20 in 20: June Birthday Bash Giveaway, Day 13

Day 13’s painting is a pretty little floral arrangement. I was concerned for a while that the colors were a bit “too cute” because they were so bright. With the addition of the dark purple details, however, the tones became more subdued, and now the piece looks more interesting as well.

Day 13 of my 20 in 20 Giveaway

Day 13 of my 20 in 20 Giveaway

When the painting was finished, it reminded me of a Swedish design, so I just had to take a photo of it with my beloved Dala horses (Thanks Astrid from Red Red Completely Red for enlightening me about their proper name!).

Day 13 of my 20 in 20 Giveaway

This is a gouache painting that’s about 4.75in square on a 6in square piece of Arches 90lb paper.

If you like this painting, leave a comment on this blog post and you’ll be entered to win it. It’s as easy as that! For more information about the giveaway, read the Giveaway Details below.

Many thanks to Abbey Hendrickson from Aesthetic Outburst for providing the inspiration for this project!

Giveaway Details:

  • eligibility: open to anyone worldwide.
  • how to enter: leave a comment on the giveaway post to be entered to win the painting featured in the post. Feel free to enter to win more than one painting, but only one comment per person per post.
  • entry deadline: comments close on the first Sunday morning (EST)* after the post is made (*the exceptions are days 19 & 20 which fall on June 27th & 28th. Days 19 & 20 giveaway posts will close the morning of the 29th, so I can announce the final winners on my actual birthday).
  • winner selection & notification: winners will be chosen at random and announced on the blog each Monday for all the giveaways from the previous week.
  • how to claim your painting: send me an email at aisforanika -at- gmail -dot- com with your mailing address and I’ll send you the painting you won right away! Winners must send me their response with their mailing address within 72 hours (3 days) of the published time of the notification post or they forfeit the prize in which case another winner will be randomly chosen.

20 in 20: June Birthday Bash Giveaway, Day 12

Day 12’s painting took forever! It seemed like it would be a pretty simple, straightforward idea to paint when I started. I guess in many ways it was, but there are lots of little precise parts to it, and it took some time! The results are well worth it, even if I did stay up til the wee small hours to finish.

The cool thing about staying up so late was that by the time I’d finished, the full moon had sunk low enough in the sky that I could see it through the window. I took a moment to hold up the painting, and admired the two round shapes together.

Day 12 of my 20 in 20 Giveaway

Day 12 of my 20 in 20 Giveaway

This is a gouache painting that’s about 4in in diameter on a 6in square piece of Arches 90lb paper.

If you like this painting, leave a comment on this blog post and you’ll be entered to win it. It’s as easy as that! For more information about the giveaway, read the Giveaway Details below.

Many thanks to Abbey Hendrickson from Aesthetic Outburst for providing the inspiration for this project!

Giveaway Details:

  • eligibility: open to anyone worldwide.
  • how to enter: leave a comment on the giveaway post to be entered to win the painting featured in the post. Feel free to enter to win more than one painting, but only one comment per person per post.
  • entry deadline: comments close on the first Sunday morning (EST)* after the post is made (*the exceptions are days 19 & 20 which fall on June 27th & 28th. Days 19 & 20 giveaway posts will close the morning of the 29th, so I can announce the final winners on my actual birthday).
  • winner selection & notification: winners will be chosen at random and announced on the blog each Monday for all the giveaways from the previous week.
  • how to claim your painting: send me an email at aisforanika -at- gmail -dot- com with your mailing address and I’ll send you the painting you won right away! Winners must send me their response with their mailing address within 72 hours (3 days) of the published time of the notification post or they forfeit the prize in which case another winner will be randomly chosen.

20 in 20: June Birthday Bash Giveaway, Day 11

Week 3 seems to be the week of lighter, brighter colors on dark background shapes. The trend continues with a new take on an old motif of stones. If you are curious, you can see previous versions of this idea here and here.

Truth be told, I’ve had this image, or something very similar in my mind for a while now. I had wanted to do a painting of dark stones with light stripes, although not necessarily for this project. With the paintings I’ve been doing lately that have lighter colors overlapping dark shapes, the idea of painting colorful lines on the stones proved irresistible, so here we are!

Day 11 of my 20 in 20 Giveaway

Day 11 of my 20 in 20 Giveaway

Day 11 of my 20 in 20 Giveaway

This is a gouache painting that’s about 2.5in x 5in on a 6in square piece of Arches 90lb paper.

A note on color: I do my best adjust the color of the digital images to match as closely as possible, but it’s tricky business. The color is most accurate in the first two photographs above.

