Monday, January 21, 2008
I have been trying to paint more often. My paintings develop better when I paint as often as I can. Practice, practice, practice, right? Well There are a few things I notice with the months I am more diligent. One thing, I seem to get more happy accidents. I get those single brush strokes that seem to really "make" a painting. Another thing about painting everyday is how it forces us to make quicker decisions. I don't think this is always good, but I do think getting more paintings out of the studio helps to keep our paintings looking fresh and not too labored. Anyway I hope to keep up with painting more often. At least I feel better.
Friday, January 18, 2008
I kept painting this one over and over. I'm sure many of you have done this, where you keep painting the same spots. I kept painting the shadow side of this onion and would like it, but just kept going. So after a while it just kinda turned gray, and so I remixed the right color and laid it on top.
I keep running out of things to paint. So, next week I think I will make it a goal to get two new objects a day. You know....get more clutter.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Well, soon after I started painting this, I realized it was more than I wanted to take on. So, I just decided to have fun. I wasn't going to even post it but I though what can it hurt. So here it is. This is what it looks like when I just want to throw paint around. My studio is actually full of these type of paintings. And what's funny is that after a while I start to grow more and more attached to these goofy paintings. So, I guess I kinda like this one...hope you do too.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
I was trying for the same effect here, as my last painting. I used a purplish (its amazing that "-ish" can sum up all colors nicely...greenish, pinkish etc.) bowl with a purple background. I then placed a yellow sheet of paper to the right of my subject to help lighten the shadows on the oranges. I think I actually like this one better.
Friday, January 11, 2008
At first glance this might look like a metal bowl with a reflection of the orange, and not glass. I don't know if I convincingly show the glass well enough. The bowl has a blueish tint. So I am curious what you see at first...two oranges, or, the reflection of one orange?.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
I was considering calling this "Jail Time" or "Visiting Hours", I don't know. I just thought it was funny with one apple confined and one free. I have been painting strictly with my new paintbrushes lately. They are the blue handled watercolor brushes from Utrecht. They have a soft bristle but can still move the paint.
Monday, January 7, 2008
Saturday, January 5, 2008
This one is a little rough. What can I say...its Saturday. I tend to not paint with too much paint because glare becomes a problem when photographing the painting. But I like painting with thicker paint. So, I have recently made my own light box. I used tissue paper to diffuse the light coming in, and I think it is working. I still have a little glare with the horizontal strokes but its better than before.
Friday, January 4, 2008
I spent some time with my teacher John Erickson today. (This link only takes you to a main page. Just scroll down and click on his name) We collaborated on a book he sells to students and he ordered another batch. It was good to see him. I don't know why I painted this set up again. My wife said she doesn't love the two of them. I guess I will move on.
Oh, and I was tagged...I will write that up later.