The First Image-a-Day Year
The First Image-a-Day Year

Image-a-Day Painting

I posted an image a day to Facebook from October 2010 to September 2011, and it’s time to start again.

During the first year, the images were thematic. They were keyed to months(pumpkins for October, leaves for November, lost-left-handed gloves of January, raindrops for April, ears of corn for July, pencils for September), or joyfully random (introducing the LLLama families in May and 30 new small friends in June).

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January 1, 2012 from a camera photo
of “7 Hippos Marching”

Image-a-Day for 2012

Because both nanoscapes‘ geometric abstractions and whimsical small friends will be part of this project, the theme for 2012 will be “surprise!”  This first image is part of a “7 Hippos Marching,” a family portrait which is featured in The Small Friends Chronicles. Buy a matted print from ETSY here, and cool hippo products at zazzle. Want the original? Contact me directly (


  1. Hi Susan,

    I spent some time looking at your work and really like it! It’s very unique and fun. As I was thinking about what you do – in particular the city roofs, I thought I’d mention a product you might like. (Forgive me if you already know about this.)

    I work in acrylics. Golden has an acrylic product called Crackle Paste. You use a palette knife to put it on canvas or a board (not paper). As it dries, it cracks creating small shapes that can be painted like a mosaic. The Crackle Paste is very absorbent and would work well with watercolors – I use my acrylics watered down to a watercolor consistency. The thicker you apply the paste, the larger and deeper the cracks.

    Here’s a link to a Golden video with more details.

    If the link doesn’t work you can go to to Application then Video Library.

    If you give it a try, let me know what you think.

    Happy painting,

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