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Acrylic Painting Progress Slideshow

I made a video. I posted it to my neglected YouTube channel.

This video slideshow represents about 85% of my paintings from 2014 to March 2022, with a handful from earlier. Many are unfinished studies, many are quite dreadful! But I thought it would be interesting to see them all together, to see the process of progress.

Progress is not linear. And there were a lot of long stretches of months with no painting at all. I’m pretty sure a live, local community is very helpful for that sort of thing and then we had a pandemic.

I may do another version with a voiceover, but I haven’t done one of those so I’ll have to look into it.

Most of these paintings are currently stacked in my living room. Maybe I’ll list some for sale. I have started to paint over some of them, especially unfinished ones. It’s a strange feeling, to do that.

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Acrylic Painting, February 2022

Acrylic Portrait Studies, February 2022
16×20 Acrylics, An Unusual Man
16×20 Acrylics, unfinished landscape

I missed a couple days so far in February. I am worried because this is what happens yearly – I paint every day in January and then the rest of the year whooshes by with much less productivity.

I think I need an actual project, like a series. I feel like I’ve been practicing to get better for several years now, but for what purpose? So, I’m trying to decide on an idea for a series. Imaginary Animals? Rescued Farm Animals? Not sure yet.

And at the same time, I think I may be close to trying oil painting with some of the non-toxic materials options like walnut oil and walnut alkyd.

Or maybe that is the problem. Too many plans, not enough action. I am currently taking a composition drawing class with Ian Roberts. He is mostly a landscape painter, and with a terrific YouTube channel. After the class is over I will start thinking more about the series.

Paint Every Day, January 2022 Completed!

9×12 and 11×14 Acrylics, January, 2022.

Here are all the January paintings. Some portraits, some landscapes, some horses, one donkey. One failed cityscape. A pretty good month. I have completed the Paint Every Day in January for 4 or 5 years, with varying degrees of success. I think 2022 is the first time I actually painted all 31 days.

I hope to compile a retrospective of 6 or 7 years of trying to learn to paint with acrylics in the next month or so. It is time consuming! To find all the images and resize them and get them organized. But I always enjoy seeing other artists’ progress.

In the meantime, here is my set of paintings from January 2018:

9×12, 11×14 and some 16×20 acrylics paintings, January, 2018

Mostly dogs in 2018, with a handful of other animals and one almost-kind of horse, in the middle of the top row. I have improved! I just wish I had been more consistent, as always. I have started to paint over some of these. Though, the bat and panda found homes, and the beagle in the bottom row is probably going to stick around.

Thanks so much for dropping in! If you’re doing art projects this year, let me know so I can check them out. :-)

Paint Every Day, January 2022

Well hello! (If anyone reads this! Who knows!) My last post was April 2021, at which time I was doing an online art class. It went.. ok. I discovered I do not like to paint with acrylics on a wood panel. Perhaps I was not doing it right! Eh. It’s ok not to like it.

Here we are in the middle (toward the end?) of the Omicron portion of the global pandemic. And I am once again painting every day in January.

Although I’ve still got a few days to go, here are some horses I painted this month. I am new to painting horses. It went pretty well!

Three horses, acrylics, January 2022

And here are some portraits I painted this month. The ones on the right are definitely more successful than the ones on the left.

Four portraits, acrylics, January 2022.

And here are some landscapes I painted this month. I am new to landscape painting, and used free reference photos from unsplash.com. It went pretty well with the sunlight and atmospheric perspective and a cute little (lopsided) car:

Four landscapes, acrylics, January 2022

Are you doing any painting projects in 2022? Let me know so I can check them out! :D

Thanks for dropping by! I can be found on instagram at cindydauer.

Ten Hundred Art Class at Monthly, April 2021

It’s just over one year since the last one so time for a new post, surely.

I am in the middle of a month-long, intensive online art class at the platform “Monthly”, called Draw & Paint Your Imagination with Ten Hundred.

Reader, it goes poorly. The goal of the class is to produce a finished 11×14 acrylic painting on a wood panel. And this is the no good very bad condition my painting is in right now. In fact, I started a second one (also poorly) in case I throw this one in a fire.

Not. Going. Well. The face has been repainted about a dozen times. You can see how I got mad and scrubbed it with sandpaper (and then had to redo a bunch of the pencil lines). I am not used to this painting style and so far have adapted poorly. I am pretty sure this style demands a level of patience I do not possess! But it’s not over yet.

