Creating A Painting A Day

“A Painting A Day”

I certainly have not found, or made, time yet to do a painting a day, but as I mentioned in my blog no.14, I was very impressed by artists who are producing a small painting a day. So I purchased a few 8″ x 10″ canvas panels in early January and I was able to devote a few days to painting between modeling. I share three paintings with you below.

1. “Returning from the Market, Mykonos, Greece”

About this painting:

8″ x 10″ Acrylic on Stretched Canvas Frame – completed in one day.

I mixed shades of Burnt Umber, Taupe, White and Payne’s Grey for most of this painting. Blue, Orange-Red and Yellow Green were added where shown.

I painted this on Sunday, January 13th between doing laundry loads.This realistic image is referenced from one of many photos I took while on a Mediterranean tour during the summer of 2006. The streets of Mykonos town are a maze of walkways, originally created to confuse any invading enemy. The white stucco homes, many linked, are accented with brightly painted blue and red doors and railings, along with Fushia colored flowers and bright green grape vines. Many streets are paved in stone with white cement grouting. I hope to create some more paintings of this town from my photos.

About Mykonos, Greece visit:

2. “Diamond Head Crater Rescue, Honolulu, Hawaii”

About this painting:

8″ x 10″ Acrylic on Stretched Canvas Frame – completed in one day.

Landscape colors used are Bronze Yellow,
Hansa Yellow, White, Burnt Umber and Chromium Oxide Green. Darks were created with Payne’s Grey. Mixed blues and reds were added.

I painted this on January 20th. Another Sunday laundry day.
I climbed Diamond Head Crater just around Christmas 2006, with a friend who was visiting the island.
We heard the helicopter. Because of brush trees blocking my view, I took two photos one of the helicopter, another of the young Japanese girl being rescued. I combined both photos for this painting image.

Honolulu visitors, many from Japan, climb this extinct volcano every day. Maybe this young girl was overtaken by exhaustion, or did not drink any water? The Honolulu Fire Department Rescue Helicopter responded to her friend’s call for help. From experience I know that one should never go hiking in Hawaii without a large bottle of water. Start your hike early in the morning. Diamond Head Crater is totally in the sun – no shade – HOT – but well worth the view and camera opportunities once you are at the top.

About the Diamond Head Crater Hike:

More than 3,500 feet in diameter with a 760-foot summit, Diamond Head in Waikiki is perhaps the world’s most recognized volcanic crater. It is a lasting remnant of a volcanic explosion that occurred about 500,000 years ago. Ancient Hawaiians called it Laeahi, which translates to “brow of the tuna.” The name ” Diamond Head” can be traced to the 1800s, when British sailors mistakenly thought there were diamonds lodged in the crater’s soil. The “diamonds” turned out to be calcite crystals embedded in the lava rock.

The .7-mile hike up Diamond Head is considered a moderate climb. It’ll take about an hour to reach the summit, and half that time for the return.

The trail climbs the inside slope of Diamond Head for about .6 miles. It’s a switchback trail with the mountain on one side and a railing on the other. After a lookout point that doubles as a rest stop, the trail takes a steep upward ascent through a series of stairs and tunnels. The last set of stairs is a 99-step climb—just take it slow and steady—that eventually leads to a World War II bunker. From there, the stairs reach an end and you step up to some of the finest panoramic views on the island of Oahu.


3. “Ponte Vecchio, Firenze (Florence, Italy)”

About this painting:

8″ x 10″ Acrylic on Stretched Canvas Frame – completion about two days.

This painting is referenced from several photos I took of this extraordinary bridge on my Mediterranean tour.
While watching a TV movie, I sketched the bridge and buildings with an ordinary pencil lightly on the canvas – an outline.
The next morning I chose Burnt Umber acrylic and painted all the lines with a number one fine brush – each line was about 1/16″ thick plus or minus. I let this totally dry until the next morning.
Then I mixed and painted between the lines – filling in all the white spaces in colors using my photos as viewing reference. I used Yellow Ochre, Taupe, Burnt Umber, Payne’s Grey with White. Accent color of reds, orange, green and blue were used for windows, roofs, shutters etc. I added some of the warm building color to the greys of the bridge. I completed the water areas and the sky last. I tried to limit my amount of shading of the color except where I thought it was necessary to show the form.

About Ponte Vecchio visit:

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little 8″ x 10″ paintings. I’m looking forward to creating more!

  1. you are a tallented artist

  2. Very beautiful paintings and very interesting stories! I enjoyed reading your post. It’s a very good idea – a painting a day.