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: