An Intuitive Garden Scene For Day One Of 30 Paintings In 30 Days

I am off to a great start on this challenge. I love this intuitive garden scene. When I look at it I can practically feel the wind blowing through the flowers. I am really excited about it for another reason too. Tiny-Small collaborated with me on this painting. She painted the background for me and then I started looking for shapes and before I knew it we had a nice little mixed-media painting developing right before our eyes.

I used some new art supplies too. That is always fun! I like to experiment. The yellow flowers, you may have noticed, almost look like they were colored in with crayon. I love the texture. What I used was a Krink K-80 paint stick. It came in one of my Art Snack boxes. I’ve never seen or tried anything like it. It dried really quickly and was permanent so it doesn’t flake or rub off like something waxy might. I am definitely going to be ordering a few more for future use.

Another art supply I have recently started experimenting with is Liquitex Paint Markers. I love using these for small details. Especially signing my name on a painting. Some days I have difficulty getting my signature to look right with a paintbrush and these markers are very helpful, but they are also useful when you want to incorporate a certain texture or line drawing into a painting. They work well on paper and on canvas. I’m using them on top of acrylic paint in this painting. They also come individually. I purchased black and white first to see if I liked them and then decided to add a few more colors. *The picture below is an Amazon affiliate link.

Tiny-Small painted the background. She mixed a lot of colors and ended up with quite a bit of brown. This always makes me laugh because I remember a friend complaining that every time his kids painted all they made were brown blobs. The art of color mixing is a skill that takes a while to develop. In this case, there were so many different browns on the canvas that I found it to be a real asset. In this photo I had begun finding some shapes, but you can see how it began. There was even a plastic jewel glued to the canvas that I turned into the center of a flower. You can see it on the middle flower in the photo below.


Here is the finished piece! My first painting in the New Year. I’m glad it was a joint project.

Intuitive Garden painting Day 1 of 30 paintings in 30 days January 2015
Dreaming of Spring 8×10 mixed media on canvas panel.


If you would like to see some of the other artists participating in the  30 paintings in 30 days challenge click on over to Leslie Saeta’s blog and take in the view!

Happy New Year! I wish you love, joy, and fearlessness as you continue on your journey. Remember to keep it simple, Stupid. Yes! My first time sneaking that goofy slogan into a conversation. It’s going to be a wonderful year. I can feel it!

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