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A Few More Paintings

At the end of last week’s blog post, I said, “Two down, thirty-eight to go.” It sounded impossible when I said it, but I was still determined to meet my blog goal of creating fifty plein air paintings before my third blogiversary, which is also my sixty-second birthday. That’s February eighth. Once I did the math, I knew I needed two paintings per day, plus an extra two somewhere along the line, to meet my goal.

Today, that goal feels slightly less impossible. These may be tiny, but there are fourteen of them, and I painted them since my last blog post.

Six Tiny Pictures

Six Tiny Pictures


Eight Tiny Pictures

Eight Tiny Pictures


I know I can do three in one day because I had to do it a couple of days this week to make up for the fact that I did not paint on Saturday. That was the day we had snow flurries. I’m sure there are intrepid painters in places other than Florida who would think nothing of painting in such weather, but I stayed inside that day, covered in fleece blankets and drinking hot beverages. I have no regrets.

I hope to move further afield eventually, but all of these itty bitty paintings were done from my back yard or front yard. I wanted to paint and I wanted to make it as easy as possible, so I would enjoy it and keep doing it. I didn’t pressure myself with expectations about quality; I just painted. I told myself that nothing mattered except the process. I’m learning from my mistakes, so I might as well make a lot of them.

I like these little paintings. I had fun painting them. When I line them up and look at them, I can see improvement from day to day. I’m getting better at painting trees. I’m getting better at painting sky. I’m even getting better at painting plastic pink flamingos.

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Still Painting

Seven more days, seven more paintings. Okay, I will admit I skipped painting one day and doubled up the next. The day I skipped was the day I finally dragged myself to a doctor and got some antibiotics. I was tired after all that running around and I just decided not to push it. It was the right decision. The next day I painted two paintings with no problem.

All of this week’s paintings are itty bitty paintings. I was still feeling unwell and I didn’t want to bite off more than I could chew. I knew I could handle tiny canvases without committing too much time to the project every day. I need to get braver in the next ten days or I need to go shopping for more itty bitty canvases. I’m starting to run low. Almost all of my new paintings are fruits and vegetables. I painted a bulb of garlic, a small tangerine, some green onions on a cutting board and a couple of strawberries.

Four Tiny Paintings

Four Tiny Paintings


The next day was my doctor day and the day after that, I painted two paintings. One is a painting of some nuts I borrowed from my husband. He’s been enjoying mixed nuts since the grocery store marked them down after Christmas. I put them back in the nut dish when I was finished, so I don’t think he missed them. The other painting I did that day was a tiny landscape. I based it on a photograph I took when I was in North Carolina last October.

I don’t think the location is recognizable, so I will just tell you that it’s Graveyard Fields, one of my favorite spots on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I know there are a lot of problems with this landscape, but there is something I like about it – that little bit of blue sky peeking through the clouds above the mountains. I like that piece of blue sky.

Three Tiny Paintings

Three Tiny Paintings


Today, I found half of an orange in the refrigerator. I think it might be a blood orange; the flesh is definitely dark pinkish red. It was wrapped in plastic wrap, which I removed while I was painting it. I couldn’t help thinking of that commercial that used to come on when I was young. It was an ad for plastic wrap, and the wife came in and saw the husband painting a still life of cut fruits and screamed, “Oh, the honeydew!” Plastic wrap saved the day. I am old. Some of my contemporaries will remember this commercial; the rest of you won’t have any idea what I am talking about.

The husband probably should have checked with his wife before he cut the honeydew. The orange I found in the refrigerator was already cut, so I won’t be in trouble with my husband. I didn’t get paint on it or anything. I wrapped it back up in plastic wrap and I put it back in the refrigerator. I’m sure it’s just fine.

I managed seven paintings this week and I’m happy. Forty down, ten to go. I’m getting close!