Pre Mix Challenge

This is my second painting of the same still life photo posted on Daily Paintworks for the pre mix challenge.  Yesterday my acrylic paints dried too fast to allow the pre mixing, so I did each object at a time and thought each one out. Today, however, I added Acrylic Glazing Liquid made by Golden to extend the working time of the acrylics. This glazing medium is great to work with, replacing water for keeping the brush moving and it did actually keep the paints nice and moist. I’m done with the painting, and they are still ready to go!

DPW PreMix 5x5 acrylic:paper


PreMixed Color Challenge

PreMixed Color Challenge

This challenge is to premix color and paint one object at a time. I’m going to look into some acrylic mediums this week and do this one again. My little acrylic puddles dried too quickly to last through each object, so some retarder or other medium may be just the thing. Thanks to Robin Rosenthal for this challenge at Daily Paintworks.

Another Day Another Dog

I love capturing the expressions on dogs and am trying to go further into abstracting them.  I’ll keep going with this from time to time. How to abstract a curly, soft haired dog?  Without it turning into a cartoon?  That is a challenge—I will try just making bigger shapes for light and dark next time. For now, I think he’s awfully cute.


One Stroke Challenge

This week’s Daily Paintwork’s challenge is a one stroke challenge, meaning put down one stroke of color, then move on to a different color/value.  Most important is getting the value correct.  It was a challenge at first to not settle into a color I liked and keep going with it for a bit.  I loved this challenge and learned a lot from it.  Here’s a photo of my still life set up as well as the painting. It is 5×7 inch acrylic on watercolor paper, beginning auction at DPW Feb. 4 for one week, if you’d like to bid:


Snow on Madison

I’m still intrigued with getting an interesting snow painting. This week’s Daily Paintworks challenge is to paint snow. This painting was done from a photo I took last week just as snow was imminent. The photo was basically all grey and the houses were pretty dull, too.  I wanted to add color without taking away the snowy atmosphere.  Mostly, I brightened everything with some more color than it appeared was there.  I’m happy with this snow scene.It’s being auctioned at DPW. If you are interested, here’s the link:



Snow landscape

For this week’s Daily Paintworks challenge I painted a landscape with snow. Without sun, on close observation, there was still a glow on the snow and it had color in it.  Mostly, the sky was gray and the sun was hiding and not casting shadows.  This painting is 8×10 acrylic on stretched canvas, available at auction at DPW here:



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