Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Day 46

So Monday started off great. Got home a little early. Took care of my home duties. Headed down stairs to paint. "Why, I think I'll paint a couple tonight and get ahead of the curve this week." I thought.

Setup a nice composition. Started to paint. That's when my day went to hell. Nothing I did worked. I painted, then had to wipe it off. "OK, let me take my time." Started again. Ugh! Terrible! Wiped it off. Start over. Ugh! Again, terrible. Nothing was working. I'm done.

Today I thought about what went wrong yesterday, I realized that I didn't "think out" my painting. I need to really examine what I'm about to work on. How would I handle that shadow, that highlight? What color is that reflection?

I've been painting this small pieces since August. I've had some triumphs and many failures. Sometimes it gets frustrating when I still struggle with things I think I should be good at by now. I have to keep telling myself it's only been 4 1/2 months. I'm about to tell you what tonight's painting is. I feel like I need to identify what it is because I'm not sure you'd guess it correctly. So, though I like the composition, my colors are a little off.

Tomatoes on a Table.

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Day 45

Tonight was one of those nights were I just wanted to go to bed. Long day at work, wore me out. I laid on the couch and recounted with my wife the day's events. I was on the brink of skipping tonight's blog. That's when my youngest, Maddie, chimed in. "Let's go paint Daddy." Sometimes you need a little push now and then.

When we got downstairs to our "studio" we both got to work. I was searching for subject matter when I happened to come across a jar of brushes that Maddie had been using. I'm not Einstein, but it looks like she recently finished a painting that had blue as the dominant color. When I asked her why her brushes still had paint on them, her reply was "I didn't do it." Once again, a stranger had entered our house and painted a picture. I may need to call a home security company and catch this dastardly criminal once and for all. Last week he broke in and left Maddie's clothes on the bathroom floor.

The Trouble with Blue

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Day 44

In the immortal words of George Constanza "I flew too close to the sun on wings of pastrami."

This little holiday snowman composition kick my a$$ tonight. Red is a tough color to deal with. Add white to lighten it up and you get pink. Darken with blue and it can quickly turn brown. I also think I might have the most difficult coffee cups to draw and paint. For some reason I always struggle with the proportions on them. I worked and worked this piece, going way over my normal time limit. Some parts of this one are loose, other parts are way over painted. 

FYI, six of my blog paintings are hanging in the Bluegrass Kitchen on the east end of Charleston. I meet Keeley Steele, the owner, at the Bazaar on Saturday, and she asked if I'd like to display some of my paintings in her restaurant. Very exciting. So, go enjoy a fantastic meal and buy a Michael Teel original. Now that's a great way to spend your lunch hour.

Holiday Snowman with Cups

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Day 43

First, I want to thank everyone who stopped by my booth at the East End Bazaar this past Saturday. And a special thanks to everyone who purchased one of my paintings. It was great to meet everyone. This was the first time I had rented space and sold paintings. I hope the next time is just as fun.

So this is my first painting since last Wednesday. I spent Thursday and Friday getting ready for the Bazaar and yesterday I was ill. Boohoo. I get it, no excuses. 

There's a lot to like about this piece, and just enough wrong to make me want to repaint it. I struggled a little with the red bowl. One of the reasons I like this bowl is the way the light shines through it and casts a reddish shadow. I've used this bowl in several of my paintings and you'd think I'd have mastered it by now. I thought I'd use these navel oranges before they go bad. I'm very happy with the composition.

Meeting at the Navel Club

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Day 42

I forgot to throw away the peppers that my daughter brought home from her guitar lessons a few weeks ago. Actually, I think its been more like a month now. They were downstairs in a plastic bag. The funny thing is, and I guess I should know this, but the green jalapeno peppers have turn red. That's cool. I wanted to do a limited color painting tonight, and the peppers just looked too good to pass up.

PS: I've signed up and been accepted as a vendor to sell at the East End Bazaar this Saturday, December 1st from 10am to 3pm in Charleston. I'm going to be bringing a dozen or so of my blog paintings with me. I'm selling them for $75 each, which includes a groovy floating frame that I've been making for them. Get an original oil painting and a hand made frame by the artist for $75. What a bargain! The weather is going to be fantastic this weekend, so come on down and say hello.

The Peppers, They Are a Changing.

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Day 41

I know what you're thinking, "Did that dude just paint a bagel?". Yes, it's a bagel. But no ordinary bagel. I found him in the kitchen wrapped in a plastic bag. He wasn't at the top, I had to dig down deep to retrieve him. He stuck it out with me under the hot lights of my painting box. He stood there while I worked, never complaining, never crying or begging for something to drink. We came to know each other, a special bond was established. I named him Tim.

