Thursday, 19 December 2013

Decisions - 30 Paintings in January?

I went for a walk yesterday in the local wildlife reserve.  I find I often solve problems while taking a walk in  a quiet place.  I was startled out of my thoughts by the sight of the lovely above.  She was power walking at a fair speed, a vision in pink.  She had the most amazing dress on, it was filmy and lace adorned it in the midriff area.  It was beautiful and romantic.  However her mood was not romantic, she had a stern look on her face and her cap and shoes (pink trainers) meant business.  Makes you wonder was she crossed in love, angry with her boyfriend, or maybe she just liked frilly romantic dresses when exercising?

I just had to go and paint her when I got home.  It actually helped me to make a decision.  I have been trying to decide whether to take part in a January challenge I saw a link for on Miz Katies blog.  It is 30 paintings in 30 days from Leslie Saeta Blog What I have been pondering was do I want the pressure?  She encourages participant to sell their work.  I am not sure I am at that place yet. But I am pondering the possibility of opening an etsy shop.

My experience yesterday and the speed that I painted this little lovely have encouraged me to have a go.  My theme will be little events of daily life – people I see and if I am stuck things that have happened to me in the past.  I want to do whimsy and I will paint these in acrylic on 8 x 10 (20cm x 25cm) canvas boards.  On Denthe’s post last week she showed a way that the boards can be hung.  So if I decide to open an etsy shop I will have a body of work to showcase.

I have been working on a big canvas 20in x 30in in acrylics, using the Flora Bowley style of working.  I love her work and want to be more spontaneous in my work.  Sorry, I forgot to take a photo of the earlier stages; this is about the 4th layer!  To be honest I didn’t take photos as it has been a frustrating process and I was ready to throw in the towel but over the last few days I feel as if a breakthrough has occurred.  I can’t wait to get going on it again tomorrow!

I will see you all on Paint Party Friday with a special post.


  1. Awesome girl in red painting. My vote is for opening an Etsy shop if you're collecting opinions. :) Blessings and a Merry Christmas! Diane

  2. Lovely work Sharon, that girl must have really inspired you! There are a lot of people running along the Rhine here, but ususally in trainers, never seen one in a frilly dress! See you Friday! Valerie

  3. Wow, 30 paintings in 30 days! That's quite a challenge! I'm already looking forward to seeing your beautiful work. That Flora-painting looks awesome already. I'm glad you didn't give up on it!

  4. Indeed she is a lovley, gorgous dress. Good luck with etsy, its the riight thing to do.

  5. Love your painting! I saw it on Leslie Saeta's blog while joining in. Good luck! :)