Betsy, Day 4 of the September 30 paintings in 30 days challenge!!  Betsy is a 8 x 8 x.5 wrapped canvas. It is for sale and is listed on my website www.creativeworksoflindaclark.com.  Please sign up for my news letter http://www.creativeworksoflindaclark.com/pages/sign-up-for-my-newsletter if you haven't already, too!    For this painting I started with a red oil base uncoating.  I sketched my subject with burnt seanna and mixed my colors before I started.

 



I'm beginning to like mixing colors and values before I start paintng.  It helps for the painting to move along much faster.  I still don't have all this down perfect but I'm getting better with each painting.  I think if I had a yellow ohcre undercoating or maybe a brown the cow would have turned out better.  Anyway, thanks for following me along on this challenge.  Until tomrrow!! 



 

 








Winter Squash, day 3  painting in Lislie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, measuring 6 x 6 x 1.5 on a wrapped canvas.  It is for sale and you can find it on my website www.creativeworksoflindaclark.com under Creative Works of Linda Clark and then original paintings.  I thought maybe these cute little squash would give some autumn color without the typical orange pumpkin.  Using this time to experiment with different techniques and colors, I painted the canvas a thin wash of teal acrylic  knowing it was the contrasting color for coral.  I mixed my colors before to achieve different values of the coral color.  

 

 I' m beginning to like having a contrasting color behind to leave some of it showing on the finished painting. Thanks for following along my painting journey!  Until tomorrow!!

 

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What a challenge!!  Lone Pumpkin is day 2 painting of Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. It is a 6 x 6 x 1.5 inch wrapped canvas.  It is for sale and you can find it on my website www.creativeworksoflindaclark.com under original paintings.

 

 I am also using these 30 days to try new techniques and for learning tool!!  In my painting group, Artist, Roisin O'Ferrell  challenged the members to paint a still life and to count our paint strokes.   This is my real challenge!!  

 

I first bulit myself a shadow box and gathered my subject to paint. Just beginning in September  I thought  a small pumpkin would be perfect!  I painted a base coat with acrylic Naples yellow and then used a thin coat of burnt sienna to sketch my subject.  The challenge here is... I never paint with real subjects so it was really hard to paint only what I saw and not what I wanted to see!

 

 

I  mixed my paints and then some values.  I have been reading  how to mix colors so this was a great way to get a little practice.  I normally just mix a little as I go.  I am studing color so I can learn and understand how to paint in vibrant colors!  With practice I hope I can teach this old dog new tricks!!  Thanks for following me on this journey!!  Have a great day and see you tomorrow!!




Early September

 

September is here and today is the beginning of my 30 paintings in 30 days challenge!  I hope you will follow along with me during this journey!!  I'm going to not only paint a painting each day for 30 days but I am also going to challenge myself to try new things.  I'm studing color so I want to apply different techniques to see how they work.  Today I started with a tonal red undercoat to map out my design.


Why red??  Red is complimentary to green and I new that the dominant color in this painting would be green.  I wanted to see the effect it would give and how the colors would stand out, maybe showing some depth.  I  let some of the red peep through which is something new for me, also.  This small painting is also my first painting in my barn series.  Early September is on a wrapped canvas that measures 6 x 6 x 2. You can find it in my original paintings on my website.  I'll see you tomorrow, I'll be trying a technique of direct painting and counting my paint strokes!  Yikes!!!  

 





 




No more kitchen table.....I have finally moved from the table to my new art corner!!   Being a fairly new artist I haven't quite made it into a big art studio so I usually just paint on my kitchen table and move everything when it's time to eat!!  I'm sure many of you know, that can get old!!   You have to know how excited I was when I watched Artist Roisin O'Ferrell's Video about her art space!  She shared so many fantastic ideas and many I incorporated into my very own art corner. I am interested in painting the interior of my grand parents historical home, room by room and that is how I stumbled across Roisin.  Her interior paintings caught my eye!!!  She is a wonderful person, with great knowledge of art, who paints beautifully in vibrant colors!!  You can see here work at  https://www.roisinofarrell.com/

 

 

I got several ideas  from Roisin's video and used them with some of the things I already had.  The cart was the biggest purchase and it came from @IKEA. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80035920/   It is great looking and just the right size if you stand while painting.  I like to sit when painting detail so I use an office chair I already had at it's highest position.  The cart has two drawers that are great for storing art supplies and two shelves that can hold work while drying or your larger sketch booklets.  

