Monday, October 9, 2017
Thursday, October 5, 2017
This is a glimpse of the set-up for the still life. I use a simulated daylight lamp to direct the light to create interesting shadows and highlights.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Monday, October 2, 2017
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017
Thursday, September 28, 2017
|View From Tinkers Cabin 6" x 6" Pastel ©Sheila Ashley Liston|
Day 28 of Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days Challenge, September 2017
Our church, The Chapel at Tinkers Creek, is located on a 21 acres in Streetsboro, Ohio. The back part has a cabin that is used for our Youth Programs. This particular view is from the cabin, looking east. My husband and I were there to simply enjoy the sunset that evening. As I turned the opposite direction and I saw a lovely cloud formation with hints of blue, lavender, pink, and peach tones, equally as beautiful as the sunset itself. With the road leading back to the church, I thought of of a simpler time and an old country dirt road. That scene had to go on the "must paint" list.
Painting today, brought memories of the past 12 years, in this church. The people there have now become part of our family, supporting each other through good times and tough times as well.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Monday, September 25, 2017
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Reflections, no matter how slight, have become a reminder to me to linger for a while, and take in the beauty around me. This particular park is a comfortable, peaceful place for me. Reflecting on this 30 day project, I didn't expect to learn so much about myself and my art. It has been exhausting on a few days, but exhilarating on the others. This Challenge has no rules or competition, or even any monetary prizes for best of show. The Challenge is in the commitment to one's self. It's nice to know that I'm not alone, with hundreds of participating artists worldwide. I will share a bit more of this whole experience at the end of the month.
|A few progress photos....|
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Monday, September 18, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Cloud Study 6" x 6" Pastel ©Sheila Ashley Liston
DAY 13 of Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days, September 2017 Challenge
This is a perfect location for watching sunsets from a parking lot in the middle of my town. With pastels in hand, I can set up an easel there or simply observe from my car. Clouds bring some interesting challenges,while appearing simple at the same time. Like a four year old child, clouds are in constant motion. Just when I think I have the colors down correctly, they shift again. I've been told that one of the best ways to paint them it to first study their colors and make color notes.
The beauty of painting 30 paintings in 30 days is that one learns to make color decisions quickly. As anything that we want to do better, practice is the key. How many times have we heard this before? The act of doing these small paintings in a short time has taught me to find new stragegies that work for me. For example, I like to have my boards prepared in advance and my pastels laid out in a order that makes sense to me. I'm learning to work more efficiently in choosing my color palette before starting the work and laying those pastels aside.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Monday, September 11, 2017
My husband and I found this Bible in the dumpster behind our shop a few years ago. I wanted to try my hand at Bible Journaling with making art directly on its pages. I was reluctant to try this in my other Bibles. Since this one was already a bit dirty and dog-eared, I gave it a try. This one seemed to speak to the situation with the hurricanes and floods this weekend.
Friday, September 8, 2017
|Great Falls of Tinkers Creek 6" x 6" ©Sheila Ashley Liston|
Day 8 of Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days, September 2017 Challenge
Great Falls at Tinkers Creek is a part of the Bedford's Viaduct Park in the village of Bedford, Ohio. It's a paved walk down to the falls in an urban area, where one can see the ruins of an old mill and dam. My husband and I love waterfalls and we were willing to do some research to find this one, as it is not well advertised. The waterfall was beautiful in the fall.
I painted this from memory and then finally looked at our photos and found some changes that I wanted to make in the tree area.
I made additional changes to the background tree area. This represents the hilly area across the gorge where the a significant amount of leaves had fallen.
Thursday, September 7, 2017
|Backyard Buddy 5" x 6" Pastel ©Sheila Ashley Liston|
Day 7 of Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days, Sept 2017 Challenge with our frequent backyard visitor.
We've had a family of three bunnies living in our backyard this summer. They seem to love the food that we provide for the birds and in exchange we are entertained by their presence.