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DAY 30 30/30 days


30 Paintings in 30 days

PERSONAL CHALLENGE

DAY 30

The Magnificent 'Mr T'

The Magnificent ‘Mr T’

Day 30
‘The Magnificent Mr T’

Oil on canvas board

RESERVED FOR OWNERS VIEWING

Roxanne Gooderham

So this is the final painting of the challenge. Meet ‘Mr T’ who is owned by my friend, Caz. We have enjoyed many hacks out together over the pass few years and I am so grateful to Caz for giving me the opportunity to ride him at times when I had no horse to ride. I produced a pencil drawing of ‘T’ for one of my 100 day challenge pieces two years ago and thought it would finish the 30 day challenge off nicely if I were to finally depict him in paint.

With this one being the final painting, it has made me think about what I’ve learnt from the project. I had only made the progression from pencil to paint just over a year ago and felt that I had a long way to go in terms of learning about colour and how to use oils properly. So when Jane asked me if I’d like to take part in a painting challenge I jumped at the chance as I knew it would be a good learning curve but deep down I had doubts as to whether I could actually do it.

I felt completely comfortable using oils from the very beginning of the challenge and knew that this medium was the right one for me but  was worried about the drying times and whether I could get one done in a day. The project allowed me to get to grips with how they worked, what effects could be made and just how quickly I could paint with them. I found that by using them thinly and using a quick drying medium with the paint, it enabled me to complete them quite easily within a day.  After painting for an entire month with oils I have fallen in love with them even more and now feel I’m beginning to find my own style, a style which I can now start to build upon in future works.

Colour was also an issue and I truly believed that it would become a problem for me once the challenge had started. For years I have been daunted by colour with colour mixing being the scariest thing of all for me together with what colours to put down in a painting instead of just one colour alone. To my amazement, the more I started to ‘look’ at what i was painting, the more colours I was seeing. I felt like I had had a lightbulb moment and realised that I hadn’t been ‘looking’ at things properly. Since the challenge Ican now see all sorts of different colours around me and I really enjoy trying to work out what paint colours I’d use to recreate certain objects, especially when I’m out walking. It really is as though a veil has been lifted from my eyes and I can finally see things properly. I would say this is one of the greatest achievements I have gained from doing this challenge.

The 30 day challenge has been an incredible journey for both Jane and I and it has helped us both to progress in different ways. I would certainly recommend that all artists set themselves at least one challenge a year to help develop their work. I would just like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Jane for asking me to paint alongside her, it truly was an absolute pleasure. I would also like to say thank you to all of our Facebook fans for supporting us and for taking the time to like and comment on our posts. It is such a fabulous feeling to know that so many people appreciate what we do and we can’t thank you enough.

Here’s to the completion of our 30 day painting challenge and we hope you can all join us for the next one! 😉 xxx

Low resolution images are used for each painting day, this is to help to prevent unauthorised usage and downloading,  hence the colours may vary slightly from that of the original.
 A higher resolution image is available to view if you may be interested in purchase.
 Please contact Roxanne on the above email for further details.
Thank you for following our progress on this creative journey,
all comments and support gratefully received……..
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DAY 97


100 paintings in 100 days for under £100

PERSONAL CHALLENGE 

 

DAY 97

 

Johnny
 
6th August 2011
10 x 12″ – 25 x 30 cm approx
atelier interactive acrylic on canvas panel
S O L D 
This dog’s eyes say it all…. he is a ‘foundling’ but he has the look of love in those beautiful eyes, I’m sure you agree?
 
I ‘needed’ to paint this image the second I saw it… golden light, dark background… a truly beautiful dog!
 
The painting itself was very relaxing to create, the brush almost seemed to guide itself… leaving me time to pop out to do some photography, and later arrange to meet up with friends..I’m ready for the final 3 days of intensive work now and feel happily recharged…..
 
 
 
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Paintings are sold on a first come, first served basis
 
 
Low resolution images are used for each painting day, this is to help to prevent unauthorised usage and downloading,  hence the colours may vary slightly from that of the original.
 A higher resolution image is available to view if you may be interested in purchase.
 Please contact me for further details.
 
 
 
Thank you for following my progress on this creative journey,
all comments and support gratefully received……..
 
 

DAY 96


100 paintings in 100 days for under £100

PERSONAL CHALLENGE 

 

DAY 96

 

Family Outing
 
5th August 2011
10 x 12″ – 24 x 30 cm approx
atelier interactive acrylic on canvas panel
reserved 
 
What I loved about this image, donated to me for my final ten paintings was the super shiny coats and the fact that this composition of the three horses couldn’t possibly be posed… it is just a photo of a perfect moment! 
 
