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30 Days 30 Paintings – End of Challenge Part 2

30 Days 30 Paintings is over and I’m still going through the month. You can read more about it in Part 1 here.

I kept working at my day job because…money. So by the middle of the month, I was getting tired but completely driven to paint. That zone where pushing through just happens because autopilot has engaged. At least for actions. Exercise. Work. Eat. Paint. Sleep. Wash, rinse and repeat.

This is actually a good thing, because hitting that zone means that parts of the brain that interfere with painting simply don’t engage. And this is when magic happens.

The changes in the second half of the month are sudden, stunning and make me want to paint all the more. Where I noticed minor brush stroke changes before and some palette adjustments, here it’s like a switch flipped.

I can’t say enough how excited I am about this.

First it showed up in the painting which really doesn’t look much different on the end run but if you check out the link, you can see the under painting was wild.

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“Farm Boy”

20″x16″ 

Acrylic on stretch canvas

Prints and the original will be for sale in my shop next week.

Day 15 http://www.paulamould.com/farm-boy-day-15-challenge-painting/

 

 

This painting of Groot felt like it painted itself. Completely. I used a large brush for 99% of it and just let loose.

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“I Am Groot”

24″x12″ 

Acrylic on stretched canvas

Prints and the original in my shop next week.

Day 15 http://www.paulamould.com/i-am-groot-day-15-challenge-painting/

But check this out. Riddick on Day 16. WTF happened here? It’s completely different from palette to feeling to composition. And I love this painting so damn much. I can’t wait to post proper photos of this one because phone photos are a let down.

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“Riddick”

24″x12″

Acrylic on stretched canvas

Prints in my store next week.

Day 16 http://www.paulamould.com/riddick-day-16-challenge-painting/

And then I did something even more different. This painting is mostly atmosphere. The guy isn’t all that tall and his face is maybe an inch in diameter. Working with a very large brush, scrubbing the paint into the canvas to create the fogginess. And then the tiniest brush I had for the face, so tiny I couldn’t see the tip even wearing double reading glasses. I spent maybe an hour on the face alone.

The interesting thing about faces is, if you get the shadows right, you don’t need details. Shadows are so important in defining face shape. If you look at a photo and squint hard, you can see that even blurry, it still looks like whomever. Same deal here.

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“I’ll Just Wait Here Then”

24″x12″

Acrylic on stretched canvas

Prints in my shop next week.

Day 16 http://www.paulamould.com/ill-just-wait-here-then-day-16-challenge-painting/

And the changes kept coming. I would never have done something like this before. The painting of Dean from Supernatural just took me right off the reservation completely. Now the source material inspired the style, but the style was so zen to work with that this was just the beginning.

And another painting that really didn’t come out well with a phone photo. Next week, I will have a better photo.

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“Pie”

12″x24″ 

Acrylic on stretched canvas

Day 17 http://www.paulamould.com/pie-day-17-challenge-painting/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dean’s painting made me bolder and I hit the Doctor, a painting I’ve had in waiting for over a year. I knew, last year, I could never do it justice. It was so worth the wait.

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“Eleven”

20″x16″

Acrylic on canvas

Prints and the original in my shop next week.

Day 17 http://www.paulamould.com/eleven-day-17-challenge-painting/

 

 

It has been at least a year, if not two, since I last worked in monochrome. And technically, I know, this isn’t monochrome but it comes out that way. I wanted to capture the feeling of the show Vikings, and a moment of contemplation without having colour get in the way. Again, a phone photo just doesn’t do it justice but the end result is something I can’t believe I painted.

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“Ragnar”

24″x12″

Acrylic on canvas

Prints for sale in my shop next week.

Day 21 http://www.paulamould.com/ragnar-day-21-challenge-painting/

And Hellboy? Completely different again. I was painting in a watercolour style. It really felt like it as I was going and the end result is something that surprised me. A cross between a marker rendering and watercolour and yet, acrylic on canvas. Go figure.

It kind of freaked me out a bit. All these new things coming out of my brushes.

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“Hellboy”

24″x12″

Acrylic on canvas

Prints and the original in my shop next week.

Day 21 http://www.paulamould.com/hellboy-day-21-challenge-painting/

I wanted to see if the “Pie” painting (above) was a one off. That can happen sometimes. The zone isn’t always the same each time. So, I painted this painting of Castiel from Supernatural. And look! It’s the same. And I had another zen blast while painting.

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“Looking For God In All The Wrong Places”

12″x24″

Acrylic on stretched canvas

Prints for sale in my shop next week.

Day 22 http://www.paulamould.com/looking-for-god-in-all-the-wrong-places-day-22-challenge-painting/

 

 

 

 

And the same night I finished the series because we can’t have Dean and Cas without Sam.

sm_20150922_222203-1 “Nerd”

12″x24″

Acrylic on stretched canvas

Prints for sale in my shop next week.

Day 22 http://www.paulamould.com/nerd-day-22-challenge-painting/

 

 

 

 

 

spn triptych

After all the painting on white canvas, something I never used to do for portraits, I flipped back to black for this piece. A commission. Black canvas lends itself to a certain way of painting but my newfound styles still pushed their way in.

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“Daenerys”

20″x16

Acrylic on stretched canvas

Prints in my shop next week.

Day 23 http://www.paulamould.com/daenerys-day-23-challenge-painting/

 

 

This is one painting where it looks like I’ve gone back to my old style but the photo doesn’t pick up all the colours. The composition is different, the reds are redder. The whole thing has a level-up feeling which is awesome, because I wanted to honour Fezzik with this piece.

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“Sportsmanlike”

20″x16″

Acrylic on canvas

Prints and original in my shop next week.

Day 24 http://www.paulamould.com/sportsmanlike-day-24-challenge-painting/

 

 

And finally, my last finished painting of the challenge was a moment held near and dear to my heart. Wrath of Khan. AKA the endless mosaic in the background plus some guys. Ha!

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“Of Course The Ship Is Yours”

20″x16″

Acrylic on canvas

Prints and the original in my shop next week.

Day 27 http://www.paulamould.com/of-course-the-ship-is-yours-day-27-challenge-painting/

 

 

So what did I get from this challenge? A whole hell of a lot. Energy. Better refined painting styles. New approaches. All kinds of artsy things. A renewed need to paint more. MOAR!

Where do I go from here? I’ve still got a ton of paintings in the queue so between commissions, I’m going to keep painting my fandoms. But leveling up.

tl;dr Shop is being updated next week. Tons more paintings. All awesome. Want art? Let’s talk.

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