Day Seventeen- 30 Paintings in 30 Days- Arvis

Aimee and Arvis
18x24 oil on canvas
Arvis' lovely Aimee agreed to sit for me in December, and today Arvis agreed to sit for a portrait, too! I made an effort to match scale and style to some extent so that they might be hung side by side. I SO enjoyed my conversations with them, one at a time. Thank you both!!!

Day Sixteen- 30 Paintings in 30 Days- Cuties

12x12 oil on canvas
Ok, now I see I lost an opportunity to indulge my love of the combination of orange and blue. Not sure what I would have done if I'd thought of it... probably gone around the house searching for a blue object that would be happy next to some oranges.  Paint the inside of the box with blue paint?  Neither seems likely, truly.  So this is a rather monochromatic painting. Funny how it took all the colors on my palette to make it monochromatic!

Day 15- 30 Paintings in 30 Days- Protection

12x16 oil on canvas
Nora and baby Nick were at the brunch we were invited to today. Nora allowed me to take a few photos of her with Nick and I do wish I had the many hours to do this painting justice. But this gets the sweet idea across.  Nick's in loving, protective hands.

Day Fourteen- 30 Paintings in 30 Days- Waiting

12x16 oil on canvas
This fellow was sitting on some steps next to the sidewalk we were walking along in Istanbul, and I saw the light hitting the back of his head and traveling through his ears and was struck with that "I've got to paint that!" thought.  So I positioned my partner near him in order to take "her" photo, and get his, as well.  So he was a very small detail in the shot, but it was enough information to finally, five years later (!!!!), paint him. A struggle, but an exciting one.  Woo Hoo!!!!

Day Thirteen- 30 Paintings in 30 Days- Lauren

11x14 oil on canvas
Lauren is our neighbor and even though we are in a book discussion group together and chatted here and there as we happened to run into each other, and even shared a game night with her and her husband, Chris, I really enjoyed getting the chance to sit down with her and get to know her better while I painted.  Such a cool woman! Thanks, Lauren!

Day Twelve- 30 Paintings in 30 Days- Poet

10x20 oil on canvas
We got to spend some time with Jen and Sam today before they left for the wintery east. At one point Jen was answering a question about her poetry and looked up to remember. I quickly asked if I might take a photo of her like that. There's much to change in this painting... once my 30 day marathon is over... but this painting seems like it has some potential. 
As always, I'm grateful to those who kept me company as I painted online. Thank you!

Day Eleven- 30 Paintings in 30 Days- John Douglas

John Douglas
12x16 oil on stretched canvas
What a wonderful evening! I enjoyed my conversation with John Douglas so very much. There are many aspects of this painting which need a nudge and correction and fussing with... but it is a record of the two and a half hours we talked knee to knee.  Good stuff.

Day Ten- 30 Paintings in 30 Days- Julie

12x16 oil on stretched canvas
Julie was one of our AirBnB guests recently and while showing her my growing lot of 30 in 30 paintings it struck me that I'd like to paint HER.  She agreed to let me take a few snapshots before she headed off to the airport.  Tonight I gave a start on this while listening to the President's Farewell address.  Now that I've backed up and looked more objectively at it, I think I'd like to develop it further than a quick study. So I plan to come back to it later and see about giving it all I've got.
Thank you again to the sweet folks who kept me company online as I painted. I was a terrible host tonight but I do appreciate you very much!