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.