Natalie’s Challenge

I have 8 unfinished paintings. Natalie of Blaugustine suggested a new art movement — 7ism — get a piece done in 7 days. What a great idea! She suggested posting progress. I attended an art workshop with my friend Holly on Saturday and I am committed to finishing this painting in 7 days. Since I am going away for the weekend to a wedding in San Francisco this Saturday I need to get on with it. So here’s the first stage, still slightly wet and untouched since the workshop. This morning I will do some more to it. I am not dissatisfied with the beginning, but it will almost certainly look worse when I get done today. That always happens. It gets worse before it gets better.

Birds at feeder, stage I

The dimensions of the picture are 12′ x 36′. It is oil on canvass.

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8 Responses to Natalie’s Challenge

  1. annie says:

    Oh lovely! Can’t wait to see the finished piece. I love watching my birds at the feeder.

  2. Jan says:

    Oh, Anne – that is going to be beautiful when complete!

  3. Freda says:

    The painting is beautiful. You make me want to get my paints out, the trouble is there are so many things I resolve to do and then I end up idling my days away.

  4. Hattie says:

    I like that. What do you suppose the birds are talking about?

  5. I love that. As a bird mad foreigner can you tell me what birds they are?
    I can’t begin to tell you how much time gets ‘wasted’ gazing at the birds who come to visit us. And I don’t begrudge a minute of it.

  6. K says:

    Lovely! And I couldn’t think of a better activity for you right now. A great suggestion from Natalie.

  7. maria says:

    Those birds are lovely, with such great expressions. And talking of expressions … I hope to see you this weekend in San Francisco, if you have some spare time. :)

  8. Natalie says:

    Anne, thank you so much for joining my 7ism ‘movement’ and congratulations on this painting.
    In my view the first stage could be a finished work (I especially like the freely painted two birds on the right) but then you have your own idea of what the ‘finished’ work should look like. My only advice is: don’t over-do it!

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