Bowl of Cherries 001

160209 - Bowl of Cherries 001a 5x7 oil on linen panelBowl of Cherries 001
©2016 Dave Casey
5×7″ – oil on linen panel
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There is nothing quite like a long-lasting flu to knock you right out of a 30-in-30 challenge.  And I was off to a pretty good start, too.  For over a week I didn’t even want to eat and it took me another four or five days to start getting my appetite back.  I lost over eleven pounds in about a week and I wouldn’t suggest that method of weight loss for anyone.

Today was the first time I’ve felt like picking up a brush and just wanted to get something on canvas, whether it came out good or not.  I think this is a decent effort for less than two hours worth of work.  I’m going to get something to eat and then think about doing another piece.  Or work on one of my larger paintings that have been waiting for my return.

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Day 20 in the 30-in-30 Challenge

30-in-30 Challenge - Satine 001 - TheDailyPainter - Dave Casey

This is a progress photo of a portrait that I started today.  I’ve it pretty much roughed in and started on the eyes.  Those eyes gave me fits.  I think I scraped each eye down a couple times to start over on them.  Finally, after about two hours, I was starting to get cross-eyed, so I decided enough for one day.  I’ll get back at it tomorrow.

This is Day 20 in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge.  This is an oil painting on an 8×10″ linen panel.

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Day 19 in the 30-in-30 Challenge

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Sunset Over The Foothills
©2016 Dave Casey
8×10″ – oil on linen panel
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Yes, I’ve decided to take a break from the figurative works.  This one came out a little differently than I imagined to begin with, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.  The painting just evolves as you progress through it.

This is Day 19 in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge.  This is an oil painting on an 8×10″ linen panel.

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Day 13 in the 30-in-30 Challenge

30-in-30 Day 13a

Wrong, wrong wrong!  It started off decently, but then quickly fell apart and became nothing more than a candidate for the wiping cloth.  By the time you read this this painting will no longer exist.  Maybe I’ll do a quick still life just to give myself a break.

This is Day 13 in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge.  It is an 8×10″ oil on linen panel.

Just one more and I’ll be caught up with the challenge.

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Day 8 in the 30-in-30 Challenge

30-in-30 Day 08b

I was rummaging around this month’s challenge postings and realized I hadn’t posted for Day 8, so here it is.  I remember this being a speed drawing.  I wanted to see what I could do in an hour.  Not bad, but not great either.

This is Day 8 in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge.  It is a charcoal drawing on 9×12″ charcoal paper.

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Day 17 in the 30-in-30 Challenge

30-in-30 Day 17a

Here is another quick sketch in charcoal.  I’m beginning to think my style is more along the lines of Picasso or Schiele, when in fact I’m shooting more for Zimou Tan or Jennifer McChristian.  I guess I still have some work ahead of me.

This is Day 17 in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge.  It is about 10×16″ on newsprint.

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Day 16 in the 30-in-30 Challenge

30-in-30 Day 13a

If I never have to upgrade a computer operating system again for the rest of my life, I’ll be a happy camper.  What started out on a whim Tuesday afternoon ended up taking more than three days to get it right.  And it wasn’t just one upgrade.  It was two.  I went from Windows XP to Win7, which had the system totally banjaxed.  Forty-eight hours later, after getting the computer back into working order, I got a message from Microsoft that I could upgrade to Windows 10 for free.  Oh goody.  So I figured, “why the heck not?”  That upgrade went quite a bit better, but I was still left with the devastation of the Win7 upgrade.  After reinstalling most of the software that I use regularly, I was ready to pick up my brushes and pencils again.

Well, maybe not.  The piece above is an abortive attempt at a figure painting that I could see, after about an hour’s worth of work, was worthy of only one thing.  Wiping.  Maybe pencils and charcoal are my thing for the time being.

This is Day 16 in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge.  This is an 10×8″ oil painting on linen panel.

Also, over the next few days I’ll do an extra one or two charcoal sketches to get caught up with the challenge.  Then I’ll get back to my two larger easel paintings.  Hunny Bunny can’t wait to see what I do with the larger one.

This is Day 15 in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge.  This is an 16×12″ charcoal sketch on newsprint.

30-in-30 Day 15a

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Day 12 in the 30-in-30 Challenge

30-in-30 Day 12b

Here is another quick sketch/drawing.  I still have a bit of trouble with proportions, especially in sizing the head to the body.  Maybe that’s why I like the headless and footless drawings so much better.

This is Day 12 in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge.  This is a 14×17″ charcoal sketch on drawing paper.

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Day 11 in the 30-in-30 Challenge

30-in-30 Day 11b

Little Lady in Red
©2016 Dave Casey
8×6″ – oil on canvas panel
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Here is a bit of a different figure painting for you.  This little lady is standing in the rain, wondering which puddle to stomp in next.  And her bright, red rubber boots are the sensible shoe choice for the job.

This is Day 11 in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge.  This is an oil painting on an 8×6″ canvas panel.

30-in-30 Day 11d

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Day 10 in the 30-in-30 Challenge

30-in-30 Day 10b

Another progress shot today.   I think I’m probably within a half hour or so of finishing this portion of the painting.  Then the final bit I intend to paint will take two to three hours and it should be finished.

Today I worked on the fabric, but the shadow it casts on the figure is giving me fits.  I need to let this whole thing dry so I can go back and finish that shadow.  I also lightened up the background.  It used to be pitch black, but then I realized that wouldn’t work with the final piece of the painting, so I lightened it up.

It should be dry by Tuesday or Wednesday and then I’ll get started on the home stretch.  I just hope when I’m finished I can get a picture without all the glare sparkles.

This is Day 10 in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge.  This is an oil painting on a 12×16″ canvas panel.

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