Tuesday, February 1, 2011

"100 Faces, No. 100"

4 x 4"
oil on masonite
sold

I'm smiling too. This has been a lot of fun. And it always feels good when we meet a goal, doesn't it? The fact that they were pre-sold to one of my favorite collectors certainly motivated me - but more than that, the enthusiasm and interest from all of you out there who cheered me on, from start to finish - well that just propelled me. And I thank you for that.

What I know is this ..... the last three months, for me, was completely distracting. I knew I would have very little time to sit down and paint. I could have stopped altogether, to get the job done - but I feared I would really be rusty, come February. These small, quick, studies kept me sane - and kept me painting. So my shout-out to you is to find a subject, anything you've been interested in but usually don't paint and make it your goal to do 50. Or 100. Paint it all different ways, with all different brushes, with all different ground colors. You'll find yourself exploring, experiencing. If you've got an hour of Zen, paint. Your best teacher is you.

I've got a surprise. I just looked over my brand new book of 100 Faces. It's very cool. And it's now officially available on Blurb. Yay. Here's some info:

- the book is 6-3/4" square
- you have a choice of the soft-cover or hard-cover
- it includes 103 pages with each painting devoted to one page
- the images measure 5-1/8" square
- the quality is fabulous
- Blurb takes care of the shipping world-wide

I'm so excited. I think you'll really love the book. And yes, I'm continuing the series.

~ thanks to all, Karin J



43 comments:

Terri Buchholz said...

What a joyous face. It's hard to believe he is one of the "Busted". Congrats on completion of the goal and thanks for the words of advice. I, for one, am going to try to live up to the challenge. You are such an inspiration.

Sonya Johnson said...

Congratulations on reaching your goal with the "100 Faces" series, Karin! It's been fun to share in the experience with you as each of these paintings comes to life on your blog each day. And they really do serve as inspiration for the rest of us.

They are fantastic, and I'm sure your collector is absolutely thrilled with them [I'd love to see what they all look like mounted on a wall together].

aveloh said...

Congratulations!

Linda K. Nickles said...

Wow, you did it! Congratulations, Karin. It's been fun following this project with you. Thanks for all your inspiration.

carol morgan carmichael said...

I could see this big smile from my tiny,one inch blog roll. Terrific #100! I have loved your enthusiasm during this project. What growth you have to have experienced. you are an inspiration! Congrats Karin!

Sharon Alama Art said...

Well, I just HAD to comment on the 100th one! It's fabulous and the smiling face says it all.....perhaps he was released!
Thanks for the great project and
including us all.

Cheers!

Jim said...

It's been a lot of fun following your 100 faces series. What an inspiration to paint. Thanks again and I look forward to seeing more of your art.

Linda Popple said...

WOW! Congratulations! Thank you for all the inspiration!

Rosemary said...

Thanks so much for taking us with you on this journey! Congratulations! 100 Faces - you did it! Am accepting your challenge starting right now - but am setting a "mini-goal" - One dozen and no faces! You are such an inspiration! The books are super! I let Silvia Williams know today that her portrait is in Volume 8! She's thrilled!

SamArtDog said...

Way to go, Karin. Job well done! I just ordered my Blurb copy and can't wait to see it.

Susan Hediger-Matteson said...

Awsome! It has been exciting to watch each face unfold. Thanks for sharing!

Dabblerteer said...

The series has captured and held my attention from No. 1 on 8/7/10 to this 100th posting. Thank you for sharing so much.

Janie B said...

Congratulations on completing your series! I've really enjoyed it. Your work is wonderful.

John Vander Stelt said...

Wonderful series, Karin. I must admit though that no matter how many pictures you paint, I'm still always anxious to see what's coming NEXT. It's always a small treasure to see a new painting from you on my monitor. Thank you.

Dana Cooper said...

Congratulations Karin, you inspire us all!

Layne Cook said...

