Thursday, 30 January 2014

Happy Ending

Tour Down Under
Watercolour on Aquabord 35.6cm x 45.7cm
At last this post records the last of my paintings in Leslie Satea's 30 paintings in 30 day Challenge.
It has been very beneficial and I am glad to have participated but I am also very relieved it is over. I am looking forward to painting for myself a bit more without the need to share everything. I need to have some failures I can bin, some days where I play and days where I do anything other than paint (mind you that would be a first!).
One of the outcomes this month has been the need to work on a piece and not give up as there was not always time to start again. My last painting for the month was just that. Last Saturday my husband took himself off to the Tour Down Under stage that travels through the McLaren Vale wine region. Using a few of his fabulous shots I composed this last painting. I chose to once again try the Ampersand Aquabord for my surface. Just as well I did because the background was totally scrubbed out twice and redone. This surface allowed that whereas I would have totally started again if I had been using paper. Its not the best painting I have done this month and I would certainly have liked to end with a stunner but when I look back I achieved 14 full paintings on various surfaces and 15 little foodies. I worked on one twice (the canvas after removing the varnish and half the painting) totalling 29. I added a last little The End today to make the 30.
I sincerely thank you all for your continued support and encouragement. For those of you that also took the challenge I have enjoyed seeing your daily paintings and congratulations if you too lasted until the end.

In Summary:
Watercolour on Canvas
1
Watercolour on Illustration Board
2
Watercolour on Yupo
1
Watercolour on Aquabord
1
Watercolour ¼ sheet
5
Watercolour ½ sheet
3
Watercolour/Collage on Aquabord
1
Watercolour “delicious foodies”
15
Watercolour “The End”
1



The End




20 comments:

  1. I have enjoyed seeing each of your paintings on this mammoth task. I have loved seeing your versatility and interested to see the subjects you chose. What a wonderful selection. Well done for seeing it through to the end. Now then, enjoy painting for you. :)

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    1. Thanks Polly for following along and for your kind comments, I am looking forward to February

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  2. Congrats Lorraine! Cyclists are such a difficult subject to tackle, great job! I think your colorful Carrot & Coriander Fritters is my favorite foodie. Love your tally of all those paintings!

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    1. Oh so you are not. Sweet tooth Sherry, I was so drawn to choosing deserts and cakes but had to force myself to paint the savoury ones too

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  3. congratulations, Lorraine. A job well done, and what an undertaking! Inhale and exhale now. I look forward to what is ahead. Agree with Sherry - cyclists are a very hard subject. You nailed it!

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    1. Thanks as always Terry your support is invaluable

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  4. Dear Lorraine - Have so enjoyed your lovely work. I am sure you are looking forward to some down time. Very interesting how the aquaboard allows you to redo. I would think that would be a great feature. Now you can finally relax and paint what you would like. Have a great week-end.

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    1. Glad you have liked the mammoth month to view Debbie, I need a break but it won't be long

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  5. Congratulations! This was quite a challenge!

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    1. Thank you Rhonda a worthwhile tiring month though

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  6. Well done Lorraine, now you can make a big sigh of relief and do some pure pleasure -painting :-) Your last works are all beautiful , so many details in the tour painting , really great !

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    1. I am looking forward to a more relaxed approach Jane but I no the challenge has been worthwhile

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  7. Congratulations on making it to the end! The bicyclists make a really great composition in your first painting, and those little food paintings are terrific!

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    1. Thank you Cindy for stopping by and I really appreciate having your comment

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  8. Congratulations Lorraine! Your cyclist painting is incredible, I love the distant hills! A wonderful painting to end with and I've enjoyed drooling over your "foodies". It's over! Yay!!!:-)

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  9. Yes it's over Yay I agree. Wonder what's next for us?

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  10. Fabulous finale Lorraine. Well done. Really enjoyed seeing your journey with it, even if a bit sporadic from my part these days but I am watching even if from afar at times. Life is definitely getting busy as you well know with yours.

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  11. well done lorraine ...you sound as if you got alot from the challenge

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  12. Lorraine I feel I'm part of the group of cyclists ready to cross the finishing line! I think this painting is a grand finale to this January's challenge. Good luck with your new creations!

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  13. Yeah! This one is racing in just under the finish line. You must be exhausted from all this work. It is hard to do that many paintings and share all of them. You deserve to relax a bit.

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