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WIP - New Succulent Garden Painting

Hi! I hope you had a fantastic Christmas holiday! Mine was quite lovely. We got to spend a ton of time with family and ate soooo much. I did find a few quiet moments to start a new painting that’s been rolling around in my head. I feel like this one will be one of my most ambitious paintings yet. There is so much going on here. Usually, I stick to a larger, single flower/succulent type of image. This one is PACKED with succulents!

WIP - Succulent Garden Painting

First, I loosely sketch out my drawing to make sure I can fit everything on my large 24”x24” canvas. I just want to get the basic shapes down. The next step is a more detailed drawing, where I start to draw in the actual leafs and petals.

Work in progress - succulent garden painting on easel. First step: Drawing it out.

Just a note: I love my new neutral grey glass palette. It’s fantastic! It’s easy to clean and the colors appear more true than the white plastic palette I was using. This cost a little more than the plastic palettes, but it’s really worth it.

WIP - Succulent Garden Painting. Starting to paint!

Finally, it’s time to paint! I didn’t finish drawing all the details on the right side. I was too eager to start painting. I will continue to make slight adjustments as I go along.

Work in progress - Succulent Garden Painting. Starting to paint.

I am so excited to paint again! Hopefully I’ll be able to finish this one before April of 2019…


What projects are you working on? What are you going to start next year? Let me know in the comments section below!


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WIP - Pink Peony Oil Painting - COMPLETE

Yay! My pink peony painting is finally complete. I LOVE how it turned out and I’m super excited to give it as a gift this year for Christmas.

Pink Peony Oil Painting by april bern

This painting is done in oils, measures 20”x24” inches and is 2” deep. I carried over the painting design onto all four sides. This baby is ready to hang!

Pink Peony Original Oil Painting - side view
Pink Peony Painting - Top View

What are you working on? How’s it going? Let me know in the comment section below! I’d love to see!

Happy arting!

-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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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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80/100 through 85/100 - The 100 Day Project

I made the mistake of starting the new large painting that I've been dreaming about for a while and now all I want to do is paint that! That, coupled with super nice weather and the work on my patio finally complete so the garden is put back together... I'm finding it a little difficult to stay inspired to keep paint these little paintings. Don't worry. I didn't make it all the way to day 85 to quit now.

Here are the paintings for days 80/100 through 85/100:

80/100 - Cerro Pedernal. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

80/100 - Cerro Pedernal. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

81/100. Sunset. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

81/100. Sunset. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

82/100. Perfect Blue Sky. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

82/100. Perfect Blue Sky. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

83/100. Coleus. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

83/100. Coleus. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

84/100. Beachscape. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

84/100. Beachscape. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

85/100. Saguaro National Park. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

85/100. Saguaro National Park. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

How's your project coming along? Need some encouragement to get through the last few remaining days? Let me know in the comment section below. I'd love to cheer you on!

 

Happy creating!

-a

 

 

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76/100 though 79/100 - The 100 Day Project

Oh no! I'm slacking! Well, slacking on blogging anyway. I'm still painting every day! Here are the latest 4 paintings:

76/100 3"x3" acrylic painting. Saguaro National Forest, Tuscon AZ.

76/100 3"x3" acrylic painting. Saguaro National Forest, Tuscon AZ.

77/100 3"x3" acrylic painting. Oxalis.

77/100 3"x3" acrylic painting. Oxalis.

78/100 3"x3" acrylic painting. Red Rock, Las Vegas

78/100 3"x3" acrylic painting. Red Rock, Las Vegas

79/100 3"x3" acrylic painting. Abstract Cotton Candy.

79/100 3"x3" acrylic painting. Abstract Cotton Candy.

Only 20 more days! Not that I'm counting ;)

 

Happy creating!

-a