Sunday, January 30, 2011

Jan. 30 "Zilker Botanical Dinosaur Garden, 1"

oil on canvas, 10" x 10".
painted on site at Zilker Botanical Garden, dinosaur garden.

I was really excited about making this painting. This is my favorite spot in Austin and I have long dreamed of making a series around it. So this is my first step. was my first time 'plein air' oil painting in public. Which is kind of a big deal for me. I have made watercolors there but not oil paintings.
Making this painting also made me think a lot about fears that I have had about plein air painting (a fairly marginalized form of art making, and often for good reason)and all the 'dreams' and romantic notions that I conjure when I think about doing it myself.
For the most part working on this project has at least brought back a sense of excitement and an experiential connection to my work that I feel has been missing. And regardless of the outcome of the paintings I am really happy about that.
I could go on about where I would like these paintings to go, how I wish they would look this way or that way, but I am trying my best to just let them be what they are.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Jan. 27 "Fur Wrap"

8" x 10", oil on canvas.

I am obviously working on a theme again this week. This time it seems to be wraps, or shawls. I bought the first two shawls a couple of months ago at a really cool vintage store. I had been waiting to possibly use them as costume props for models but when I was in my studio on Monday I suddenly felt like painting the shawl. And I liked it so much I painted the other one. And I like that one so much I thought I would keep going but I didn't have any time to get back to that vintage store and I was out of cool patterned shawls, so...I remembered my Aunt Laura's fur wrap.
I was given this when my Aunt Laura died and have never worn it. Where would I? So I thought it might be a good subject. There seems to be a 'natural' element to all of them. One has flowers on it, the other is made of leather and this one, fur. And the more I thought about it the more I was excited to paint it. But, in the end I really didn't have enough time. PLUS! I really cropped it and didn't want to do that. But when it was smaller it was looking like there was too much space on the bottom. Needless to say, I needed more of a square canvas for this one. All of the are a bit crowded but this one is so crowded it really abstracts the subject matter.
Which is funny in one way, as it looks like a hairy turkey on a platter....but....I would have rather it looked like an uncropped hairy turkey on a platter.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Jan. 25. "Leather Shawl"

oil on canvas, 8" x 10"

Monday, January 24, 2011

Jan. 24 "Shawl"

oil on canvas, 8" x 10"

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Jan. 22 "Happy Birthday Steve Perry!"

oil on board, 5" x 7"

Big break between Steve and Dolly. School started and I just didn't have the time or energy. Hopefully that won't keep happening.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Jan. 19 "Happy Birthday Dolly!"

oil on canvas, 8" x 10".

Since I did the MLK painting I thought I might keep the birthday series up this week. Last night I did a watercolor of Kevin Costner from Dances with Wolves that I will post. I would have liked to make an oil painting but I ran out of time and had to make that real late at night. Anyway, today is Dolly's Bday!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Jan. 17 "Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr.!"

5" x 7", oil on board.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Jan. 15 "Nightime Storm"

oil on canvas, 8" x 10"

View from our doorway looking up through the trees. Ended up being very abstract with lots of thick paint.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Jan. 14. "Garbage Truck and Farm"

oil on canvas, 6" x 6"

Feeling a bit uninspired today. The winter blues. Oh well.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Jan. 12, Malibu Dream House

oil on canvas, 5" x 7".

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Jan. 11 "The Bieber Ape"

oil on board, 6" x 6".

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Jan. 9, "Elizabeth and Lisel"

oil on paper, 22 x 30.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Jan. 7, "Goodbye Christmas Tree!"

oil on board, 6" x 6".

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Jan. 6, "Horse on the Floor"

oil on board, 6" x 6".

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Painting a Day: Jan. 4, "Rainy Day"

A unicorn pinata that Caroline got for Vincent. Randy hung it from the tree outside our house. And it is raining, and dripping blue dye.

oil on board, 6" x 6".

Monday, January 03, 2011

So I decided to make a New Years resolution. To make one oil painting a day for 2011. (small painting) I have already broken it. On Jan. 1st family was here visiting and I just didn't have the time. So...I made a weird marker drawing that I really didn't even finish. A lion and an Arby's worker. (I used to work at Arby's so I thought, what the hell!) And then yesterday was Caroline's last day so I ended up making a watercolor of the loft that she stayed at while she was in Austin. So I am posting both of these along with the last drawing I made of 2010.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

I just added a page on my website dedicated to these sharpee drawings I have been making this year. They started out as challenges to myself to make super quick drawings from the loads of photos I have around and then seemed to get more and more detailed. They are each 6 x 6 so no matter what they can be made fairly quickly since I don't have too much studio time these days.

Happy New Year!

Here is the link and a sample pic: