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Stage Five of a Painting of Mourning Doves by Stephanie Thomas Berry

This week I’ve been challenging myself to complete paintings on a timeline of, oh, a day. It’s a big challenge because I am highly distractible and have a history of taking a looong time to finish a painting. I also have a nice collection of unfinished work.

So, yesterday I decided to set my timer for thirty minutes, and every thirty minutes I’d take a picture and post it to Instagram. I chose mourning doves for my subject matter—a pair caught my eye on my walk that morning and I was rather enamored with them. They are such tender and sweet birds, with delicate hues and a melancholy call. The male perches on the female’s back to hand her nest material, which he vigorously tests for nest worthiness before bringing it to her.

Anyway, my project was a big success—I finished the painting AND had so much fun! Putting myself on a deadline was actually an interesting and fruitful experiment.

Here’s a slideshow of my progress:

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I did the same thing today—with a painting of another pair of sweet birds—but my day was chopped up with assorted events so I didn’t get quite finished. I’ll have pictures of that painting tomorrow!


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