30 Paintings in 30 Days: Day 26


30in30 Day 26 (2)

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


The long day is done
Sun shimmers on cobalt sea
Whispering good night

The second of my practice paintings is complete. What do you think? Today was crazy busy, so I only got one painting done, but I also rummaged through my other keys and found some more old ivory keys that are in good enough shape to use for this project. Now I can begin the series with twelve of them.

The next step is to give the series a name, and for that I need your help. I’m thinking of “Piano Portraits” or “Ivory Illustrations.” Which do you like better? Or perhaps you have another suggestion. Please cast your vote in the comments below. I want something that ties what it once was to what it now is. Of course, “portraits” in this case refers to its perspective rather than its subject matter.


30in30 Day 26 (1)

Samples 1 & 2 together, along with an ivory that will be painted. 


I reworked the first one a bit today and messed it up, in my opinion. After comparing it to what it looked like yesterday, I would have been better off to leave it alone. I like how the path turned out, as the shading in more gradual now. But the trees have less definition instead of more. And my attempt at making a subfloor failed. I think I was trying to put too much detail into a micro landscape and ended up making it look manicured. It’s all a part of learning. It’s definitely harder to paint in a small space than in a large one. 

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

“Day Is Done” copyright © 2018 Angela Umphers Rueger – All Rights Reserved

2 thoughts on “30 Paintings in 30 Days: Day 26

  1. The second photo is a little dark and so I can’t really see what you are unhappy about regarding your additions… but I really like what I see in the first photo of your post! What a lovely idea this is! And YES, I find painting small to be very difficult. Bravo to you on doing such a great job with it! 🙂 ❤

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    • That’s my point. It’s too dark. I wanted it to have a dark interior to illustrate the theme of walking by faith, but the whole thing turned out dark and shadowy, so that there is little texture to speak of, just green and brown. Granted, it has depth, but I wanted more than that. And my brushes do not want to cooperate in this tiny space. But I will persevere. It’s fun. Regarding the first photo, thank you very much, Lynn! I enjoy painting water. I have very little experience, but plan to change that. 🙂


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