#the100dayproject was on a list of different art challenges my friend Jackie Gilbert, Artist, found to share at the beginning of 2019. How quickly time has flown, the start date for this challenge is April 2nd.
I have decided that for this challenge, to go outside my comfort zone, as with any of these projects, but to also go back to my educational roots in art – the figure. More specifically, the portrait. The other goal of this challenge is to help me solidify more of a routine to my studio time. My daughter will be out of school at the end of May, and I will not have reliable studio time until early to mid August.
I will be creating daily 6″x9″ oil portraits on paper, taking no longer than 90 minutes each. My ultimate goal is to continue this for the duration of #the100dayproject and hopefully beyond. If you are inclined to have a portrait sketch for yourself (or give as a gift) they will be $45, matted to fit an 8″x10″ frame, with complimentary shipping in the USA.
How to Order your own portrait sketch – Please send me an email with your portrait image of choice to: firstname.lastname@example.org – I will send you an invoice via PayPal. After the transaction is complete I will begin on your portrait sketch.
With my daughter back to school, I was going to attempt some plein air. But the snow is mushy, so I am going to give it a couple more days. This is part of my backyard fence, with receding snow and the mud that is now our backyard.
Got off schedule today – worked on a different project this morning with a friend, then my daughter had a playdate. Again, I was compelled to paint bright happy colors, and kept it in a primary palette.
It’s been a cold, grey and white winter so far. The snow is sticking around, which is kinda cool, but I yearn for COLOR. So, here ya go. Clementines. I was trying to channel some Duane Keiser. It’s like sunshine in a postcard.
Today is the first day of the Strada Easel Challenge. Create a painting, from life, daily, for the month of January. Finish the Challenge and you are entered into a drawing to win a Strada Easel. This is a twice yearly event.
The subject of my painting is a Balinese sculpture called an “Orang Malu” which translates to Shamed Man. I have also heard it called a Weeping Buddha. When I asked one of the vendors what the meaning was he was quite direct – “Who cares? People keep buying them, so we keep making them”. Still, pretty cool sculpture.
Since my daughter hasn’t started back to school yet, it will be still lifes until next week. Then, hopefully, I can get some (very, very cold) Plein Air painting done.
When we moved to Gallup, NM in late May, I was busy with my 4 year old daughter for the summer. When I got my studio room into some order, I decided to work on some small (very, very small) paintings I could do in one sitting. I was (and still am) mesmerized by the turquoise blue skies we are so fortunate to have. Sure, it’s dry, rather cold now for winter, but I will take it over damp wet and overcast cloudy. We get that sometimes too, but the blue sky ratio is much higher.
These tiny oil paintings are 1.75″x2.75″, approx 1/16″ thick paper panel. They are $20 each, USPS first class mail shipping included. Buy 2 or more I will upgrade shipping to USPS priority.
Each painting is based on something I experienced the day it was created. All paintings are date stamped on the back, varnished on the front. They are all posted on my FB Page, Dana Aldis Studio – https://www.facebook.com/DanaAldisStudio/