Thursday, January 30, 2014

30 in January 2014, Is it really possible to sum up this amazing experience?


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?

18 comments:

Carol Josefiak said...

Your blog is so inspiring in a lot of ways. I like to visit your blog.

You did a great job on your collage and your paintings look so good together.

carol edan said...

Beautiful collage!!! And congratulations!!! What a wonderful ride...

annaigart said...

Bravo Meredith! Beautiful collage!
I'm hapypy to have had the opportunity to work alongside with you and the other atists this month.

Sandra Kavanaugh said...

I love seeing all your paintings together. They are so colorful and free - I think the palette knife was a good move - I may try it myself but I still love my brushes. This was a fun challenge, hope to see you around.

MimiTabby said...

i enjoyed the show. And making the collage was a bit of a challenge as well!

Laurel Lovrek said...

The tights are one of my favorites too. The color is great and the gesture can be felt.

Wish I had some photos to send you.

Marion Hedger said...

Wonderful collage. Well done with the challenge. I particularly like your chicken and the child's tights.

Sharon L. Graves said...

You did a super job during the challenge and I love your collage. You are always inspiring and uplifting.

Meredith Adler said...

Carol J--thank you so much, what a nice thing to say! I like to visit your blog, too, and your paintings/collage are just great!

Carol E-thanks for joining me in this challenge...I just took a peek at your collage, and love what you did with it! What an original idea. So cool to see them all together like that.

Annaig, so glad to have met you this month and to have had the opportunity to see your wonderful watercolor work! Looking forward to seeing what you do next...

Sandra, thanks for being part of my Challenge month again. I loved seeing your paintings and look forward to each one of them. If you use a palette knife, I hope you post your results!

Mimi-yes, the collage was challenging for me, too! I enjoyed meeting you this month and will continue to visit your blog...

Laurel--I guess you do have a blog, somehow I missed it, when I hit the Google+ page??? I wish your blog would let me comment without having to join Google+, but it won't. I will have to send you an email to tell you how much I like your collage and how much I look forward to meeting you in person!

Marion, thank you so much for your comment. I always enjoyed seeing your colorful and wonderful palette knife paintings and will continue to follow your work!

Bhavani said...

Hi Meredith. What a wonderful month it has been. Your collage is wonderful. Such a great collection of works. I will continue to follow your blog. Stay in touch!

martine paquet said...

Congratulations, Meredith! Looking forward to see your next painting

Meredith Adler said...

Bhavani-I WILL stay in touch, it has been great cheering each other on this month, and I have just loved seeing your paintings...

Martine, Thanks so much....I will look for your next painting, too!

Meredith Adler said...

And SHARON!!! You have no idea how proud I am of you...and I'm heading over to your blog to tell you. You are the only one I know that has done 30 paintings in 30 days x 3 challenges. You amaze me...and thanks for your compliments--I aim to uplift, so it's nice to hear that someone sees that...

30daystopaintinspiration said...

Thank you, Meredith, for coming by my blog. Congratulations to you, too. I love those little tights and shoes...so cute. You have a beautiful collage of wonderful paintings. Last September during the 30 days of painting, I met several artists and they all had wordpress blogs. This time I missed connecting with anyone new. If you do come up with a way to stay in touch, I would love to be included.

Kaethe Bealer said...

I love your little toddler legs in tights... So cute. Your paintings are happy ones Meredith. Good to meet you a md see your wonderful work. I will be checking in!

Jacklyn Karabaich said...

Meredith, You spread Joy with your paintings! Congrats on finishing the challenge, You did Great!

Meredith Adler said...

Karin, thanks for visiting back and your compliment on my paintings. I will be thinking about this and will contact you if I come up with anything. Meanwhile, I'll continue to watch your blog!

Kaethe, thank you so much for your kind comments. I am glad to have finally "met" you and will continue to look forward to seeing your new work.

Thanks, Jacklyn!!! What a wonderful thing to say!!

Meredith Adler said...

Hi Colin! How nice to see you here. Thanks for watching and for commenting. I really appreciate you...

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