Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Day 2 (30 in 30 for 30)

"Spent" 8x10 mixed media on wood

Did you know that a snail can sleep for 3 years?!?

I figured you would have to be pretty tired, exhausted, pooped, wiped out... "spent" to sleep that long!
(Spent also happens to be this week's Illustration Friday theme)

I had so much fun creating today's painting (and after yesterday's struggles I definitely needed it)!  I started by wood burning my snail image, then added some gesso.  While the gesso was still wet I scratched some details then let it dry.  To add color I played with watercolor crayons and pencils (and some liquid acrylics too).  It felt so good to just let loose and let the materials guide me.

In technical news, the scanner and printer arrived but now they need to be calibrated...  For now I took a photo of today's painting (the colors aren't perfect, but they're closer than yesterday's scan).  This part of the art making process is definitely a learning experience for me - I am determined to open my etsy shop this week!

Be sure to stop by The Creative Every Day blog to see how other artists spent Day 2!

(If you haven't heard about my 30 in 30 for 30 project you can find out more about it here.)


  1. This is an adorable snail. He's got great color and an adorable "home" to curl into...3 years! wow, that's spent alright! great 2nd day piece. I am loving this, being able to see new art from you everyday....lucky us! xxoo

  2. He is adorable! I second Heather, the colors are really great. I don't know, sometimes I think that a three year nap might be nice.

  3. This is so sweet, and i enjoyed hearing how you made it!

  4. Fantastic painting... you did this in just one day? Very impressive!

  5. beautiful colors! i love this one!

  6. Love your snail, very cool lokk to it like the colors. I'll be checking back tomm. to see what you have next! Oh, totally didn't know that a snail could sleep for 3 years.

  7. Very cute snail, I am impressed with your challenge of a piece of art a day, looking forward to seeing more!

  8. Great snail! I love the expression on his face. I think my husband could sleep for 3 years. Maybe he's a snail. ;)

  9. Another piece for your etsy shop! Way to go! I love the texture colouring of the negative spaces in this one and, yes, am blown away that anything would sleep that long! whoa! so, this begs the question000exactly how long DO snails live for then anyway?

    Love your painting. Keep it up So fun to see you actuallt do this!

  10. know what i like the most about this happy snail? that i can tell tell she/he's a happy snail without even seeing a smile....

    i'm writing 3o poems and guess what? i started today's with 'did you know?' too.

  11. Fab snail, love the colours. Interesting to read that you woodburned the image, what did you do the painting on? Can't wait to see your next one!

  12. No, I didn't but I do now :D

    You have some great textures in this. And your process is fascinating. I'm new to gesso, so learning I can do stuff like that with it is interesting.

    He eyes make me laugh in a kind way :D

    Thanks so much for sharing. And thanks so much for your kind words on my mandala today.

    You are inspirational.

    (up far too late for her own good)

  13. I love your snail Kristin! WOW! great color and texture! Very cool! thanks for a peek into the process and for the interesting trivia. Great post! I hope and pray that the up-coming days are a little more peaceful and a little less struggle ;o)

  14. Awww...like this little snail. Loving the expression on his/her little face. Hee

  15. this is too cute!
    3 years , wow...lucky!


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