Saturday, December 31, 2011

December 31, "Dad"
oil on canvas 16" x 20"
The last painting of the year. I have a lot of thoughts about this project this year. Even though it wasn't a painting a day it did really help me get back to painting and so that has made me happy. I have a lot of thoughts about what I want to do next year, whether I need to even have some sort of loose project or not.
And I think a lot about what I wish I did. I am surprised about how tied to realism I stayed. I kind of expected myself to do crazier things and I didn't. Also, I would like to finally start painting people from life more, and not just my family! And I would like to make more landscape paintings. But I also would like to maybe work on longer term paintings, maybe a painting a week (with actual work going into it every day) or a theme a month that I must adhere to. But are all these rules too rigid and limiting me?
I am definitely happy that I have made so many paintings this year. Maybe I didn't make the best work but I made work and that was a big difference from the year before.
So...Happy New Year!!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

December, 30, "Daisies and Ceramic Vase"
11" x 14", oil on panel

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

December 21, "Raspberries and Banana"
oil on panel, 6" x 6"
December 21, "Gnome and Fruit Sweater"
oil on paper, 30" x 24"

I did two paintings today. I hadn't gotten to my studio all week and I am going to start to paint a bit from photos again, on paper. I like doign the paintings on paper because I don't worry as much about being realistic. It is just more abstract and fast.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Painting a day,"Dec. 15, Deer, Plant, Stick and Fabric,"

updated:

oil on panel, 12" x 12"

This technically is 3/4 of a painting. I thought I would make a foursome study because of time constraints and I am sick, so I just didn't have much time to begin with. I was influenced by a few things. The painting a day people seem to be big into the 4 10 or 15 minute studies and most recently a friend of mine who just started her own painting a day project, Gabel Karsten, did this in her work. Plus I am always making my students make multiple gesture of the same composition before we start on a project and I wanted to kind of give that idea a go. Also, I had begun to think it might be nice to do it of completely different pictures, particularly if I don't have a lot of time, because I thought that might bring content (David Salle style) where maybe the quality of the paint is lacking. So...this is my first stab at it. I initially timed myself with 22 minutes for each. I figured that is 20 minutes for painting, 2 minutes for getting my palette together. But I pretty much added 3 minutes per painting each time. And then I ran out of time. I needed to get home. So I will do the next one tomorrow.

As a terrible side note, my fish already died. I am a complete ass. I didn't know that you can't put them in tap water, for at least a little time (time to go from my house to the studio) so it died on the way. It was really sad. So there is just one painting of boopy (my son had named him, but he has named all goldfish boopy so technically the next boopy is not necessarily a replacement boopy, but just another boopy)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Painting a Day, "December 13, Goldfish"
oil on panel, 6" x 6"
My schedule has been pretty #@!$ed lately so for some reason I haven't had more than an hour and a half to work on anything, if that. Bah humbug.
For a very long time I have been wanting to emulate one of my favorite paintings of Matisse in which there are three goldfish, plants, etc.
So..I finally made the plunge and got a pet. I had no idea how much work a goldfish is. Gone are the days when I just assumed you could keep a goldfish in a bowl and they would be fine. I found out that goldfish have, like, the dirtiest waste of all fish. And so they are actually supposed to be in a filtered fresh water aquarium. Maybe everyone else knows this info, but I never knew this. And once I found this out I had a lot of qualms about getting this goldfish. I thought it would be a cheap in and out thing, I would have a goldfish, it would probably die pretty soon but oh well, that is what they do, no? Well, no.....I guess all of my goldfish died when I was a kid because I just had a regular unfiltered goldfish bowl. So I bought a filter, and am going to put him/her in a little aquarium and hopefully it will grow to it's natural lenth of a grapefruit or some insane size like that. But this goldfish is still stuck being my muse.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Painting a Day, December 5, "Small Oranges Painting"
oil on panel, 6" x 6"
meant to make this a bit faster and looser than it ended up.
I am not super crazy about the small paintings lately, I wish I had time to paint a bit larger but that will have to come later. I think going back a little smaller after getting a little bigger is having a weird effect. Like I am trying to fit a smaller composition, same amount of marks into a smaller one now.
Painting a Day, December 4, "Poinsettia"
oil on panel, 11" x 14"

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Painting a Day, Dec. 1, "Three Strawberries"
oil on panel, 6" x 6"

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Painting a Day, Nov. 30, "Strawberries"
oil on panel, 6" x 6".
Super fast 25 minute painting. I had to time myself and I was just trying to get something in, as I think that is the only way to get back to the painting a day mindset. So....super fast strawberries.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Painting a ?, "Halloween Parade,"
oil on panel, 12" x 15"

