August 31, 2014

30 in 30, #1 - Pomegranates and Silver, Original Still Life in Oils

I am very very excited to start the second 30 in 30 challenge this year, hosted by Leslie. In January, I was getting back to painting after a two year break. I was extremely rusty and could complete only 11 paintings in 30 days. I was too ambitious on a few days, starting bigger sized paintings that took me more than a day to finish. I am definitely at a better place this time and would aim to do 30 paintings. I am also sticking to the standard size of 6 by 6 inches so that they all look good together. I do not want to waste precious time in deciding what size to paint on. 

I am currently in India visiting family and would get back to Germany only on the 5th. I had planned to paint 5 pieces in advance before I left Germany itself. That never happened, because there was always something else popping up. So I painted these here in India, setting up a very simple still life on my mom's kitchen counter. Pomegranates are subjects that I have never painted before, mainly because they are hardly available in Germany. They are so rare and expensive. This gorgeous and yummy fruit however is abundant in India and these two inspired me to get going today. 

Pomegranates and silver
Oil on board, 6 by 6 inches
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My theme for the challenge would be "A little bit of red". Well not exactly a little bit, sometimes a bit more too :-) I was not very keen on picking a theme, what I intend to focus on instead is specific areas in which I need improvement. I can't wait to see what the others have to post, it's going to be a great month! 

August 19, 2014

Waterlily #3 - Original Floral in Oils

I am currently visiting my home in India, and have carried a bit of my paints and boards along with me. I could hardly manage to get time until now, and I am glad I finally got to do a couple of paintings in the last two days. These references are quite old, I took them many years ago at a park. I have painted them before and it is fun to give them a fresh shot. :-)

Waterlily #3
Oil on Board, 5 by 7 inches
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August 18, 2014

Waterlilies #2 - Original Floral in Oils

I tried to consciously work on my edges in this piece, it is one area that I have to improve a LOT. I used the small brush only for parts of the flower, and the largest brush everywhere else. I still have a long way to go, baby steps.

Waterlily #2
Oil on board, 5 by 7 inches
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