Sunday, December 12, 2010

July 10

Here is another Commemorate the Date. I finished this one in October.
(It's nice to be reminded of July today, the day after a major snow storm here in Minneapolis. We have multiple feet of snow on the ground now, and the temperature is in the single digits. Just six months until we are back to July 10!)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

October 29

Another recently completed CTD painting. October seems to be a very popular wedding month based on my nonscientific sample. (Though it is rivaled by September.)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

September 29, 1990

Here's the finished product of the sketch I posted from 9.20.10. It is a piece for my client's 20th wedding anniversary.
It's been one month since my summer painting project ended. I haven't done another postcard painting since. But I have been busy working on Commemorate The Date paintings, so I figure it is legit if I post some examples of that work. If I get back in the habit of posting, I think I will get back in the habit of making my small postcard paintings. However, my day job just went full time, so we'll see what kind of magic time management I can come up with to fit in all the art that I want (need, I think is more accurate) to do...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

9.22.10, Equinox

Here is my final painting for the Summer Painting-a-Day project. These swans are on Lake Annecy, in Southern France. It was an absolutely gorgeous day when we were there last fall, so it was a nice memory to be reflecting on as the season changed to fall once again. This is an oil painting.

I am really happy that I took this project on, and count it as successful—94 paintings, a new painting every day for three months. I did some experimenting, some exploration, and a lot of contemplation and looking back at old sketch books and ideas.

If you have been a regular reader of my posts, thank you very much. Knowing there were some people out there keeping their eye on me definitely kept me on track and helped me stay committed to the project.

While I won't be maintaining the same pace, I am going to continue doing these small "study" paintings. I am not going to commit to any schedule, but I will continue to post periodic postcard sized paintings. You can sign up for an email alert for new posts through the link over on the top right side of the page.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

9.21.10, Tuesday

Parisian apartments in Montmartre. One of the things I loved in Paris was all the red chimneys sticking up like clay plant pots. And, of course, the rod iron by the windows too. This building was part of the view looking down the big hill on which Sacre Coeur Basilica sits.
Only one painting left! Do you feel sad about that? I do. It's going to be hard not to want to do a big finalé of a painting tomorrow. But it's just going to be one more in the series. I don't get to spend all day on it just because it's the last one.

Monday, September 27, 2010

9.20.10, Monday

Two birds with one stone. I did this gouache painting as a color sample for a commission I am working on this week. It's nice to be revisiting the same subject matter from the four panel piece I worked on last year. I had lots of good reference of the Tokyo fish market to get me started.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

9.19.10, Sunday

We were in Toronto for a wedding last weekend. We went to lunch at a great spot, with an awesome patio, in Little Portugal. There were some friendly sparrows who landed on our table to help clean up some left over rice after we were done eating. They helped themselves right off the plates. I got a lot of good reference photos. Sparrows could well be my favorite bird.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

9.18.10, Saturday

Alder and Birch. I had a kitty photo shoot when I was over for dinner with friends. I need to do some more studies to do those guys justice. They are so lovely to watch darting around, under the bicycles and over the couch, or sitting snug in a chair.

Friday, September 24, 2010

9.17.10, Friday

Another gouache painting from sketches of the farmer's market bouquets.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

9.16.10, Thursday

I got some flowers from the farmers market to decorate our table at the fair. This sunflower broke off and got to be in a little bud vase on its own. This was the first time I thought of incorporating the actual date into the daily painting (16 is on the vase). Odd I had not done this sooner, considering my Commemorate the Date concept.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

9.15.10, Wednesday

The art fair that I did last week with Hadley, my friend and business partner on Commemorate the Date, was pretty much a big waste of time. However it did provide a few ideas for sketches. For instance, I had never noticed how much I like black and cream together. It was a common theme in the shirts and skirts worn by many in attendance at the show.
(You may be thinking this is my last post for my summer painting a day project, as today is the autumnal equinox. However, let me remind you that I post my work one week after the fact, so you have seven more coming your way. I am writing this on September 21 though, and I am amazed to think that tomorrow is my last painting!)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

9.14.10, Tuesday

A landscape with flowers, a la 6.22.10. The color palette is desert-y. And come to think of it, those leaves could pass for succulent leaves, which would make sense in a desert. The texture in the sky also makes it look like it could rain soon. Which could be exciting in the desert.
There, I've created a whole story that I wasn't thinking of at all when I painted this.

