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Sunday, January 8, 2017

January 8 - 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Today is the 8th day of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge 2017.

Still Morning
by Judith F Lochbrunner
mixed media on paper
8 x 8 inches

Today's landscape challenge is painting reflections.  As the title indicates the water is still so the reflection is a clear "mirror" image.  However the process to complete this painting was a bit different, well actually fun.

Thanks to the Art Box in Lynchburg I was able to get a set of Art Graf pigments in primary colors.  These blended pigments are in a shape similar to tailors chalk and are water-soluble. 

Step one was to sketch in the shapes of the landscape blending them lightly to create a wider variety of colors.

Step two was to spritz with water and see this intense color explode on the sealed paper.  This certainly gave the underpainting a fresh and exciting feel.

After sealing with acrylic spray and then covering with a coat of acrylic gel,  I added several layers of acrylic to further define the landscape shapes.  The mirror image shapes of the reflections were the challenge of this work as it always needed to be in 'balance".   

 I tried to respect the underpainting and not completely cover it.  And while the colors in the finished work are a bit more muted, hopefully the painting still feels fresh.

Thanks for checking back in on my blog and the painting challenge.   


  1. Love this painting. Looks very pastoral. You did a great job with the reflections and I love your texture marks and the color. Great write-up and the pictures of your process are great to have with your description. Looking forward to seeing another one.

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the process photos. There is so much more to discover with the ArtGraf pigments. Thanks for your support.

  2. Love seeing your process, and learning about new materials. This is fresh! A lovely morn and crisp, cool air!

  3. It was fun to share the process. I was not too sure about the colors at first but now I like them. Thanks for your support.