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In this series I will focus on painting every major change in light throughout the day, from sunrise to sunset, on a variety of scenes.
In this series I will focus on painting every major change in light throughout the day, from sunrise to sunset, on a variety of scenes.
32 backers pledged $2,725 to help bring this project to life.

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Country House - Sunset
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Chasing Light - A Series of Landscape Paintings

" I would like to paint the way a bird sings" - Claude Monet

This project stemmed from a project I completed last year where I did 30 Sunrise paintings in 30 days.  This year I wanted to do another landscape project since I learned and grew so much from the one last year and it touched so many hearts. 

This spring, I started pondering what it would be like to paint the same scene or subject every time the light made a major change.  I was inspired when reading about Monet taking his stacks of canvases out and starting a new canvas every hour or so for his haystack paintings. 

Great News! I have completed a few scenes this last week. Only 7 more to go! I am struck by how much I have already learned and how much more I notice and appreciate the subtle changes that happen in the colors and values. 

 I am intrigued by the sense of intimacy you can build with a particular scene over the course of the day. You just get a sense that everything's going to be alright. The bees are pollenating, the birds chirping an I am painting.

I'm always hoping to capture the essence of each time of day, whether it's the cool of the morning air or the heat of the afternoon.  I am also hoping to use some of these studies to create some larger more refined paintings.

It's already been great fun and I'm looking forward to sharing the bulk of the project with you through documenting my experience with photos,videos,etc.  I hope you will follow along with me via my facebook page or my blog for the rest of this fun ride!

HERE'S THE BREAKDOWN OF MY PROJECT:

  • Project will yield 6 paintings from 10 locations = 60 paintings
  • Times of day painted at the scene will be: Sunrise (6-7am), Morning (8-10 am), Noon, Afternoon (3-5pm), Evening(6-8pm), Sunset (8-9pm)
  • Most paintings will be sized 6"x8", but each location will include at least one 8"x10".
  • I will be looking for a variety of locations. Spots that are beautiful or interesting to me and that I feel have a universal quality. Scenes most likely will include som rural farms, old homes, pastoral fields, ponds and even some cityscapes.
  • Locations will face different directions,so you may see a sunrise or sunset painting that doesn't have a sun in it. This is part of staying true to the project.
  • Paintings will be completed by June 30th giving time to dry, varnish, professionally photograph(for book and postcards) and frame by August 15th. 
  • Approximately 40 of the paintings will be exhibited here in Oklahoma City August 29th.
  • The only way you can obtain one of the paintings pre-show is to become a $200 backer. Choice of paintings will be given (after gallery selection) and in order of first to last backer.
  • All rewards should be shipped out on or before September 1st.

HERE'S THE BREAKDOWN ESTIMATED COSTS:

  • SUPPLIES- Panels,paints,brushes,paper towels, sunscreen & bug spray! -$400
  • GASOLINE,TOLLS & PARKING- $200
  • PRINTING OF REWARDS, BOOKS, SHIPPING -$600
  • FRAMES,WIRE,ETC FOR SHOWING AT GALLERY -$1000
  • TOTAL ESTIMATED COST: $2200

TOTAL ESTIMATED TIME INVESTED IN THIS PROJECT- 160 HOURS

PAINTING SPOTS COMPLETED SO FAR:

SPOT 1 - "Pastoral Grove"

Pastoral Grove - Sunrise - 6"x8"
Pastoral Grove - Sunrise - 6"x8"
Pastoral Grove - Morning - 6"x8"
Pastoral Grove - Morning - 6"x8"
Pastoral Grove - Noon- 6"x8"
Pastoral Grove - Noon- 6"x8"
Pastoral Grove - Afternoon - 6"x8"
Pastoral Grove - Afternoon - 6"x8"
Pastoral Grove -Evening- 8"x10"
Pastoral Grove -Evening- 8"x10"
Pastoral Grove - Sunset - 6"x8"
Pastoral Grove - Sunset - 6"x8"

 Painting Spot #2 - "By the Pond in North Pasture"

By the Pond in North Pasture - Sunrise - 6"x8"
By the Pond in North Pasture - Sunrise - 6"x8"
By the Pond in North Pasture - Morning - 6"x8"
By the Pond in North Pasture - Morning - 6"x8"
By the Pond in North Pasture - Noon - 6"x8"
By the Pond in North Pasture - Noon - 6"x8"
By the Pond in North Pasture - Afternoon - 6"x8"
By the Pond in North Pasture - Afternoon - 6"x8"
By the Pond in North Pasture - Evening - 8"x10"
By the Pond in North Pasture - Evening - 8"x10"
By the Pond in North Pasture - Sunset - 6"x8"
By the Pond in North Pasture - Sunset - 6"x8"

