Thursday, March 31, 2011

March 31, "Tangerine Peel and Lime"

oil on board, 6" x 6"

another one with the same kind of up close and cropped composition. What I really like about these is the vibrancy of colors in the painting. They also remind me of my friend Portia's paintings in graduate school. Although I am having the feeling like I am really seeing a lot of other people's influence in these I really like doing them and so may continue on this vain for a bit. Part of what seems like making these that is helping me is that they are small objects being painted larger than life size rather than large objects that are being painted smaller than life size which is what I have been doing most of the time.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

March 29, "Lemons"

oil on board, 6" x 6"

So this painting is really due to a lady named Carol Marine. When I started this project I had no idea that there was an entire sub culture dedicated to the painting a day thing. My friend Joyce let me know about this phenomenon as well as a painter a day named Carol Marine. She happens to live outside of Austin and also went to UT. Well, she is, like, the queen of painting a day. And she has an entire business around it. She makes these really efficient, really beautiful, little still life paintings every day.
Needless to say I was looking at them today and I was almost tempted to buy one since she starts the bidding on ebay $100. And then I thought maybe I should attempt to make one.
So I did my own riff on Carol Marine. And I like it so much I might keep riffing for a bit. Her compositions are so simple but yet sophisticated. Instead of making drawings I figure this might help to focus me. It already has in a way, because it has helped me get out of my brain a bit. I hope she doesn't mind.....

Monday, March 28, 2011

March 28, "Guitar"

oil on canvas, 16" x 32"

I didn't completely finish this. The neck and the top of the guitar aren't done, but I will finish those parts tomorrow. I might take a short break from the painting a day to make drawings because I am beginning to think that might help my paintings. Making them usually does.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

March 26, "Liz"

oil on canvas, 8" x 16"

Friday, March 25, 2011

March 25, "Band Guy 2"

oil on canvas, 8" x 10"

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

March 22, "Band Guy 1"

oil on canvas, 8" x 10"

Monday, March 21, 2011

March 21 "Tree House"

oil on canvas, 10" x 10"
March 20, "Moon Over Friendswood"

oil on canvas, 6" x 6"

Saturday, March 19, 2011

March 19, "Cow at the Rodeo"

oil on canvas, 10" x 10"

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

March 16, "Dandelion"

oil on canvas, 5" x 7"

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

March 14, "Nuclear Containment Vehicle"

oil on canvas, 8" x 8".

Sunday, March 13, 2011

March 12, "Clementine Orange"

oil on canvas, 5" x 4"

I admit that it could go either tomato or clementine orange. The color and the way that I handled both the white highlight on the right and the reflected highlight on the left tomato-ize it.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

March 10, "Zilker Botanical Garden, Red Bud Tree"

oil on canvas, 12" x 9"

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

March 9, "Zilker Park Palm"

oil on canvas, 8" x 10"
didn't have enough time to finish this one so it is kind of hairy. but it was still fun to get back to working on landscape stuff. I might try to simplify a bit coming up with some.
March 8 "Fletcher"

marker on paper, 14" x 17"

Randomly yesterday my paints and my paint box were stolen from my porch. I freaked. An hour after I realized that they were stolen Randy found the paints dumped out a couple of houses down. Apparently the theif thought they were stealing tools. Which makes me happy. And it also makes me happy that they dropped the paints because it was about $500.00 worth of paint. Anyway, I already had a photo shoot with Fletcher, who I had seen out in Austin and thought she would make a great model for some paintings. I probably would have made a painting a day of her at the end of it, but I had found out the paints were stolen as I was packing up my car to go to her house. So I made a drawing.
Today I am planning on making a painting as it will be 9 days without one.

Monday, March 07, 2011

March 4 "Hippie Chick" finished

oil on canvas, 9" x 15"

Friday, March 04, 2011

March 3, "Snail"
Complete Disclosure: this is not a painting a day!! Rather a favorite hit of mine instead!


oil on paper, 22" x 30"

I have taken the last two days to work on a painting that isn't really in the "painting a day" category. And it still isn't done. I will post it when it is finished. It is more in the portrait category. A couple of months ago I started a 'portrait business'. I say it with quotes because....I have yet to have anyone interested. I really like to do straight up portraiture without the worry of making art out of it and when I had Vincent I suddenly was all hopped up on making watercolors of kids. Anyway, this painting is my first oil painting portrait of a kiddo. And I am making it because I just loved the picture and wanted to make a painting of it. And thought I could add it to the portraiture site.
I would actually like to do rather traditional portraiture (in some ways) for a show, but it really wouldn't be the same as what I am doing for this 'business'. So I have hesitated to cross contaminate. Hence holding back on showing the picture. Because the picture is cute and when you paint kids the portraiture really goes into a special category of kids cute portraiture.
Here is a painting that I love that I did on paper a few years ago as a replacement for the painting a day for these past couple of days.
I will get back to painting a day tonight if I can!