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So far Dawn Boyer has created 23 blog entries.

Why Do a Series?

Whether we realize it or not, most artists end up creating a series. After all, any creative person in any art form will tell you that we keep revisiting the same subject matter over and over. Something pulls at us. We may not know why, but we find ourselves unable to resist the pull, because [...]

By | 2017-03-02T20:20:57+00:00 August 4th, 2016|Artist Tips, Musings on Painting, The Artist's Life|0 Comments

The rewards of commissions

A while back, I was approached by the wife of the president of a local hospital. She'd seen a solo exhibit of mine and wondered if I'd be willing to paint a commissioned piece for her husband's new office. Would I be interested? Of course I'd be interested! I'd need to see the space and talk [...]

30 Day Painting Challenge: Day 17

There is a field behind my house. It is beautiful, with trees in the distance and rolling hills all around. Many acres of land are in conservation easement near us, so the effect is one of open space and calm serenity. I never tire of looking out of my bedroom window in the morning when [...]

By | 2015-01-18T21:07:08+00:00 January 18th, 2015|30 Paintings in 30 Days, Landscape, Paintings|2 Comments

30 Day Painting Challenge: Day 18

After allowing the painting for Day 17 to be what it wanted to be, I realized I wasn't done with my need to paint something energetic, with thick paint. So I decided to create a variation on a theme. How would I approach the night scene behind my house if I were in a different [...]

By | 2017-03-02T20:20:57+00:00 January 18th, 2015|30 Paintings in 30 Days, Landscape, Paintings|0 Comments

30 Day Painting Challenge: Day 10

Today, my good friend Marj came to the studio to watch me do a demo and then work on a painting of her own. She's wanted to try oils for a while, but didn't know quite how to start. I remember the feeling well. It's hard for me to believe it now, but there was [...]

By | 2015-01-11T21:33:18+00:00 January 11th, 2015|30 Paintings in 30 Days, Floral, Paintings, Still Life|0 Comments

30 Day Painting Challenge: Day 9

Day 9 was "Redeem a Painting" Day. I hadn't intended for it to be so. My process for the 30 Day Painting Challenge is to go to the studio, pull out one of the many 12 x 12-inch canvases I purchased on sale expressly for this month, and start painting. Today, however, the canvas I [...]

By | 2015-01-11T07:49:35+00:00 January 11th, 2015|30 Paintings in 30 Days, Floral, Paintings, Still Life|0 Comments

30 Day Painting Challenge: Day 7

I mentioned in my Day 6 post that I craved a particular combination of colors when winter temperatures dropped below zero where I live. I painted a painting in those colors and was sated ... for a bit. But it wasn't quite enough. I had to keep going. I needed more. Something about the anemones [...]

By | 2017-03-02T20:20:57+00:00 January 9th, 2015|30 Paintings in 30 Days, Floral, Paintings, Still Life|0 Comments

30 Day Painting Challenge: Day 6

We got a serious cold snap here in New Hampshire. I'm talking minus 11 degrees at night, rising to a high of 4 degrees in the day. My car windshield cracked, that's how cold it was. (Thank you, Safelite, for repairing it so quickly.) So, I got a craving for color. It happens to me [...]

By | 2015-01-09T19:57:17+00:00 January 9th, 2015|30 Paintings in 30 Days, Floral, Paintings, Still Life|4 Comments

30 Day Painting Challenge: Day 8

Today, a package arrived from Jerry's Artarama—a result of a gift card my dear husband gave me for Christmas. He's a great guy, and not just because he understands and supports my need to paint and write and sing. Well, maybe that has something to do with why I love him so much, but in [...]

By | 2017-03-02T20:20:57+00:00 January 8th, 2015|30 Paintings in 30 Days, Floral, Paintings, Still Life|0 Comments

30 Day Painting Challenge: Day 5

After I painted "Bright Flowers Against Blue," I decided to go in the opposite direction and create a much more subdued and cool background and table in my new still life series. I wanted to see how those elements would make the warm yellow/orange and magenta flowers stand out. What a delightful surprise to see [...]

By | 2017-03-02T20:20:57+00:00 January 5th, 2015|30 Paintings in 30 Days, Floral, Paintings, Still Life|0 Comments