 

 

On the cart I have a divided desk caddy that stores my small sketch pad, reference book, notepad, pens, tape, etc.  I have a desk lamp right over my new glass paint palette

 

 

 

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004XC7FDG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 that I really like because it is so large and easy to clean with a glass scraper.https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BPEPSC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1  

 

 

 

Attached to the cart I have a Bestek Stand https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00G3ZI0UI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s05?ie=UTF8&psc=1. for my iPhone, keeping it within reach and a Tryone stand

 

 

 

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AUQ33LG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1 for my ipad that I use for my reference photos and listening to podcasts or music.

 

 

 

I use two plastic rolling carts with drawers for my paints.  One I have acrylics that I use for my painting parties and the other oils that I paint with.  I also have rulers in one drawer, a paint brush and refinishing spray that I use after my paintings dry in another drawer.  On top I have a @pamperedchef turnabout  https://www.pamperedchef.com/shop/Storage+%26+Organization/Kitchen+Organization/Tool+Turn-About/2171 to store all my paint brushes, and also on top and within easy reach I keep mediums, and mineral spirits.

 

I have had my easel for a long time (due for a new one). I got my husband to put wheels on it so it would roll around and not scratch my floor.   I also love Viva paper towels and hanging it right in front of my easel  within my reach is just perfect! (Another of Roisin's great tips)  

 

I'm so excited about my new space and really feel comfortable with it right in my den.  I have lots of windows for natural light and screen doors for fresh air.  

 

I really recommend anyone who hasn't already, to go ahead and organize a spot for your art space.  It makes it easier to get right to work without having to move things around or look for art supplies.  I'd love to hear about your art space or studio and learn what your favorite things are.  I guess I would have to say my favorite thing is my cart because it is the perfect size and look for me!!

 

Get that space organized and happy painting!!!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New painting,  "Chum Hurst Farm", a painting measuring 20 x 16.  This painting is of a  farm  in Lunenburg County, Virginia where the owners live and raise black angus cows. The owner walks through the green field scattered with buttercups to check on the cattle while  the three grand children greet and feed the farm's miniature horse, an apple. The three pet dogs lay waiting for another ride in the back of the family farm's old Ford pickup truck. My passion is in country living so this was a fun painting to paint. 





Here we are already, The Morning AFTER Christmas. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, a time for joy, sharing, and love, a spirit of Christmas. If only we could keep that attitude all year. What would it look like?


The Spirit of Christmas is a true worship that comes deep from within us. It is a revolution of our mind that should be a habit that is not just at Christmas. Our status or everyday life's situation should not affect our worship, it is a constant attitude. We have an unchanging presents of God in our life, that is not about us who are often full of pride but humbling ourselves to give God, who saves us all, the praise. And what he did for some he will do for all that put their faith in him!!!

 

Let's focus and rejoice our God that loves us, he came as a baby, who's name is Jesus to live among us, and his spirit is with us. He saved and continues to save us and is always faithful, a reason to worship and adore, giving all glory and praise throughout the year!! Let's sing praise as Mary taught us with her Song of Praise.

 

Mary’s Song of Praise
 And Mary said,
‘My soul magnifies the Lord, 
   and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, 
for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
   Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
   and holy is his name. 
His mercy is for those who fear him
   from generation to generation. 
He has shown strength with his arm;
   he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
   and lifted up the lowly; 
he has filled the hungry with good things,
   and sent the rich away empty. 
He has helped his servant Israel,
   in remembrance of his mercy, 
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
   to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’
Luke 1: 46 - 55


 

On the James, by Linda W Clark, is an oil painting on cotton canvas measuring 12" by 24".  The painting was completed in Julyof 2016, with Giclee prints available shortly after completion.

 

 You may recognize this beautiful arched stone and concrete railway bridge while driving across the Powhite Bridge in Richmond, Virginia.  Robbie Batt, a local photographer who shares my passion for preserving Southside Virginia structures and country scenes, captured this bridge, and when I saw his awesome photograph, I knew right away I wanted to capture it in a painting.

 

The double track bridge was built in 1919 and crosses the James River, drawing a lot of attention with its design and setting.  In my painting of it, which I entitled On The James, I depict a kayaker because so many people enjoy kayaking on the James River.