Feb 30n30 18: Final Collage

The 30 days is over.  I am a little sad it is over but very encouraged.  I have worked everyday and this challenge has done so much to help me heal and get motivated again. I am sad I didn’t get to visit more of the other artists pages.  Hopefully, I will correct that soon.

You will hear more from me in 2018!

Collage of paintings

Feb 30n30 2018
Collage
©Suzan Hughes Kennedy

 

Be sure to check out the other participating artists at:

https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog

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Feb 2018 30n30: Paige’s Ornament

Today, my kitchen tile was grouted.  This little ornament was finished yesterday.  Can you find the names in the design on the back side of the ornament?  It was fun playing with the color and pattern on this little cutie.  I have a good start on this year’s Christmas ornaments.

The Front:

Burtterfly Ornament

Paige’s Ornament
Acrylic on Wood
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

The Back:

Butterfly Ornatment

Paige’s Ornament
Acrylic on Wood
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

Be sure to check out the other participating artists at:

https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog

 

 

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Feb 2018 30n30: Jonathan’s Ornament

Today, I painted while watching my kitchen back splash being installed.  I was able to finish two ornaments and  a small painting of a pumpkin.

Ornament 1: Jonathan’s Ornament – the backside.

Ornament Painting

Jonathan’s Ornament Back
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

an ornament

Jonathan’s Ornament Front
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

Ornament #2: Stephanie’s Front:

Ornament Painting

Stephanie’s Ornament Front
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

Moon Painting

Stephanie’s Ornament Back
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

 

Be sure to check out the other participating artists at:

https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog

 

 

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Feb 2018 30n30: Psalm 133

Psalm 133

Psalm 133

Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

16″ x 20″

Prints Available

Tuesday and Wednesday are full of doctor’s visits to Abilene this week.  Since I am writing this Wednesday morning, I can tell you yesterday was a real trial.  Today should be better as the visit for my Mom is a checkup and I am seeing my ENT.  I love visiting him as he is also a painter.  Sometimes, it is hard to stay on track.

I decided to share one of my first prophetic paintings done during worship (2008).

Psalm 133 is a song of ascents, of David and reads:

How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!
It is like the precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes.

It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life evermore.  NIV

This painting was one of the first of the first prophetic images God inspired. It is so very special to me and remains one of my favorites. I still retain the original but would part with it to the right person. Prints are available for purchase.

Check out the participating artists at:

https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog

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Feb 2018 30n30: The Key

More work on “The Key” for today.  I am enjoying this painting. There is more work to do and I can not decide if I need some gold in the background.  What do you think?

Abstract Painting of a Key

Work in Progress
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
February 2018
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

Step One:

Abstract Painting

Work in Progress
Acreylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
September 10, 2017
Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

Step Two:

acrylic painting

Work in Progress
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
February 2018
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

Step Three

Acrylic Painting

Work in Progress
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
February 2018
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

 

Step Four

Acrylic painting

Work in Progress
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
February 2018
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

Worked more on it today – picture tomorrow.  Gotta go watch those ice skaters!

There are so many artists doing wonderful work every single day.  Go check them out:

https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog

 

 

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Feb 2018 30n30: Flower 2 WIP

Amaryllis Part III:  I miss my original painting now but have really enjoyed painting with a palette knife.  I have a lot to learn.  I think it needs some help towards the bottom of the flower but we will see.  I think I will work on something else tomorrow.

Flower Painting

Amaryllis Paint Over
©Suzan Hughes Kennedy

Last January’s painting:

Painting of an Amaryllis

Amaryllis Study
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
6″ x 8″
NFS

The first paint over.  I liked parts of it.

Flower Painting

Amaryllis Paint Over
©Suzan Hughes Kennedy

There are so many artists doing wonderful work every single day.  Go check them out:

https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog

 

 

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Feb 2018 30n30: Flower 2 WIP

Another paint over.  This amaryllis was a good exercise but it really had composition problems.

Last January’s painting:

Painting of an Amaryllis

Amaryllis Study
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
6″ x 8″
NFS

I painted quickly with a palette knife and it really looked pretty good but unfinished.  Then I took an angled brush and tried to paint using a lot of paint.  Not exactly the look I am going for.  This may be headed for the trash can.

Flower Painting

Amaryllis Paint Over
©Suzan Hughes Kennedy

There are so many artists doing wonderful work every single day.  Go check them out:

https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog

 

 

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Feb 2018 30n30: Jonathan’s Ornament

Not a painting day.  It was another travel to Abilene Day!  My offering is another of my wooden ornaments.  It should have turned out a little more like a cartoon but it isn’t that easy for me.

an ornament

Jonathan’s Ornament Front
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

Be sure to check out the other participating artists at:

https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog

 

 

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Feb 2018 30n30: The Key

Back on deck at Emmanuel Fellowship Church after my long hiatus after my fall.  I painted Saturday on the background and that is still evolving.  I have to tell you painting is indeed a physical activity.  I woke up Sunday morning sore all over.  My wrists let me know they are still not healed.  However, Hallelujah I am on my way to recovery.

