80/100 through 85/100 - The 100 Day Project

I made the mistake of starting the new large painting that I've been dreaming about for a while and now all I want to do is paint that! That, coupled with super nice weather and the work on my patio finally complete so the garden is put back together... I'm finding it a little difficult to stay inspired to keep paint these little paintings. Don't worry. I didn't make it all the way to day 85 to quit now.

Here are the paintings for days 80/100 through 85/100:

 80/100 - Cerro Pedernal. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

80/100 - Cerro Pedernal. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

 81/100. Sunset. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

81/100. Sunset. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

 82/100. Perfect Blue Sky. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

82/100. Perfect Blue Sky. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

 83/100. Coleus. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

83/100. Coleus. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

 84/100. Beachscape. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

84/100. Beachscape. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

 85/100. Saguaro National Park. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

85/100. Saguaro National Park. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

How's your project coming along? Need some encouragement to get through the last few remaining days? Let me know in the comment section below. I'd love to cheer you on!

 

Happy creating!

-a

 

 

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76/100 though 79/100 - The 100 Day Project

Oh no! I'm slacking! Well, slacking on blogging anyway. I'm still painting every day! Here are the latest 4 paintings:

 76/100 3"x3" acrylic painting. Saguaro National Forest, Tuscon AZ.

76/100 3"x3" acrylic painting. Saguaro National Forest, Tuscon AZ.

 77/100 3"x3" acrylic painting. Oxalis.

77/100 3"x3" acrylic painting. Oxalis.

 78/100 3"x3" acrylic painting. Red Rock, Las Vegas

78/100 3"x3" acrylic painting. Red Rock, Las Vegas

 79/100 3"x3" acrylic painting. Abstract Cotton Candy.

79/100 3"x3" acrylic painting. Abstract Cotton Candy.

Only 20 more days! Not that I'm counting ;)

 

Happy creating!

-a

75/100 - The 100 Day Project

Okay, I'm in the home stretch now. 25 days left. Less than a month. Just a little over three weeks. Piece of cake, right?

 75/100. Monument Valley. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

75/100. Monument Valley. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

Painted from my reference photo from my flickr account

Colors used: White, Prussian Blue, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Yellow Ochre, Red Oxide, and Sap Green.

Seriously, I cannot get enough of these southwest landscapes. I have another one I can't wait to work on tonight!

Happy creating!

-a

 

 

 

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73/100 & 74/100 - The 100 Day Project

The #100DayProject is nearly 75% finished! WOOOOO!!!!! I'm glad that I decided to participate again this year, and I'm REALLY glad I decided to push through and keep going after the halfway point. I notice this year hasn't been filled with the stress and drama that plagued last years project paintings. Perhaps it's because I'm painting mostly representational images rather than abstracts and I feel way more comfortable? Possibly! That's okay though. Just because I'm not stressing and fretting about each and every painting doesn't mean that this years 100 day project has any less impact or is any less important. I'm still learning. I'm still working on something creative everyday. And it all counts.

 73/100. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

73/100. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

I LOVE how days 73 and 74 paintings turned out. Can you tell? Painting these tiny landscapes have me really excited to try painting them a lot larger.

 74/100. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

74/100. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

How's your project going? If you participated in the 100 day project last year, are you noticing any different challenges? Let me know in the comment section below!

 

Happy creating!

-a

 

 

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72/100 - The 100 Day Project

I wonder if you can tell which paintings are my favorite, and which I really really enjoyed just by looking at them? Because, this isn't one of them...

 72/100. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

72/100. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

This painting is okay. I'm not in love with it like some of my other little paintings.  I tried to be a bit more loose and impressionistic with my brushwork. I'm still practicing!

Happy experimenting!

-a

 

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71/100 - The 100 Day Project

I don't know if you've noticed, but I cannot get enough of the Southwest landscape. I'm in love with the landscape, with cacti and succulents and with the earth tone color palette... I don't think I will ever tire of painting it.

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I love everything about this painting. The clouds, the pale blue sky, the buttes... **sigh** I think I was born in the wrong part of the country!