After I was finished painting, had cleaned my brushes and photographed the painting for this blog, I carried Tim upstairs and put him back in the bag with the others. At the top this time. We'll meet again. In the morning, we'll meet again.

Good night Tim.

Composition with Bagel

6" x 6" oil on gessoboard

Monday, November 26, 2012

Day 40

It's been nearly two weeks since I posted a daily. I'm going to call it my "Lost Weekend" and leave it at that. I will do my best to keep to a better schedule of painting and posting.

I'm happy with the composition on this one. In my continuing quest to "keep it loose", I managed to paint simply and like that aspect of the painting. This one was challenging. The red glass reflecting on the yellow paper was difficult.

After I finished this one and showed it to my wife, she commented, "It looks like a pregnant woman." Looking at it again, I think she might be right.

Red Bowl and Navels

6" x 6". Oil on gessoboard

Monday, November 12, 2012

Day 39

I had a dream that I created a painting with a pepper face in it. Most people dream of flying, or being superhero strong, I dream of painting vegetables. Just call me Mr. Excitement. 

Anyway, when I woke up, I immediately went downstairs and got to work. I'm really satisfied with the effort. I achieved a nice painterly look, which is always my goal. This is my last red/green color scheme and I couldn't be happier.

Meanwhile, I'll keep waiting for the dream where I win the lottery. I'll blog everyone when that happens. Well, maybe not.

Angry Peppers

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Day 38

More peppers, yeah. I had a lot of fun with this painting. I was really happy with the composition. But it became a roller coaster ride when I started painting. First it was good, then bad, then good. You get the drift. I did discover something I like doing in this piece. I had first painted the shadows too dark. The peppers and the shadow kind of merged together. The values were too close. So I started adding short streaks of a lighter value into them. A little blue, a little violet. I think that's the best part of the painting.

I'm still having trouble getting good photos. I've said this before, but I'm going to take advantage of the nice weather this weekend to reshoot a lot of my others paintings. Seeing these in person vs. on the blog is frustrating sometimes. I don't want to make any color adjustments that affect the overall image. I want to be true to the original painting. So I will only go so far adjusting the image. Plus, every monitor looks a little different. So what looks good on mine my not look so good elsewhere.

Red Cup, Green Peppers

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Day 37

My youngest daughter has been taking guitar lessons. Yesterday her instructor asked if she'd like a bag of peppers from his garden. This painting is the product of his garden. This also fit in well with my complimentary color scheme for the week. Red and green, don't you know. I'm happy with the composition, I still  overworked it a little. But all in all, not too bad. I think I might repaint this one at a larger size this weekend.

Watch Out for the Little Guy

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Day 36

Another night, another blue and orange painting. Over the last three weeks I've started and stopped several larger canvases. I seem to be having trouble transitioning to larger sizes after painting these small pieces for so long. I also made a mistake in buying gessoboards that were not my normal brand. My normal brand has a little tooth to it. These new ones are too slick. Yuck!

PS: I'm going to start selling my daily blog paintings soon. I started building my own floater frames to fit the 6" x 6" size. I'll be selling the paintings with the handmade frames. Stay tuned for more information. (they'll make great holiday gifts, hint, hint.)

Orange and Blue #2

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Monday, November 5, 2012

Day 35

Last week started off so well. I was really fired up and ready to paint.

Monday night, check! Nice painting finished, check!

Tuesday night, check! Big storm, check! No power, check!

The week that started with so much promise, turned into a week without electricity and only one painting completed.

This week I'm going to do a series of paintings that are based on complimentary color themes. Since I purchase a couple of great orange peppers at the store on Sunday, the next few days will be orange/blue paintings.

Orange and Blue #1

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Monday, October 29, 2012

Day 34

So I took an entire week off. The big question is, did anyone notice?......well, I'm waiting. Guess not.

I met with my art guru, Barrie Kaufman last week. I took a sampling of my daily blog paintings for her to review. It's always good to get feedback from someone you really admire. After collecting my thoughts and going over what she told me, I came up with this piece. I've tried really hard to paint loosely and carefully determine what my color scheme will be. This is a good "restart" to my daily paintings. It took me awhile to figure out that the fork was reflecting on the apple. I kept thinking that I had something on my glasses. Go figure.

Sliced Apple

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Day 33

You probably noticed that I didn't post a painting yesterday. If I'm going to miss a day, or two, it's usually at the end of the week. But last night I did in fact paint. "Where's the painting?" you ask. "It's in the trash can!" I answer.

