Well I am getting really excited about the coming ’30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge’ being run by Leslie Saeta.
At last check over on Leslie Saeta’s Slices of Life Blog there are 179 artists signed up for the challenge beginning on 1st of January.
So I have been busy preparing for the challenge.
My first consideration is that I will be away camping in the Grampians over the new years period and not entirely sure when I will be back … perhaps around the 2nd or 3rd of January. So for those first couple of days I will paint them before I go on holidays and have them automatically post to my blog here starting on the 1st January. I will still paint 30 paintings in the 30 days so I will probably end up with 32 or so paintings for January.
My next consideration is what to paint?
I have decided to work on a theme. I have noticed that some of my favourite artists like Robert Hagan for instance will paint a lot of paintings around a tight theme for a period of time. It is something I have always intended to do but find myself being drawn to all sorts of subject matter so I tend to jump around too much. So this challenge is a great opportunity to focus in on a theme.
So what is the theme I have chosen for the challenge?
Well … I love paintings of Australian homes and farmhouses set in Australian landscape paintings. So that is the theme I will run with for the challenge … ‘At Home In Australia’.
Here is an example of the sort of painting that I will be doing throughout the thirty day challenge:
For some reason I find myself drawn to these sort of paintings. This one above that I did yesterday reminds me of an old run down house that was across the road from where I grew up as a kid. The place was overgrown and we never did know if anyone lived in there … though I am sure it was home to someone.
So part of my preparation for the challenge is to get everything in order.
Yesterday I went and got 30 8″ x 10″ MDF panels to paint on and now I am busy applying geso to get them ready to paint on:
I have my palette and brushes at the ready. I tend to paint with a limited palette using just Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna and Titanium White:
Most important I have my photos all sorted into different categories in a box so I have at my finger tips ready access to reference materials. I have collected more than 5,000 photos in the last 5 years from my travels so I have plenty to dip into when I need them. One thing though … I don’t have a huge number of photos of Aussie houses. Fortunately I live in the old part of Geelong and in all of the streets around me there are lots of old weatherboard houses, some renovated like ours, and plenty that are in a rustic like condition. So I will probably be doing a walk around photo shoot shortly.
And of course you want plenty of paint so I have a tub full which should see me through to the end of the challenge:
I will be posting every painting in the 30 day challenge here to the blog.
If you want to follow along then you can come back each day … or add your email into the section on the right hand side that says ‘Get Blog Updates’ … this will add you to the notification list where every time I post to the blog you will get notified. This will make it easy for you to follow the progress if you are interested.
Finally … every painting I do will be listed on eBay as a 7 day Auction starting at just $0.99.
So if you see a painting you like you will have the opportunity to bid on it and hopefully own it 🙂
Well that is all from me for now as far as Leslie Saeta’s 30 Paintings In 30 Days challenge goes.
I hope you join me on the journey, follow along, and bid on a painting or two.