I have already stayed up way too late trying to create this collage, so will hopefully be brief and will get to bed soon. The issue with the collage, created at PicMonkey.com, was that the site kept wanting to change the format (shape) of my paintings. This was a compromise I could live with, but it took forever!
I am filled to the brim with gratitude to everyone who participated in this challenge--what a privilege to see all your wonderful work, meet new artists via our blogs and Facebook, deepen relationships with artist friends I already had, and learn so much more about myself as a painter. I am so proud of all of you and look forward to seeing your work on an on-going basis.
One of the artists who contacted me through the challenge is actually fairly local to me and is part of an artist guild that I am going to join. I am so excited that my world of in-person artist friends is about to expand, and some of them will even go out plein air painting together!
I painted way more paintings than I imagined I would, WAY more than I have ever completed in any of the previous two challenges! I serendipitously began the use of the palette knife with my acrylics and find that this is a method I want to continue to explore.
I found an area I want to continue in a series, namely, the little legs in tights above. I have another one on my easel that I was not willing to rush to finish tonight, just to have one more completed painting. I will show it to you in its right time. If anyone has photos they are willing to send me to work from--little toddler legs in interesting tights, clothing, or shoes, I would love to increase my file of references for this series. THANKS!
Thank you to Leslie Saeta, our wonderful leader and convener of this challenge, for giving us all the gift of this opportunity!
Finally, a question for the artists in the group--does anyone have any ideas on how to continue the community we have developed here, along with the obvious idea of continuing to visit each others' blogs?