This has possibly been the most difficult of the paintings so far… a complicated composition with 12 legs .. to say the least… I’ve completed about 6 hours solid work before having a break to pop to the dentist and shampoo the small fat pony in preparation for ‘pony club camp’ next week….My eyes are so tired now, the concentration needed to work on the detail has been enormous!
 
Only 4 days to go in the 100 day challenge…. have you guessed which photo will be the winner???

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Deposit secures. Installment plan available.
If you are interested in making a purchase, please contact me either by text or email.
Text:  07974 404765     email:  arrkidd@yahoo.co.uk
Paintings are sold on a first come, first served basis
 
 
Low resolution images are used for each painting day, this is to help to prevent unauthorised usage and downloading,  hence the colours may vary slightly from that of the original.
 A higher resolution image is available to view if you may be interested in purchase.
 Please contact me for further details.
 
 
 
Thank you for following my progress on this creative journey,
all comments and support gratefully received……..
 
 

DAY 94


100 paintings in 100 days for under £100

PERSONAL CHALLENGE 

 

DAY 94

 

Osiris
3rd August 2011
8 x 8″-20 x 20 cm approx
atelier interactive acrylic on canvas panel
reserved 
 
I’ve used a similar technique as my day 5 painting today, finding that the paint flowed easier and the painting progressed quicker…… I’m also finding that exhaustion is setting in… my head feels very heavy; my eyes are fine and I’m still really enjoying the creative process, but after 94 days solid I can feel the need for a day off becoming more and more urgent! My only worry is that I will let the quality slip on my last 6 paintings- I’m determined not to do this!!!
 
Today’s piece is of a lovely horse called Osiris, it’s been a pleasure to stare into his eye for hours!! He is based in Argentina, and is the fourth donated image I’ve painted in my final shortlist of ten…..
 
I took a few work in progress shots of the painting as it developed….
 

stage 1- blocking in main colours

 

stage 2- refining colours

 

stage 3- adding detail

 

stage 4- fine tuning

 
 

 

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If you are interested in making a purchase, please contact me either by text or email.
Text:  07974 404765     email:  arrkidd@yahoo.co.uk
Paintings are sold on a first come, first served basis
 
 
Low resolution images are used for each painting day, this is to help to prevent unauthorised usage and downloading,  hence the colours may vary slightly from that of the original.
 A higher resolution image is available to view if you may be interested in purchase.
 Please contact me for further details.
 
 
 
Thank you for following my progress on this creative journey,
all comments and support gratefully received……..
 
 

DAY 93


100 paintings in 100 days for under £100

PERSONAL CHALLENGE 

 

DAY 93

 

2nd August 2011
10 x 12″”-25 x 30 cm approx
acrylic on canvas panel
reserved 
 
 Today I’ve painted the third of my final shortlist of 10 paintings……. The winner of the magic 100th (free) painting will only find out on August the 8th, as I whittle my way through the ten!!!
 
It’s so totally inspiring to be allowed to choose my favourite 10 images from over 100 submitted, to create as I see fit…. choose my own media, scale and technique without constraint!…. Yesterday’s painting, Fintel, required subtlety, accuracy and lightness of touch…. today’s has been more about pure light effects and chiaroscuro (colour in my dusky shadows…)…. I can almost feel myself sat behind Apollo in the trap and hear his hoof beats clip clopping as he walks off into the sunset. I know how great the feeling is to be behind a familiar pair of pricked ears… I’ve worked in a more textured, layered technique and managed to complete this painting in daylight hours…. and I’m confirming to myself how much I adore blue shadows!!!
 

Original reference

 

after a bit of photoshop

 
I did a bit of sly editing to this image before painting it…. I dabbled with the brightness and contrast in photoshop… just so I could see more structure and detail… not being familiar with driving harness, I didn’t want to make any silly mistakes with the leatherwork! I feel that different takes on the same reference picture has helped me to create a more ‘informed’ painting….

 

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If you are interested in making a purchase, please contact me either by text or email.
Text:  07974 404765     email:  arrkidd@yahoo.co.uk
Paintings are sold on a first come, first served basis
 
 
Low resolution images are used for each painting day, this is to help to prevent unauthorised usage and downloading,  hence the colours may vary slightly from that of the original.
 A higher resolution image is available to view if you may be interested in purchase.
 Please contact me for further details.
 
