Mile 14: Black and White

I’m so behind in my blogging (not on the painting though- yet)!! For this mile we were only supposed to use BLACK and WHITE paint. This seems pretty easy until you realize how easy it is to paint a big blob of gray (which I almost achieved). I’m happy enough with the end result, but I got SO frustrated with it while it was in progress. In fact, the above is the second iteration of basically the same painting.

My first frustrations using only black and white (well, and orange) occurred last year when I painted the piece to the right (this is actually from the Sips-N-Strokes websites…not an original, but i love it). Achieving intense detail by adding either black or white paint is a bit tricky, but the end result can be rewarding. I’d like to try the Mile 14 exercise again when I have time and am more inspired!

On a side note, there is SO much texture on a canvas that has 14 layers of paint on it! It’s getting increasingly difficult to cover the canvas. I’m going to have to give up completely covering one mile with the next!

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2 Comments on “Mile 14: Black and White”

  1. candacehargraves says:

    I like this one, I guess because it’s so different than the others. It seems so clean and the message is in enjoying the view, and not so much in ones’ personal interpretation. After Sad Girl I was happy for an emotional break. But I’m just your mom—–what do I know? Much love

  2. candacehargraves says:

    p.s. I forgot to say how much I love last years’ painting from ‘Sips and Strokes’. I’ve never seen it before. The monochromatics and the bright swath of orange is beautiful-I want to keep looking at it. Maybe I can.


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