I found this mug at the thrift shop. Best place to find inspiration. Strange. I am going to be out of town Monday thru Thursday. I will still be painting, but I will not post anything until I get back. I will probably post on eBay, just not my blog. I actually have a question... I think this painting is an 8"x6" not a 6"x8", right? Or is it the other way around? I have checked out gallery websites and most people list the height followed by the width. Does anybody know the rules or reasons for this? Anyway, I have changed all of my old posts to reflect this new rule.
Friday, June 29, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
I have a hard time naming paintings. Today I showed this painting to my 3-year-old son and asked him to title the piece. He said "apples". I know I lack a certain amound of creativity in titles, but often when I think of names for my work they tend to sound a little tacky, cheesy, or B-rated. So for now (while I do not have the money for a marketing department) I will just use my son.
Friday, June 22, 2007
When I set up this scene, I did not question its logic. However, I finished this painting and wondered why in the world someone would roll up a tie and put it in a bowl. I certainly never have. But maybe this painting will start a new trend. People all around the world will come home from the office, roll up their ties, and place them in available bowls. No questions asked. Next morning, get a new bowl, take out the tie, put it on, and pour their cereal.
Monday, June 18, 2007
My studio is about 5 miles from my house. After I paint for the day I put the painting on the floor on the passenger side and drive home. This is a really bad idea. I'll tell you why. I glanced at my painting as I was driving home and suddenly I heard screeching tires. I looked up, hit my breaks, and rammed into the back of an SUV. My little corrola turned into an accordion. Stupid, stupid me. Never look at your paintings in the car. Arrggg. Well enjoy the painting.
Friday, June 15, 2007
I have seen this scene so many times, both growing up and now with two little kids. Right now as I write there is a bowl of bloated cheerios in the sink from my sons breakfast. I think we pass by ordinary objects and scenes everyday, and its fun to capture the ordinary. Otherwise we can pass right by it and never notice.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
I'm still trying to work out the kinks with this painting a day. I have not been this prolific in painting since my summer in Helper. So far I feel like my work has been getting better. I appreciate the other painting a day artists who have inspired me to keep going. I love the challenge and struggles of painting on a daily basis. Some paintings just don't work out, but we keep on going, and I like that.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
I felt very rushed while painting this. I had started my day late and I had to end my day early to go to my nieces birthday party. So, I don't like this painting as a whole. I think parts of it are nice but I guess it just looks rushed to me. I take frequent breaks from my painting throughout the day-which I'm sure most of you do-and come back to the canvas with fresh eyes. However, if that is taken away from me, my paintings tend to fall apart more. I tend to draw less accurately, and ultimately end up not liking the painting. So this ones not going on eBay, but I think its good to show that at least I painted.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
I love painting anything transparent, like this honey bear. Glass or plastic containers will tend to darken the value behind by only half a step. At least thats what I have noticed. I'm sure I'll be painting this guy again.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
I like the idea of not painting themes. I tend to do theme painting sometimes, but I think when my paintings have more focus on texture and color they are more strong. This is why I added the fisher price car into the scene.