Sometimes the best laid plans do not work out. Last night my "best laid" didn't get out of the drawing stage. I drew, I wiped off. I drew, I wiped off. Some of you might find it hard to believe, but occasionally I need to release some steam. Let's call it a primal scream. Just picture the famous painting. That was me last night. Nothing was working so I put the masterpiece in file 13 and went to bed.

That was my last gessoboard. I had ordered a new batch, but they hadn't arrived yet. So I thought "I might need a break from painting. I'm taking off until the new boards arrive." So when I got home today, there was my new shipment of boards waiting for me. That was "a sign" if there ever was one. This is the result. (I think I'll start screaming ever night)

Washing Apples

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Day 32

A different night, a different painting outcome. I'm much happier with the final product. Last night was a real bummer. That happens. This effort went smoothly and I managed to not lose anymore hair off the top of my head.

I was listening to the presidential debate while I painted, so I think it's appropriate that there is a pair of scissors in the composition, since Obama and Romney are trying to cut each other to shreds... That's a joke.

Cutting Glass

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Monday, October 15, 2012

Day 31

I really hate this one. But this is a "warts and all" blog, so I'm forced to post it. 

I'm back to painting from still life setups. This one started out with so much promise. But like quite a few of these, it quickly fell into the hellish pit of over painting. I don't understand why some nights I'm in control, know what I want to do and how I want to do it. Then other nights I'm splashing paint around, not squinting my vision to lesson the details I'm seeing, and finishing with a mess. 

Onward and hopefully upward.

Couple of Nuts

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Friday, October 12, 2012

Day 30

Yeah! I made it. Five days in a row. Five paintings in a row. It's good to set short term goals and achieve them. Now the problem....I'm officially out of Capitol Market photos to work from. 

I'm getting up tomorrow and making a run through St. Albans for new subject matter. The light in the morning the last few weeks has been wonderful. So, I'm going to see what I can make out of it. Hopefully before winter hits I'll be able to paint a few plein air paintings.

Walking the Dog

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Day 29

I'm continuing my marketplace painting series. I've had some luck painting peppers (well at least I think so), so this piece had a lot going for it before I started. I've been trying to work clean. I think this one fits my goals.

Sometimes I forget to choose colors that enhance my painting as opposed to trying to paint the colors I think I see. Choosing colors, working out a color scheme needs to trump nature. Choose colors that enhance the overall quality of the painting.

Box of Hots

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Day 28

I believe one of the signs of an experienced artist is knowing what to paint. Is the subject matter of some importance? Does it have good contrasting lights and darks? Is there an interesting arrangement of subject matter or are the colors vivid against a background? All important issues to considered. 

I also believe its true that experience teaches the artist what not to paint. Does this subject matter fit my painting style? Will I be able to handle the complexity of the objects? 

I do realize that you shouldn't pin hole yourself into painting the same things over and over. You need to venture out of your comfort zone and paint subject matter that you've never tackled before to get better. Myself, I had never painted glass or metal objects before starting this blog.

Though I like this composition, I realized as I worked my way through this piece, that green beans were probably not the thing I should be tackling right now. And especially not 400 green beans. I think I'll purchase a small hand full of these at the market this weekend and give it another try. 

Red Potatoes and Green Things

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Day 27

I've come to realize that I have trouble with details. Since I'm not structured enough in my painting process, I tend to lose control of the whole thing. I'm always walking a fine line between not overworking a painting and getting enough detail to make it look like what's it supposed to be. The painting below is from my Capitol Market photos. These are pumpkins in the sunlight. You know you've done a poor job when you feel compelled to describe what you've painted.

Big Orange Things

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Monday, October 8, 2012

Day 26

A funny thing happened on the way to my daily blog...it become a 3 times a week blog. Actually, my uncle came to town and I used that as my excuse to be lazy. I pledge to not miss a day this week. Really.

I took this photo at the Capitol Market the week before last. There have been very few painting that I've done that I really, really like. This is one of them. It has everything in it I've been trying to accomplish; good composition, loose paint application and a nice color scheme. Maybe missing 4 days in a row isn't such a bad thing...yeah it is.

Buy it now

Stacks of Crates

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Day 25

I really had fun painting this apple. 

It amazes me the value I get from writing my thoughts and feelings about my work on this blog. It allows me to refocus my attention on what I believe are the important things. The simple act of writing keeps me on track. Helps me move forward even when I don't feel like I'm moving fast enough.

I've had some winners and some losers during my painting process. I think this is a winner.

Slice of Life

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Day 24

First, before I begin, let me say I had every intention of tossing out the peppers last night. When you name a painting "Last of the peppers", you really should send them packing. But here I was scrambling for something for my composition that had some color in it. Oh well, they're in the trash now.