If you like this painting, leave a comment on this blog post and you’ll be entered to win it. It’s as easy as that! For more information about the giveaway, read the Giveaway Details below.

Many thanks to Abbey Hendrickson from Aesthetic Outburst for providing the inspiration for this project!

Giveaway Details:

  • eligibility: open to anyone worldwide.
  • how to enter: leave a comment on the giveaway post to be entered to win the painting featured in the post. Feel free to enter to win more than one painting, but only one comment per person per post.
  • entry deadline: comments close on the first Sunday morning (EST)* after the post is made (*the exceptions are days 19 & 20 which fall on June 27th & 28th. Days 19 & 20 giveaway posts will close the morning of the 29th, so I can announce the final winners on my actual birthday).
  • winner selection & notification: winners will be chosen at random and announced on the blog each Monday for all the giveaways from the previous week.
  • how to claim your painting: send me an email at aisforanika -at- gmail -dot- com with your mailing address and I’ll send you the painting you won right away! Winners must send me their response with their mailing address within 72 hours (3 days) of the published time of the notification post or they forfeit the prize in which case another winner will be randomly chosen.

20 in 20: June Birthday Bash Giveaway, Day 10

Woohoo! We’ve made it to the halfway point! Thanks to Kimi for suggesting I use “deep blue shadows” yesterday via twitter. I wasn’t able to include her suggestion in yesterday’s painting, but the idea stuck with me and provided the basis for today’s painting.

This was a total experiment, and there were several “i’m not so sure about this” moments, but I think it came together quite nicely.

Day 10 of my 20 in 20 giveaway

Day 10 of my 20 in 20 giveaway

This is a gouache painting that’s about 5in x 4.75in on a 6in square piece of Arches 90lb paper.

If you like this painting, leave a comment on this blog post and you’ll be entered to win it. It’s as easy as that! For more information about the giveaway, read the Giveaway Details below.

Many thanks to Abbey Hendrickson from Aesthetic Outburst for providing the inspiration for this project!

Giveaway Details:

  • eligibility: open to anyone worldwide.
  • how to enter: leave a comment on the giveaway post to be entered to win the painting featured in the post. Feel free to enter to win more than one painting, but only one comment per person per post.
  • entry deadline: comments close on the first Sunday morning (EST)* after the post is made (*the exceptions are days 19 & 20 which fall on June 27th & 28th. Days 19 & 20 giveaway posts will close the morning of the 29th, so I can announce the final winners on my actual birthday).
  • winner selection & notification: winners will be chosen at random and announced on the blog each Monday for all the giveaways from the previous week.
  • how to claim your painting: send me an email at aisforanika -at- gmail -dot- com with your mailing address and I’ll send you the painting you won right away! Winners must send me their response with their mailing address within 72 hours (3 days) of the published time of the notification post or they forfeit the prize in which case another winner will be randomly chosen.

20 in 20: June Birthday Bash Giveaway, Day 9

Usually I come up with the seed of an idea during the day before I sit down to paint, but for Day 9 not only did I have no ideas about what to paint, I also didn’t really feel like painting. But that’s kind of the point of a project like this–you do it anyway! Once I gathered my supplies together, my mood changed, and I was glad to have a little creative time. I sat down, looked through my paints, flipped through my sketchbook, doodled a bit, got an idea that I sketched out that didn’t go anywhere good; then I looked up and spied a bouquet of wildflowers I’d gathered on a walk. Finally an idea started to take shape.

Day 9 of my 20 in 20 giveaway

I took the above photo with some of the other wild plants/seeds I picked on my walk. The flower in the painting is not pictured above, so bonus points if you can guess what flower inspired today’s painting!

Day 9 of my 20 in 20 giveaway

Thanks to Jeannine for suggesting lime green as a color to go with dark grayish purple and Jessica for suggesting green dots (which remind me of fireflies in this painting), both via twitter!

This is a gouache painting that goes all the way to the edge of the 6in square piece of Arches 90lb paper.

If you like this painting, leave a comment on this blog post and you’ll be entered to win it. It’s as easy as that! For more information about the giveaway, read the Giveaway Details below.

Many thanks to Abbey Hendrickson from Aesthetic Outburst for providing the inspiration for this project!

