Friday, September 30, 2016

Collage of 30 paintings in 30 Day Challenge


30 Day Challenge
Day 29
I tried to make each painting a special challenge of something that I needed to improve on.  I picked perspective, water, contrasts of dark and light, urban landscapes, reflections, people, and animals. It was an exciting month and I learned a lot.  I have some favorites among these paintings.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Day 29 "Garden Path"

30 Paintings in 30 Days
Day 29
"Garden Path"
10" x 8"

This is my final painting.  I was painting three days ahead because of leaving town at the end of the month.  Well the end of the month is tomorrow.  Some days I painted two paintings because of day trips to the mountains and one day working at a habitat house in Charlotte.  This scene is from the nursery at Biltmore Estates.  This was as pretty as the gardens there.  I will finish my collage tonight for all the paintings that I did this month.  I hope you enjoyed following this painting journey with me.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Day 28 "Peppers for Dinner"



30 Paintings in 30 Days
Day 28
Peppers for Dinner
8" x 10"
More peppers from our garden.  In one post I mentioned that sometimes artists still life ends up being a snack or dinner.  This time I did expected to cook these peppers for dinner.  I wanted bright colors and dark shadows on these peppers.  Only two more days to go.  I have been painting three days in advance because I will be out of town at the end of the month.  I'm still not sure that I will make it before I leave on Monday.  We will see!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Day 27 " Another Pepper"


30 Paintings in 30 Days
Day 27
Another Pepper
4" x 4"

Time is running out so I wanted to do more still live.  This is another purple pepper from our garden.  I wanted this painting to be about light and dark.  I love the background with a little red peeking through.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Day 26 "Symbols"




30 Paintings in 30 Days
Day 26
Symbols
7" x 5"
Oil on canvas panel

Various markers lead the way to Santiago de Compostela.  This ancient stone marker is filled with symbols.  On the left in blue is the scallop which is always found to mark the way to the church of St. James.  The cross is the symbol of St. James.  The "Stones of Sorrow" are placed on the marker.  Some bring them from home or like me, I would pick up one and carry to one of the special places that we stopped.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Day 25 "Fishing Village"


30 Painting in 30 Days
Day 25
"Fishing Village"
8" x 10"

This is a little fishing village in New Brunswick.  The challenge on this painting was the roof lines and color.  I wanted to make this more colorful than it was and I wanted to use lots of juicy paint on the one.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Day 24 " Beach Path"



30 Painting in 30 Days
Day 24
"Beach Path"
6" x 8"
oil on canvas panel
A path to the beach in Cape Cod.  The ocean is a deeper blue than it is here in the Carolinas.  Working on greens and shadows in this painting.  I never get tired of mixing greens because they can be so different.
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Friday, September 23, 2016

Day 23 "Open Gate"


30 paintings in 30 days
Day 22
7" x 5"
oil on panel
"Open Gate"
This is plein air piece that I painted on Tuesday.  I was standing across the street from Providence Presbyterian Church in the cemetery.  I closed the gates and stepped back and thought that the gates looked better open.  The challenge for this painting was getting the feeling that the church was across the street.  I didn't put the street in so it looked closer than it was.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Day 22 "Getting Ready for Christmas"


30 Paintings in 30 days
Day 22 "Getting Ready for Christmas"
8" x 10"
oil on canvas panel

Merry Christmas.  Today is a first day of Fall which means Christmas is around the corner.  This was an on line lesson with Leslie Saeta.  This was a double gift.  I won free lessons in 2015 but it included three lesson from 2014.  I didn't get the three lessons in 2014 right away so I forgot about them.  I checked back much later and there they were.  This is the last of the lessons.  I thought this would be a fun one for one of my 30 day paintings.  This was done with a palette knife.  It was hard to make the round shapes with the palette knife and my colors didn't quite look like Leslie's.  I am challenging myself each of the 30 days to do something difficult or scary or something I need to improve on.  So here are my box of Christmas ornaments.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Day 21: "Garden Fresh"


30 Paintings in 30 Days
Day 21
"Garden Fresh"
oil on panel
6" x 6"

The challenge today is a still life with lots of juicy paint.  My husband grows vegetables on our desk because the deer eat whatever is in the garden.  The pepper plants are very tall and healthy.  On this plant the peppers start out purple and then turn red.  I'm beginning to love peppers.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Day 20 "Wild Pony"


30 Paintings in 30 days
Day 20
"Wild Pony"
Oil on canvas Panel
8" x 10"

Believe it or not this is the white mane of this wild pony.  You have to hike up to Grayson Park to see the herds of wild ponies.  It is an amazing sight.  The challenge in the painting was to paint my first horse and especially his white mane.  Do you think he could see through that mane? Another challenge is this painting is all the different greens.