Monday, September 20, 2010

9.13.10, Monday

Not much to say on this one. I still like doing the spirals. And I still like a blue background. I might need to do some more vertically oriented spiral peices so this one doesn't get lonely.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

9.12.10, Sunday

Last weekend I was the Centennial Lakes art fair in Edina. During a break from the tent, I walked along the path by the lakes and sat and did some sketching. It was surprisingly serene in the park area. It reminded me of being in park-like temple grounds in Japan.
Trees and plants usually catch my eye, but I also noticed the gravel and the nice pattern effect the large and small stones and small bits of wood made.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

9.11.10, Saturday

This summer I have been noticing those branches on once neatly pruned bushes that sprout up as the growing season goes on. I think I like hedges even better with this fresh growth. I like the contrast of thick branches to thin branches. And they make for a nice place for birds to land, and inspire more "birds on things" paintings (as Patrick would say).
I suppose it is good that I really like that sort of image, because my Kentucky Sparrows limited edition print is getting close to sold out. To keep my customers satisfied I might need to do another large birds and branches painting.

Friday, September 17, 2010

9.10.10, Friday

Revisiting the gesso on cardboard technique. This is a small one, just 3" x 5.5".

Thursday, September 16, 2010

9.9.10, Thursday

Snap peas where one of my favorite things that I grew in my vegetable garden this summer. I'm already looking forward to next year's snap peas.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

9.7.10, Tuesday

Blue heron by the Cenote Manatee, near Tulum, Mexico. Graphite sketch.

Monday, September 13, 2010

9.6.10, Monday

A green bottle fly for labor day. Another symbol of late summer. Painted in gouache.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

9.3.10, Friday

Blood oranges. Actually just normal oranges, but with that background, this one wants to be called Blood Oranges. (Also, I am glad I decided to embrace this series. I think you will see a few more.)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

9.2.10, Thursday

My grapefruit painting elicited so many comments last weekend, that I couldn't resist building on the theme.
I am wondering if I should feel bad about letting saleability influence my daily paintings. But I am trying to make a living with my art. And it is not my goal to be esoteric. So I think that means I feel fine about it.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

9.1.10, Wednesday

I love fresh figs. I don't think I had any this summer though. How did I let that happen?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

8.31.10, Tuesday

This has the same concept and color scheme as my 8.14.10 post, but this one is done with oils. And I like it more.

Monday, September 6, 2010

8.30.10, Monday

Who knew I would get an idea for a painting by going to see my tax lady? Fox Tax is right next to the Red Stag Supper Club in Northeast Minneapolis. The Red Stag has a great statue on the roof, and nice seating on the sidewalk. I wished I was staying there for dinner after my appointment instead of going home and writing big checks to the state and federal government. The joys of self employment.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

8.29.10, Sunday

My Longfellow Neighbor. I decided the weekend of the Longfellow Art Crawl was a good weekend to do this painting that I have been thinking about a lot of the last year. This tree is at the corner of our block. It captures the spirit of our neighborhood pretty well.
This is gouache. And it's a big larger than my other daily paintings have been, about 7" x 10." I had to go larger to get in some of those tree ornaments...

Saturday, September 4, 2010

8.28.10, Saturday

This looks like an early evening in late summer to me. Which was about when I started working on this piece. I ended up taking a break not finishing it until late night. It's an oil painting on canvas.

Friday, September 3, 2010

8.27.10, Friday

This is a window in the interior courtyard of a hostel that Patrick and I stayed at in Buenos Aires in 2008. (Gouache)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

8.26.10, Thursday

A drawing! Or, more accurately, a sketch. I have a great admiration for people who do detailed drawings. (This is not one.) It was a strange feeling working on this drawing, knowing that I wasn't going to paint it. But it does make me want to do some more sketching. I almost always start my paintings by sketching, but I'd like to do some more drawing for drawing's sake. It's nice to work on sketches that aren't going to be used right away for a painting. Especially now that I know I may come back to it years later for inspiration.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

8.25.10, Wednesday

Insadong, Seoul, South Korea.
Another old old sketch, from 2002 when I was in Seoul with my sisters.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

8.23.10, Monday

My friend Shelly gave me some great art supplies that she wasn't going to use, including a bunch of small canvases and some paint brushes. It was a little bit like Christmas morning on an August afternoon.
I looked back to my sketches for my Lantern Light painting for this little 4" x 4" painting.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

