I've been obsessed lately with the energy, the force, and the intense beauty of the animal kingdom. In our profound connection to the animal world lies our capacity to find both great love and immense danger.
I've joined Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. Day One. My intent is to work out some new ideas in small sketch form, and to take larger pieces that I've been working on over the course of a year, and finish them in a day. This is a departure from my normal work. I thought the speed of the challenge would prompt me to pursue some concepts without continuing to mull over them for - oh, well months ;)
Gosh, almost a year since I've posted. Thought I'd restart with a painting I had done of one of the wild cats my mother had rescued many years ago. This was Loveye. The first one rescued, and the last of mom's cats to pass away. She liked to sit in the South window tucked between a keepsake box and a childhood photo of my stepfather. She was devoted to mom, and survived through the advanced stages of mom's Alzheimer's. Which, in retrospect, spared Mom some grief when Loveye passed away.
It's be fun joining Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. My goal for the challenge wasn't to paint one painting start to finish in a day. I usually have 10 to 20 paintings in various stages of development in the studio. Some take days, some weeks, some months to resolve. I layer on paint, scrape out, start over, and sometimes just watch them for a while before completing. My goal for the challenge was to finish one per day, and that one may have been "cooking" for quite a while. Thanks to Leslie for hosting the challenge, and generously letting artists continue to post to her blog site. She also hosts a weekly radio show called "Artists Helping Artists." Well worth the visit.