Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cape Town #2

Watching, oil on canvas panel, 10x8 inches.
©2011 Amy Tennant

I started two more paintings for the Cape Town challenge this month (the limit is three per artist), but they are due today and I may not finish the second one. I also did a few touch-ups on the one I posted earlier. Here is the final version that I submitted.

Street in Cape Town, oil on canvas panel, 10x8 inches.
©2011 Amy Tennant

Friday, March 25, 2011

Cape Town

Street in Cape Town, oil on canvas panel, 10x8 inches.
©2011 Amy Tennant

This is my entry for the Virtual Paintout challenge this month. The image is taken from Google Street View in Cape Town (this one is not from Tennant Street). Before I submit it I want to take a better photo; the colors aren't quite right in this one and it's too late in the day for good light now. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Kid on a Cup

Kid on a Cup, oil on canvas panel, 5x7 inches. ©2011 Amy Tennant

I found a family of little plastic people in Tim's toy box and they've been getting into things lately. This kid liked the fact that he matched the cup I was painting and he thought he could improve the composition.

I'm working on little canvas panels using my new mini easel that I made out of a cigar box. I got the idea through artist Abbey Ryan, but it is a popular (and cheap!) way to make a traditional pochade box.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Monthly Painting Challenge

I found a monthly painting challenge to try, using Google Street View. The organizer of the challenge selects a city each month, and artists use Google Street View to find a scene in that city to paint. Yesterday I "visited" Cape Town and found that there's a Tennant Street! I dragged my Google guy around town a little bit and found some street scenes to work from. Pictures to follow...

If you've never used this function in Google Maps, it's pretty cool.

Try Google Maps with Street View

Monday, March 21, 2011

Art Goals for 2011

1. Paint a small daily painting 5 days a week
2. Schedule daily computer time (read, blog, update, email)
3. Schedule daily studio assignments
4. Participate in monthly painting challenges
5. Blog at least 5 times a week
6. Complete 2 or more larger paintings a month
7. Enter at least 1 painting competition
8. Write an elevator speech
9. Write an artist's statement
10. Prepare reference photos for painting

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