Off the Highway – 100 Paintings in 100 Days

August 17, 2009

And… in conclusion…

Filed under: August 2009 — Mavis Penney @ 10:50 pm

“By painting each day for 100 days I hope to learn about that which exists off the beaten path, to learn about seeing, to learn about myself.”

This is the statement I shared at the beginning of this 100-day challenge.
So that leaves me asking myself the question: What did I learn?

Certainly I learned about mixing colors and making brush strokes and preparing 100 gessoed boards. Loosening brushwork and pushing colors beyond reality was almost necessary after awhile. Painting trees purple or skies yellow was less a risk than an allowing of something that was natural to me.
I learned to look for color, beauty and interest where my intellect said there were none. And most often I found what I was looking for.
Mostly I learned about myself.

Setting challenging goals is important for my – or anyone’s – personal growth.

I believe now that achieving them is maybe not so necessary. The triumph, at least for me, was in the honest attempt. Dealing with inconvenient time frames, the anxiety of showing up constantly, the emotional roller coaster of delight and disaster (sometimes within minutes of each other) and deepening faith in oneself despite looming doubt is the true hard work of what Mavis and I chose to do.

I learned to know when I’m licked, and to allow myself a rest. I learned to take what I do seriously, but not to take myself too seriously. I learned that I’m a pretty good painter. 

We did it! And, as Mavis suggested to me, I’ll let out a yelp of triumph and allow myself a dance across the room.
Regards –
Patricia

Lessons Learned – 100 Days Off the Highway.
I started this project with the intention of using my daily paintings to sharpen my painting skills by doing 50 watercolor paintings and 50 oil paintings on a particular theme.

If this was all the benefit I received from the past several months, it would have been what I was expecting. But, of course, there was a lot more.

Beyond the technical skills any person can develop by daily practice, I came to realize the importance of personal skills like teamwork, commitment, and sheer stick-to-it-ive-ness. We all give lip-service to these things, but it wasn’t until I was in a situation where I had to rely on them that I experienced how they worked.

A further benefit is that I now have a body of artwork, some of which has been on exhibition, and some of which has been sold.

Perhaps the greatest benefit for me is my deepening awareness of my own working methods, honed with my art-partner Patricia, in our constant exchange of ideas, comments, criticism, whining, coaxing and coaching. It may be that we each could have completed a project like this on our own. But I know that I learned a lot more about myself and my artwork simply because I stayed with the project and completed what I set out to do. 

Thank you for staying with us along the way! 

– Mavis

August 14, 2009

Day 100 Off the Highway – Landscapes from Nebraska and Labrador: “Across the Pond” and “Inukshuk at Sunset”

Filed under: August 2009 — Mavis Penney @ 11:20 pm

Day 100 - Scarborough - Across The Pond

Day 100  Patricia Scarborough – Nebraska: Across the Pond – Oil  on board 7″ x 5″ – August 2009  

–  This is one of my favorite “hidden” places.  It’s just off the bridge coming into town off Highway 81.  Actually, it’s a backwater from the creek, full of algae and muck.  When the sun hits it though. the water sparkles and gleams as though it were a clear mountain stream.  –

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This painting is available for sale. For purchasing information, visit: Patricia Scarborough’s Off the Highway web page.

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 Day 100 - Penney - Inukshuk at Sunset

Day 100 – Mavis Penney – Labrador:  Inukshuk at Sunset  – Oil on canvas  5″ x 7″ – August 2009

– An Inukshuk is an arrangement of stones traditionally placed to mark a good location, or to indicate a good direction along a trail.

People might also build an Inukshuk to demonstrate “I was here” in a particular place.  For me, this particular Inukshuk celebrates me

reaching my goal – 100 Days of a-painting-a-day. This Inukshuk also points me farther in my creative journey. I am grateful for all of your

comments and suggestions during the past several months. Thank you for joining us “Off the Highway” and sharing our experiences.  –

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This painting is available for sale.  For purchasing information, visit:  Mavis Penney’s studio website. 

We assume that we understand what’s “Off the Highway,” but… do we really?  

 

All images © Mavis Penney 2009, or © Patricia Scarborough 2009. All rights reserved.

