Another Daily Sketch, Another New Challenge for 2017

The 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge produced this Bison Triptych – Days 4, 5, and 6 together

Not gonna lie…I was sorta dreading the #30paintingsin30days challenge, but it’s turned out to be really beneficial for me in a lot of ways.  It’s been such a great motivator that I’ve decided to take part in another Artist’s Challenge for 2017.

This one is being hosted by a very successful travel artist that I admire, Candace Rose Rardon.  I’ve been following Rardon’s website and blog for a few years now…. in fact the look of her website largely influenced the layout of mine.

Inspired by time spent painting with the famed Urban Sketchers, she devised a challenge for herself and other travel artists around the world to take part in called “Moment Catchers.”  We’ll be sketching on location, ‘wherever we are, especially if it’s in our home town’ on the first Saturday of every month in 2017.  Candace says:

 One of the greatest gifts that travel sketching has taught me is how to be more present and alive in my life—even when I’m not traveling. I hope you’ll take part in the challenge each month, whether you’re at home or on the road.

This week I’ve just been at Sheldon’s place, but I knew early on in the week what I wanted to paint.  My boys!

The past three days while I’ve been working on the Bison, I’ve gotten to spend a lot of quality time with my two little dogs.  They are rescue dogs (the best kind) and they grew up around a lot of other doggies when I lived at the animal rescue ranch.  However, since they moved to North Dakota they don’t have as many chances to socialize.

They get pretty excited when another dog walks by, so I’ve enjoyed watching them run to the window and greet this beautiful collie and their owner on the daily walk past Sheldon’s home.  I snapped a photo of them a few days ago, knowing that this would make a perfect painting for the first ‘on location Saturday’ of 2017.  Today Sheldon called them our “Death Row Doggies” because they were last chance rescues, and I thought that was a fitting name for this painting.

Day 7 – “Death Row Doggies” (my little rescue boys) – 9×6″ watercolor on paper

I’m taking off tomorrow for meetings in Bismarck all day on Monday and my schedule gets pretty intense after that, so the daily sketches are probably going to get less intricate and less involved (but hopefully they’ll be just as interesting) as I start to move around and travel again.

Thanks for following my paintings and my blog for the first week of 2017!  Stay tuned, good things are always to come!!

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