Happy painting!

-a

 

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DIY - Turn a Water Fountain into a Planter

This year, I added a new feature to my patio garden. I got a really cool water fountain that didn't work properly from a sample sale at work. Instead of using it as a birdbath or leaving it empty, I saw potential. It would make an amazing planter instead!

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1. Seal/glue together any parts you’re worried will fall off. The top tier didn't survive the trip from the office to my car and fell off. No worries though! I glued to the middle tier to make sure they didn’t fall apart during bad weather, or if a critter happens to knock it around (we have a bit of a pesky raccoon problem over here.) I used Gorilla Glue, but you can use a waterproof caulk or e6000 craft adhesive. You want something that will hold plastic/resin together and be water resistant.

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2. Drill drainage holes (not pictured.) If you’re not going to use your fountain as a fountain ever again, I recommend drilling a few drainage holes to allow excess rain/water to escape. The fountain isn’t very deep but I don’t want my plant’s roots to sit in water and rot.

3. Now comes the fun part: choose your plants. I chose plants my in two ways. First, I chose a color scheme. I wanted to have purple, yellow and green plants and foliage. Then, I looked for plants in those colors that follow the "thriller, filler and spiller" planting technique.

  • Thriller plants adds height and drama. It can be a flowering plant, foliage, or ornamental grasses.
  • Filler plants are plants that fill out the planter and make it look full.
  • Spiller plants are trailing plants that hang over the edge of the container.

4. Add dirt and plant. Take a few moments and place your new plants in your planter and make sure you like their positioning. Once you're happy with how the plants are layed out, go ahead and move them (carefully as to remember where they go) and add dirt and plant!

 Just planted!

Just planted!

Voila! You now have an amazing looking garden feature!

 

WHAT I PLANTED:

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I planted the gorgeous "Inky Fingers" coleus in the topmost section of my fountain planter. It features fun shaped leaves in vibrant shades of purple and green. This is definitely my thriller plant.

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For the the middle section, I used a sedum ground cover mat. I cut strips of the plant mat into sections that would fit in the small space. I chose the sedum mat because it doesn't require a ton of dirt (which is fortunate because that section is pretty shallow) and they are super hardy perennial plant.

For the bottom section, I planted some fillers and spillers. I was going to use more mini petunias since I'm obsessed with them, but my mom found this really pretty plant called Torenia, or the Wishbone Flower. The flowers are so unique looking AND they attract hummingbirds. I was sold. I picked up "Summer Wave Large Blue", "Summer Wave Large Violet" and "Gilded Grape." These plants fulfill both the filler and the spiller category as they will fill out the planter and trail off. For my spillers I used a yellowish Creeping Jenny and Tradescantia zebrina, which features green leaves with a purple stripe and purpleish undersides.

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Here we are! A few weeks after planting and everything is filling in quite nicely.

DIY - Turn a Water Fountain into a Planter

 

Have you tried to turn a water fountain into a planter? How did it turn out? Let me know in the comment section below. I'd love to see your garden masterpiece!

If you'd like to see more of my tiny patio garden, please check out my Patio Garden Tour, Part 1.

If you're looking for even more ways to DIY your flower pots, check out these posts about 10 DIY Flower Pot Painting Ideas and 10 MORE DIY Flower Pot Painting Ideas, and my newest collection of 10 Super Cute Ways to DIY succulent planters. I'm sure you'll find something you'll love!

 

Happy planting!

-a

 

 

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70/100 - The 100 Day Project

Wooo! Day 70! Only 30 more days to go. I was having a particularly frustrating time with this painting and my mom asked me why I was painting in acrylics if it so hard. I thought mom had a good point and  almost put the acrylics away and started over with oil paint. But then I stopped. It's not a challenge, and I'm not growing if it's easy. So here we are, finished, with acrylics.

 70/100. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

70/100. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

I'm hoping I will end this project with a better understanding and appreciation for my nemesis, acrylic paint.

Happy learning!

-a

 

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