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WIP - Succulent Garden Painting - COMPLETE!

Hi! After many many months, i finally finished my most ambitious painting to date! I LOVE how it turned out! This painting was a labor of love, one tiny section at a time.

Succulent Garden - 25"x25" Oil Painting on Canvas
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This bad boy is a whopping 25 inches wide by 25 inches tall and 2 inches deep. What a difference from all the tiny 3”x3” paintings I created last year for the 100dayproject. Working on something this large was so refreshing! It’s ironic that I am still using the same tiny brushes that I used when i painted all those tiny paintings. I like to call it my mighty tiny brush…

It’s my favorite mighty tiny brush— a    Simply Simmons angle 1/8 angle brush    that I get from Michaels.

It’s my favorite mighty tiny brush— a Simply Simmons angle 1/8 angle brush that I get from Michaels.

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I can’t wait to hang this up! I’m thinking of hanging a few of my larger paintings on the wall behind where I stand to paint. Why, you ask, since the paintings will be behind me? I’m hoping to start something CRAZY and video some timelaspes of me painting, and that may be a nice background… We’ll see. I need to play around with camera angles and positioning. I’ll keep you posted!



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WIP - Lady Slipper Orchid Painting

Right now, I have three paintings that are in progress. You saw the last one, my large overly ambitious succulent garden painting. I am a little stuck with that one right now and had to put it down. I started a smaller succulent painting that is much less daunting. I’ll give you an update on that one soon. And, as if that wasn’t enough on my plate, I am working on a Lady Slipper Orchid painting for my mom!

I’m super excited about this painting for my mom though. I took her to the Chicago Botanic Garden 2019 Orchid show a few weeks ago and was totally inspired to paint this particular orchid for her because these are her most favorite orchids. I don’t know, there’s something about these that she loves so much. I decided to try and paint it in similar colors to the Yellow Rose painting I made for her last year. I imagine she’d have these hanging side by side.

Lady Slipper Orchid- almost finished!

Lady Slipper Orchid- almost finished!

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Day 1: I drew the flower and just filled in the canvas with paint. I’m not worried about the color or the shape of the orchid yet. I’ll fix it as I go along.

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Day 2: I darkened the background color and painted the leaves. I like where this is going so far!

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Day 3: Totally changed my mind about the background color (it was a dark dark blue) and I decided to make it a dark green to coordinate with the Yellow Rose painting I did for my mom last year. I added highlights to my leaves and I started painting in the white petals on the orchid.

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Day 4: I tackled the yellow petals and the “slipper” portion of the orchid. It’s looking good!

Now all I need to do is refine the petals, and add the finishing details. Stay turned!


Happy creating!


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WIP - Pink Peony Oil Painting

Hey there! Long time no see! After the #the100dayproject concluded, I took a small break from painting and focused on creating 2019 calendar templates and 2019 photo calendars for my shops. I wanted to make sure I finished those by end of September. I have good news- I finished and they turned out really great. And do you know what that means? I’m painting again! WOOOO!

Pink Peony Oil Painting - Work in progress

After painting 100 tiny 3”x3” canvas, I decided it was time to go big. I picked up a sweet 20”x20”x2” canvas and began my peony painting by lightly sketching out the shape. I’ve wanted to paint this peony for so long! The layers and shape of the petals are so luscious and drew me in.

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I can’t wait to show you the finished painting!

Happy creating!

-a

 

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100/100 - The 100 Day Project Challenge Complete!

Here it is! My last little painting for #the100dayproject!

100/100. Saguaro. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

100/100. Saguaro. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

I love how this turned out! I'm a big fan of using the finger painting technique I used during last years 100 Day Project. I think it makes the backgrounds look so interesting and gives it a depth that I struggle to recreate with a brush.

This years 100 Day Project was great. There was far less blood, sweat, and tears this time around. I cared about the outcome (of course) but I learned that not every piece has to be a rock star. I feel like I experimented a lot more this year and I found a few things that set my soul on fire that I cannot wait to try on a larger canvas!

Here's a look at all 100 tiny paintings:

2018 100DayProject COMPLETE!

It's a little impressive to see all 100 tiny paintings all in one place!