I used another painting to begin with and used  a palette knife.  Every time I do try this, I think – oh how I need to take a class from Leslie Saeta.

Step One:

Abstract Painting

Work in Progress
Acreylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
September 10, 2017
Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

Step Two:

acrylic painting

Work in Progress
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
February 2018
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

Acrylic Painting

Work in Progress
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
February 2018
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

Acrylic painting

Work in Progress
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
February 2018
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

Worked more on it today – picture tomorrow.  Gotta go watch those ice skaters!

There are so many artists doing wonderful work every single day.  Go check them out:

https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog

 

 

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Feb 2018 30n30: Mum Cluster Finished

The Mum Cluster painting is DONE!  It is such a good feeling to step away from the painting – for better or worse.  What does it make you think of?

I am loving these reds and oranges.

Celestial Painting

Mum Cluster
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
8″ x 6″
Work in Progress
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

 

 

Cosmic Painting

Mum Cluster
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
8″ x 6″
Work in Progress
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

Painting of a star.

Star Nursery 1
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
8″ x 6″
Work in Progress

 

There are so many artists doing wonderful work every single day.  Go check them out:

https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog

 

 

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Feb 2018 30n30: Stephanie’s Ornament

Mom and I were off to Abilene again today to see more doctors.  She was able to pick up an improved ear piece for her hearing aid and we were able to have a conversation while driving!  I can not tell you amazing that was.  Praying it keeps up.

I have actually been painting every single day even if it is for a few minutes.  If I could move my wrists better, I would pat myself on the back.  Woo Hoo!  I haven’t been able to post every day.  Today’s offering is the backside of another of my wooden ornaments.  This one is for another special niece.  Also another remembrance of the full moon last January 31st.  Sure wish I could have seen the blood moon.

Moon Painting

Stephanie’s Ornament Back
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

Be sure to check out the other participating artists at:

https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog

 

 

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Feb 2018 30n30: Mum Cluster

Last January’s 30 n 30 found me painting this to fully understand how to paint an area in a larger painting – still a work in progress.  Since I have been studying reds, I decided to finish this.  It is still a work in progress – BUT – I am excited about this painting!  I am learning so much and it is still a no pressure piece.

Last January’s painting:

Painting of a star.

Star Nursery 1
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
8″ x 6″
Work in Progress

After a few more days playing with red acrylics:

Cosmic Painting

Mum Cluster
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
8″ x 6″
Work in Progress
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

There are so many artists doing wonderful work every single day.  Go check them out:

https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog

 

 

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Feb 2018 30n30: Pyrole Red and Cad Red Hue

Life is still a little crazy with trips to doctors for Mom and of course, myself.  Yesterday, we were supposed to enjoy a wonderful day with just a checkup and pick up her new earpiece for her hearing aid.  However we ended up spending the entire afternoon in the ER because of a low blood pressure reading in the doctor’s office.  I think it was the machine but the doctor wanted to have her checked out.  Well, needless to say there was no leisurely lunch at her favorite spot – Cracker Barrel.

I knew we would be gone all day so I did two more studies in red Tuesday evening – Golden’s Pyrole Red and Winsor Newton Galleria’s Cadmium Red Hue.  The more of these sheets I complete, the more I realize I can actually do a somewhat limited color palette.  When I  began painting for my own enjoyment (not just for teaching),  I wanted every color I could get my hands on.  I feel differently now.

Color Chart

Winsor Newton Galleria
Cadmium Red Hue Acrylic
Color Chart
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

Color Chart

Golden Pyrole Red Acrylic
Color Chart
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

I will compare my results when I finish all my reds.

There are so many artists doing wonderful work every single day.  Go check them out:

https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog

 

 

 

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Feb 2018 30n30: A Painterly Heart

Today was actually a day for driving to Abilene for a medical appointment, unfortunately not for painting.  I did manage to finish this one yesterday.

It is another of the four paintings started during a recent class I held at the Scurry County Senior Center in January as samples.  Again, I didn’t like the direction this one was headed.  I wanted something a little less like one of my pen and ink’s and more painterly.  I think the background turned out perfect.  The heart looks like it belongs – so I am happy with it.

Which stage do you like the best?

Painting of a Valentines Day Heart

Brushwork Heart
4″x4″x1.75″
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

Side View of a Painting

Brushwork Heart Side View
4″x4″x1.75″
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

Abstract Heart Painting

Brushwork Heart Between Stages
4″x4″x1.75″
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

Valentine's Day Painting of a Heart

Brushwork Heart Beginning
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

 

Be sure to check out the other participating artists at:

https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog

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Feb 2018 30n30: Rachel’s Ornament

I have several wooden ornaments I have been painting for more than a year.  This little angel is one of them.  As you can see, it is a cute little angel on the front for my niece and on the back, a remembrance of this January 31st full moon.

