30 Paintings in 30 Days: Day 25



Day 25 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days: “Forest Path” acrylic on canvas paper, approx. 1″ x 2″


‘Tis certain the path
Leads on to uncertainty—
We must walk by faith.

Yes, I have returned to my beloved acrylics, but I have not set watercolor to the wayside for good. I stuck with it long enough to learn to like it, but it will never take the place of acrylic for me.

And while I cannot promise that I won’t miss anymore days of the challenge, not with a ladies’ retreat coming up at the end of the week, at least now I have a plan for the next several days ahead: a series of nature scenes to be painted on broken piano keys. Even if I don’t finish them during the challenge, I will finish them and add them to my inventory of piano art. Allow me to tell you how this idea came to be.

A friend at church, upon learning that I make art and home dĂ©cor items from old pianos, brought a tiny framed painted piano ivory to show me. It was exquisite! She challenged me to make some of my own, so I told her I would. I am not copying the scene on that ivory, for it’s not my style, but I am copying the general idea. When I get one finished, I’ll show it to you.

But before I actually paint on the ivories, I decided to practice on a sheet of canvas paper. After all, painting a landscape or waterscape in a 1″ by 2″ space is no easy task. The one I did tonight was relatively simple. I should have put in some more detail, made the forest floor different from the canopy, added more texture to the path, let some of the sky peek through, etc. But it was nearly 11 p.m. when I started it, and I didn’t want to be up all night long. 🙂 I just wanted to accomplish something.

Perhaps tomorrow I’ll get two or three of the other scenes painted. Then when I’ve completed all six of the scenes I’ve planned on paper, I’ll choose one to paint on the ivory. Or maybe I’ll be brave and do all of them on ivories, making improvements as I see how they turn out on paper. Finally, I’ll mount and frame it and show you the finished product.

If you are interested in seeing the other entries, you may check them out at the linkup.

“Walk by Faith” copyright © 2018 Angela Umphers Rueger – All Rights Reserved

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