If you're in a funk with your art, be it painting, photography, baking, etc., I wholly recommend participating in some sort of challenge like this. Creating 100 pieces of anything will help spark new creative ideas!

Have you finished your challenge yet? How did it go? What are some of your thoughts/feelings about how it went? Let me know in the comments section below! Let's compare notes!

 

happy creating!

-a

 

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96/100 through 99/100

I'm so close! I feel like I have to make my last painting something spectacular and amazing. I mean, no pressure or anything, right? In the meantime, here are the final few before the big 1-0-0.

96/100. Agave. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

96/100. Agave. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

97/100.. Bucket List. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas

97/100.. Bucket List. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas

98/100. Morning Sunrise. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas

98/100. Morning Sunrise. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas

99/100. Current Mood. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

99/100. Current Mood. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

My favorite out of all of them  is day 97/100. I LOVE the night sky, I love how I painted the galaxy, I love the arch...

Which painting has been your favorite? You can see all of them in one place here: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/100teenypaintings/

Let me know in the comment section below!

 

 

happy creating!

-a

 

 

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91/10 through 95/100

I can't believe that I only have five days left for my #the100DayProject! In five days I will have completed 100 tiny 3"x3" canvas paintings in oil and acrylic. How cool is that? Now I have to plan how I'm going to take a photo of ALL of them! Check out how I displayed and photographed last years project.

Here are a few of my recent paintings:

91/100. 3"x3" acrylic landscape painting

91/100. 3"x3" acrylic landscape painting

92/100. Mt. Rainer, Washington State. 3"x3" acrylic painting on canvas.

92/100. Mt. Rainer, Washington State. 3"x3" acrylic painting on canvas.

93/100. Milky Way. 3"x3" acrylic painting on canvas

93/100. Milky Way. 3"x3" acrylic painting on canvas

94/100. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

94/100. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

95/100. Echeveria chihuahuensis. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

95/100. Echeveria chihuahuensis. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

 

How's your project coming along? Are you finished already? Nearly? Let me know in the comments below and drop in a link where we can check it out and congratulate or cheer you on!

 

happy creating!

-a

 

 

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WIP - Brand New Succulent Painting

I'm so excited to show you what I've been working on in between my recent #the100DayProject paintings. I started sketching my idea for this painting last year, but put it on the side in order to take part in two indie art & craft shows. This year I spent a ton of time painting and prepping tons of tiny cacti paintings for two art shows/markets and a consignment shop in Chicago. Then the 100 Day Project started and I’ve been holed up in my studio working on these tiny paintings every night. Whew! So, I've been painting, just nothing larger than 3"x3" inches. Until this past week.


This painting has been calling me. For months. Every time I saw her in the studio, half drawn out, I felt such a pang to paint. I finally succumbed last week and I’m so glad I did!

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Yes, I did number the leaves on the painting and on my reference photo. It helps to keep track of the leaves as I draw.

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I'm in love with this painting! I realize I probably say this about every painting I work on, but really, it's true. You know that feeling when you have a brand new boyfriend/girlfriend and you cannot stop thinking about them? And when you're with them, time goes by so fast and all of a sudden you look up it's 2am and you are way past curfew? You muddle through the next day and the thought of seeing them keeps you going? This is exactly how I feel about this painting.

I hope you have a project that makes you feel like this!

 

Happy creating!

-a

 

 

 

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86/100 through 90/100 - The 100 Day Project

I hope you're having a fabulous week! I started a new painting last week that I'm so in love with. So almost every day I've been working on my #the100dayproject painting, and this new LARGE one. It's so nice to be painting on a large scale again! I cannot wait to show you. If you want a sneak peek, join me on Instagram. I've been posting process and progress shots all week.

In the meantime, here are the last few days of my project.

86/100. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

86/100. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

87/100. "The Grass is Greener." Acrylic on 3"x3" canvas.

87/100. "The Grass is Greener." Acrylic on 3"x3" canvas.

88/100. Sunset. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

88/100. Sunset. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

89/100. Washington Beach. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

89/100. Washington Beach. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

90/100. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

90/100. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

Happy creating!

-a

 

 

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