Landscape #4517004

August 26, 2017

Last week I showed the progression painting of the landscape I did which I mentioned I had started out on a canvas which I’d originally airbrushed on. Fortunately, I remembered to take progression pictures as I started this one. Here’s the actual canvas before I started painting:


Landscape #4517004 (work in progress) 5″x7″ acrylic on canvas © 2017 Dawn Blair

Yeah, it’s not pretty. After sitting, probably for a year or more, it had gotten dirty, dusty, and scratched. I’ve cleaned it off pretty thoroughly before taking this picture. In fact, from the looks of the wavy lines on it, there might even be another coat of white acrylic Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – 08/21/17

August 21, 2017

Happy eclipse day! If you are somewhere with a good viewing position, please stay safe and sane out there. All of your senses are worth taking care of.

Fiction words written last week: 8,535 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  3,956 words

Writing month to date total: 22,107 words

Writing year to date total: 248,536 words. I am less than 2,000 words short of my word goal that I had set for last year (250,000), which means I’m about 12,000 behind what I actually accomplished for last year (260,108). If I have another good week like this last one, I’ll hit it next week. I’m still far off on my word goal for this year — I’m not sure I’ll make it, but one never knows. Maybe I’ll really buckle over the rest of the year and knock it out of the park!

Drawing/painting last week: 5 5″x7″ paintings completed (175 square inches) and I got started on two larger pieces. I spent about 6 hours painting, maybe a bit more.

Audio: I spent 5 hours recording and editing audio.

Week’s happenings: I hit my streak again for 6 out of 7 days for the word goal. Saturday I spent doing business related tasks, so I didn’t quite meet my word goals on that day. However, I did meet my word goal for the week, so I’m on a streak of 1 week Read the rest of this entry »

Landscape #4517003 progression

August 20, 2017

So yesterday after going on and on about my struggles with painting, I said that I’d show so progression shots of developing the third painting I showed.

Remember, each of these was painting into the dark (meaning without a real plan — I just started painting to see what adventure it would take me on. I’m a sucker for the quest!)

Now, the one picture I wish I had for this painting that I don’t have is how the canvas actually started out. It wasn’t a fresh, white canvas. Rather, I had started a painting on it before. More specifically, I’d tried to do an airbrushed painting on it. I’ve never been Read the rest of this entry »

Paintings – August 18, 2017

August 19, 2017

Science fiction author, Robert A. Heinlein, created a set of rules for authors to follow. The very first one is: You must write.

I have been following his rules for writing for a year now. If you’ve been following my writing during this time, you’ve seen it.

What I haven’t been doing (not just in the last year, but for several years actually) is painting. It has been so very hard for me to paint since my mother’s death. I don’t know why. I can’t even say that event triggered anything in me to stop painting — it’s just that’s a vivid marker in my life. I just slowly ground to a halt with the painting. Not because I wanted to either. I love pictures and images and every time I’d go looking to get inspired, I would until that moment I went to sit down. Then it all fell apart and I would just not paint.

Recently, I had someone ask me: Aren’t you a painter, and a good artist in my opinion, so why do you want to write? Read the rest of this entry »

Progress – 08/14/17

August 14, 2017

Fiction words written last week: 4,423 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  1,174 words

Writing month to date total: 9,616 words

Writing year to date total: 236,045 words.

Drawing/painting last week: 35+ square inches

Audio: I spent 3 hours recording and editing audio.

Week’s happenings: This week doesn’t look too much different than last week, except that I did some painting. It was busy though. I began rearranging my office last week. I really wanted to be able to set my easel up in my office. With my son’s help, we got that accomplished. There’s still a lot of cleanup and organizing that needs to be done, but at least I’m able to get in there to work now.

I also revised my word count spreadsheet to count consecutive weeks of hitting the word count. Yes, it’s hard to write to a certain word count each and every day. Life happens. I Read the rest of this entry »

ACEO of the Week – 06/24/17

June 24, 2017
Trinity Tree #1b 041208

Trinity Tree #1b
3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on Bristol Board
©2008 Dawn Blair

The second in a series of three trees that I did. They were meant to be hung up side by side as a matching set. Done back in 2008.

ACEO of the Week – 06/17/17

June 17, 2017
trinity tree #1a 040308

Trinity Tree #1a
3.5″ x 2.5″
acrylic on Bristol Board
©2008 Dawn Blair

The first in a series of three trees that I did. They were meant to be hung up side by side as a matching set. Done back in 2008. Stop by next week to see the next one.