 
 
Thank you for following my progress on this creative journey,
all comments and support gratefully received……..
 
 

DAY 92


100 paintings in 100 days for under £100

PERSONAL CHALLENGE 

 

DAY 92

Fintel

 

1st August 2011
12 x 16″-30 x 40 cm approx
acrylic and indian ink on 300 g/m rough watercolour paper
reserved 
 
I love this horse!! He has been very difficult to paint though, even from just getting the correct placement of his spots!! His name is Fintel and he’s a stallion…. by the looks of the few photos I’ve seen of him, he moves like a magic carpet and jumps like a stag, as well as being terribly handsome!
 
I’ve been through a bit of banging head against the wall with this one… originally I was going to leave the background white…… but this didn’t work, the horse overpowered the background, as I soon realised….! argh!!!
 
stage 1
 
I then decided to add a dark background ( as my Day 6, 34, 48, 55, 62 and 63 pieces ). and all seemed lost… the background overpowered the horse….. there is no change in the shading on the horse, but now it looks so weak when before it was too strong…… H U M B U G…….!
 
stage 2
 I added indian ink to the background to get the density of finish I wanted….. now what was needed was to build the tonal colour layering using a combination of orange, ochre, violet, ultramarine and umber until I was satisfied that I had the required 3d effect…. I then needed to repeat the darker colours in all of his spots….. 4 coffee’s later and I think I’m finished!! I will scrutinise in daylight and take a better photo… these photos are off my mobile phone so that the flash does no bleaching out of the more subtle shading…..
 
final piece

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases available through Paypal or by personal cheque.

Deposit secures. Installment plan available.
If you are interested in making a purchase, please contact me either by text or email.
Text:  07974 404765     email:  arrkidd@yahoo.co.uk
Paintings are sold on a first come, first served basis
 
 
Low resolution images are used for each painting day, this is to help to prevent unauthorised usage and downloading,  hence the colours may vary slightly from that of the original.
 A higher resolution image is available to view if you may be interested in purchase.
 Please contact me for further details.
 
 
 
Thank you for following my progress on this creative journey,
all comments and support gratefully received……..
 
 

DAY 91


100 paintings in 100 days for under £100

PERSONAL CHALLENGE 

 

DAY 91

Taking A Break

 

31st July, 2011
10 x 12″ 20 x 25 cm approx
acrylic on canvas panel
S O L D 
I’m into my last 10 day’s of painting… the time has flown… This personal challenge has kept me on track and established a new routine… The things that have happened over the last 90 days have been something akin to a movie!: 3 accidents with broken bones (one mine, two my mothers), strife at work, pneumonia and ill health… I am now declared disabled due to my asthma… (this still scares me somewhat…)
 
I have found that NOTHING will stop me painting… It is a major need in my life, something which keeps my stress down and my true being ‘up’… My 100 days challenge has kept me together and given me purpose throughout….
 
My latest daft idea is to run a competition through facebook.. asking my friends to donate images for inspiration… over 100 photographs have been uploaded, and today I made my shortlist of the 10 most paintable ones!! I decided to paint all 10, offering the last day’s painting to the ‘owner’ for free and donating £50 to their specified horsey charity…
 
I’m going to have my work cut out as I’m teaching, dealing with the horses, looking after my little one, looking after my mum who is unable to cook, drive, walk or shop…..doing my little ones dancing class and swimming commitments, not to mention pony club camp as the major leader of small pony and horse box driver!!! I just hope I can fit in the studio time to make the last 10 paintings a fitting finale!
 
Here are all 10 photographs that will inspire days 91 to 100. I thought you’d enjoy having a preview!! I’m not doing my ‘commission style’ of painting, but just letting my brush flow and allowing the paintings to evolve on the easel!
 
 

 

 

Purchases available through Paypal or by personal cheque.

Deposit secures. Installment plan available.
If you are interested in making a purchase, please contact me either by text or email.
Text:  07974 404765     email:  arrkidd@yahoo.co.uk
Paintings are sold on a first come, first served basis
 
 
Low resolution images are used for each painting day, this is to help to prevent unauthorised usage and downloading,  hence the colours may vary slightly from that of the original.
 A higher resolution image is available to view if you may be interested in purchase.
 Please contact me for further details.
 
 
 
Thank you for following my progress on this creative journey,
all comments and support gratefully received……..