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Friday, August 20, 2010

100 plein air paintings in 100 days - #100

#100 - "And to All a Goodnight"
Original Oil 6x8"

10/07/17 (10:15pm)
This is not what it looks like - a fishing expedition to see if I could find Darrin again... I was actually on a side road BESIDE the highway, not on the highway - which enabled me to paint outside of the car, always better.

I see this view every evening when I drive home from the studio, and always love it, so it seemed fitting to paint it for my last piece of the project. Hadn't planned on putting cars in, but as they kept streaming by while I was painting, they started to feel like an essential part of the subject, so in they went. One thing I have discovered during the project is that I LOVE painting plein air nocturnes, more to come for sure!

Many of you have been commenting or writing to congratulate me on finishing the project. It really wouldn't have been nearly such a great experience without you (that includes the silent ones of you watching from the sidelines). Lots of people have also mentioned they will be sad to see it end, and I want you all to know that it's not ending, just changing. I will continue this blog with the intention of posting interesting paintings and sharing insights and stories that I hope will inspire and captivate you, so please check in from time to time to see what's new!

Sending out a HUGE heartfelt thank you for your interest and support! You guys made it fun, and kept me going on every level from painting them to posting and writing about them. This project was one of the coolest things I've done recently, I'm so glad I took it on, and so glad you followed!

PS: I will be publishing a book, both a softcover and hardcover version, of this project in the near future and will post about it here when it's ready to roll.

24 comments:

  1. I was watching the whole on the sidelines :) I really enjoyed watching your progression during your project and reading your comments about each painting. I'm looking forward to future posts. GREAT JOB!!!

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  2. Congrats Liz, for achieving your goal!( one of many I am sure). It was a pleasure to watch you progress and I do have a favorite ( although they are all wonderful little gems)...it was tough but I love #74 followed by 87, 91, 84 and 62. If I could I would buy them all. Cheers.

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  3. Liz, I'm truly sorry to see this project come to an end....from a purely selfish standpoint -I love seeing your little paintings in my inbox and reading about your adventures with Lily (and policemen ;)! There is no question in my mind that your new works will be incredible! Can hardly wait to see! And sign me up for a coffee table book!
    I have learned so much through this journey of yours, Liz - thanks so much for sharing ;)

    B.

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  4. Congrats, Liz, upon completion of your 100 project. I know from experience how dedicating yourself to painting 100 anythings can greatly improve your skills with the brush.
    Loved the story of the police escort too.

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  5. Whoop whoop! Great way to finish, Liz. These nocturnes are your forte in my mind. You capture the light and atosphere beautifully. I can't wait to see more and to see what comes after this painting marathon. A very well done, once again and I look forward to the book!

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  6. Well done, Liz, and congratulations on this finished project. It's been a joy to follow your progress, thanks for sharing your wonderful talent!

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  7. I was also was watching from the sideline. This particular painting reminds me of my fist trip to Colorado driving through the mountains at night and seeing headlights of cars coming down the mountain road.

    I loved reading about all your experiences, photos and the "7 key things" you learned along the way that I must memorize!

    Great job, Liz!

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  8. Congratulations! You've done a super job with this project. Now I need to go back and look at the earliest ones. I will be getting one of the books. I have learned a lot through your journey. When I paint, I have many of your works in my head, so thank you!

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  9. So glad you put the vehicles and their lights in; they punctuate the painting perfectly!
    BRAVO, LIZ, on a job better than well done.
    Love, Alice
    PS And I love "Miner's Peak"

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  10. Ah - you're done! Yay! This one is beautiful too. The way you painted the cars is really great - just a touch but it says it all. When I get home I will tell you my top 10 : ) Congrats on a project VERY well done!!

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  11. Just wonderful, Liz, a great painting to complete the series. I have so enjoyed accompanying you on this journey, and look forward to your next project (can't wait to read about your workshop heli-painting in the Bugaboos!).

    And, I'm really looking forward to seeing you here in Maine next summer to teach our plein air painting workshop.

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  12. The perfect last picture in your epic project..I'm sure you have learned and grown a hundred fold. Well done Lizzie.

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  13. I too have been watching from the "sideline" I live in Sydney Australia, and have enjoyed receiving your wonderful images. The landscape in your country has been beautifully executed by yourself. Look forward to your future paintings. Regards, Faye

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  14. This is perfection, I feel like I am there.

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  15. Cheers to you Liz. Beautiful, beautiful ending and thanks so much for sharing. Looking forward to the book.

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  16. Congrats on a fine project. I love the serenity of this painting.

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  17. I love # 100. What a great finale. I think the cars make a great addition. What a blessing to see this view everyday!
    Congrats! Much respect!

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  18. Thank you all so much! It's been great to share this experience with you!

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  19. Beautiful painting! I can't wait to see what you do next!

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  20. Liz, I left a comment but it is not showing up, so I will try again. This is the perfect painting to end this incredible challenge - the colors are fantastic, and I love the little bits of light from the tail-lights of the cars.
    I followed your exceptional work before your challenge, and even though I am going to miss this great challenge you accomplished, I look forward to following your work as you move on!
    Congratulations on a job well done!

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  21. I just happened upon your site. What an inspiration! Thank you so much for posting & sharing your plein air painting experiences. Cheers to you!

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  22. Rose Ann Albanese of Long Island, NYSeptember 19, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Your journey has encouraged me to keep going with plein aire. I paint with a wonderful group every week here on Eastern Long Island, NY. This summer was a complete adventure. Some of my pieces are only good memories of the site we visit and very few are the ones I'm happy with. Your comments on struggles, doubts, successes and failures are right on. They reinforce what plein aire painters struggle with in placing every stroke. I especially loved your notes on "wiping out and starting over"...I do a lot of that. Thank you so very much for sharing.

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  23. Wow. Just - wow. Were you also working another job throughout this project Liz? Or was this your full-time work through it? (Please tell me it was!?) If it wasn't, I've got to ask how the heck you found time to do this?!

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    1. Hi Cheryl, I actually traveled twice to teach/take workshops during the project, and incorporated the 100in100 into those trips.

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