30 paintings in 30 days: Day 20

Today I worked on that 30"x40" that I shared earlier in the week. It is going more slowly than I hoped. I also painted first layers on a couple new canvases -- one is for the Festival of the Arts and one is a commission.

There are just about 10 days left in the 30 in 30 challenge -- perhaps I can force myself to finish some of the 13 paintings I have in progress and limit any new ones to the commissions I am supposed to be working on. Wish me luck!

30 paintings in 30 days: Day 19

I decided to keep working on the painting I was working on yesterday. I am really excited about the progress I have made! I think I am going to put it aside for now and evaluate it with fresh eyes in a few weeks. I am still considering putting a building in amongst those trees on the right. In real life, there is a firework stand there.

Memorial Day #7 - 36"x36"

I am approaching a year of self-employment and I feel like I have made about zero progress on developing a schedule and good routines. Yesterday, there were several non-painting things I was supposed to do, for life and for business, but once I started painting, I couldn't stop.

So, I have a new idea, which is to start the day with an hour of computer work, whether that is responding to inquiries about commissions, building my press list, researching inventory software systems, or whatever it is I have on my list. Then, after that is done, I'll head into my studio. And then, I'll close out the day with half an hour of additional correspondence and planning for the next day. Of course, this is for days that I don't have freelance work to do.

I always have ideas and to dos rattling through my brain all evening, which detracts from the quality of my personal time and life. I am hopeful that if I can end the day with some organization, I can do a better job of keeping work at work -- something that is important to both my husband and me. Anyone have any advice to share? I'd love to hear it.

30 paintings in 30 days: Day 18

So, here I am with another unfinished painting. I have to say, though, that I am happy with the progress I have made on this one. I started it just yesterday and it is 36"x36." I have some big decisions to make -- whether to put in a hint of a road in the grass, whether to paint a building over on the right and whether to make the "lightweight" clouds in the top half much more substantial. 

I wasn't intending for this painting to be part of my Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts lineup, but came across the reference photo yesterday and decided to add it to the mix. I have actually already painted a 6"x6" from a different crop of the same image (as well as six other paintings from the same night of photo taking). I shared the 6"x6" earlier in the month; here it is again.

Here is the reference photo I am currently painting from. 

30 paintings in 30 days: Day 17

It's great to be back in my studio after five days away. I'll admit that I got a late start this morning, but after I got going, I painted non-stop for several hours and again after lunch. I worked on a few paintings' backgrounds today, in addition to the painting you see below. Each painting needs multiple layers of paint, so I an easily work on a painting for days before it is anything more than a green and blue color field. There are definitely efficiencies in having more than one canvas going at a time.

This painting is 18"x24" and I am hoping to finish it tomorrow. I like it how it is for its screen print quality, but I like it as something other than a painting that fits in with my current body of work. So, it won't stay like this and by the time you see it again, it will look much different. 

And...really hoping to be able to share some finished paintings with you soon. Thanks for hanging in there with all these in-progress shots.

30 paintings in 30 days: Day 16

I'm headed back to Oklahoma from New Orleans today and I am excited to pick up work on this painting.

The painting is 30"x40" and will be the third painting I have done from a gorgeous, highlighter-pink, September sunrise. The first two are shown below. I love how light the sky is in the second one and that's what I am aiming for with this one.

Enid Sunrise #7 - 30"x40" - Available here

Enid September Sunrise - 12"x12" - SOLD

Here is the reference photo for the one I am working on currently.

30 paintings in 30 days: Day 13

Today's painting is what I call a "sketch painting." It doesn't have nearly enough layers of paint to be a finished product. Additionally, it seems I got to New Orleans without my white paint; I only have titan buff, which is the color of milk with a dash of coffee. I love this color for muting bright colors, but white it is not.

It looks like there is a low bank of clouds above the horizon. What I was trying, and failed, to do was capture that gorgeous transition of dark blue to purple to pink to yellow to light blue that happens as the sun fades in a cloudless sky. I like to think I will have more success when I have white paint (and more than an hour). My reference painting, originally posted on Instagram, is below.

30 paintings in 30 day: Day 12

Today's painting was completed last night in a hotel room. It's not the first time I've painted in a hotel room! It is 6"x6" on a wood panel.

CatherineFreshley_day12

I love the light minty part of the sky. I've done several paintings with mint-colored skies but so far they have either been small paintings or the mint has been a small portion of a large painting -- I've got to figure out how to paint some large mint skies soon.

30 paintings in 30 days: Day 11

Today's painting is a bit of a departure from my "normal" landscapes and it is not nearly done. It's 12"x12" and is an attempt at Sunday's sunset.

I've been wanting to try the bright and wispy pink clouds that so often accompany our sunsets. I need to make them much more prominent in my painting, but hopefully still somehow keep them looking light and transparent. This will be a challenge, as will those branches (see below). I snapped the photo on Sunday evening when my husband I were walking home from the store. Enid is not what anyone would call a walkable town, but we do live just a few blocks from a strip mall. So, we often walk there to get small grocery loads, to go to Ace, to get hair cuts and for gelato.

30 paintings in 30 days: Day 10

I love today's painting! It is my current favorite. I throw that term around a lot though -- my latest painting is often my favorite, until I finish a new one. It's 20"x20" and painted from a photo I took driving north on Hwy 81 in September. If you think trees on the horizon is just my shtick, I swear, there are always trees on the horizon here.

I also painted this painting from the same photo as part of September's 30 in 30 challenge. The first rendition was only 8"x8," so was much looser. You can see the source photo below. 

I am excited to be heading to New Orleans tomorrow for the first time in a year. I went to college in New Orleans and lived there and worked at an advertising agency for about a year and a half after graduating. I kept my job with the agency as my husband and I have moved around, sometimes traveling to New Orleans as often as every six weeks. I'm heading back for a couple days of freelance work and a bachelorette party for one of my best college girlfriends. The trip should be a wonderful source of inspiration and a big hiccup in my 30 in 30 endeavor :) Emails may be sporadic over the next handful of days...