I should call this Number 18, not day 18. I've lost track of the days. But I started this challenge 2 days late and it's Jan. 22nd, so I'm only one day behind - two days?? But the bottom line is that I will paint 30 paintings in about 30 days, so never mind the technicalities. This is supposed to be fun. (it is.)
Along the Road, pastel, 6 x 8"
$100, ready to frame, free shipping
I really liked the dark and light pattern in this image. The dark trees and their shadows against the light grass.
People ask me if I miss the ocean. No, I don't. What the ocean is for me as a painter is a horizontal plane that reflects light. Here in Montana the fields of grass and snow serve that purpose. They are all horizontal planes that reflect the light. The snow this winter is especially beautiful on the fields. It is rarely white.
This is turning out to be a very fun and worthwhile project. I love hearing every day from people who are viewing the paintings and it's very gratifying that so many have sold. Thank you! I'm behind by a few so will try to catch up in the next few days.
A Cold Day But Sunny, oil on board, 6 x 6 $100, unframed, free shipping
This is what I saw cross country skiing on the Bill Roberts Golf Course looking toward Mt. Helena
I've been working from photos that I took before the snow and am itching to get out and do some plein air work but it's been so bloody snowy and cold. Sun was predicted for today so I was getting ready to go out, but checked the temp and it was -4. Just too cold to be out there standing for a while. I'll get out there as soon as the mercury comes up to something tolerable.
Winter Stand 2, oil on panel, 6 x 6"
$100, ready for your standard size frame,
Along the Creek, oil on board, 6 x 8" $100, ready for your standard size frame,
I don't know what it is about this subject but I've done several versions of it. Maybe it 's the dark masses of tress and the delicate "sky holes." But there was something about the muted color palette that I liked.
Reminder: 20% of sales goes to the Prickly Pear Land Trust
A current project of the Prickly Pear Land Trust is to create a greenway along Prickly Pear Creek from Montana City to the Helena Airport. This is the view from Helena toward Montana City on a very cold afternoon. The plume from the cement plant is illuminated by the afternoon sun. The Elkhorn Mountains provide the backdrop.
Looking East, 6 x 6", oil on board $100, unframed, shipping included
Over 1200 artists have joined so far.The main purpose is simply to commit to painting every day and have fun doing it. While I usually do paint every day I don't necessarily do it with a firm focus to produce something I would post online for other eyes to see. So this ups the ante a bit more. I'm already behind by two days because I was busy preparing for the my show at the Lewis and Clark Library that hangs through February, so my 30 days will end February 2nd. My intention is to paint 30 small landscapes of the Helena area. Each will be priced at $100 or auctioned off. As a landscape painter I am passionate about preserving the natural landscape. So, for this 30 day challenge I am partnering with Prickly Pear Land Trust here in Helena and will donate 20% of my sales to them. This deal also applies to any of my Montana paintings that are now on exhibit at the Lewis and Clark Library. Opening reception is Tuesday, Jan 6th, 6-7pm Please come by and say hello!