Friday, January 30, 2015

30/30 Challenge-Fractured Apple-Day 30

We made it!! This month's challenge for 30 days of painting has been eye opening for me. It was like clearing out all the random thoughts and ideas that have been floating around in my head by doing exercises, and experiments without any worry about the results. Only goal was to search and learn from each painting session. You could say it was simple brainstorming much like a writer might do all the while searching for a 'story' to develop.

One extra activity I finally had time to do is watch the Julie Ford Oliver instructional videos on Daily Paintworks... it is a very creative and intuitive process she calls fracturing, and I couldn't think of a better time to explore her technique.

Day 30

Fractured Apple and Blue Berries
Oil on Linen Sheet 9 x 9
© 2015
I started with apples at the beginning of the 30/30 Challenge, so I thought I'd finish up with an apple using the fractured technique. It's a first attempt, and the only things I changed was substituting the squeegee with a rubber angle tipped shaper/wipe out tool that was already in my supplies, but will definitely make the kind Julie recommends in the near future. I also don't have as much layering, was afraid it would go muddy.

It was great fun to try! You should check out Julie's work to appreciate the potential!

Thank you all for visiting, reading and commenting on this 30/30 Day Challenge. Hope this record of my experience has brought some insight and ideas for your work too.


  1. What a pleasure and how generous you are!
    Thank you.
    The results are fabulous with rich color and a lively surface.I hope you explore further.
    Congratulations on finishing the Challenge.

    1. Thank you Julie. I've been away for three days, but ready to get back in the studio again. Congrats to you too!

  2. Congrats on the challenge, it was quite the way to start the year! I really like the lost edges and strong color at the center of it all, very nice

    1. Thank you Mary, Yes it was quite the way to start the year!! So far, I've been able to keep the momentum going even though I'm not posting everything...