30 Paintings in 30 Days: Day 11



Day 11 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days: “Majesty” monochromatic watercolor on Canson, 140 lb, 6×6



Tonight I returned to the monochromatic study for a reproduction of one of my mountain photos. Granted, the photo has more than one color, but the main color is blue. I love the mountains. Would I ever want to live there? Perhaps not. I might grow tired of the steep and winding roads if I had to travel them every day. And being snowed in is not my cup of tea. And heaven forbid I should come to that vista for granted! But as far as I’m concerned, the mountains are the perfect vacation spot. I am not nearer to God in the mountains, despite the higher altitude (as Laura Ingalls used to think), but so much of that region is untouched by human hands that it is easy to see God’s majesty displayed in the vastness of the great hills.This one took a long time because I gave it time to dry between layers (like you’re supposed to do). I didn’t do it that way the first time, with the bottle. But the extra time was worth it, for I believe the end result is nicer. Once again, these are Dollar Tree watercolors. I didn’t want to use a significant amount of my watercolor pencil, and the cheap set is ready at hand, so I figured I might as well use it for practice.

The funny thing is, a week ago, just 5 days into the challenge, I was ready to throw in the towel on watercolor and go back to my trusty acrylics. While I will never abandon the acrylics, I did find myself today wanting to price a good quality set of watercolor paints. I guess that means I’m not going to give up on it after all.


1 Chronicles 29:11 Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine; Thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and Thou art exalted as head above all.


I will

Lift my eyes to

Behold the lofty hills

As I recall the glory of

The Lord

Who made

Both them and me, and still sustains

Us with His strong right arm.

All majesty

Be His.


Copyright © 2018 Angela Umphers Rueger – All Rights Reserved

I chose to write today’s poem as a Mirror Cinquain* because if you turn the poem on its side, the contour resembles the rolling hills of which I wrote.

*A Mirror Cinquain is two Cinquains back to back, where the second one is reversed.
Since a Cinquain has a syllabic count = 2-4-6-8-2, the syllabic structure of the Mirror Cinquain = 2-4-6-8-2-2-8-6-4-2.

If you are interested in joining the challenge, you can sign up at Leslie Saeta’s 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge and then post and/or view the other entries at the linkup.


6 thoughts on “30 Paintings in 30 Days: Day 11

  1. Angela, since I’m a fairly recent follower of your blog, I haven’t seen your acrylic work… I’d love to see it. Have you posted any of those pieces in the past on your blog? I’d love to find them. As always, your poetry is impeccable, and I love that you chose to compose this painting in monochrome! I think you are doing an amazing job. Watercolor is such a difficult medium. So, my hat’s off to you! ❤

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