Saturday, July 31, 2010

7.24.10, Saturday

This gouache painting is of a scene that I saw a few times at Lake of the Ilses. There are a few of these tall narrow trees on the southeast corner of the lake. The leaves look so nice in the breeze.

Friday, July 30, 2010

7.23.10, Friday

This is another shot at the garden at the corner of our block. It's done in oils.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

7.22.10, Thursday

Philadelphia Floor. Or, "Bojangles". Or, "Char-Char". Charlie the dog, another resident at my sister's house.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

7.20.10, Tuesday

Philadelphia window. A quick little gouache sketch done from a photo I took at my sister's house this spring.

Monday, July 26, 2010

7.19.10, Monday

Cicada #2. Looking back at the Postcard from Provence piece made me want to do another cicada. This one looks pretty moth-like with it's wings spread. It is done in oils.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

7.18.10, Sunday

Sometimes less is more. I liked this one a lot more before I added the color. I did the gesso on cardboard thing that I've been doing, then added gouache on top of that. and then pencil outlines. And then I just stopped.
Another composition to revisit. If I come back to all the things that I say I want to come back to in this blog, I will be busy for quite awhile.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

7.17.10, Saturday

Saturday night was stormy. The dark kitchen window had some leaf shadows cast on it from an outside light. There tend to be nice leaf shadows all over the place.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

7.15.10, Thursday

This was inspired by the garden at the corner of our block. I was done completely from memory though. I'd like to go back and do some direct sketching of the same scene. The thing about it that caught my eye was the color combination—dark purple, dark green, and sage green. And of course the leaves. Clearly, I love leaves.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

7.13.10, Tuesday

This is my postcard from Provence. Patrick and I traveled to France last fall, and spent a couple of nights in Arles in southern France. Van Gogh spent some time there doing some of his famous work. They love cicadas there too. It is a symbol of summer time. (Cicadas are also part of summer time in my hometown, Huntsville, Alabama.) I bought this small yellow clay ornament there. Lavender is also big in southern France, so that is how I came up with that element.
This painting is on a mini stretched canvas, 4" x 6". It has depth on the sides. The lavender is on the sides of the canvas.

Monday, July 19, 2010

7.12.10, Monday

I sat on my front porch in the early evening to paint this one. I could hear a New Orleans style jazz band practicing nearby. The music was great, but I don't think I let it influence my painting. Maybe it subconsciously inspired the foot prints. Those were added in at the very end.
For these pencil and gesso paintings, I have been doing the drawing first and then painting in the white areas. For this one, I went back and darkened the graphite outlines at the end.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

7.11.10, Sunday

Sunday was the art fair at St. Kate's. I painted this later in the afternoon, but finished before the storm hit. Luckily the rain passed over quickly and didn't cause much trouble where we were in St. Paul other than ending the fair about 30 minutes early.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

7.10.10, Saturday

I painted this at Trotter's Cafe in St. Paul, while listening to my co-worker Niki sing. It's pencil and gesso (white paint) on cardboard.
I have a little bit of a hard time getting started with square compositions. As is evident from my posts thus far, I tend towards the portrait, or vertical, layout.

I have this painting as wells as five other daily paintings at the art fair I am doing this weekend, Highland Fest. I plan to show all of my daily paintings at the Longfellow Art Crawl which is the last weekend in August.

Friday, July 16, 2010

7.9.10, Friday

More inspiration from Lawrence, KS. I might come back to this composition later and see what I can do to develop a background, and perhaps capture some of the details of the fabric.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

7.8.10, Thursday

Same flowers from the farmer's market. Still didn't capture that je ne sais quoi. But I did get some interesting layering of paint/colors. I used water soluble oils on this one.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

7.7.10, Wednesday

I found the reference image of these flowers while researching images for a painting set in India (still in progress). They are krachiao blossoms in Thailand. The photos are so beautiful. They make me wish I were there.
I used acrylic paint for this piece.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

7.6.10, Tuesday

These flowers came from the farmer's market in downtown St. Paul. I wasn't planning on doing such a direct sketch of the bouquet. The thing that loved about these flowers wasn't captured. This is gouache on cardboard.

