Saturday, May 22, 2010

Painting #26 - Stream

oil on canvas
6 x 8 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky

It's time I get back to posting paintings for my 100 painting project. This is #26, a view of a small stream from a spot near Simm's Pond along the Blue Ridge Parkway. I have mentioned before that I am working a good deal ahead of my postings of these paintings. I just completed painting #36 yesterday. One reason for working ahead is that the oil paint needs some drying time before I can scan the paintings. When I was originally considering this project I considered whether I wanted to stop at 50 or try to do 100 paintings. Now that I am getting closer to having painted 50 paintings I can see that 50 would not be enough for this exercise. As I  approach the half-way point I feel that I am just beginning to hit my stride.

I have noticed that this idea of working towards a goal of 100 seems to have gained some popularity among fellow art bloggers recently. I find this inspiring in that these artists have set out to really know a particular subject or media. Not just experiment, dip their toes in and test the water, but totally immerse themselves so that they not only find out what it is they want to know, but that it becomes a true part of their being.

Here are a few fellow artist bloggers with current "100" projects. Please take a moment to stop by their blogs, as they are well worth a visit.

Jennifer Edwards - 100 Portraits Project
Krista Meister - 100 Paintings
Casey Toussaint - 100 Landscapes
Lyn Feudner - 100 Dogs
Raena - 100 Self Portraits
David Vallejo - 100 Pets

If you are doing a "100" project and I neglected to add your link here, please let me know in the comments to this post. I would love to see what you are doing!


Alex said...

This is gorgeous Ann! Love the use of dark colors, and it brings out the brighter details, leaves, rocks and the water's reflection a lot more.

Sherry Pierce Thurner said...

I'm interested in this "100" movement - makes me wonder what I'd want to paint 100 of.

kazumiwannabe said...

Wow, this one is wonderful. Love the dark colors, the harmony, the sense of being deep in the forest and hearing the water run, the way the sunlight plays all over on the rocks and leaves.
Beautiful work! One of the things I like the most in your art is that it has the power to make me feel like I'm really in the places you paint.

Jennifer Rose said...

i'm glad I made this bigger, got to see all the different colours you have used in the stream :) lovely painting

Dan Kent said...

Such rich colors! I'd call this one a success! Neat the progress you are making towards your goal, and the improvement you are feeling. Bravo!

AutumnLeaves said...

This is so lovely, Ann! Dark and can almost hear the trickles and rushes of water. I could never set such a lofty goal for myself. I'm just too angst ridden over anything I do that I lose lots of time just in woe is meing! I admire all of you fabulous artists who can and do such a project though! An exercise in patience, and an exercise in honing your skills.

debra morris said...

Lovely ann, just want to put my feet in the water

raena said...

Love this. The treatment of the water is fantastic. I don't think I would have realized the water was so dark. I guess I still gravitate to the symbolic colors. This has really shown me that I need to open my eyes!

Oh, thank you for the mention Ann! I still have 98 to go!

Anonymous said...

Simply fabulous Ann! Your skill is awe inspiring. I've been following along with a few of you brave "100" souls- and I'll be sure to check out everyone you've listed. Sure looks to me like you'll have no problem getting to your goal. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress.

nanke's stuff said...

This one seems very different from your others in the use of the dark colors. I like it very much. I also like the brushwork on it. It's lovely! nancy

donna said...

This painting is lovely. You are doing great working toward your goal.

I am doing 100 sketches of my dog, mostly with the Pentel Pocket Pen Brush.

Revelle said...

I'm working on 100 birds! I think I'm up to about 30!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the dark colors.

Teresa said...

Ah, you're such a dedicated soul! 100? Maybe one day! Beautiful painting.

Ann said...

Thanks all!
Donna and Revelle, I have added your blogs to the list and put the list on my side bar. Thanks!

Krista Meister said...

Oh yes, keep going, you can't stop now! You are doing wonderfully, but it is a daunting task, isn't it? I think you were right to self-evaluate at this point though.

And what a surprise to find my name here. Thank you. I admire your focus on landscapes, as that is beyond my artistic grasp at the moment. I've been tackling all subjects, trying to find my way, and mainly focusing on value at this point.

And as always, this painting and others of yours are beautiful and serene.

Bénédicte said...

I am following your 100 paintings project, it is very interesting to witness. Bravo for such a big commitment.


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