Wednesday, September 18, 2013

sketches for the future, day 18 30 day challenge

sketches for next painting, markers and ink on Bristol paper
day 18, 30 day challenge
©2013 Maggie Ruley

I keep thinking about  that umbrella with the hearts on it.  So here are some quick sketches to work out a composition with that umbrella before I break out the canvas. Each one I did I made some changes. I moved the handle on the bucket, I added shells to the bucket, I changed line thickness and worked with different pens and markers.  The one with the old fashion pen was my last one.  The lines around the edges remind me to not put my main elements to close to the edge of the painting, which is a very bad habit of mine.  I think it is okay for an object to go off to the side, but I don't like something that is in the painting to be too close to the edge, hard to explain and it is just a personal preference if mine.
I don't know if I will go back and color to these or not.  If I do I'll add the photo later.

I am having a give-away!

Here is how it works.  Leave a comment on my post and you will be entered to win.  I am going to give away one painting a week for the duration of the 30 Day Challenge, (the month of September, 2013). If you comment daily on my posts then you can be entered up to 7 times to win.  The winner will have their choice of any unsold painting of the week. 

Those of you who subscribe by e-mail to this blog can either reply to the e-mail, or comment and you will be entered.

Please note this drawing is going to be casual.  I am not hiring any fancy auditing company to do the selection.  It is going to be a plain old pieces of paper in a bowl thing.

If you are the winner your painting will be shipped to you after it has dried, which can take one to two weeks with oils
To see more of the challenge paintings click here.


  1. so this is how it all starts.....

  2. Just found you! Love your painting style :)

  3. Nice story board of ideas.....It will be cute.

  4. Maggie, I just looked through your work for the challenge, and WOW! I love your trees, your bright little houses, the goats. Your colors are so happy and, just make me smile. Thank you so much for commenting on my post. (Otherwise I may never have discovered you :( ) I am trying to visit as many artists as I can, but golly there are so many. I love your work Maggie, best wishes to you on the rest of the challenge!

  5. Thank you all for the kind comments.


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