Thursday, January 1, 2015

Mountain View Oil Pastel - 30 in January 2015, Day 2

Oil Pastel, 5x7"
$50 plus shipping


My Intention for the Challenge

Welcome again to the 30 Paintings in January 2105 Challenge.  My computer seems to be behaving better than it did last night, so I can give you a more of a welcome/intro than I did yesterday.  

Leslie Saeta, convener of the challenge, encourages us to have a theme for our 30 Days.  By theme, I think she means subject matter.  I have altered the call for a theme, just a bit.  Instead of a theme, I have an intention--Artistic Freedom!  

Why Artistic Freedom?

Artistic Freedom, because there are too many boxes in the other areas of my life!  Artistic Freedom, because as Robert Genn said on his AHA Radio Show interview, "I believe the only question an artist should ask is, 'What do I want to do today?'"  

The Challenge is to Play!

 So, I will be playing with mediums besides my usual acrylics.  I expect you will see oil pastels, pastels, gouache, and some combinations of the above.  Fun at all costs, friends!  Here at Paint Like Nobody's Watching, we are going to mix media that maybe aren't even supposed to be mixed!

I am quite interested in Oil Pastels right now, so if I start feeling I am getting the hang of it, I will share what I learn in case other artists out there might want to try them.

For now let me just say, they are a totally, completely different animal than soft pastels!

Thanks for being here, and Happy Challenging to the other artists out there...glad we're in this together.


carol edan said...

WOW!!! This is a winner.... Love the composition and the strong sky!!!Is this from imagination or a real place!!!! Keep up the good work!!!

Susan said...

Lovely light and enjoyed your commentary. I will be looking for tips Meredith.

Jules said...

What a great start, Meredith!
i shall look forward to seeing more during the 30 in 30 challenge.

Sharon L. Graves said...

Love the blue of the distant trees. 2 down 28 to go.

Meredith Adler said...

Thanks, everyone! Big grin, Sharon!

Meredith Adler said...

Oh, Carol, it's a real place!

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