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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Challenge Completed just in time!

Today at 5:00 PM I put the finishing brush strokes on the last of my challenge paintings inspired by
 Leslie Saeta's painting challenge. January 30 was the last day.  

For my challenge I chose to finish up paintings that had been started but never finished, to simply use canvas or paper that was stashed in the studio closet or to re-create paintings that somehow never were as successful as I wished.  Ten paintings were completed.  

The last two were probably the most difficult of all since they both were works that failed to live up to expectations.  There were parts of each of the paintings that I really liked which made the work to refresh and reinvent them even harder.  Plus both works were trying to capture something whimsical. 

The smaller work, "Kitty and Dog are Best Friends", originally had the cat and dog on a tall skinny canvas.  The animals seemed too separated to "read" as together.   I repainted the dog closer to the cat.  Line was then used extensively to outline as well as to indicate a less formal rendering.

Kitty and Dog are Best Friends
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
mixed media on painted paper
5 x 7 inches
challenge painting #9

The second work, "Dog Dreams in the Park", had some good parts.  Like the other painting there was nothing to "read" to pull it together.  Every painting needs a story (emotion, experience, etc) to tell.  A fun assortment of balls (soccer, baseball, and football) were added to float through the canvas. Playful lines were again used throughout the painting.

Dog Dreams in the Park
by Judith Flynn Lochbrunner
mixed media on painted paper
12 x 12 inches

The ten paintings completed were in addition to other studio work for upcoming shows and gallery change-outs.  Happily, January has been a successful month and an excellent start to 2016.  

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