30 Paintings in 30 Days: Day 17


30in20 Day 17 (3)

Day 17 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days: “Praising His Maker” watercolor & ink on Canson, 140 lb., 6×6


Praising his Maker
As if no one’s listening
Little red bird sings

The afternoon was gorgeous, so I took my Sunday siesta in the hammock. But before napping, I looked around at the trees, bushes, and vines in the yard to see what the promise of spring has been doing to them. Oh, the flowers and new leaves look so bright and beautiful! I even got to see a couple birds up close (thanks to the zoom lens on my camera).

Today’s painting is more or less a plein air. The tree here is from my back yard, although I did a poor job of depicting the foliage that’s heavy on the bottom branches and sparse at the top. Cardinals abound around here, but I didn’t see any today. I did see one a week ago, however, and as I love their bright red color, I decided to paint what I remember of a cardinal.

As you can see, I also experimented further with this new-to-me font, using the 0.3 Micron for the fine lines, and filling in the thicker lines with the 0.8 pen just like yesterday.

Pretty much every Sunday evening we go to church early so my daughter can attend the youth choir rehearsal. I have taken to carrying my notebook, rhyming dictionary, and thesaurus with me, and I try to write–or at least start–one or two poems while she rehearses with the choir. Today was no different, and I used that time to write a haiku to correspond with the Day 17 painting, plus a longer poem that will appear later on my other blog.

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The first two stages were photographed while I was still outside. The lighting in my house is horrible for taking pictures because it’s so hard to reproduce the colors exactly as they appear. Perhaps this one setback will motivate me to paint earlier in the day so I can photograph the painting in the daylight. We shall see….

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.

“Praising His Maker” copyright © 2018 Angela Umphers Rueger – All Rights Reserved

2 thoughts on “30 Paintings in 30 Days: Day 17

  1. What a sweet cardinal! And I love the way you tied the Scripture to your beautiful composition, Angela! Yes, photographing a painting outside in daylight is usually best. Pretty funny ’round here since I’m carrying out large oil paintings and trying to find a dry space of daylight (especially if it has snowed) in the winter. ;-/ What we do for our blogs and readership! Wonderful post! ❤ and hugs!

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    • Don’t you know it! Lol! Today I did not even get to paint at all. Having already lost some data when my laptop crashed, I spent a good portion of the day backing up my desktop because it was giving me trouble over the weekend, and the info on that computer is much more important for my business. By the time it was all done, I was exhausted and the day was spent. But it’s not the end of the world. 🙂


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