Monday, July 14, 2008

Aspens - Painting #3

OK after going to the oil painting workshop this weekend I think I might be hooked! I have a lot to learn, as I said before, but I figure the best way to do that is to paint! So I've made a commitment to myself to paint 100 small paintings by the end of the year. That may sound like a lot but it should be doable. (is that a word?) Anyway I'm going to paint 100 small paintings by the end of 2008.

In reality this should probably be #4, but I'm calling it #3. I didn't like the way it looked the first time and wiped it off. That in itself is pretty cool to be able to do that instead of throwing out the graphite or pastel that didn't work out.

I used a photo as reference that I took of a stand of Aspens when I went horseback riding in Montana, West of Yellowstone recently. So this one is named Aspens. It is 6x8 on a plein air linen panel.

Let me know what you think - constructive critiques are welcomed.


Susan Carlin said...

EXCELLENT decision. I hope you'll share those 100 small paintings with us, your loyal fans.

Karen Hargett said...

Hi Susan - I'm glad you think it is a good idea. Yes I plan on sharing the 100 with everyone - at least for the most part ;-)

Barbara Pask said...

Hi Karen, Oils are so much fun, I can't imagine painting with anything else. Good for you, 100 paintings. I try to do three or so a week but I keep thinking one day I'll start doing daily ones. Painting small is good for me, I feel I accomplish more. My plan is the more I paint the sooner I become this great artist, lol. I also follow Virginia Vaughan, I love her loose style.

Dianne Mize said...

Great idea! This kid of commitment will get you into feeling comfortable with oils quickly while building continuity into your process. I'm looking forward to the journey. One little tidbit: Just let the first couple of dozen or so allow you to experience the medium without concern for criticism.

Karen Hargett said...

Hi Barb - thanks for dropping in! It may be a lofty goal but I'm going to try to stick with it :-O

Dianne that is exactly what I am hoping for by painting often - getting comfortable with oils. Thanks for the tidbit - I will keep that in mind. I'm glad you will be following my journey.