Preparing For Leslie Saeta’s 30 Paintings In 30 Days Challenge

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:

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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:

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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:

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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.

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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:

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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.

Help Me Choose A Frame

Okay so I have completed two paintings which I am considering entering into the coming Mornington Art Show in mid January.

However before I do I would love your help choosing a frame.

Here are the ones I have selected as potentials:

And for painting number two:

So what do you think?

Which of the frames do you think works best?

Please leave a comment below with your thoughts as I would love to get your feedback.

The Cherry Blossom Tree

The Cheery Blossom

“The Cherry Blossom Tree”

8″ x 12″

Oil on Board

SOLD

(Auction starts at 8PM on 12th December)

One of my favourite artists is Charles Condor. He painted in the 1880’s with Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts and was a key part of the Heidelberg School of artists.

He is often thought to be one of Australia’s early pioneers in Australian Impressionism … but fact is he as English and only spent a few years here in Australia.

What I loved about his paintings is the way he captured Cherry Blossom trees.

I have one in the backyard and after five years it is yet to grow into the fine blooming sensation of the ones captured by Charles Condor.

I was passing by a farm in the country a year or so ago and noticed one in full bloom that reminded me of Condors paintings.

Then I realised … old house … old tree … lots of Cherry Blossoms.

One day when the one in my backyard grows up I will paint it … for now though this painting will have to do 🙂

Leslie Saeta’s 30 Paintings In 30 Days Painting Challenge

Leslie Saeta's 30 in 30 Painting Challenge

Leslie Saeta’s 30 Paintings In 30 days Painting Challenge

I am very excited to announce that I have taken up the challenge and joined Leslie Saeta’s 30 Painting In 30 Days Challenge.

The idea behind the challenge is to do one painting each day for 30 days. Then each day all of the artists taking part will share the painting on Leslie’s blog ‘Slices of Life’.

In 2013 Leslie ran the challenge twice … January and September and the feedback from the artists participating was very inspiring. Having watched it happen twice this year I decided to kick of 2014 by jumping in and taking part in the challenge.

By painting every day for 30 days there is no doubt that my painting skills will improve. I am planning on painting small and developing a theme … possibly along the lines of ‘Idealic Country Life’ … Australian landscape paintings that feature farms, cottages, etc. I will have to give this some more thought prior to January 1st.

The other reason I am planning on joining in is to connect with more artists around the globe via the challenge.

So how is Leslie Saeta?

I have been following Leslie now for about 2 years. She is a palette knife painter who paints a lot of boats and seascapes. But she is more than just a painter. She is the host of the very popular ‘Artists Helping Artists’ blogtalk radio program. If you are an artist with ambitions of earning a living from the sales of your paintings then you have to listen to the weekly podcast show.

I am looking forward to the challenge … if you are an artist why not join us over at Leslie’s Slices of Life Blog – Click Here For Details

I will be creating a blog post here for each of the paintings that I do each day of the challenge. They will all be available for sale from the blog post.

NOTE: If you want to follow my progress during the challenge then subscribe to the blog on the right hand side where it says ‘Get Blog Updates’. Also I will be giving away one of the paintings in a prize draw so make sure you subscribe to the section that says ‘Win A Painting’

Lastly … I would love to get your feedback, comments, thoughts etc on the paintings that I do each day so feel free to leave your comments, and share the blog posts.

A Quiet Life

A Quiet Life

A Quiet Life

12″ x 16″

Oil On Canvas Unframed

SOLD

 

Sometimes I day dream about a quieter life.

Perhaps a small hobby farm or even 10 acres … somewhere quiet and peaceful.

The only sounds disturbing the silence are the wind in the trees, the screech of a cocky and a nearby river … ahh the serenity.

Portsea Beach Sheds

Portsea Beach Sheds

Portsea Beach Sheds

Portsea Beach Sheds

8″ x 10″

Acrylic on Board Framed

SOLD

I recently visited the site where one of favourite artists, Arthur Streeton, painted at Barretts Point in Portsea.

After taking lots of photos I walked along the cliff tops and down on to the beaches below snapping pics as I went.

When I came across these boat sheds on the beach in Portsea I knew it was something I had to paint.

This is a great little view and for lovers of the Mornington Peninsula and the Sorrento / Portsea area it would make a great gift for Christmas.

Brisbane Ranges Farm 2

Brisbane Ranges Farm

Brisbane Ranges Farm 2

Brisbane Ranges Farm

8″ x 10″

Acrylic on Board Framed

SOLD

There are certain subjects I am drawn back to again and again.

I love painting the Australian landscape especially when you get the golden fields and blue sky effect.

This subject is of a farm I spotted in the Brisbane Ranges near where I was parking to go for a bush walk. There was just something about the way the farm buildings where sitting in the field surrounded by large gums and the distant hills.

Will definitely be returning there in summer to paint.

Hanging Rock Painting

Hanging Rock (Mount Macedon)

Hanging Rock Painting

Hanging Rock Fields

12″ x 16″

Acrylic on Canvas

Sold

The area around Mount Macedon is a great spot for Australian landscape artists.

When we were filming for the TV show “Yes You Can Paint” we decided to do an episode at Hanging Rock in Mount Macedon. Local artist, and highly regarded Australian landscape artist, Richard Chamerski offered to help us out and found this great location on a local farm. The view of Hanging Rock was the best I had seen … thanks Richard!

So I keep coming back to paint this scene and just love it.

Anglesea Beach 2

Anglesea Beach 2

Anglesea Beach 2

Anglesea Beach 2

12″ x 16″

Acrylic on Canvas

SOLD

Another view of Anglesea Beach with a view across to the next beach.

One vivid memory I have of going to the beach as a kid down this way was the colourful array of beach umbrellas, windbreaks and people.

Anglesea Beach 1

Anglesea Beach 1

Anglesea Beach 1

Anglesea Beach 1

12″ x 16″

Acrylic on Canvas

SOLD

First sign of a sunny day on the weekends and Anglesea Beach starts to come alive.

Its a great spot for family’s to get away and enjoy the coast on the weekends or their holidays … however it’s an even better spot for artists as the subject matter is endless.

This is a little view of where the estuary runs up to the beach which is a popular spot for kids to swim.

A great little painting that is ready to hang and would make a great gift for Christmas.

I have a feeling there will be a whole lot more paintings of Anglesea Beach in the future.