Monday, July 12, 2010

7.5.10, Monday


One of my favorite works of art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is Aphrodisiac Telephone by Salvado Dail (1936)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

7.4.10, Sunday

Our hostess in Lawrence had a beautiful pot of wandering jew on her patio.
I frequently hear the comment that my paintings look like batiks. I'd have to agree completely on this one. It was done in gouache.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

7.3.10, Saturday


We stayed at our friend's parents' home in Lawrence, Kansas. It is a lovely home, with no lack of inspiring views. The party was on their back patio/garden area, which includes a small koi pond. It happens that lily pads have been on the top of my to-do subject list (the timing of our trip last weekend to the cabin was to check out the lily pads there that Hadley had scouted and recommended from last year). So, I did a couple quick gouache sketches to start exploring the execution of this sort of scene.

Friday, July 9, 2010

7.2.10, Friday

Driving to Kansas. We drove down to Kansas for a 30th birthday celebration of a good friend. Painting in the car, I decided, is not quite ideal. The is gouache. I wouldn't dream (in a nightmarish way) of trying to use oils in the car.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

7.1.10, Thursday

Here's something that was unplanned as I started painting. I did a couple quick sketches, and thought I would do a bird. But when I started painting, I changed my mind. This just formed itself out of the brush strokes. I was painting in the studio during open studio hours (the first Thursday evening of each month at the Northrup King Building). I didn't really like it though... not sure what it was, but I did not get into a creative flow while working on this one.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

6.30.10, Wednesday

A portrait of my friend Samantha's backyard. She just moved into her house last weekend, and we went over to check it out and grill burgers in the backyard. The pink sky was inspired by two things. 1. It was near sunset. 2. I have a large painting in progress, with just an under-painting done. The sky in that painting is pink right now, but won't be in the final painting. However several people have told me that they like the pink sky. Upon reflection, I've decided I do too. I think this will show up in more paintings to come.
After the sun set we went out front and looked up to the sky to check out the space station—it was glowing like a giant star low in the western night sky.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

6.29.10, Tuesday


The last of the tree series, at least for now, since I have one through five. I give myself high marks on this one for working quickly and spontaneously. I really enjoyed the back and forth of working between the white and blue paint. I would love to build confidence with this technique and use it on larger pieces. The challenge for me will be not to overwork it.

Monday, July 5, 2010

6.28.10, Monday

I have to admit I cheated just a little on this one. I started it on Monday, but finished it on Tuesday. I just had to let the paint dry a little to get it to do what I wanted. This is with the water soluble oils. A bold color scheme I think. It started out even bolder, but I had to tone it down a little.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

6.27.10, Sunday

A view of the lake, executed in gouache, on a very windy day. It doesn't look all that windy in the painting though.

Friday, July 2, 2010

6.26.10, Saturday

The theme continues... this time from Northern Minnesota.
I was up at my friends' cabin for the weekend of my 6/26 and 6/27 paintings. I used the water soluble oils on this painting, however I did something I have never done before. I used oils on an unprimed surface. Meaning, I painted directly on the paper. Oils will eventually eat through paper, so the appropriate thing to do is to prep the surface with a layer of gesso. However, I hadn't thought of that when I was packing for the weekend. In fact, I didn't think of that until I put down the first strokes of paint. By that point, I already had my pallet set up, so the paint would have been wasted. So I decided to just go for it. Some of those lovely qualities of oil paint that I like so much do not apply when working on unprimed paper. The paper sucks up a lot of paint, so you can't move it around and mix it in the same way. This painting also suffered a bit in transit back home—I accidentally stepped on it. Can you see the texture of my foot prints in the left two trees?
A quick google search this morning told me that my painting should last decades or maybe even longer before the oils eat through the paper.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

6.25.10, Friday

Back to oils—hooray! I just love the tactile qualities of oil paint. This time I used traditional oil paint.
I see a bit of a theme starting to develop in my subject matter...