Day 1 of Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge
acrylic on board 16cm x 16cm
Yay, one down, twenty nine to go!
I've long planned to paint an abalone shell. I have a bit of a thing for them. When walking on the beach their glittery mother-of-pearl sheen makes them look like little jewels embedded in the sand . I originally had a small purple sea urchin next to the abalone shell but ended up scrubbing it out. I wasn't happy with how it was coming along. So now the positioning of the shell in the painting is a little awry. However, considering how laborious and frustrating it was trying to replicate mother-of-pearl from life in paint, I was happy that it ended up recognisable as an abalone shell at all.
I had been toying with making the theme for my challenge to be all things shiny. I may stick with that idea but I don't like to pin myself down too strictly due to the risk of blocking inspiration. I find that my mood on the day very much determines my choice of subject matter.
I had a lovely swim at the beach after completing my painting and spotted quite a few other abalone shells washed up on the sand.
Oh yes, two weeks ago I was invited to do a book signing at Dymocks at Whitfords Shopping Centre. It was very exciting - and terrifying - but was a great experience and I sold some books to some lovely customers.
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year! May 2016 be a fabulous year of great health and prolific creative exploits!