Wrap-up of my 100 Starts project

When I started my 100 Starts project on September 10, 2018, it sounded like something I’d be able to finish in 100 days. In my naive optimism I failed to consider how much life happens around time in the studio. Along the way I was reminded time and time again that sometimes it’s not about a finish date, but rather about the process. And that the process should be as enjoyable as what it would feel like to ultimately reach the goal. When I finished the project on January 13, 2019, I was actually quite happy to count that it…

100 Starts – Number 100

Number 100 of my 100 Starts project My nephew (Hi, Anthony!) gave us this adorable ceramic frog for Christmas one year. He had hand painted it, which posed a challenge for me to paint as my Start because I had to figure out how much to simplify the colors. I knew I didn’t want to paint every different color, so I focused on a general local color that would make a reasonable amount of sense if viewed separate from the figurine. I really like his red feet and fingers so I kept those in and they are a great complement…

100 Starts – Number 99

Number 99 of my 100 Starts project Scrounging around for what to use as a subject for Start Number 99, I came up with Sharkie — one of our dogs’ toys. I first painted a study of Sharkie back in early October. I can see that my drawing skills have advanced since then (yay!) and my overall brush work is looser, which I love. I know the intention of these studies isn’t to have a completely modeled form or finished painting, but I just can’t help going there just a bit the deeper in to this project that I get….

100 Starts – Number 98

Number 98 of my 100 Starts project Haven’t painted this little yellow dish in a long time, and wanted to use the pear from a couple of days ago. It reminds me of someone taking a bath in a tub that’s too small… I got more detailed than intended for this project, but all of the colors I saw in the pear had me a little mesmerized. As an experiment I converted the study to greyscale and flipped back and forth between the color and greyscale versions. Somehow this made me notice the analogous color scheme of the composition —…

100 Starts – Number 97

Number 97 of my 100 Starts project This was a good lesson in how a white plate isn’t actually painted white on the canvas. The highlights on the curved edge were actually the brightest parts, so I needed to make the rest of the plate darker than white for those highlights to show up. The highlights on the cherry tomatoes were really fun to add at the end — they’re a light red rather than pure white, but against the intense red of the tomatoes they appear much brighter. I’m intrigued by that aspect of working with color! The way…