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Orange Tulips Day 8 of 30 Paintings In 30 Days

Tulip Garden Day 8 Of 30 Paintings In 30 Days
Tulip Garden 8×10 acrylic paint and acrylic marker on canvas.

Orange Tulips is a bit abstract. I was thinking about my dog Rumples when I painted this one. Every time I plant bulbs and they grow he sleeps on top of them. He loves the nice cool leaves. The way the leaves are bent and sticking out in all directions in this painting reminded me of what my plants look like when he gets up from his nap.

To begin this painting I squeezed acrylic paint straight from the tube onto the canvas and used a flat paintbrush to swirl the colors around. I used a lot of paint so there is quite a bit of texture. As I was painting my daughter looked over my shoulder and said, “You are copying the way I paint , Mom.” She was right. I wanted to come back later, stare at the canvas, and see what shapes I found.

Immediately the orange tulips stood out so I started outlining the flowers and leaves with a paint marker. Then I darkened some areas to give the painting some depth. It was a very relaxing project!

Thank you for following along as I paint 30 paintings in 30 days!

15 Landscapes Day 4 – Chaco Canyon

15 Landscapes Day 4 proved to be slightly challenging, mostly because we spent yesterday traveling to Mexico so Jim could get a root canal. Sorry Jim! I didn’t have much time to paint so I am posting this bad boy a little late today.

This is a view from Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. If you have never been there I highly recommend going. Chaco Culture National Historic Park will leave an impression on you. It’s amazing and it’s beautiful. It’s also hot if you go in the summer. Bring lots of water!

15 Landscapes Day 4
Chaco Canyon 10 x 10.25, alcohol inks on ceramic tile. $75.00 Available for Purchase in my Etsy Shop: Dome Life Studios

This painting was created using alcohol inks painted on a tile from a local company called Syzygy Tile. Their tiles are handmade and very heavy. The word “quality” comes to mind. Also, with a few of these tiles to lift, you’d never have to invest in weights, join a gym, or complain about having flabby arms again. These tiles are made to last. I was able to find some tile to paint on after visiting their store where they have a room filled with imperfect tile pieces. I couldn’t find anything at all wrong with this tile, except, maybe, that it is not perfectly square. I don’t mind that at all. I am looking forward to returning to stock up on more tile ASAP. This tile was an off-white and had a bit of texture to it which I think adds to this piece. It gives the dirt and ground some more nooks and some more crannies which feels like the desert to me.

I found a small, clear plastic stand yesterday while waiting for Jim.  I put the tile on it to see how it might look displayed on a table top. If you can overlook the stuff in the background and the flowers Tiny-Small helped to arrange, you might be able to see what I was getting at!

15 Landscapes Day 4 - Chaco Canyon display
How to display a large tile.

I worked on the large landscape I am hoping to finish, before the end of this challenge, today too. Here is a sneak peek for you. It’s my first barn landscape. I am also attempting to paint the entire thing using a pallete knife. That has been a learning experience and an exercise in letting go. I am referencing a photo we took just outside of Castroville the last time we were in California. It was such a nice red. I have always wanted a red barn. I may have to settle for a red door at this rate! I love how the buildings are just floating in a sea of blue. Once I get the ground in, things will look a bit more settled. I hope. I mean, really, anything could happen.

Work in progress Red Barn landscape painting by Lillian Connelly.
Red Barn outside of Castroville, CA (work in progress).

Happy Tuesday!


German Shepherd Day 23 of 30 Paintings In 30 Days

This is “Buck” the German Shepherd dog. His photo arrived in my email box from Quirky Chrissy. It was the funniest photo because Buck was actually sitting in a bathroom sink! I don’t know how he squeezed into it because he’s a German Shepherd. They aren’t exactly tiny creatures! Buck felt safe in the sink. That was his security blanket and where he went as soon as a storm rolled in. That’s adorable…until he knocks over the soap or sits on your toothbrush, right? Dogs! So funny sometimes.

German Shepherd "Buck" Day 23 of 30 Paintings In 30 Days
German Shepherd “Buck” $45.00 6×6 watercolor and acrylic paint on Aquabord. This painting has sold.


When I was a kid I knew several people with German Shepherds. They are super loyal dogs and really smart. I have never had a German Shepherd of my own before, but I think if I wanted a dog for protection purposes I’d definitely choose this breed. Nothing bad is going to happen to you when they are around. It’s like they have sworn an oath to keep their human safe. I think of them as the Secret Service for ordinary people.

I decided to try something new when I painted Buck. I had just received some Ampersand Aquabord which is some kind of magic clay-board designed for water media. I had read about it in one of my art books. I wanted to try it. I have to say…I LOVE it! I did a quick acrylic glaze in yellow that gave the entire painting a warm glow. Then I painted Buck with layers of watercolor. Then I went back with some white acrylic paint and added in some details. I love the way it looks. It has a richness to it, doesn’t it? I am really excited and can’t wait to get my hands on some more of this aquabord! The best part is I didn’t have to worry about paper buckling from the water or doing anything special to the paper before using it. It’s sturdy and easy to store. I am looking into how to glaze and seal it so it can be hung like an acrylic or an oil painting. Have I mentioned I am an art supply addict? It’s terrible. I can’t seem to stop trying all of the things.

In case you haven’t heard, it’s time to nominate blogs for the Bloggies (an award ceremony almost as glamorous as the Academy Awards, but way more geeky because bloggers).  A few of my friends have been nominating each other and the blogs they love. If you would like to nominate some blogs for an award please take a minute to fill out the categories (at least three) with your favorite blogs and submit them to the Academy Of Blogging. I am hoping some of the little guys get noticed this year. Then in March we get to vote.

Happy Thursday!