Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Photos of Paintings

Three Friends ©2012 Dora Sislian Themelis
7x10 Watercolor on Arches
Last year around this time I signed on to the 100 Paintings Challenge. I wanted to do a few things by trying to paint 100 paintings in one year: build a body of work, learn how to use watercolor paints better, see subjects with a keener eye, push myself to paint regularly. And maybe sell a few works.

Shells with Peach ©2012 Dora Sislian Themelis
7x10 Watercolor on Arches
 The challenge has been wonderful in all of those ways, except I will not meet the deadline with 100 pieces of work. Nope. Not gonna happen. Not this year anyway.

Four Shells with Rock ©2012 Dora Sislian Themelis
7x10 Watercolor on Arches
On the plus side, I have met most of my goals, and even sold a few paintings. So I consider the year a win. I am up for round 2. As soon as my deadline arrives I am committing to another go around.

I am grateful for the opportunities I found this year and I'm looking forward to better things ahead.


  1. I applaud you for even taking on the 100 Painting Challenge - love these paintings and how you are brave with your shadows - mine often end up too wishy-washy.

  2. Thanks Ann. I really like the depth good shadows make, and they keep things interesting. I set up my subjects with strong light to get deep darks.

  3. Love your work. My favorites are the tractor and the sun flowers. Enjoyed seeing how you use the negative space.

    1. Thank you so much Marsha! I'm so happy you took time to leave a comment!


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