Wooden Angel Ornament

Rachel’s Ornament Front
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

Back of Wooden Ornament

Rachel’s Ornament Back
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

 

Be sure to check out the other participating artists at:

https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog

 

 

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Feb 2018 30n30: Golden’s Pyrole Red Dark

Discovered an unopened tube of Pyrole Red Dark on my discovery of red for Valentine’s Day.  I used a little with Golden’s Quinacridone Magenta on yesterday’s heart painting.  Today it is mixed with the other reds and purples left on my palette with a little palette knife play.

Red abstraxt painting

Pyrole Abstract
6″ x 8″
Gallery Wrapped Canvas
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

 

Since it was a new color to me, I painted a color chart for the Pyrole Red.  There are quite a few surprises.  A friend of mine had just told me she uses it in flesh tones and you can sure see it in the mixes at the bottom of the page.

Pyrole Red Color Chart

Golden Pyrole Red Color Chart
Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

Be sure to check out the other participating artists at:

https://www.saetastudio.com/february-30-in-30-blog

 

 

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Feb 2018 30n30: Hugs N Kisses

My goal this month is to have fun creating again after several months of healing from my accident.  No stress on myself or my family to finish a painting a day.  I want to experiment and play while creating.

This little jewel of a painting is one of four paintings started during a recent class I held at the Scurry County Senior Center in January as samples.  I was not satisfied with this one so it was tweaked quite a bit.  The sides are painted with an abstract version of X’s and O’s.  The O’s are heart shaped.  Hugs and Kisses everyone!

Painted Heart

Valentine’s Day 2018
4 x 4 x 1.75
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

Heart Painting

Valentine’s Day 2018
4 x 4 x 1.75
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

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I’m Back!

Hello Again!

Wish I could say I have been just procrastinating and that is why you haven’t heard from me.  However, on October 27, 2017 I fell while working out and broke both of my wrists, received a pretty bad concussion plus hurt my back.  Yep!  Really couldn’t make this one up.  Had a full cast on one arm from just below my shoulder to my fingertips and a soft cast on the other arm from my elbow to my wrist.

Woman in casts

November 2017 Suzan in Casts

Woman in Casts

Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

Graduated from casts to splints.  Typing did become easier after this.

SHK in splints

Suzan in Splints 1

SHK in splints

Suzan in Splints 2

I have been out of braces for about 2 weeks and have been able to drive again during this period of time.  I am so grateful.  Mom and I were getting a severe case of cabin fever.

Here I am now.

suzan in front of door

No Splints or Braces – Yea!

My left wrist is behind my right but is doing very well.  I can not lift much but oh so much more than I did even 2 weeks ago.  I will start painting again tomorrow.  It would have been today but I have spent most of the day trying to share a slide show or video with you and I was very unsuccessful.  You can visit my Facebook page to see those results.

Thank goodness the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge was moved to February this year.  I am looking forward to it!

 

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September 30 N 30 2017 Collage

September 2017 was very interesting to me creatively.  I have painted and I am grateful to Leslie Saeta for her willingness to support artists like me all over the world.  I was able to refocus my creative energy in the changes our family has been in.  Pen and Ink is my go to art medium because it is portable and easy to pick up at any time.  Last year I began making gift tags and continued with that this year.

Picmonkey is no longer free for me and I don’t use it often enough to pay $3.99 a month to use it.  I tried a couple of other “free” apps and found the same problem.  I tried my Photoshop elements but it was a little cumbersome.  Fudging, I used the PrtScr and pasted my collage into Elements.  The only problem is that I could not seem to get them both on the same collage.  That means I have two!

Collage

Collage
Pen and Ink
Ornaments
©Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

I am still working on the painting with swirls.  The “Sing a New Song” is finished and is on a card for my Mom’s ministry.  Two are recently sold pieces.  “Overflow” just came back from hanging in my first gallery show.  Busy month!

Collage

Collage
Paintings
Sep 2017
Suzan Hughes-Kennedy

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Sing A New Song: Still A WIP

Mixed Media Drawing

Sing A New Song
Drawing 3
5.5″ x 8.5″

Today I worked more on this little sampler.  I didn’t like the purple shape.  I also figured out I had the red shape in the wrong place.  To tone the stripes down so as to highlight the lettering, I applied Prismacolor pencils and extender over the top of the dried inktense.  I applied Prismacolor extender to the pencils.  It was tough going because the clear gesso left a very grainy or gritty surface and the pencil behaved more like pastel.  However, I do like the composition much better.

I also used a Liquitex cad yellow pale paint pen to highlight around the letters brightening up a bit.  It didn’t last long and broke before I got through.  I’m glad I got in on clearance.

Using Prismacolor ink brushes in a variety of colors, I added to the squares around the lettering.

I have never used Washi tape but thought I would give it a try.  I don’t know if it will come off easily and I am not sure why artists use it.  I do like the stripe around the edge of this piece.

Next up is to finish going over the stamps and deciding what to do with the empty blocks.  I hope it is going to be usable for a card front for my Mom’s card ministry.

Have a great day!

Pen and Ink

Sing A New Song
Drawing 2
5.5″ x 8.5″

Pen and Ink

Sing A New Song
Drawing
5.5″ x 8.5″

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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