The fog of art. Sometimes that's what it fills like when I'm painting. I've been working toward keeping it simple. Not overworking the paint. I start working and before I know it I've transitioned to a smaller brush and I'm micro-painting. Ugh! So once the fog lifts, I try to go back in and rework my mess and attempted to simplify things. I still seem to have an issue with perspective when it comes to ovals. Like the base of the lamp. I drew it correctly and it looked fine to me when I finished painting. But when I'm preparing this blog entry I notice my mistakes.

I'm confident that when I finally make my way through the forest, I'll finally see the trees...and they'll look like Monet painted them, not Senior MicroTeel.

Aladdin and the dead peppers

6" x 6" oil on gessoboard

Monday, October 1, 2012

Day 23

I'm back!  I feel like my drawing skills with the paint brush has gotten to the point where I'm comfortable with it now. It doesn't feel strange when I begin and I'm confident of the results (most of the time). 

As I worked on this piece tonight (late start), I began to sense that old familiar tinge of frustration creeping in. I'm sure I'm like most people when it comes to this personal flaw. I'm working toward a goal, I'm making progress, but sometimes it doesn't seem to be enough. I start doubting my work. Next comes the "do I really need to be doing this" feeling. Excuses pop up. "I'm tired, I'm tired of painting fruit, I'm tired of getting paint all over me". 

I started this blog to keep myself motivated and on target. I choose to  broadcast it to friends to hold me to my goals. Sometimes its hard.

So with those uplifting words of encouragement, here's tonight's offering.

The Last of the Peppers.

6" x 6" oil on gessoboard.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Day 22

Got home early today, so I was able to finish this one before darkness set in. Which means I was able to photograph it outside like I used to do. I think maybe this weekend I'm going to re-shoot the last 10 or so paintings outside. They look much closer to the actual color when shot in natural light. Though I've adjusted each one in Photoshop, it's hard to get all the colors correct.

After finishing this one up, I had to take my 10 year old Maddie out to ride her bike. This put me on a tight painting deadline. Which forced me to not overwork it. 

Three Red Apples

6" x 6" oil on gessoboard

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Day 21

I thought I'd pump up the color on this piece. Nothing wrong with that, right? 

Keeping my focus from yesterday (conservative painting application) didn't work as well on this subject. I don't want to limit myself with subject matter, but I need to be mindful of what items work well with what I'm trying to do. Though I love painting metal, it's not easy to keep it simple. At least not at my skill level.

Once this piece was finished, I noticed that maybe my shadows were not pronounced enough. That's a composition and lighting problem. Tomorrow night I'm going to be a little more thorough with my still life setup. Just like in the painting stages, I need to plan my approach better when setting these up.

Peppers and Chrome

6" x 6" oil on gessoboard

Monday, September 24, 2012

Day 20

In my early days of painting instruction from Barrie Kaufman, I had just come back to town after a visit to one of my favorite museums, the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA. I've always been a great fan of N.C. Wyeth, and this museum, which rests on the Wyeth family farm, has a great collection of his work (not to mention Andrew and Jamie Wyeth).  

As I was talking to Barrie about how great it was to see the paintings in person again, she asked me to write down what it was that I really liked about his work. It's funny, I had never really thought about that before. 

What I really liked was the loose approach he took to painting. Seeing them in person allows you to get really close and see the brush strokes, the application of paint and how he never really completely mixed his colors together. He let the viewer's eye mix them for him. The colors vibrate against each other. Shadows weren't just purples or grays, they had streaks of yellow, warm blues and reds.

To make a long story longer, yesterday I started looking through my previous daily paintings. Ranking them, one by one. That's when I noticed a trend that I didn't like...I had lost that loose quick painting style that drew me to my favorite artists.

So tonight's piece is my attempt to get back to that style. I tried to be conservative with my painting strokes. I feel very satisfied with my effort. I'm sure a few weeks from now I'll probably not feel the same.

PS: What a teacher Barrie Kaufman is!

Meet the Peppers, Manny, Moe and Jack

6" x 6" oil on gessoboard.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Day 19

I went to our local farmer's market (Capitol Market) this past Saturday. My sister in-law, Kathleen DuBois, had a book signing for her recently published book "Monday Motivation". While there helping her setup I decided to walk through the market with my camera. It's one thing to stroll through looking for food, it's another when your looking for painting reference. So many unique shapes and color to choose from. I took a ton of photos which I hope to create larger paintings from in the next few weeks. 

I also purchased a few things to bring home for my daily paintings. Here's the first of those purchases.