As is the case most of the time I wish I had a bit more time. But I worked on this painting for a pretty long time, just needed to get home. Although all the faces are meant to be abstract, loose, I will probably work a bit more on the little cowgirls face.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

I did the East Austin Studio Tour and it was really good for me to do. I sold a few paintings, which was great! And was able to talk to a bunch of people which was really cool. I have not been able to make any work lately which is really bumming me out. I have had a few visitors and the east austin studio tour really took a lot of time. Plus I have been, as i have said before, really needing to finish an animation project that I have been working on for a little while. So I am basically feeling like a frustrated artist right now. I am hoping once this new week starts I am able to get into the studio but it is starting to get cold in Austin and that is always a difficulty of getting in there.
Hopefully I will post something new soon. In the meantime I just wanted to check in here.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Painting a Day,"November 19, Molly Ringwald"
watercolor on paper, 5" x 7"

Couldn't resist.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

November 16, "Record Still Life"
oil on panel, 6" x 6"

I really did not have much time to work on this painting, so I tried to simplify what I was doing. I had felt like I was on a real roll with the last three paintings and sometimes, inevitably, I choke a bit after that.
I have had my studio open this past weekend and the weekend coming up for this East Austin Studio Tour that happens every year around now. It is the first time that I have participated in it for 6 or 7 years and it has been a really good experience for me.
It is always good to have a chance to show my work. Good for both the exposure that it brings but also for the chance to reflect on what I have already made and where I would like to go in my work. And since I have been back and committed to working for almost a year now it was a good time to take stock in what I am doing.
I have had a lot of ideas lately about different things I would like to do. And I also have been tempted to just explore where I am for awhile. I guess I will have to see which direction I go in.
I have to say that it made me feel very vulnerable putting up the work that I have done this year, and also some other work that has been made in the last couple of years. My very best friend from high school was in town and she was encouraging me to put up some of my larger work that I had done awhile ago. There was a part of me that wanted to do that. First, because I still love much of it, and second, because it would help to diffuse the "what am I thinking just making these traditional little still life things?" But I resisted. I am glad I did as I have really sought to make a break from the work that I had been making before. Not necessarily from the content, or the way I was painting, just from the limitation that I felt I was putting on myself from working strictly from photos. I don't actually feel like I have really worked through that yet, since I still am quite married to realism, but at least I feel that what I am doing is a bit fresher to me and not that I am repeating myself over and over which is how I started to feel with the older paintings.
Anyway, a lot of words today.
In the meantime, if you are in Austin this next weekend come and visit me at my studio. It is number 72 on the stop.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Nov. 7, "Frozen Bananas"
oil on panel, 11" x 14"

I had an idea to make an all yellow painting. And I was pretty excited about this idea because I knew that I had put two bananas in my refrigerator at the studio last night so rats or bugs or whatever creatures roam around that warehouse in the night wouldn't get to them. I bought yellow flowers, new i had some yellow napkins, bought extra yellow paint at Jerry's Artarama and was all set for yellow overload. But I forgot how bananas turn brown in the fridge. I am glad that happened though, because a yellow overload painting might have been too much.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Nov. 6, "Seals and Kiwi"
oil on panel, 12" x 12".
I was really happy about my last painting, which almost always means that my next painting will not live up to that happiness. And it didn't. I really should have painted these ceramic seals before I put the holly? on them. What? You couldn't tell there are ceramic seals in this picture. I don't blame you.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

November 2, "Day of the Dead"
oil on panel, 12" x 12"

Thanks to my friends Jen and Mark for the birthday flowers! I used them in this painting.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

October 20 "Plastic Cups and Sunglasses"
oil on panel, 6" x 6"

Sunday, October 16, 2011

October 16, "Woman at Griffith Park"
oil on panel, 9" x 12"

Thursday, October 13, 2011

October 13, "Bok Choy on Red Pattern"
oil on panel, 14" x 18"

I tried a vegetable. And a larger panel. It turned out okay. But again, I could have used another hour or two. I am getting a little skeezed out on the whole pattern/food thing and maybe it is because I used a vegetable. I kind of make fun in my head when painters make a huge deal out of shifting subject matter ever so slightly, but... I feel it a little here. For some reason I just really wanted to paint a green vegetable on this pattern. But it really reminds me of this series of latex masks that I painted a long time ago and that is, I think, why it is making me uncomfortable. Plus, expanding it into vegetables makes me like, a food painter and I am not super comfortable with that either. I think I might retreat to fruit. Or to people?

