Day 10 – 30 paintings in 30 days

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In college, I rowed competitively. As someone inherently drawn to contradictions, I quickly fell in love with this sport.

Rowing married the rigor and discipline of a solo sport with the camaraderie and bonding of a team.

I loved the balance of endurance and meditation, elegance and pain. And I was seduced by the pursuit of the elusive perfect stroke.

To a varying degree, I sense that same adrenaline rush now as I work in pursuit of the perfect stroke.

Here is painting 10 of 30:

SOLO #7 – 9″x12″ Oil & cold wax on Arches Oil Paper

Day 9 – 30 paintings in 30 days

Art, Solo Series

I’m curious to see how this 30-day meditation on The Line manifests in my work moving forward.

Will this new language of bold gestural marks become integrated into my work?

Will the difference be mostly one of mind set — intention, confidence, comprehension — and therefore discernible only to me?

Out of curiosity, I pulled out an old piece today and started painting over it. And I could definitely feel the difference. (Will post a pic of this piece when it’s further along…)

In the meantime, here’s painting 9 of 30:

SOLO #6 – 9″x12″ Oil & cold wax on Arches Oil Paper

Day 8 – 30 paintings in 30 days

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These pieces are so different from anything I’ve done in the past. And I’m finding this creative detour invigorating, if not intoxicating!

Mark making is still pretty new for me. Making a single gesture on a page is a bold statement. It feels risky and vulnerable. But this boldness by my hand is a thrilling departure for me. And I now feel a boundless curiosity to explore this most rudimentary of marks — the straight line…

Here is painting 8 of 30:

SOLO #5 – 9″x12″ Oil & cold wax on Arches Oil Paper

Day 7 – 30 paintings in 30 days

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One of the joys–and challenges–of making these pieces is resisting the urge to “fix” them. Each one appears on the page fully formed…completely unique, impossible to replicate.

Sometimes it can be tempting to pick at, scrape, add, fill in…just to “fix” that one thing. But then I remind myself that my only role here is to breathe life into these pieces. Nothing more. Once they’re out, I need to step back, and let them be what they are. It doesn’t take long for me to find beauty in their imperfections.

This daily practice has become an invitation to make peace with what is…and to let go.

Here is painting 7 of 30:

SOLO #4 – 9″x12″ Oil & cold wax on Arches Oil Paper

Day 6 – 30 paintings in 30 days

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It is now clear to me that this SOLO series will be the theme for the remainder of this 30 day challenge. Part of the joy of painting this series is trying to get the most out of a single line. This piece sings with so many colors…it is one of my favorites.

Here it is, painting 6 of 30:

SOLO #3 – Oil & cold wax on Arches Oil Paper

Day 5 – 30 paintings in 30 days

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Now I’ve caught the minimalist bug.

The act of painting a single line has me thinking about so much — focal point, color, balance, movement, repetition, texture, alignment, contrast, white space.

It’s 5 days into this challenge, and I am already experiencing a profound shift as I breathe life into this new body of work, which I am calling the SOLO Series.

Painting 5 of 30.

SOLO 2 – 9″x 12″ Oil & cold wax on Arches Oil Paper

Day 4 – 30 paintings in 30 days

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Delish!!! This minimalist painting pleases me in ways I can’t quite articulate. I am in love with the instant gratification of these quick studies, and hope this challenge will help me integrate these cold wax paintings on paper into my daily studio practice.

Here is painting 4 of 30:

Bark – 9″x 12″ Oil & cold wax on Arches Oil Paper

Day 3 – 30 paintings in 30 days

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We spent 2 weeks this summer visiting family and friends on the east coast in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New Hampshire. My memory bank is Overflowing with deliciously inspiring images, colors and textures just waiting to emerge in my work.

I see traces of Boston in painting 3 of 30.

New Bedford – 10″x 10″ Oil & Cold wax (2018)

Day 2 – 30 Paintings in 30 Days

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Yesterday was a super productive day in the studio!  What a rush. I’m so grateful for this incentive to get back in the studio, and focus on just Doing The Work, without being precious about it.

Here is painting 2 of 30.

Bird of Paradise – 9″x12″ Oil, cold wax, pigment on Arches Oil Paper (2018)

Day 1 – 30 paintings in 30 days

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In the studio this morning, I was listening to Artists Helping Artists podcast about Leslie Saeta’s 30-in-30 challenge (completing 30 paintings in 30 days). The thought of completing one painting every day in September was inspiring–and just the kick I needed to shake the post-summer vacation fog and get me ready for the Artist Trust Pop Up Art Market and COCA’s 24hr Art Marathon…both happening later this month.

Lately, I’ve been falling in love with the cold wax medium.  So my theme for this challenge will be quick studies of oil/cold wax on 9″×12″ Arches Oil Paper…pieces produced in a single sitting…except for my first painting below, which is a painting on wood panel that I completed this morning.

So here we go…Painting 1 of 30.

Cliff Dwelling – 18″x 24″x 1.5″ Encaustic, oil, cold wax, india ink, pastel, robin’s egg, coffee grounds, patina (2018)