How I Met the Painting Challenge

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I entered a painting challenge, 30 Paintings in 30 Days, late in the game. I decided to do smaller paintings, abstracts with a knife and other non-brush tools, as a way for me to get back in painting shape and get used to painting again, after my long nearly endless move across the country. I started the challenge while I was still unpacking, still getting my studio painted, and still arranging the new house. This turned out to mean that I didn’t get a lot of art-painting done, but I did do about 13 paintings. They will all appear here eventually in a gallery. This painting is one that I did this week and I like it quite a bit. It’s called “River of Ice” and is a very heavy, textured, 16″ x 20″ acrylic on panel.

This one, River of Ice, used to be another painting; I won’t tell you which one, but I have decided that I need to paint over some originals to avoid having to buy art supplies for awhile, and because it’s more “sustainable,” for now, like recycling.

I have no idea when I’ll be in another art fair, maybe never, maybe next year, so I need to not increase the amount of paintings I’m currently storing in my house. It’s already too many. That means if you want an original, now is the time to buy one, or it just may turn into something else. This is something most artists do eventually, out of necessity. Even famous artists do this, even the masters like Van Gogh and Picasso have repainted. Most people have no idea how many paintings an artist can produce and they can build up in number very quickly.

Meanwhile, now I have these little ones that don’t take up much room, so there was no need to paint over anything for these exercises. Even though they are excercises for me, that doesn’t mean they aren’t art. They would look great framed and hanging in your house or business, just as much as any art you see here.