Monday, October 10, 2011

October 10, "Orange on Wrapping Paper"
oil on panel, 12" x 12"

this one is a little sloppy. It is probably both under painted and over painted. I needed another hour to finish it but...just didn't have it.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

October 9, "Plum Slice on Burst Paper"
oil on panel, 7" x 5"

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

October 4, "Apples and Feathered Wrapping Paper,"
oil on panel, 11" x 14"

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sept. 28, "Bananas and Cherry Blossom Napkins"

oil on panel, 12" x 12"

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sept. 27, Model from W Magazine

watercolor on paper, 5" x 7"

Sunday, September 25, 2011

September 25
"Guinea Pig"

"Alex Ebert"

These both probably should be oil paintings. And...um...besides needing to do animation I seem to be distracted making things for etsy, which just can't be good. I am severely underpricing things in just the weird possibility that somehow the whole venture takes off and it would be worth it to me to under price stuff, but I feel like it might bite me in the ass later so I really need to watch it. Plus it can never be good when you are making things just to sell them, right? Anyway, I am still experimenting with that whole thing.
And even though the painting a day is on hiatus until October I will just post these guys.
They are teeny tiny.
The guinea pig is 5" x 3" and the Alex Ebert is 5" x 7" inches.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/katyoconnor73?ref=pr_shop_more

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I obviously haven't been posting that much and that has been due to a few reasons I have mentioned (ie. working on my animation) and a few reasons I haven't (a little artists block). It came at a convenient time, the need to finish my animation because a part of me has wondered where am I going with all of this? When am I going to step it up. The painting a day idea sprung forth from this need to just make myself get into the studio, not caring what I made. But recently I started to care and started wondering how I could make things that hew closer to what I am thinking about.
I haven't come up with a magic solution because my time is definitely more constrained right now between teaching, animation and hanging out with my cool kid. But I have decided to reinvest myself in this project starting October 1st. I probably will be making even shorter paintings, if that is possible. Or maybe begin to make a painting a week, but painting every day. It depends on what is going on. And it also depends on if I can swing my head around why I have been so much more attracted to my works on paper, and whether I can transfer that attraction to my paintings.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sept. 19, "Girl from a fashion magazine,"

watercolor on paper, 18" x 24"

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Sept. 8, "Topo Chicos"

oil on board, 11" x 14".
Well, it looks like I might have to be satisfied with getting one painting done a week. I have really tried to kick my animation in gear so that is what I can do right now. Plus, my teaching has started back up which also puts me in a time crunch. It is kind of rough because I have so many ideas for things I want to do. But that is always the way.
I will have my studio open for the East Austin Studio Tour which I am excited about. So maybe local people will have a chance to stop by and see what I have been working on in person.
I love Topo Chicos.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

September 3, "Peach and Lime"

oil on panel, 12" x 12"
I seem to have something going with this fruit thing. I don't know why I like doing them at this time, but I do.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011



I have posted my animated short "I Love You," 2010 on my Vimeo site (and youtube). So just follow the link above or to the side in my web column if you would like to see it.
This is a short that I actually started about 5 or 6 years ago and then finished when I was pregnant and then when my son was very little. The people are actors I hired. When I filmed them I had no idea what I was going to do with the footage. So I just asked them to talk about themselves and then asked them to say "I love you" over and over again. Asked them to kiss. Whatever came to my mind. Out of an hour of footage I ended up just editing what you see here together. I animated with Bob Sabiston's animation software. I put it to a song by Serge Gainsbourg which I really regret now because I don't have the rights to the song, so besides playing in film festivals and showing it privately there is not much I can do with it. I always meant to have someone else score it but never got to it. Maybe I will someday. In the meantime, here it is!




Monday, August 29, 2011

August 28,"Zellner Girl"

oil on board, 5" x 7"
August 28, "Bed at the Cottage"

oil on board, 12" x 12"

Well, I didn't totally finish this painting. I will in a couple of days. This is from a photo of my aunt/cousins cottage in Canandaigua, New York. I always wanted to make a painting of the beds in the houses. It was such a cool crazy decor. I might try to make this more a study for a larger painting.

