Friday, January 31, 2014

Collage of the 30 in 30.....well I only have 22...hey but next time!

Here are all my paintings for the challenge!!!!Next year I will paint all 30!!!

I decided to have another go at the challenge this week. Last day of the 30 paintings in 30 days!! I was almost done and decided it was just a ho hum I really slapped on the cobalt. I wanted it to be vibrant. I have to learn that I need to really emphasize the lights and darks. So here it is ....comments welcome.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

St. Thomas..Virgin Islands and Caribe Lager.........

The sun, the sand, the beer........A few years ago the Parker Clan went on a great Caribbean Cruise. We drank some beer and enjoyed the beaches. I think my daughter Meg took this picture......Thanks Meg.......takes me right back. The only thing missing is the lime. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Dang it.....missed Day 26 AND Day bad......Here is Day 28....

Yesterday I went shopping to the city and missed the smell of my oil paints! But had a great time getting pedis and manis with my Guate amigas!!! We tried a new restaurant and salon all in one day.
So back to painting today.Yikes...only 29, 30 and 31 left. I have really learned a lot since starting this challenge..don't get freaked out or...TRY not to get freaked out about the little details. Slap it on and move on. I have learned something from each one of these paintings........I need to continue:) Cause there is lots more for me to learn!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Day 25

Lago Ayarza in Guatemala was the subject for Day 25. The sun was shining on this beautiful crater lake when we drove around the rim and I took this photo. The sides are very steep...yikes. For those who want to know...Wikipedia says, "The lake is a caldera that was created some 20,000 years ago by a catastrophic eruption that destroyed a twinned volcano and blanketed the entire region with a layer of pumice. The lake has a surface area of 14 km² and a maximum depth of 230 m. The lake has a surface elevation of 1409 m." Regardless it is beautiful!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Day 24 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days......Mojito

What is better in the summer time....or anytime really...than lime, rum and mint. I am calling this one Mojito.........yummmmm. I have a little mint plant I have managed to keep alive just for this purpose:) 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Day 23...Can You See Me Now?

My grand daughter took this picture of her dog.....Romeo. It cracks me up... He couldn't get close enough!!! 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Black and White Photo Challenge

The challenge this week was to take the black and white photo and colorize it. Some creative entries. I spent about half of the total time painting this getting the eye just right. Max had to be intently staring at something out the window.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Raspberry Triptych

This is my entry for Day 19, 20 and 21......the 30 Paintings in 30 Days
3- 8x8 Oil on Canvas Panel

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Day 18 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days.....A Pair of Pears

On Day 17 I had time to paint two paintings........Wow. So I am using the second one today, Day 18. My hubby Tim was home half the day today so we vegged on the couch. Needed a little of a break, but have something special planned for tomorrow. Replenished my palette using the 1/4 inch glass. Yay!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Interior Challenge- My Art Space

This is my entry for this weeks Interior Challenge.
I updated my work space with this desk yesterday. Just a corner of the dining room next to a 16 foot wall of windows. Makes for a very light space to paint. I am very lucky to have this light as most of the casas in Guate are very dark because they are so close together. Most of the time they share the side walls so no windows at all on the sides. Yuck! The chicken brush holder is actually an egg holder. Guatemalans do not refrigerate their eggs, so they usually have a fancy holder for them!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

My corner studio BEFORE...........And AFTER. ...

Before                               After

The company had some desks in a warehouse here in Guate..........I snagged one......Yay.. I is going to keep me organized........Right. That is what I am telling myself. Ha Ha.

Day 14........30 in 30. Cupcakes

This is my entry for Day 14....I painted it on the 15th because I went shopping with my amigas to the city yesterday and did not paint....Oh no! I was going to try and catch up today, but I got carried away with my Bottoms Up Bakery Cupcakes!! I will have to catch up manana. I bought some new brushes yesterday at the Galeria Rios.....I think they helped me create this. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

A Single Zinnia

Day 13 of the 30 in 30........One of my favorite flowers.......zinnias. They come in all kinds of colors and sizes and are so hardy. Tried to slap on the paint.....Not worry to much about detail. Very hard for me!!! The challenge of 30 paintings in 30 days is forcing me to slap it on and move on. Go with it!!!!!!!!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Day 12- Mexican Flame Vine

Today I painted the Mexican Flame Vine. It grows all around Guatemala and makes a cheery addition to fences, arbors and walls. I an trying to start a vine in my garden to grow over the wall, but not sure if it is gonna go. 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Charming Window in Antigua Guatemala

Day 11........ I photographed this window a couple of months ago in Antigua, Guatemala. Such a charming place with cobblestone streets, tons of flowers and character. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Day 10...30 in 30 Challenge

I have wanted to paint the Arch of Santa Catalina in Antigua Guatemala since I first saw it. It is so beautiful. The Volcano de Agua is just visible behind. The arch originally connected the Santa Catalina convent to a school across the street. This allowed the nuns to pass to the next building without going out on the street. Interesante!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Summer Fun

Yesterday I took way to long to paint the baby birds so today I decided to do something fast and quick. Slap some paint on........get crazay.......So I found a nail polish bottle, and some other stuff to serve as mini vignette. This reminds me of everyone wants a pedi to show off in the summer!!!!!!!!!
Day 8 of the 30 in 30 Challenge. Painted this from a photo on Paint my Photo. So sweet!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Summertime.....Summertime.....Some Some Summertime........

I painted this for the Summertime Challenge on Daily Paintworks today. Looks fabulously warm and fun. A summer pic-a-nic. Tim's birthday is today, so I did this while I made him one of his favorite desserts.
No not rhubarb rhubarb here in Guate kicked the bucket......but creme brulee.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Tres Mujeres

Finally attempted to paint this from a photo I have had for a year or more. I love the colors of the traditional dress of these Mayan women.

Friday, January 3, 2014

New reading material!

Recently purchased a fabulous book titled, " Alla Prima II" by Richard Schmid. Very well worth the price. It has motivated me learn and paint!!!! Love it!