One-A-Days

The One-A-Day Experience

On Sunday February 14, 2010 I began a disciplined exercise of painting a painting in one day, for multiple days.  Originally, I wanted to paint a painting per day for 365 days.  My sister told me I was unrealistic and basically not thinking straight.  I had had a very sad and stressful two years and quickly came to realize that I was not thinking clearly.  My sister had been right.I have kept notes on each painting from the start of the exercise.  On my first days entry I wrote –  “ My sister told me that she thought that was unrealistic and I am inclined to agree with her.  I am therefore hoping for 300 paintings this year ”. I am writing this on day 184 and I have completed 56 one-a-day paintings.  This does not include my work that is not in the one per day category.  It is a lot more difficult than I had imagined!When I began, I did not know what to expect, where to begin.  I decided to go back to the beginning.  When I was a child I spent hours drawing horses, any animal really, cliffs and rocks.  I remember always trying to make them look three-dimensional.  My first painting is of sheep from a photo that my husband and I took when out in the country near where we live.  She was lovely, inquisitive.  The shadows were long.  Who wouldn’t want to paint her I thought.  I couldn’t believe how quickly the painting came together.  I realized I was painting more of the feeling and memories of that day than anything else.Although this type of painting requires a lot of thought and a different painting technique than I usually use, I find it very stimulating and challenging and very rewarding.I have one rule for my one-a-day paintings and that is that when the day is done there is no going back in and adding, adjusting or rethinking ANYTHING!  This has be the most aggravating thing about this process as I can always see where an improvement could be made.  Something often stands out as needing tweaking or a value could be altered for a stronger statement.  But, the rule is… ‘no touchy’.

I hope that you enjoy viewing the one-a-day paintings as much as I have enjoyed painting them!

Leaving the Scene – Old Man, Chateau, France Award Winner 9” x 12” oil on board
Leaving the Scene – Old Man,
Chateau, France
Award Winner
9” x 12”
oil on board
aug31greeting1
A Greeting on a
Frosty Morning
11” x 14”
oil on canvas
aug31leavingmancat1
Leaving the Scene
– Old Man with Cat
– Honfleur, France
9” x 12”
oil on board
 aug31leavingwomanbike1

Leaving the Scene
– Lady on Bike – Vence, France
11” x 14”
oil on canvas

 aug31pansies1

Pansies from My Garden
12” x 12”
oil on canvas

 aug31gravy1

Red Gem
12” x 12”
oil on canvas

 aug31yellowred1

Two Yellow, One Red
Still Life 11” x 14”
oil on canvas

 aug31onionsgarlic1

Two Light Sources
Onion and Garlic
11” x 14”
oil on canvas

 aug31gt1

Gravy Train
9” x 12”
oil on canvas

 aug31crocuses1

Crocuses in the Garden
en plein air 11” x 14”
oil on canvas

 aug31howsweet1

How Sweet It Is!
11” x 14”
oil on canvas

 aug31viewfromblackiespit1

View of North Shore from Blackie’s Spit
9” x 12”
oil on canvas

 aug31bamboo1

Bamboo Garden – Giverny
Still Life 11” x 14”
oil on canvas

 aug31coxbay1

Cox Bay – Tofino
11” x 14”
oil on board

 aug31plucked1

Plucked From the Garden
12” x 16”
oil on canvas

 aug31hyacinths1

Hyacinths
12” x 16”
oil on canvas

 aug31cheers1

Cheers!
9” x 12”
oil on board

aug31sanctuary1

Sanctuary from the Heat
12” x 16”
oil on canvas

 aug31storm1

Storm Arriving – Roof Tops Honfleur Harbour
9” x 12”
oil on canvas board

 aug31isle1

Isle Sure Loing
11” x 14”
oil on linen board

 aug31sunsetwr1

Sunset – White Rock Beach
11” x 14”
oil on board

 aug31treasures1

Treasure from the Garden
18” x 24”
oil on canvas

 aug31Anenome1

Anenome Study
En Plein Air –
9” x 12”
oil on canvas

 aug31pots1

The Pots of Rousillion
9” x 12”
oil on canvas

 aug31singletulip1

A Single Tulip
11” x 14”
oil on canvas

 aug31twoyellow1

Two Yellow Ones
11” x 14”
oil on canvas

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 aug31iris1

Iris in My Garden
En Plein Air – 11” x 14”
oil on board
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 aug31cafegiverny2

Café Anyone?  Giverny
9” x 12”
oil on canvas
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 aug31viewp1

A View From Pont Neuf
9” x 12”
oil on canvas
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 aug31violetshadows1

Cast Shadow – Violet
9” x 12”
oil on canvas
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 aug31violetblue1

Violet in Blue Pot
11” x 14”
oil on board
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 aug31inspired1

Inspired by Columbine in My Garden
10” x 14”
watercolour on cotton paper
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 aug31hillssask1

Eagle Hills, Saskatchewan
9” x 12”
oil on canvas
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 aug31crescentbeach1

Crescent Beach Walk
11” x 14”
oil on canvas
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 aug31peone1

Japanese Peone
12” x 12”
oil on canvas
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 aug31poplars1

Whispering Poplars
11” x 14”
oil on canvas
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 aug31lanegiverny1

A Laneway in Giverny
9” x 12”
oil on canvas
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 aug31justcurious1

Who’s Curious?
9” x 12”
oil on canvas
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 aug31bicycle1A Red Bike Ketchikan
11” x 14”
oil on canvas
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 aug31plums1Edmond’s Golden Plums
9” x 12”
oil on board
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 aug31canoe1Canoes at Alice Lake
11” x 14”
oil on canvas
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 aug31farmfriends1

Farm Yard Friends
/The Tree of Life
9” x 12”
oil on canvas
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 aug31birdhouse1

Grandpa’s Birdhouse
9” x 12”
oil on board
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 aug31leavingwomandog1

Leaving the Scene
– Lady with Small Dog
11” x 14”
oil on canvas
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 aug31sailing1

Sailing – Mud Bay
9” x 12”
oil on canvas

 aug31fireside1

By the Fire – Len and Linda’s
11” x 14”
oil on board
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aug312lucky131Lucky Number 13
9” x 12”
oil on canvas
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 aug31onions1

Onions and Garlic
Still Life 11” x 14”
oil on canvas
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