Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thirty Horses, Thirty Days!

I still had about 3500 words to write today to meet that NaNoWriMo deadline, and that was my first task of the day. It takes a little more attentiveness to write something reasonable than it does to paint at this point. While my story is really just a framework - and for me, 50K words is just a short story :-) - I wrote an ending and at least finished off the scenes I'd left hanging. It needs some fleshing out, for sure. But I met the goal, which is a little mind-boggling to me, with everything else I got done.

I wasn't sure what I was going to paint today. I kind of wanted something with some significance, as it was the last one of the challenge, and I was a bit worried about not ending on a good note! I was getting ready to look through the photos stored on my external drive when the photo I have hanging behind my easel looked at me. It's a mounted enlargement of Sass, Monster's mom. I took the photo when Sass was quite young, probably two or three, and it's my favourite picture of her. I can see a lot of Monster in her at this age, and it's nice to remember her back then, before she started to run into such problems with her knees.

I always liked the composition of the photo - it was off-centre, and that really appealed to me. This is another 8 x 6 oil on Raymar triple-primed cotton canvas panel, limited palette. It will fit nicely with the theme I have planned for the little show I'll put together of these 30 paintings. Stay tuned!

Imagine, it's only 8:45pm! Finished more than three hours before the deadline! Huh!


Sheona Hamilton Grant said...

Brilliant job Linda (this can be added to the comment box of each of the 30 paintings!) You stayed focused and driven and this is so reflected in the paintings produced.
Top Notch!
Look forward to the show (will there be Paypal buttons?)

The Smiling Goat said...

Hi Linda.. So glad I found your blog! Such amazing talent you have! You can tell you have a passion.Do you do commissions?

Will be back often!

Linda Shantz said...

Thanks for coming along, Sheona! If I can figure out how to do PayPal buttons, they will be there! Haha. Of course someone threw another idea at me today which wouldn't be as immediate.

Hi Kim, glad you found it too! I do a limited number of commissions. Your work is very cool!