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.

Friday, August 13, 2010

8.6.10, Friday

I think this looks a little bit like a flag.
When I started this blog project, even though I decided to call it "a painting a day," I was thinking that I might do some drawings too. This was almost strictly a drawing. But then I couldn't resist adding some color.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

8.5.10, Thursday

Pears! I share a studio space with 8 other artists, including three other painters. They have all had pear paintings as part of their displays in the past. I've been thinking that I should have a pear painting too. This Thursday was an open studio night, and Mike Schmidt had a pear painting hanging which reminded me of this idea. So I seized the day, and did my pear painting.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

8.4.10, Wednesday

This is quite summery looking, even though grapefruit is a winter fruit. I had been thinking I was obsessed with my geraniums, but now I think I am just obsessed with the blue backgrounds. All of my flower paintings have blue backgrounds, but I've never been that interested in them before...
Inspiration for this composition came from Smitten Kitchen, a fabulous cooking blog that also has fabulous photos.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

8.3.10, Tuesday

Geraniums at my window, II. And another Carpe Diem painting because I didn't do it right—I didn't prime the paper. I realized it more or less right away, but then thought it was kind of exciting to think about this painting possibly decomposing in a few decades. Actually, I just didn't want to start over. However, I was reminded of how the paper is a bit sticky as compared to a primed surface, keeping the oil paints from having that luxurious feeling that they normal have. Maybe my lesson is learned this time. (I made this same mistake on 6.26.)

Monday, August 9, 2010

8.2.10, Monday

Carpe Diem, or Milwaukee Still Life.
I moved to Minneapolis in 2002. The drive went from Huntsville, AL through Ft. Wayne, IN; then to Milwaukee and finally Minneapolis. While visiting a friend in Milwaukee I took a reference photo for this painting. And then I thought about it off and on for eight years.
This blog is antithetical to the saying, "Anything worth doing is worth doing right." If I waited until I had the time I felt I needed to do this still life right, I might have never done it. A better motto for this blog is Carpe Diem.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

8.1.10, Sunday

Longfellow Cricket. I think I heard the first crickets of summer on August 1.
We moved into our house in the Longfellow neighborhood last September. The first night I was amazed how loud the crickets were. It was like we had moved out to the country! I think it might actually be grasshoppers making all the noise because I have seen a few of those around, but I like the ring that "Longfellow Cricket" has. Also, crickets are used as symbol of good luck, so I like that too. This was done with gouache.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

7.31.10, Saturday

Geraniums on blue. I got a little inspired by my new dresser for this one. I have geraniums just outside our bedroom window, and now I have a "sea foam green" dresser right by the window. I'm trying to recreate a little corner of Southern France (Annecy, to be precise) by my bed...
I missed the mark on the sea foam green, but like the contrast of the red and turquoise-blue. This one is gouache, with colored pencil for the white outlining.

Friday, August 6, 2010

7.30.10, Friday

This piece started out as more of a traditional still life. I have some dried branches in a vase that I was sketching from. But the more I looked at it, the more I liked the shadow. So I focused on that instead.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

7.29.10, Thursday

This is an acrylic painting. I started out just wanting to experiment with layering the paint. It turned into an arrangement of iris, or at least iris buds. I keep thinking that I need to branch out and get away from painting flowers, but I looks like that is not going to happen.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

7.28.10, Wednesday

Black and white leaves composition. I used a china marker, which is like a thick colored pencil, for the black lines.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

7.27.10, Tuesday

These are jellyfish. They look pretty ghost-like, all white and floaty.

Monday, August 2, 2010

7.26.10, Monday

Gouache. There is a structural error in this painting (sorry Patrick!). The support beams of the porch should go up further--that gray bar that they end at is where the porch ceiling connects to the house at the back of the porch. The beams actually go up to the bottom of the white strip with the house number on it. The problem with gouache is that there is no good way to fix a mistake like that. I guess I should have just been paying closer attention to what I was painting!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

7.25.10, Sunday

You might think that I would have plenty of time to work on my daily paintings on the weekend. But no, I started this one at about 11:30 pm. I decided to build on an earlier idea rather than come up with something new, since it was the end of a long weekend...It ended up being a nice way to relax at the end of the day.