Grover as a Puppy. Oil on panel 7 x 5 inches. © 2017, Tania Nault.
I think this is my first mammal painting in oils. Over 25 years ago I took a couple oil painting classes in university, but I feel safe in saying that we never painted animals. The reference is my Golden Retriever, Grover, back when he was a puppy. He was a cute little guy. And, yes, he did eventually grow into those paws!
Corona. Oil on panel 6 x 6 inches. © 2017, Tania Nault.
Today I experienced my second ocular migraine. I had one about two weeks ago, but didn’t know that is what I had experienced: We had spent the morning and early afternoon cutting down dead trees in the back yard and I thought I had simply overexerted myself. This one, however, occurred while I was at work and lasted long enough for me to wonder if I was going blind or having a stroke. The experience was at once frightening, because I didn’t understand what was happening, and fascinating because the colours, pattern, and movement of the aura was almost as though I was somehow looking through a kaleidoscope from inside my own eye. I called the optometrist, who wanted to see me immediately, and after some tests the doctor said he was sure it was an ocular migraine.
I don’t consider this painting a piece of art, it’s not really even a good painting (if I were to do it again, I’d use acrylics, a protractor, and tape to make sure the edges were clean and crystalline) but my work is largely comprised of trying to capture moments and this was definitely a moment.
Breaking Through. Oil on panel, 9 x 6 inches. © 2017, Tania Nault.
Today marks the end of the first week of this month-long painting challenge!
September Sunset. Oil on panel 8 x 6 inches. © 2017, Tania Nault.
I haven’t always painted. In university I was a drawing major/printmaking minor, and up until several years ago I worked exclusively in scratchboard. When I started to paint I couldn’t make sense of what to do with the light grounds – the canvas was just so white! Toned grounds were somewhat better, but still a challenge, I just couldn’t judge the values accurately. I decided to try painting on very dark or black grounds and, suddenly, I could paint – making art made sense again. So, on occasion, I set up a panel with a dark ground out of my stash and the painting fairly walks off my brush. Sometimes, we just need to set ourselves up for a win.
September Sunrise. Oil on panel 6 x 6 inches. © 2017, Tania Nault.
As an artist, the challenge with living on the prairies is the flat terrain makes it difficult to paint landscapes with a traditional composition of a distinct foreground, middle ground, and background. But we are more than compensated with wonderfully expressive skies!
Harvest in Blue and Gold. Oil on panel 9 x 6 inches. © 2017, Tania Nault.
The theme for my paintings in the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge is “30 miles”, where my subject matter can be anything within a 30-mile radius of our home in Vibank. At this time of year, no matter what direction I might choose to drive, I am surrounded by blue skies and fields in varying degrees of gold.
Cedar Waxwing. Oil on panel 6 x 6 inches. © 2017, Tania Nault.
Today’s painting is a Cedar Waxwing perched in our front hedge. They flock in our yard during the Spring and early Summer to eat the buds and they return in the Fall to feast on the fruit.
Broken Door. Oil on panel 7 x 5 inches. © 2017, Tania Nault.
This is another garden shed I came across while walking my dog down a back lane. What caught my eye was the colour of the door framed by the dark shadow of the interior of the shed. I use a limited palette, because I feel it’s easier to get harmonious colours across the painting, but this time I struggled to match the hue – a pale teal – for the door.
Blue Garden Shed. Oil on panel 6 x 6 inches. © 2017, Tania Nault.
This is my first painting for Leslie Saeta‘s 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. I’ve noticed this little blue garden shed on my walks with Grover (my Golden Retriever). But this morning the light and shadow and contrast of the cool blue of the shed with the warm oranges and yellows in the trees and lawn really captured my attention.
Winter Sunset. Oil on panel 14 x 7 inches. © 2017, Tania Nault.
Several years ago, when I participated in my first month-long painting challenge, I prepared panels, supplies, and my schedule. But it never occurred to me to select my subject matter in advance, and each day I wasted precious time wondering what I would paint next. Not wanting to repeat that mistake I have been searching for a theme for this challenge, which starts tomorrow, and I finally have it: “30 miles”. I will limit myself to subject matter from within a 30-mile radius of our home in Vibank. So there we have it:
- 30 days in September
- 30 paintings
- using only supplies I already have in my studio
- theme: inspired by anything within 30 miles of home