Giveaway Details:

  • eligibility: open to anyone worldwide.
  • how to enter: leave a comment on the giveaway post to be entered to win the painting featured in the post. Feel free to enter to win more than one painting, but only one comment per person per post.
  • entry deadline: comments close on the first Sunday morning (EST)* after the post is made (*the exceptions are days 19 & 20 which fall on June 27th & 28th. Days 19 & 20 giveaway posts will close the morning of the 29th, so I can announce the final winners on my actual birthday).
  • winner selection & notification: winners will be chosen at random and announced on the blog each Monday for all the giveaways from the previous week.
  • how to claim your painting: send me an email at aisforanika -at- gmail -dot- com with your mailing address and I’ll send you the painting you won right away! Winners must send me their response with their mailing address within 72 hours (3 days) of the published time of the notification post or they forfeit the prize in which case another winner will be randomly chosen.

20 in 20: June Birthday Bash Giveaway, Winners for Week 2

I painted quite a variety of paintings for Week 2 of this 20 in 20 giveaway. Your response has been so awesome, and I thank each one of you who took the time to comment on any or all of this week’s posts.

20 in 20 Days 4 - 8

Drumroll please… the winners for Days 4 – 8 are:

Day 4: Carol who said, “Love your work. Your use of color is amazing. So beautiful! Circles are my favorite.”
Day 5: C. who said, “Oh shoot, I haven’t been keeping up with these! This is beautiful, it reminds me of a chakra.”
Day 6: Jamie who said, “Oh I love this one, can I have it well it’s all about the comments and if you stipulate you want it.. Surely that’s a sure fine win! It will go on the wall of my new studio (If I win that is) ”
Day 7: Serena who said, “Oh! this is my fav!!! But i think i’m too late to win! 🙂 ”
Day 8: Mike Watters who said, “Love it, Anika.”

Did you win one of the paintings? If so, get in touch with your mailing address at aisforanika {at} gmail {dot} com within 72 hours and I’ll send you the painting!

This week I used the random number generator on random.org.

If you didn’t win one of these paintings, never fear! There are still 12 more paintings that I’ll be giving away this month.

20 in 20: June Birthday Bash Giveaway, Day 8

Here’s something a little different for Day 8.

I actually started this painting out of a desire to try out a new brush that I’ve been having issues with. I can get a nice point when it’s fully loaded with paint, but the moment the tip starts to dry out, the hairs split. The brush is a size 1 Winsor & Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable, so I didn’t expect it to be anything less than perfect, but unfortunately the problem is persisting. In this case, however, the difficult brush yielded pretty results (plus it’s good for washes over small areas because it does hold quite a lot of paint, so it’s not all bad).

From afar the painting is a relatively even pattern, but what I love most is that when you look closely each brush stroke is unique.

Day 8 of my 20 in 20 Giveaway!

When I was out walking in the yard with my little niece, Eva, I picked a few grass blossom sprigs. When the painting was done, I saw them in the bud vase, and they seemed like a harmonious pair. I even used my nice camera to take their photo.

Day 8 of my 20 in 20 Giveaway!

This is a gouache painting, about 4.5in by 4.75in on a 6in square piece of Arches 90lb paper.

If you like this painting, leave a comment on this blog post and you’ll be entered to win it. It’s as easy as that! For more information about the giveaway, read the Giveaway Details below.

Many thanks to Abbey Hendrickson from Aesthetic Outburst for providing the inspiration for this project!

Giveaway Details:

  • eligibility: open to anyone worldwide.
  • how to enter: leave a comment on the giveaway post to be entered to win the painting featured in the post. Feel free to enter to win more than one painting, but only one comment per person per post.
  • entry deadline: comments close on the first Sunday morning (EST)* after the post is made (*the exceptions are days 19 & 20 which fall on June 27th & 28th. Days 19 & 20 giveaway posts will close the morning of the 29th, so I can announce the final winners on my actual birthday).
  • winner selection & notification: winners will be chosen at random and announced on the blog each Monday for all the giveaways from the previous week.
  • how to claim your painting: send me an email at aisforanika -at- gmail -dot- com with your mailing address and I’ll send you the painting you won right away! Winners must send me their response with their mailing address within 72 hours (3 days) of the published time of the notification post or they forfeit the prize in which case another winner will be randomly chosen.

20 in 20: June Birthday Bash Giveaway, Day 7

Wow, this project is just a little over 1/3 of the way through! Day 7’s painting is a cheerful floral painting in red, purple, and light coral.

20 in 20 Giveaway Day 7

20 in 20 Giveaway Day 7

This is a gouache painting on a 6in square piece of Arches 90lb paper. The painted portion goes right to the edge of the page!

A note on color: I do my best adjust the color of the digital images to match as closely as possible, but it’s tricky business. Compared to the image above, the color is not as flat in person. The coral is the lightest color, with the purple and red being about the same value. The purple is also less pink than it looks in both of the above images.