 CHASING LIGHT PROJECT SPOT #3

"Farm with Silo - Sunrise" oil on panel  6"x8"
"Farm with Silo - Sunrise" oil on panel 6"x8"
"Farm with Silo - Morning" oil on panel  6"x8"
"Farm with Silo - Morning" oil on panel 6"x8"
"Farm with Silo - Noon" oil on panel  6"x8"
"Farm with Silo - Noon" oil on panel 6"x8"
"Farm with Silo - Afternoon" oil on panel  6"x8"
"Farm with Silo - Afternoon" oil on panel 6"x8"
"Farm with Silo - Evening" oil on panel  8"x10"
"Farm with Silo - Evening" oil on panel 8"x10"
"Farm with Silo - Sunset" oil on panel  6"x8"
"Farm with Silo - Sunset" oil on panel 6"x8"

 CHASING LIGHT PROJECT SPOT # 4

Hay Field - Sunrise - oil on panel - 6"x8"
Hay Field - Sunrise - oil on panel - 6"x8"
Hay Field - Morning - oil on panel - 6"x8"
Hay Field - Morning - oil on panel - 6"x8"
Hay Field - Noon - oil on panel - 6"x8"
Hay Field - Noon - oil on panel - 6"x8"
Hay Field - Afternoon - oil on panel - 6"x8"
Hay Field - Afternoon - oil on panel - 6"x8"
Hay Field - Evening - 8"x10" - oil on panel
Hay Field - Evening - 8"x10" - oil on panel
Hay Field - Sunset - 6"x8" -oil on panel
Hay Field - Sunset - 6"x8" -oil on panel

 CHASING LIGHT PROJECT SPOT # 5

Country House - Sunrise
Country House - Sunrise

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country house - noon
country house - noon

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country house - afternoon

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Country House - Evening

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Cypress Trees-Sunrise

 CHASING LIGHT PROJECT SPOT # 6

Cypress Trees - Morning
Cypress Trees - Morning

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Cypress Trees - Noon

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Cypress Trees - Afternoon
Cypress Trees Evening
Cypress Trees Evening

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Cypress Trees Sunset

 CHASING LIGHT PROJECT SPOT # 7

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Park Gates Sunrise

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Park Gates Noon
Park Gates - Morning
Park Gates - Morning
Park Gates - Afternoon
Park Gates - Afternoon
Park Gates - Evening
Park Gates - Evening
Will Rogers Park Gates - Sunset
Will Rogers Park Gates - Sunset
Hefner Lake Boats- Sunrise
Hefner Lake Boats- Sunrise
Hefner Lake Boats - Morning
Hefner Lake Boats - Morning
Hefner Lake Boats - Noon
Hefner Lake Boats - Noon
First Christian Church - Sunrise
First Christian Church - Sunrise
First Christian Church - Morning
First Christian Church - Morning
approx 48 out of the 60 paintings to be completed here
approx 48 out of the 60 paintings to be completed here

 Frames & Reward Postcards are here!

Thank you for your help!  30+ frames arrived for my show at the end of the month. They cost approximately $800.
Thank you for your help! 30+ frames arrived for my show at the end of the month. They cost approximately $800.

 The paintings look great in these!

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Postcard Rewards are here. Let the signing and wrapping begin! Thank you.

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Risks and challenges

1.The challenge in this project is mostly the time of year in which I'm doing it - Summer! This project was set to begin in May. Unfortunately, we have had record rainfalls here in OKC this year making it impossible to get out and paint. So I will be packing on the sunscreen and trying to keep as cool as I can.

2. You only have about 2 hours before the light changes drastically and you cannot keep working. With sunrise and sunset you maybe have 30 minutes at most. This really necessitates firm decisions and exercises your visual memory.

3.The short time in which I have to complete 60 paintings in the next 30 days in between teaching and gallery engagements.

It can be a risk for me to do this project because I am investing valuable time that could be used towards creating paintings with a higher price tag and higher chances of selling.

But I believe firmly that you have to follow your heart and temperament and do what you love. This is an important project to me and I feel I will gain long term benefits from it regardless of it's financial success.

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    You will receive hand signed, high resolution postcards of the top 6 favorite paintings from the Chasing Light series.

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    You will receive a beautiful 8"x10" full color hardbound book including at least 3 scenes from each location, at least 30 pages long. Each book will be autographed.

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    This pledge gives you all of the above rewards: 10 postcards, the hardbound book, plus one of the landscape paintings from the Chasing Light series.

    Size will be 6"x8" to 8"x10" on panel, painting will be unframed. Choices will be given in order of pledging, after gallery selection. There will be approx. 20 paintings to select from after my gallery commitment.

    ***The first 3 backers will receive a charcoal drawing sketch of one of the scenes in addition.

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