I’m wondering if I’m running out of ideas, but I don’t think so. Today was a busy day with a 90 minute kids’ class this morning, errands, deliveries, decorating my Sanger Tree Challenge tree (finally!) and some important emails. I did manage to do 2 quick 8″ X 10″ collage backgrounds with the kids this morning so at least I had those as possible starts. The first one was done with torn encyclopedia pages–print pieces on the bottom and blue map backgrounds on the top. So that one cried out to be a landscape. Unfortunately, I forgot to photograph it before I started working on it. The second one, we just put random sizes, shapes, and colors of paper over the whole piece of mat board. I gessoed them both lightly and later wished that I hadn’t gessoed them at all. But, what’s done is done. Here is the second background–colors, with a thin gesso layer over it all. It will become Day 18’s painting, most likely. It has some awkward areas near the middle, but I can easily change them once I start working on it tomorrow.

The first background was landscape like and this is what it became, the Day 17 painting. It’s not anything terribly special but I don’t think it’s awful. Overall, I like it and find it rather interesting–a more abstracted, simplified view of the landscape and it’s elements around the town of Sanger, CA.