We do have two weeks left. This is the middle The middle is the hardest, right? And then I figured I would write a blog post and share the misery with the few lost souls who find it. I tell you what, I am NOT saying don’t take this class. Everyone has a different experience, is my guess. I am doing more art than I normally would and that was worth the price of admission. Oh yeah, it’s kind of pricey. I used some stimulus check on it and I consider it well-spent.

I will also say this class has a large variety of peers, many much more skilled than me, and some maybe with fewer skills. But the ones who are posting their updates are all KILLING IT with their painting progress. On the other hand, many people are not posting any updates at all, and I am worried about them.

Below is most of what I’ve done for the class. We started with sketches and ideas and then worked toward a final character and image, transfer that to a wood panel and get to painting.

I believe it started going wrong when I wasn’t really happy with my final image, but went with it anyway. The bottom left with the bird is not resolved and needs another or a different creature. The dog character looks too much like a malformed dog and not like an imaginary creature as he should have. Then I didn’t decide my colors ahead of time. THEN I could not get the hang of painting smoothly and being patient. Which is where I am today, as I write this blog post.

Here is my timeline of progress.

So there it is. I hope my next update is much more chipper!

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Art for a Pandemic! Hello Metafilter!

Most recent – this window poster, on poster board. I need to make a stand or something because our window is just a tad too far from the sidewalk and street.

Look, my next poster will be uplifting and shit but this is the first one.

I have been very slowly learning acrylic painting over the past couple years. These most recent three are a good indication of current events and also of learning to paint.

8×10 acrylics on canvas board, March 3, 2020
11″ x 14″ acrylics on canvas, March 10, 2020
12″ x 16″ acrylics in progress, March 11, 2020

Apparently I’ve been on an orange kick. Thanks for visiting!

~Glinn

Acrylic Painting Retrospective, 2014 – 2020

It’s hard to see progress in your day-to-day life, but after enough years go by, a timeline emerges. Self-taught post-40 via Youtube and many trials and errors, some help from Sarah Kaiser at Studio 215 and lots of drawing practice.

Below are a selection from the past five and something years, These first two in orange are the earliest vs. the latest in this series. Hard to believe the same person did those.

Still orange! 2014 acrylic painting vs 2020 acrylic painting

The first 30-day painting challenge I did was in January 2014. I did a bit more in February but not much for the rest of the year.

I could not find much for 2015-2017. I was practicing art but mainly with ink and pencils.

In 2018 and 2019 I painted every day in January along with some of the internet, and then with sporadic practice the rest of those years.

In 2020, January went up in a puff of smoke but I did paint every day in February and I have finally been finishing paintings, which I did not manage to do much before.

Looking forward to another five and something years of progress, particularly since it’s become *slightly less difficult to get to practicing once a little progress is made.

Thanks for stopping by! Hello Paint Party Friday!

2019 Favorite Artworks

These are my favorite works from 2019.

Row 1: Acrylic portrait, Dolores Huerta; graphite and marker Serena Williams; Acrylic portrait, Virginia Woolf

Row 2: Master study, Leyendecker; Dog portrait, Lucy; Master study, Leyendecker

Row 3: Acrylic portrait, dog; Acrylic self-portrait; pencil self- portrait

It’s 2020. Already February, in fact. I’ve actually had about a week trying to get my blog working, probably due to a problem with an update or something. I’m not sure what fixed it, to be honest!

The world is crazy but I am going to try to do lots of painting this year. I have started the last 3 years or so with lots of painting in January, and not much after. This time, I didn’t do any in January, but plan to do much more for the rest of the year.

How about you, got plans for 2020? Thanks for stopping by!

New Paintings & Online Art Auction

Attitude, 9″ x 12″ acrylics on canvas www.theslumberingherd.com
9×12 acrylics in progress, 1-3 www.theslumberingherd.com
9×12 acrylics in progress, 4-6 www.theslumberingherd.com

No Apologies Online Only Art Auction

Starting this weekend and running September 8-15, 2019, I am co-hosting an online art auction in support of abortion rights. Most of the art was made by the organizers, though a few of our friends have donated some pieces. Looking is free! More information here: https://noapologiesartauction.org/

(The Dolores Huerta – right side, flower background, and the tiny houses in the middle (plus the painting at the top of this post) are mine. The other pieces are from other artists!)

Thanks so much for dropping in! Hello to Paint Party Friday!

Acrylic Painting, Trying to Finish a Portrait!

Bianca, 11″ x 14″ acrylics in progress. www.theslumberingherd.com

Well I have spent more time on this painting than any other. Partly because it is a person I know! Partly because I am trying to *complete* a painting. A painting that looks like someone I know. It is hard. :D

I have missed four days in February so not exactly painting every day, but still pretty good!

Hello to Paint Party Friday!