Friday, August 19, 2011

August 17, "Katie"
oil on canvas, 11" x 14"

I would like to edit this out. Mainly because I don't feel that I captured Katie's skin at all. She looks very blotchy in this painting, and kind of... depressed or something. And I think of her as very sunny with perfect alabaster skin. But I am trying to do more portraits in the coming times and the whole point of this blog was to send up stuff whether I liked it or not, whether it was successful or not. And frankly I have really never used the figures that I paint/draw/whatever in art as themselves, rather, they become characters to me. And I have never really assessed paintings as 'does it look like that person,' instead I have always thought,'is it interesting?" but for awhile now I have asked the former question, which really doesn't matter in terms of the art so I don't know why I care. I used to laugh when my friends would say that I made them look fat, and now I am worried that I have made them have blotchy skin. Why? I hope I get over it.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

August 17, "Lemons and Pink Paper"

oil on panel, 6" x 6"

Thursday, August 11, 2011

August 11, "Owl Still Life"

oil on canvas, 8" x 8"

This is the first painting done since back from LA. I got back last week but I have been having to work like crazy to get an animation that should have been done completed. This is an animation that I have been working on for two years intermittently between taking care of a kid and the other jobs that I have had. But since January and this painting a day thing I have been kind of...neglecting it. There is just so much time in my day and more than half of it is spent watching my awesome kid so that leaves me with about 6 hours a day to do stuff. And in that time I have to bathe and eat and occasionally work out (although that has totally gone by the wayside) and work. And in my dedication to begin working on art again I have let my animation go. And now I have the urge to finish it for two reasons. I need the money, I need to get it done so I can focus on other things and it is not just hanging out there in the ether and I really would like to see it complete.
So, I will probably only be able to do one painting a week for the next few weeks. If, for some reason, I get some extra hours I might try to do two.

My animation follows a baby at play (big surprise). After I had Vincent there wasn't much on my brain except him so Bob, my friend who is commissioning this animation, suggested maybe doing an animation about him. Now he is two and a half and I am still animating him as a baby! Here is a still from it:



Thursday, August 04, 2011

July 30, "LA-18"

marker on paper, 17" x 14"

I didn't get a chance to post this before we left LA. This was my last portrait there, and my last thing that I worked on. I like the 80's feel of it.
This is of my sister. She is the person I have most often drawn, painted, whatever. Since we were kids. While she was sitting for me we had a really good time drinking wine and I realized that it would be neat to see all of the images I have ever made of her together. So I might try to do that sometime soon, although I don't have many of the ones I made when she was a kid.
I am a bit sad that I wasn't able to finish my last painting there in Los Angeles (the previous post) because I started it too late and my family was all over for the last dinner together. So....oh well. It was a view from the garage/house we were staying at.
For now we are home and it is SUPER HOT! And I need to work on animation so I might be slowing down for a bit even though I really missed my studio while I was gone.

Here is the drawing I did of Caroline last year when I was in LA:

Saturday, July 30, 2011

July 29, "LA-16"

oil on panel, 14" x 11"
July 29," LA-17"

marker on paper, 17" x 14

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

July 26, "LA_15"

oil on canvas, 14" x 11"
July 25, "LA_14"

watercolor on wc paper, 11" x 15".

Saturday, July 23, 2011

July 23, "LA-13"

oil on panel, 12" x 12"

Thursday, July 21, 2011

July 21, "LA_12"

marker on paper, 14" x 17"

Monday, July 18, 2011

July 18, "LA-11"
oil on panel, 12" x 12"

Sunday, July 17, 2011

July 17, "LA_10"

watercolor on paper, 11" x 15"

Saturday, July 16, 2011

July 16, "LA_9"

oil on canvas, 9" x 12"

Friday, July 15, 2011

July 15, "LA_8"

oil on panel, 20" x 16"

My friend David Zellner asked if I could make some paintings of a few stills from his new movie, "Kid Thing." He wanted them in the spirit of the painting a day series, but for some reason I went more realistic and more detailed. That is what happens when I suddenly know something might actually be used for something. I do like it because it hews closer to the look of my larger paintings.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

July 13, "LA_7+

oil on panel, 11" x 14"

Well, I decided to do some LA portraits. And I thought I would just bring my camera around with me (turned into laziness with just my iphone), and take a picture of a few people each day. Yesterday Vincent and I were in the Pasadena Whole Foods when Vincent said, "Look at that MAMA!!!" and was pointing to this guys super tall mohawk. It was over a foot tall which doesn't read in this painting since his head was a bit tilted back and I was much shorter than him so the picture was strangely distorted. Anyway, I asked him if I could take a picture while he was getting his salad. I didn't know he also had make up on until he turned around. Super nice guy. Although I once painted my sister with a pink wig on I typically steer clear of people who stand out in any way. I kind of feel most comfortable within the "norms" of the way people look, just because it seems it is easier to project myself/yourself. So I felt a little uncomfortable about making this painting but I did it. I wasn't expecting it to look so much like a garbage pail kids illustration. I always assume my work will be much more elegant than it turns out. But maybe I there is a disconnect right now between my brain and the work that I am producing. Maybe I will get closer to what I want to make by continuing to work on portraits. Or maybe I just have to learn to accept how I do things. Anyway, here is my first LA person.