Sunday, September 18, 2016

Day 18 "Reflections on a River"


30 Paintings in 30 Days
Day 18
Reflections on a River
Oil on linen panel
7" x 5"

Sometimes painting on a small canvas seems like it will be faster but actually it takes more time because the drawing and painting part of it is very small.  This photo has intrigued me for awhile.  I felt that almost would have made a good abstract.  

Day 19 " Stone & Shadows"


30 Paintings in 30 Days
Day 19
"Stone and Shadows"
oil on linen panel
7" x 5"

This is a church courtyard in Sarria, Spain.  We took a break from our walk on the Camino de Santiago in Sarria where many people started their walk.  For us it was another 62 miles after walking 90 miles.  My husband and I started in Ponferrada.  I wanted to do this painting for perspective and shadows.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Day 17 "Resting"



30 Painting in 30 Days
Day 17
"Resting"
8" x 8"
oil on canvas panel

I wonder if this man resting on the stone bench was walking for a while on the Camino de Santiago or just enjoying the view before going to town.
I had two semesters of drawing and four semesters of figure drawing but it has been awhile since I have done any figures.  It is hard to draw this small figure in the painting.  But I think by adding figure to a landscape, it tells a different story.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Day 16 "Here's Looking at You"




30 Paintings in 30 Days
Day 16
"Here's Looking at You"
8" x 10"
Oil on Canvas
Today's challenge is painting animals.  One shy sheep is hiding behind the other one.   This was not an easy one for me.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Day 15 "Rock Wall"


30 Paintings in 30 Days
Day 15
Oil on canvas panel
10" x 8"

Half way there in my 30 day challenge.  This is a plein air piece painted in Providence  Presbyterian Church's cemetery.  At one time not long ago this rock wall was in disrepair.  The church hired an expert to rebuild it.  Volunteers were needed and were trained on how to build a rock wall.  Behind the rock wall is the slave cemetery and the spring where the native Americans watered their horses and the where first settlers camped.  Providence Presbyterian is celebrating its birthday of 250 years.  

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Day 14 Dune Shadows


30 Paintings in 30 Days
Day 14
Dune Shadows
8" x 8"
oil on canvas
http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/carol-pighin/dune-shadows/512131

I enjoyed painting and experimenting with a cloudy day and sand dunes so much  that I wanted to paint another one today.  I am discovering different blues to use in the sky to make the clouds pop.  My challenge in painting is also with contrast and depth.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Day 13 "Storm Clouds"


30 paintings in 30 days
Day 13
"Storm Clouds"
8" x 10"
oil on canvas panel
http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/carol-pighin/storm-clouds/511870


My challenge today was painting a colorful stormy sky and giving depth to the sand dunes.



Monday, September 12, 2016

Day 12 "Piloting a Ship"


30 Paintings in 30 Days
Day 12
"Piloting a Ship"
8" x 10"
oil on canvas panel

Day 12's challenge was painting this mighty tug boat that spends it day piloting big ships out of the harbor.  I was also trying to show the motion in the water.  I was on a New England and Canada Cruise last Fall.  I had a cabin with at the bow of the ship and a beautiful view of leaving the ports each day.  The pilot had just hopped back on this tug boat after seeing the cruise ship safely out of the harbor.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Day 11 "Baiting the Hook"


30 paintings in 30 Days
Day 11
"Baiting the Hook"
6" x 8"
oil on canvas panel

This man was fishing in Santa Cruz, California.  I loved the stillness of this scene.  The challenge for today was painting a person in the scene while giving the impression of a man fishing without the detail.,

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Paintings sold July and September

 September, 2016
"Abstract Marsh"
oil on canvas panel
8" x 10"
 "Red Boat
oil on canvas panel
8" x 10"


Sold in July, 2016
"Topaz Sky"
8" x 10"
"Serenity"
10" x 8"
"Shadows"
20" x 16"
"Winter White Beach"
30" x 30"








Day 10 "Winter Sky"


30 Paintings in 30 Days
Day 10
5" x 7"
$50
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http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/carol-pighin/winter-sky/511235


I took this photo while walking the grounds of the Biltmore Estate in Ashville.  The photo looked black and white because of the snow on the ground and the almost black stark trees of winter.  I challenged myself to use only two colors plus white. I used a mixed purple and cadmium dark yellow to capture the starkness of the day.

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