Jessica Ballantyne’s Painting a Day for 30 Days- Day #23, Seeding
Daily Painting challenge number 23. This painting is made up of a strange column-like structure made up of body parts; boobs, buttocks and hints of arms and wings (?). Could be. A very warm and vibrant piece with lots of lime green and yellow. It reminds me of the moment right before an insect takes off. Except for the buttocks being firmly rooted in their place 😉 Here is “Seeding”, I named it thus because of the seed of life geometric symbol at the top as well as it reminding me of a seed pod about to burst and dispurse it’s seeds everywhere 🙂
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Jessica Ballantyne’s Painting a Day for 30 Days- Day #21
Daily painting number 21. Down to nine more artworks for the painting a day challenge! “Flower Bloomed” was a kind of automatic painting, I wasn’t really thinking about where it was going, but before I knew it I was seeing themes of growth and progression of the female body coupled with the ideology of youthful sexuality and innocence and a comparison of this growth to a “blooming flower”. So here is painting a day #21!
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Jessica Ballantyne’s Painting a Day for 30 Days- Day #20
Fleshy Boulders no.2
Daily painting challenge. Day number 20. This challenge has been just that, a challenge, but with only ten days to go I have realised that it has been rather eye opening and is a practice that I would like to continue, although maybe with less pressure next time!
In the same vein as the painting a day #19, this piece is also a mound of fleshy, oozing , melting bodies that seem hard and soft at the same time. To show the amazing qualities of the water soluble pencils I’m using, I took some progress pics. All I have used here is the pencils and water nothing else was added from the first drawing! It was at night so the quality and colour is not the best but here they are:
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Jessica Ballantyne’s Painting a Day for 30 Days- Day #19
Fleshy Boulders – Inktense on canvas
Today’s painting a day challenge culminated in this piece called “Fleshy Boulders”. They would still hurt if they landed on you!:) To feel compressed, stuck or inhibited by your body is something everyone feels at some stage in their lives and the wish to break free from bodily constraints as well as the sobering realisation that your body is an experiencing vessel for your being, the thing that feels stuck is your ego brain not your being. Death to the ego brain!!!! ;). Here is daily painting number 19:
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Jessica Ballantyne’s Painting a day for 30 Days – Day #18
Study of Brugmansia 2
For this daily painting I decided to do another study of one of my favorite flowers, Brugmansia, or “Angels Trumpets”, this time in a pinkish purple colour. These flowers are commonly mistaken for Datura or “Moon Flowers” although they are just as poisonous! I am including these flowers in a painted surfboard I am working on and I wanted to practice the flowers in my daily painting challenge before attempting them in oils on my surfboard. So here is my painting a day for day 18, a study of Brugmansia no.2 :
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Jessica Ballantyne’s Painting a day for 30 Days – Day #17
Study of Brugmansia
For this daily painting I decided to do a study of one of my favorite flowers, Brugmansia, or “Angels Trumpets”. These are commonly mistaken for Datura or ” Moon Flowers” although they are just as poisonous! I am including these flowers in a painted surfboard I am working on and I wanted to practice the flowers before attempting them in oils. So here is my painting a day for day 17, a study of Brugmansia amongst dripping globules. Drawn in Inktense pencils (water soluble) on water colour paper:
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Jessica Ballantyne’s Painting a Day for 30 Days- Day #16
Daily Painting #16 Eye Balling
Daily Painting challenge number sixteen! This artwork is inspired by a series I am working on at the moment called “Eyes a Boob”. The idea is to create a voyeuristic image where the viewer becomes the seen object and the artwork becomes the seer! Cool hey! So I have included a progress picture of the oil painting series that has inspired this piece:
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Day number 14 for my painting a day challenge for 30 days is “Masking”, a painting based on the sold drawing with the same name. It was rather nice giving the image colour (the drawing was mostly monotone in colour, apart from the masks). So here it is, daily painting number fourteen. The mask is inspired by a specific palm tree that grows in South Africa, the thorny leaves that fall from the tree always reminded me of some kind of creature:)
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Day number 12 and what can I say, I really can’t stick to the format! I have had it in my head for a while to make tiny paintings, to turn them into earrings….and today was the day! Going from huge scale to tiny scale was super, although I could have used smaller brushes, I didn’t have any! I love trees, especially Baobabs, I liked the idea of taking one of the largest trees in the world and painting it as small as I could:)
So here they are, I made three…will be turning these tiny trees into earrings so stay tuned for that by signing up for the newsletter!
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Day three of the Painting a Day challenge. I must say it is a challenge since I am also working on my surfboard painting! Oh well now I have started something and I am quickly realising what I like and what I don’t like and the importance in sticking not only to what you enjoy most but also what you are most good at (for example I prefer oils to acrylics).
I was going to do the second still life today for the painting a day challenge, but I realised I do not like painting with acrylic paint so much so I decided to do a surreal figure in oil paint instead!:)
So far I have done one still life (in acrylic), one body (photography) and one surreal figure (below).
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