I had fun with this month’s challenge. Had a rocky start with site crashes, comments going down, and then a road trip interruption. All of that seemed to make the month fly by. I never felt that third week are-we-there-yet dread kick in. Blessings in disguise. Seems to me the start of January’s challenge was rocky too. Maybe I should just expect rocky,
I botched Day 2. I was happy with it. Then the last step. Wreck. It was late, and I needed a replacement to post PDQ. And that is how the first abstract came about. Simple as that. I didn’t plan to do others, but the colors called me.
Most popular days by views: 8, 11, 6, 16, 30, 5, 20, 14, 13, and 12. In that order. Only three of those are on my favorites list. What do I know?
Big thank you to Leslie Saeta for hosting yet another fantastic event! My heartfelt thanks to each of you who took the time to visit me here. Who follow my artistic journey. Our conversations mean the world to me. I am so grateful to have found this community, and I cherish every one of you! For your encouragement, your guidance, your inspiration,
Giveaway alert! I would love to send out 10 bookmarks. Random drawing from your comments. I am going to have a friend choose 10 numbers between 1 and 30. The names from those days will go into a bowl, and the recipients selected from there.
I am going to cut the bookmarks from these paintings:
At the start of the challenge, I had a “grand plan”. I recently discovered a new technique. At least, new to me. Laly Mille has an encaustic inspired method. I have long been wanting to work in encaustic, so I was really excited when I read her post.
I worked to get ahead on the challenge. I started with five small canvases. Mini Mingus views. And guess what. I bombed. That’s what I get for getting too ambitious. And for not practicing on just one first. One failure would have been easier to take!
From day one, I felt behind schedule. And slightly dissappointed. I hoped to post the January pieces for sale. I will try the technique again. I think I can salvage the duds.
If you have been reading my posts, you know I have had a lot of duds this month. Many “do-over’s”. The big surprise is. I am happy with everything I have worked on this month. Somehow, it all worked out.
Here are my favorites.
The days with the most page views were: 3, 4, 7, 13, 17, 20, 21. Day 21 was the highest by far. What was your favorite?
I am so grateful to all of you who followed along with me this month. Your observations and comments helped to carry me through the difficult days. Such a blessing to wake up and be greeted by friends! (Made new friends too!) Thank you for taking the time.
I have gone way over my data limit, so I will not be commenting on the collages until I return home. I will catch up though! No posts until then as well. I did bring a few supplies with me, and I will be painting when I can.
Happy resting if you are going to rest! Joyful creating to you always! Blessed 2017 to all!
The September painting challenge was a salvation for me. Your kind and generous support has lifted me up, and enabled me to have a productive month. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.
The move in July and August was exhausting, and threw me into a Lupus flare. Everything that could go wrong, did. (See list below.) My energy level was in the negative. I woke up depleted, and counted the hours until it was time for bed. When it was, I couldn’t fall asleep before 2 am. I lost my appetite, was short of breath and had no strength. I lost fifteen pounds.
It was a full month (August) before I had enough energy to even think about unpacking. During that time, we had workers in and out of the house. Unpacking had to wait until some of that work was completed. My goal was to be settled and ready to paint by September first. And guess what, I was!
I did not have a theme planned, nor was I able to prep or start painting before day one. Mountains, cacti, flowers and a bunny. A few themes there. All sure to be revisited. You can see my favorites from this month below.
Viewer favorites by post visits:
The most used colors in my palette continued on from the September 2015 challenge. Many more colors I enjoy, and many I would like to try. I just find myself reaching for these staples.
Thanks again to all of you who followed along with me this month – you are a blessing!
I am so thankful for your friendship and support!
Some of you had asked about the how the move went. Moving complications list: truck that arrived was too small moving crew arrived late and without needed equipment and only 2 movers, not 4 rented 2nd truck which was too small, had to exchange it moving crew took longer to load than stated still loading trucks as new owners were moving in after full day of loading and cleaning, drove to Prescott arrived at midnight, had to wait for room, which was on 2nd floor, no elevator changed room after 2 days as we had requested the first floor (moving coolers, suitcases, and supplies needed for our two-week stay) new house not ready when promised 19 days in hotel room
But for all that stress, we have been BLESSED since we have been in the house (19th of August). We found movers that were above all expectations. Helping to place and unwrap the furniture. They even returned a couple of times just to help move heavy pieces. The crews – landscaping, closet installers, electrician, tile, pantry woodworker – have all been supreme! We consider all of them friends.
The neighbors on our street are all from California. And with potlucks and a neighborhood garage sale today, there is no shortage of activity.
Thanks again, I am so thankful for your friendship and support!