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,"


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"