Sunday, September 29, 2013

September Challenge #30


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Oh frabjous day! Calooh! Callay! This the last day of the challenge and painting #30. Whew!

Well, for all my whining and fussing, I really did have fun with this challenge. I've learned a lot. While I'm glad to be done with the daily pressure of producing a finished painting, I'll continue to make a concerted effort to be at the easel every day. Not only does the practice help with improving skill, I believe strongly in the meditative benefits of painting. Isn't it wonderful that something which brings such pleasure can also be good for one's mental and spiritual health?

I've also enjoyed visiting the blogs of other challengers, and so appreciate the kind comments left on my blog. All in all, a fabulous experience.

10 comments:

Lorrie Drennan said...

Dear Sue, Congratulations on completing the challenge. I did it too, but on my own terms...I posted a new painting each day, but they were not necessarily painted on that day. THAT is the true challenge. But I had to take baby steps and I was out of town three times during the month. Just getting 30 posts made required enough discipline for me!
I just wanted to tell you that in browsing through the thumbnails each day, I began to notice I was continually drawn to several artists, you being one of them. But as time went on the list narrowed and by the end of the month, I found myself looking for your painting each day if I only had time to look at one. Your growth in the fracturing technique is evolving and I think you are on the right track....for me anyway. My fall show season is starting and I will not have as much time at the easel, but when I do have a little time I am going to take another stab at fracturing. I love the look when it is successful and I plan to try to move in that direction. Thanks for all the great art over the month! I have listed you in my favorites and plan to keep up with your progress. ---Lorrie Drennan

Julie Ford Oliver said...

you finished on a high note with this one Sue. I like it all - colors design and paint quality!
congratulations for sticking with the fracturing, and as you can see - your own voice is emerging from the discipline.
I will continue to paint every day too without the pressure of having to post.

Lori Quarton said...

Very nice final painting! Yes, it is good to have the pressure off!!

Maga Fabler said...

Congratulations on achieve the challenge! I know it was an effort for you. But it was worth it! Look at this painting - it's perfect! Warm wishes, Sue :)

Sue Harrell said...

Thank you, Maga, for all your kind words...and congratulations to you as well. Your cat portraits have been amazing. I'm eager to see more of your beautiful work.

Sue Harrell said...

Thank you, Lori! I think we'll all sleep well tonight! I've enjoyed visiting your blog and have been charmed by your beautiful paintings.

Sue Harrell said...

Dear Julie! Thanks so much for your your encouragement and your wonderful training video. It has meant so much! I'll be keeping in touch through your blog - your paintings are an inspiration!

Sue Harrell said...

Many thanks for your kind words, Lorrie! I think the best part of this challenge was meeting the other participating artists. I was so happy to discover your blog and plan to visit it often! Best wishes!

Kellie Chasse said...

Hi Sue - Just lovely work - I found you late on the 30 day challenge just today actually and I had to go back to review all your work! Loved the warm colors of fall. I am a self taught water-colorist and now I'm really curious about this fracturing technique! Looking forward to watching more of you work! Happy Painting ~Kellie

Oh, would love to connect on Facebook as well if you are on there! I seem to do a better job on there.

Sue Harrell said...

Oh my gosh, Kellie - Your work is stunning! I'm going to sit down tomorrow and take some time to really look at your site.

I've really enjoyed Julie Ford Oliver's fracturing technique - you might also find it fun to do. It's scary at first because it feels like you're destroying something you've just painted.

I'd love to connect with you on Facebook. I have a regular Facebook account, but I don't post my paintings there. I know others have accounts just for their artwork so I need to find out how to do that. I'll keep in touch and as soon as I can get a site up, I'll contact you. Thanks for the nice note, Kellie!