Tuesday, December 27, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days - Starts January 01, 2017


I've forgotten how to have fun with art.

We're still in our little rental here in Eugene - art supplies still in storage.  Although I bought a couple of brushes and a few watercolors, I've had a hard time focusing on painting because I don't have a "studio" where I can do batiks.

Then I remembered WHERE I started painting and where many people still paint - at the kitchen table!   Maybe there's not enough room for doing batiks, but there's plenty of space for having fun.

I'll get reacquainted with batiks when we find our house.

In the meantime, onto Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge to channel some of that seven year old's creativity with some happy watercolor paint.



30 comments:

  1. Dearest Chris, I have missed you so much! I think sometimes we forget how to have fun, not just with art, but with anything as we get older and so busy. It is so lovely to see your post! I hope you had a great Christmas, and I hope that 2017 will be happy, prosperous and healthy for you. Much love and hugs to you, my cherished friend. :)

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  2. Haha! I think you're right - especially as we get older. Hope your Christmas was a sweet one, Linda, and I pray you receive every good thing God has to offer! Love you, too!!

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  3. I am somewhat in the same position you are in: I don't have my little painting room available at the moment, there was a leaking radiator causing some water damage. Thank God my stack of paintings are ok. I am painting with a small palette in my living room at a small table.... and the fun in painting surprisingly returned. I hope you'll find a solution too. I wish you a wonderful New Year, Chris!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Judy. Compared to what you are going through, I can't complain. I'm thankful your beautiful paintings were saved. Looking forward to seeing more of them in the new year. Wishing you the best in 2017!

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  4. Your quote cracked me up! I'm glad you're back. I'm glad you're going to do the challenge. I hope you fall in love with a house soon. I think you'll start having fun now.

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    1. Thanks, Candy! Really appreciated your e-mail! Looking forward to more good things from your brush in 2017.

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  5. Wonderful, yay!!! I have a spot in the corner of our living room where I keep my easel and paints, but I still paint A LOT at our kitchen table. Excited to see your work! xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Kali! That's just what I needed to hear. If I can do some paintings half as beautiful as yours, I'll look forward to painting at the table!

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    2. I'm in awe of your skills (far superior to my own)! Cannot wait!

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  6. Great to see that you are getting back into that saddle, whatever it may look like. Thanks for the link re the 30 in 30 challenge. I have signed up too as I need a push. All the best for an artful 2017.

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    1. Thanks! Great that you signed on! Wishing you a really creative 2017.

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  7. I have missed seeing your art and am happy to hear you are doing the 30 in 30. I have been thinking about it, maybe this is the push I need to try it. Thnaks

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    1. Thanks, Nancy. Looks like this is the push a lot of us need. Hope you sign on!

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  8. Ho I'm so glad to see you'll be creating new stuff again and I'm sure you'll have fun also. Your work has always been a real pleasure to look at. A very Happy New Year to you dear Linda and I wish you lots of inpiration! Warm hugs

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    1. Thanks, Helen! Happy safe and healthy new year to you. Looking forward to seeing your new work!!

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    1. Thank you! Wishing you a healthy, happy new year!!

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  10. A wonderful quote, Chris!
    I have it in one of my books, but a
    quote like that can't be read often enough...
    I'm glad that you remembered your kitchen table to paint on.
    That's better than doing nothing and as you said: Lot's of
    people just paint there because they have no own painting room.
    I wish you all the best for the next year
    and that you will find your dream house and settle down.
    Ciao Beo

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  11. Thanks, Beo. Looking at your blog has really inspired me to start painting again & to start an art journal. I began ripping pages from old magazines last night. And thank you for your good wishes. I'm sending more back at you!! Ciao Chris

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  12. That sounds wonderful, Chris!
    I'm looking forward what you will do in your journal. I'm sure it will be beautiful. By the way journaling can be very helpful in letting wishes come true - perhaps it will help you to find
    the one and only house...

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    1. Ahhh - I'll start looking at some pictures of houses - a small house with a big studio! Thank you, Beo.

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    1. Thank you, Regine! Happy New Year to you!!

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  14. Yes.... there is plenty of space for having fun.

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  15. Hello Chris
    I wish you a happy new year full of
    happiness and creativity.
    Greetings from Austria.
    Sadie

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    1. Thank you, Sadie. Wishing you the very best the new year has to offer!
      Ah, Austria - one of the most beautiful countries in the world. I hope to see it one day.

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  16. Yep - one CAN paint at the kitchen table. It's funny several years ago when I was so intent on having the lifetime of BIG space and perfect order and supplies to do anything I wanted, I came across an awesome portrait artist on YOU TUBE who sat and did these great works - on her lap at the kitchen table. I was reminded, that we all started somewhere similar and that you don't need the space I just bent over backwards to make to DO ART. Have fun - be a kid again!

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    1. The best advice! Thank you, Pattie. I will remember!

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