Yesterday, Sunday January 25th, was a long, wonderful day with 2 Fresno Community Concert Band concerts. We left home at 11 AM and got home about 10 PM. Consequently, I didn’t do yesterday’s painting. I took a sketchpad and planned to do a hand-drawn and painted map to use as a template for a new art hop map but it didn’t work out. I scanned the hand done image just fine and added some digital photos to it as well as some drawings but it just didn’t reproduce well enough to use. Maybe I’ll work on it more later, but, since it wasn’t really appropriate for the challenge anyway, I scrapped it for now.

This morning was spent sleeping in (important!) and creating the Art Hop flyer and a map to accompany it. So I didn’t start painting till 3:45 this afternoon. Knowing I had to do a minimum of 2 paintings to just “catch up”, I challenged myself to see if I could do 6 in 2 hours–20 minutes a painting. They were small, so it was possible. They might not be my best work of the series, but sometimes you do what you’ve gotta do. And one nice outcome of doing all these Sanger paintings is that now I can almost paint them with my eyes closed, so to speak, and I don’t have to think very long about what to include in them.

So, at 5:45, I had 6 paintings drying–well, actually 5 because I threw one away. I rushed it too much and it was just a muddy mess. And if you know me, I HATE “mud”. The others aren’t great, they are pretty small, but they are finished. I let them dry and added a few touches, signed them, photographed 2 of them and posted them on the challenge blog. Woo Hoo!

Yesterday’s painting–5″ X 7″, watercolor and pen–an abstract of the Sanger area. Fresh and fun, but not the greatest compositionally. But I’m thinking that right now, done is more important than fabulous since I’m agonizing a tiny bit about getting to work on my state sales taxes which are due on February 2nd. Getting a little close to put it off much longer!

Today’s painting– 7″ X 5″–and the same description applies to this one as to #25. 🙂
Which one do YOU prefer, of these 2?