Love, Love, LOVE the way the shirt parrots the teeth! Congrats on finishing the series. I plan to buy the book. Don't think I've ever seen "portraits" I like so well.

painthorsestudio said...

Congratulations to you! I have thoroughly enjoyed watching these faces transpire each day. You are such an inspiration.

Kevin Jackson said...

Congratulations Karin. It's been a real pleasure and an inspiration watching this series unfold.

c.gillespie said...

Congrats Karin! I love this guys smiling face.
Whats next?

Best from the great white (snowy) north,
Cathy

Susan B Hecht said...

That is Awesome Karen! (As usual)
Congratulations for sticking to and reaching your goal. A true inspiration, you are! Thanks for sharing all of it!
Cheers!

Chris said...

i toast you with a margarita. just ordered the book.

Linda Shantz said...

Congratulations, Karin! What a fun project this was to follow - thanks for sharing it.

pauline said...

I am so inspired by this... thank you for sharing your "100 faces" journey with us. It was such a treat to follow along. You've given me the boost i needed to get my own "painting goal" on the go. RA RA RAAA!!!

RuTh said...

Hi,

Well done! I have really loved following your 100 faces! It's been an adventure:-) Thank you for the journey!

Ruthe:-)

Renee Brennan said...

Congratulations Karin! I have enjoyed watching your 100 faces project!
Thank you!

Diane Cutter said...

Congratulations, Karin... You've been an inspiration! The entire series has been a wonderful education.

Pam Holnback said...

Congratulations on the accomplishmwnt, on the book. And, thanks for all you do to motivate all of us!

carolyn cobb art said...

you saved the best for last and didn't even know it!
I hope this Busted guy is around somewhere so he can see how you painted him! would make him go
straight! can't wait to see what you do next!

jill polsby said...

Absolutely phenomenal challenge you set for yourself in the middle of closing down the other half of your life (the shop). I saw the grin on this man's face and grinned for you. Done! Fantastic! Challenging! You did it! Once again you mounted a publicly stated challenge and carried through beautifully. Again, congratulations.

aemcdraw said...

I'm leaving a Standing ovation enthusiastic golf clap. . . well done! And Congrats for 100!
-Anne

Margo said...

Congratulations on #100 Karin. It has been a fun 3 months watching you paint on such a wide variety of grounds and seeing where you went with each piece!

Laura Sweet said...

What a huge accomplishment! I'm writing the post right this second and it will be up on the blog today! Karin, I continue to be so impressed by your talent, motivation and perserverance.
You are amazing :)
xoxox

black bear cabin said...

congrats on finishing this challenge...i enjoyed following along, and was amazed at the lovely work of each face...so much fun! i look forward to seeing what else you create!
and i might just have to give your idea a try...your blog is very inspiring!

Shirley Fachilla said...

It was such fun to see each face appear.
Really inspiring to see your dedication to your goal... and to see you reach it!

John Andrews said...

Congrats on meeting your goal! It's been a pleasure to follow.

alexanderreynolds said...

Congratulations on finishing all 100!!!

Nithya Swaminathan said...

It has been a fantastic series, very educational in terms of how to handle so mnay backgrounds etc. Awesome learning! Thank you for all the inspiration that you are!

Kathy Cousart said...

Congrats Teach! You continue to inspire and motivate- great idea to pick something and make goals- Paint on, right?!

Patti Mollica said...

Karin - congrats on these 100 faces! I love your words of inspiration, esp. regarding picking one thing that intimidates you and paint it 100 times. I just started doing that with glass objects and... i'm having a blast! who knew glass was such fun? My favorite all time quote is "Feel the fear and do it anyways". Thats also the title of a great book that changed my life. Thanks again for your great work and inspiring words :-)

beckielboo said...

Wonderful, congratulations for the completion of a perfect project!

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Well done on getting to the end of what has obviously been a very worthwhile project. Love the title of the book!

I'm featuring it on "who's made a mark this week" today.

fari said...

hello there i m also a painter n i like tour art :)

Berta said...

Good work Karin! You are an inspiration.