If you like this painting, leave a comment on this blog post and you’ll be entered to win it. It’s as easy as that! For more information about the giveaway, read the Giveaway Details below.

Many thanks to Abbey Hendrickson from Aesthetic Outburst for providing the inspiration for this project!

Giveaway Details:

  • eligibility: open to anyone worldwide.
  • how to enter: leave a comment on the giveaway post to be entered to win the painting featured in the post. Feel free to enter to win more than one painting, but only one comment per person per post.
  • entry deadline: comments close on the first Sunday morning (EST)* after the post is made (*the exceptions are days 19 & 20 which fall on June 27th & 28th. Days 19 & 20 giveaway posts will close the morning of the 29th, so I can announce the final winners on my actual birthday).
  • winner selection & notification: winners will be chosen at random and announced on the blog each Monday for all the giveaways from the previous week.
  • how to claim your painting: send me an email at aisforanika -at- gmail -dot- com with your mailing address and I’ll send you the painting you won right away! Winners must send me their response with their mailing address within 72 hours (3 days) of the published time of the notification post or they forfeit the prize in which case another winner will be randomly chosen.

20 in 20: Birthday Bash Giveaway, Day 6

For Day 6 I did a bright and warm version of a previous painting. It’s a swooping composition that feels very festive and celebratory.

Day 6 of my 20 in 20 Giveaway

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This is a gouache painting on a 6in square piece of Arches 90lb paper. The painted portion goes right to the edge of the page!

A note on color: I do my best adjust the color of the digital images to match as closely as possible, but it’s tricky business. Compared to the image above, the color is not as flat in person. The pink is actually the darkest color, the orange is the mid tone, and the yellow is the lightest (and is more golden than it appears here).

If you like this painting, leave a comment on this blog post and you’ll be entered to win it. It’s as easy as that! For more information about the giveaway, read the Giveaway Details below.

Many thanks to Abbey Hendrickson from Aesthetic Outburst for providing the inspiration for this project!

Giveaway Details:

  • eligibility: open to anyone worldwide.
  • how to enter: leave a comment on the giveaway post to be entered to win the painting featured in the post. Feel free to enter to win more than one painting, but only one comment per person per post.
  • entry deadline: comments close on the first Sunday morning (EST)* after the post is made (*the exceptions are days 19 & 20 which fall on June 27th & 28th. Days 19 & 20 giveaway posts will close the morning of the 29th, so I can announce the final winners on my actual birthday).
  • winner selection & notification: winners will be chosen at random and announced on the blog each Monday for all the giveaways from the previous week.
  • how to claim your painting: send me an email at aisforanika -at- gmail -dot- com with your mailing address and I’ll send you the painting you won right away! Winners must send me their response with their mailing address within 72 hours (3 days) of the published time of the notification post or they forfeit the prize in which case another winner will be randomly chosen.

20 in 20: June Birthday Bash Giveaway, Day 5

Yesterday’s painting was inspired by the word, cirquare, so today’s started with the word squircle.

Of course, after having painted the dark blue shape that I thought was a squircle, I read more about it, and discovered that what I’d drawn is actually a rounded square. Oh well. Maybe there’s a squircle in there somewhere.

Day 5 of 20 in 20 in the studio

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This is a gouache painting, about 3in square on a 6in square piece of Arches 90lb paper.

If you like this painting, leave a comment on this blog post and you’ll be entered to win it. It’s as easy as that! For more information about the giveaway, read the Giveaway Details below.

Many thanks to Abbey Hendrickson from Aesthetic Outburst for providing the inspiration for this project!

Giveaway Details:

  • eligibility: open to anyone worldwide.
  • how to enter: leave a comment on the giveaway post to be entered to win the painting featured in the post. Feel free to enter to win more than one painting, but only one comment per person per post.
  • entry deadline: comments close on the first Sunday morning (EST)* after the post is made (*the exceptions are days 19 & 20 which fall on June 27th & 28th. Days 19 & 20 giveaway posts will close the morning of the 29th, so I can announce the final winners on my actual birthday).
  • winner selection & notification: winners will be chosen at random and announced on the blog each Monday for all the giveaways from the previous week.
  • how to claim your painting: send me an email at aisforanika -at- gmail -dot- com with your mailing address and I’ll send you the painting you won right away! Winners must send me their response with their mailing address within 72 hours (3 days) of the published time of the notification post or they forfeit the prize in which case another winner will be randomly chosen.