 

 

August 13, 2009

Day 99 Off the Highway – Landscapes from Nebraska and Labrador: “Turkey Creek” and “Muskrat Falls”

Filed under: August 2009 — Mavis Penney @ 11:11 pm

Day 99 - Scarborough - Turkey Creek

Day 99  Patricia Scarborough – Nebraska: Turkey Creek – Oil  on board 5″ x 7″ – August 2009  

–  This is one of my favorite “hidden” places.  It’s just off the bridge coming into town off Highway 81.  Actually, it’s a backwater from the creek, full of algae and muck.  When the sun hits it though. the water sparkles and gleams as though it were a clear mountain stream.  –

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This painting is available for sale. For purchasing information, visit: Patricia Scarborough’s Off the Highway web page.

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Day 99 - Penney - Muskrat Falls

Day 99 – Mavis Penney – Labrador:  Muskrat Falls  – Oil on canvas  5″ x 7″ – August 2009

– Muskrat Falls is an impressive natural 50 foot waterfall on the lower Churchill River. The hydro power potential of Muskrat Falls was

recognized more than a hundred years ago when investors proposed constructing a dam and paper mill there. It wasn’t built, but the

hydro potential of the site remains under review today in a controversial  plan for electric power development.  –

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This painting is available for sale.  For purchasing information, visit:  Mavis Penney’s studio website. 

We assume that we understand what’s “Off the Highway,” but… do we really?  

 

All images © Mavis Penney 2009, or © Patricia Scarborough 2009. All rights reserved.

 

 

August 12, 2009

Day 98 Off the Highway – Landscapes from Nebraska and Labrador: “Shady Bend” and “Fireweed”

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Day 98 - Scarborough - Shady Bend

Day 98  Patricia Scarborough – Nebraska: Shady Bend – Oil  on board 5″ x 7″ – August 2009  

–  The sun is barely able to penetrate the thick foliage of the tree canopy that rises above this dusty dirt road.  It’s so quiet and serene you’d never know you were just a mile or two away from Highway 41.  –

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This painting is available for sale. For purchasing information, visit: Patricia Scarborough’s Off the Highway web page.

 

Day 98 - Penney - Fireweed

Day 98 – Mavis Penney – Labrador:  Fireweed  – Oil on canvas  5″ x 7″ – August 2009

– Fireweed, a tall, vigorous plant with magenta pink flowers, gets its name from its ability to re-grow quickly in burnt-over areas.

Fireweed is used around the world as a medicinal herb for its anti-inflammatory and anti bacterial properties, and as a tea. Young

fireweed leaves and shoots are edible, and fireweed honey is a particular treat for folks with a sweet tooth.  –

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This painting is available for sale.  For purchasing information, visit:  Mavis Penney’s studio website. 

We assume that we understand what’s “Off the Highway,” but… do we really?  

 

All images © Mavis Penney 2009, or © Patricia Scarborough 2009. All rights reserved.

 

 

August 11, 2009

Day 97 Off the Highway – Landscapes from Nebraska and Labrador: “Cedars” and “Northern Ranger”

Filed under: August 2009 — Mavis Penney @ 8:47 pm

Day 97 - Scarborough - Cedars

Day 97  Patricia Scarborough – Nebraska: Cedars – Oil  on board 5″ x 7″ – August 2009  

–  Cedars are ubiquitous in this area.  Brought by settlers because they grow fast, they’ve become invasive, but still look beautiful against a late summer sky.  –

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This painting is available for sale. For purchasing information, visit: Patricia Scarborough’s Off the Highway web page.

 

Day 97 - Penney - Northern Ranger

Day 97 – Mavis Penney – Labrador:  Northern Ranger at Terrington Basin  – Oil on canvas  5″ x 7″ – August 2009

– The MV Northern Ranger is a passenger and freight ferry that operates along the Labrador coast during the shipping season.  Since this vessel and others like it are intended to provide local transportation, there is little publicity or promotion of the service, although many tourists from outside Labrador take the round trip aboard the Northern Ranger to photograph whales and icebergs and to visit communities in Labrador. One traveller liked his cruise so much he posted this information in 2007: http://www.bluepeak.net/canada/northernranger/  The official and detailed 2009 information is here: http://www.tw.gov.nl.ca/ferryservices/schedules/H-goosebay-nain.stm . –

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This painting is available for sale.  For purchasing information, visit:  Mavis Penney’s studio website. 

We assume that we understand what’s “Off the Highway,” but… do we really?  

 

All images © Mavis Penney 2009, or © Patricia Scarborough 2009. All rights reserved.

 

 

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