Carla Hefley

Artist in Training

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Challenge Over?

Well the 30 Day Challenge may be over but not my painting.  True I have taken a break this week from the everyday but I was not happy.  I so love to lose myself in front of the easel mixing paint and applying.  So today at the cabin I set up and found something to paint.  This one is very, VERY loose but so much fun to do.  Can't decide if it is indeed finished yet, but I like it.  Since fall is in the air I thought it appropriate to do something with the fall colors.  Thanks so very much everyone who follows me and enjoys my work.  It means a lot to me to share and make people smile.
"Fall Walk
oil on linen stretched canvas

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

30 Days In One

Collage of the 30 day painting challenge.  Here is is all wrapped up in a tiddy collage.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Day 30 - Rooster

Day 30, yes I made it.  30 days of a painting a day and I made it.  There was no prize, just a challenge that many people were tasked to try and achieve and I am one of them.  I have learned so much by painting every single day, as an artist should.  So here is my final painting for the challenge.  It is NOT the end of my painting, it's just the beginning!

Day 30
gallery wrap deep canvas

Monday, September 29, 2014

Day 29 - Blowing In The Wind

Day 29 of the 30 Painting Challenge hosted by the lovely Leslie Saeta and Slices of Life is coming to an end.  I can't believe that 30 days has flown by so fast during this challenge.  I have LOVED doing it and I think as an artist I have truly grown.  I've managed to get it done all the while helping the oldest and her family move, that means watching the darling granddaughter.  Also, I have been working on our 40th class reunion and that happened this past weekend.  Frankly, I am a bit bushed but it's a good tired.  

Day 29 - "Blowing In The Wind
oil on canvas panel

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Day 28 - Cindy Lou Who

Day 28

"Cindy Lou Who"
oil on cotton panel

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Day 27 - Dogwood

Day 27

oil on gallery wrap cotton canvas
$ 45

Friday, September 26, 2014

Day 26 - Final Harvest

Day 26

"Final Harvest"
oil on cotton panel

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Day 25 - Rocks

Day 25 of the 30 Day Challenge...Hey, only 5 days left.  Not sure how I feel about that as this has been quite fun.  This weekend is my 40th high school reunion and it may REALLY be a challenge to get this done.  I can do it, I can do it, I can do it.

This one is another from our New England fall tour in 2011.  It is a different technique that I have only done a few times mainly on abstract stuff.  It is a challenge and time to learn...

Day 25

oil on linen stretched canvas

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Day 24 - Roses

Day 24 (really it is day 24).

oil on cotton canvas

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Day 23 - Bathing Beauty

Day 24, what can I say about day 23...STRUGGLE...that is what I can say.  I chose a picture of my teenage mother in a bathing suit.  The problem is I struggle with faces, a lot, and it's of my mother, so I am not satisfied, EVER.  So if you are thinking it is going to look like my's not, but it is of a lady at least, not like a guy in drag, which was what it looked like most of the day in art class.  I wiped that face off  three times until I was at least satisfied that it looked like a woman.  Actually, it reminds me of my mother-in-law right now, but that's okay because I love my MIL.  This is all a challenge and it is to hone my skills as an artist, hence, ARTIST IN TRAINING!  You are never too old or too practiced to learn or gain some kind of knowledge.

Day 23

"Bathing Beauty"
oil on cotton panel