8.22.10, Sunday

If you are reading this blog, you are probably familiar with my Commemorate the Date paintings. Here's a slightly different take on the same idea. We were at Colin & Shanai's wedding party in northern Minnesota last weekend. It was a beautiful party in an old barn by a lake.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

8.21.10, Saturday

Okay, last spiral for now. But no promises that they won't be back soon. It's a very relaxing pattern to work with. Though this one, with the spikes on both sides of the spirals, makes me think of zippers. Which for some reason are less relaxing to me.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

8.18.10, Wednesday

This design (more or less) is on a mug that I brought back from Japan. When I sat down to do my daily painting, I looked around and noticed it sitting on my drafting table. Sometimes inspiration is pretty simple.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

8.17.10, Tuesday

This is from a sketch that I did while exploring some India themes for a larger painting (the same painting that I referenced on 7.7.10). I used the water soluble oils for this.

Monday, August 23, 2010

8.16.10, Monday

The jellyfish at the Atlanta Aquarium were spellbinding. But I really think video is needed to capture the awesomeness. Kiki Smith has a jellyfish video (a different kind of jellyfish from the one in my painting here) that I saw at the Walker a few years ago, which has had me thinking about jellyfish ever since. Here's a low quality excerpt: Kiki Smith's Jewel.
This painting is in acrylic.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

8.15.10, Sunday

We went to the Atlanta Aquarium with our friends on Sunday. It was fantastic. I'd recommend it to anyone with a few extra hours in Atlanta. We spent most of the day there. This is a gouache painting (by the way, gouache rhymes with squash if you've been wondering how that word is pronounced). Unfortunately I have no idea what kind of fish it is.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

8.14.10, Saturday

Another color exploration of a previously black and white (or cardboard and white as the case actually is) concept.

Friday, August 20, 2010

8.13.10, Friday

This is an acrylic painting on stretched canvas, 4 x 6".
I did this on our last day at the beach. However, it was inspired by the beach that we were at two years ago. The beach vacation is a family tradition organized (brilliantly) by my mother-in-law. Every two years we get together at the beach for a week. In the past, we had always gone to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. I have a lot of reference shots of these wind fences along the beach where we stayed there. They have a great pattern to them that is organic feeling, even though it is made up of essentially geometric shapes.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

8.12.10, Thursday

I have a larger oil painting of this statue in progress. I visited Japan in 2008 and have many reference photos just waiting for me.
Here is a little info I found online about the red bibbed statues:
Jizō, or Ojizō-sama as he is respectfully known, is one of the most loved of all Japanese divinities. His statues are a common sight, especially by roadsides and in graveyards. Traditionally, he is seen as the guardian of children, particularly children who died before their parents or unborn children.
Jizo is special to pregnant women and to those whose children have died. Statues of Jizo can sometimes be seen wearing tiny children's clothing or bibs. Grieving parents place toys and other offerings beside the Jizo statue to invoke his protection of their dead child. Offerings are also made by parents to thank Jizo for saving their children from a serious illness.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

8.11.10, Wednesday

The live oaks are a major part of the coastal Georgia landscape. Patrick and I spent a day in Savannah, visiting all my favorite places from my college days there. I did the sketch of this tree from our table at the Crab Shack.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

8.10.10, Tuesday

Last week we were on vacation on the coast of Georgia. This is a landscape looking west across Jekyll Island near sunset. The ocean is behind me from this vantage point.

Monday, August 16, 2010

8.9.10, Monday

Here's a color version of an earlier idea. (see 7.10.10) It's missing some of the organic feeling of motion that the white version has.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

8.8.10, Sunday

Cicada, the third. The weather on Sunday was pushing the limits of "pleasant atmosphere" at Powderhorn. It was quite hot. The cicadas were singing loudly for much of the day, so I decided another cicada painting was in order. Typically, this would have been a gesso on cardboard painting, but I only had gouache with me. But it's the same concept.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

8.7.10, Saturday

Powderhorn Hill. August 7 & 8 was the Powderhorn Art Fair, my favorite fair of all the art fairs I've ever done. It's in south Minneapolis and has a nice mix of pleasant atmosphere and successful sales. This was the view out of my tent. There was a lake behind me.