been exploring the freedom and looseness of brush strokes through my recent abstracts. These two pieces are done on a Gallery Wrapped canvas which makes finishing so much easier. Ready to hang.

The January Challenge

When I was teaching for CPS. one of our requirements for renewal of our certificate was continuing education. When I first retired 18 months ago the very last thing I wanted to do was go back to school for any reason. I have finally settled into my routine as a retiree and have come to realize I miss the challenges of tackling something new. I have always worked in Oils and pretty much shunned Acrylics, mainly because I truly didn't know what I was doing.  I have set for myself a new challenge. I want to loosen up my brush work. It has been suggested that Acrylics will force me to do that. So, I have begun a month long project of Acrylics. The two paintings below are this weeks accomplishments. I have to admit I am really enjoying this as well as finding the unique differences between oils and acrylics challenging as well as exciting. I'll be painting Monday through Friday and will post the pieces here on my page. What new challenges have you set for yourself this New Year?


Monday, January 5, 2015

First Light of the Day

Like the First Light of the Day we welcome the beginning of a New Year. 

bright Yellow sunrise over a still dark ocean
First Light of the Day
24 x 48"
Oil on gallery Wrapped Linen


Where will this Year take Us?

Many of us make New a Year Resolution in the hope of improving the year ahead of us. I choose to look at this new year as a blank canvas, waiting to be filled with... Happiness, Love, Joy and Kindness. 

What will your new canvas hold?

I hope you fill it with all that is special to you.

Happy New Year!!

     “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”

                                                                                                  Brad Paisley

Enjoy Life Now...

It Has An Expiration Date

PS:  I hope you have enjoyed this post and that you will share
it with your friends and family.

Suzzanna Frank
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