oil on canvas, 24" x 24", 2012.
it seems although I am have recently been needing money myself I still have carried on with at least one donation to some sort of charity a year. So this is the one for this year. Typically if I do anything at all I give something that I have already made to the charity but this painting is for the Animal Trustees of Austin and I ended up making something specifically for them. This took me awhile, much longer, honestly, than I planned or wanted to spend on something. It seems like a really good organization, but it will be going up for auction and you never really know how much it will get.
The very bright side of this is that it made me continue to work on a larger piece and deal with that and I haven't done that for awhile. Although, as you can see, it really looks more like 12 daily paintings at once, instead of a more cohesive narrative type painting.
I have been working, really, but it has all been on one painting. And it is taking me awhile, and it is for charity. Which is honestly kind of ridiculous, but I committed to this sort of weird charity ball thing and my idea for it has ended up having me work a lot on one painting. In many ways I am wondering why the hell I am doing this. But, because it has been this sort of outside pressure/assignment sort of thing it has been good in kind of breaking me from just a painting a day thing. And for awhile I have been wanting to begin working on paintings that are more involved and take a bit more time than the painting a day. Hopefully the practice I am getting from this painting will transfer into work that is for me.
In the meantime I will just post some sketchbook watercolors that I have been working on while watching tv at night.