Pepper Dance

6" x 6" Oil on gessboard.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Day 18

Somethings are better left alone. I pulled out the monk cup and gave it another try. That voice I heard the other night WAS the monk cup. It was saying "Hey stupid, don't try and paint me again." Next time I'll listen. The one thing I can say is this version was better. I've added the first Lemonhead painting as a reference.

Sometimes you have to except the small victories and be happy about it.

Lemonhead and the dearly departed.

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard.

First version, one month ago. (Yes, that is the same cup)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Day 17

Well, my summertime routine of painting these pieces before it gets dark is definitely over. The seasons change and so must Teel. Since I've been completing these later, and it's getting darker sooner, I've had to start photographing them inside. A lot of Photoshop adjustments to get the colors close. 

Since my spoons from last night turned out well, I thought I'd continue the "metal" show with this piece. Last night I thought I heard the monk cup calling my name... I do have a lemon left. See you tomorrow night Lemonhead.

Reflections of Apple

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Monday, September 17, 2012

Day 16

I'm happy to report that I finally escaped from the evil clutches of football. It was a weekend long struggle, but I prevailed.

Every spring the Teel family attempts to touch base with our inner farmer. Every fall we recognize another year of failure. We would be in trouble if we had to grow our own food to survive. This year we attempted to grow tomatoes. This painting is the fruit of our labors. Very sad.

A Spoonful of Tomatoes

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Day 15

Man o' man, rough night. Learned a valuable lesson...don't try to paint and listen to a football game at the same time. Drawing was poor, paint application was overworked, color mixing was dull. I was not organized when mixing my colors. It really shows. My palette looked like someone threw up on it when I was done. What a mess.

I have to learn to plan my approach and concentrate on the task at hand. No multitasking. Very disappointing.

King of the Apples

6" x 6" oil on gesso board.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Day 14

More apples tonight, but I did throw in some strawberries. I should have thrown them out the window. I'm starting to hate strawberries. It's so easy to get caught up in the small details of them. I took a few swipes at painting their "pits", but it just doesn't fit with these small quick paintings. Or I'm just not experienced enough to handle them. Yeah, that's probably it. I'll have to put the strawberries away with the monk cup and move on.

PS: Missed yesterday. Too much work going on.

Apples and Strawberries

6" x 6" oil on gesso board

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Day 13

I just made it through my longest drought of non-painting-days since I started my blog. I had a lot of things going on this weekend and I couldn't find the time (what a sorry excuse, right?). 

As I worked on this one, I keep thinking of what I'm going to write when I posted it: "Just when I thought I was getting good..." or "Painting a fork is hard...". But I think the main insight I can pass along from last night is "Take your time with the drawing stage.". I had a lot of trouble getting the perspective drawing down on this one. It's quite the challenge drawing with a paint brush. I've been noticing my drawing skills are a little rough when it comes to these pieces. Unfortunately, I don't see it until the painting is done and photographed. I can draw just about anything with a pencil, and get the perspective correct, but there's something about the brush that causes me to miscalculate. I've gotten better at it since I began (three weeks now), but I need to spend more time at the beginning stage.

PS: When I finished this piece, my resident critic daughter, Maddie, drop by to let me know where I made my mistakes and to dump my display carrots into the glass of tea I was using for the painting. Thank you Madeline Rose Teel.

Tea and Carrots

6" x 6" Oil on gesso board

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Day 12

I hope this is the start of something good. Flowers died, so out come the apples. This one went smooth and easy. I was really happy with paint color and application. For the first time, I think I put together a good overall value scheme. The shadows look more natural and I didn't overwork the paint. No scrubbing. I love the little touch of light blue at the bottom of the second green apple. I'm starting to think about taking another shot at the dreaded monk cup. My friend Ted will be happy. 

Green, green and red

6" x 6". Oil on gesso board.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Day 11

Another day, another tulip painting. But this time I doubled the pleasure with two. I'm still having a time with color mixing. It's getting better, just not as fast as I would like. I do like this composition though.

Two Tulips

6" x 6" Oil on gesso board.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Day 10

Yeah! Double-digital-day. 

I'm still utilizing the tulips I bought from the store over the weekend. I'm trying to force the color a little on this one and I'm happy with the composition and paint application. I'll be doing a series of these flowers until they die on me.

Though I can start to see some improvement (maybe I need new glasses), I find myself getting frustrated as I work through these. I just have to keep moving forward. The wisdom of working daily is that it's easier to remember what you did right or wrong on the last painting if it just happened yesterday.


6" x 6". Oil on gesso board.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Day 9

In praise of Labor Day, I thought I'd labor a little longer and move up to a 12" x 12" painting. I also decided to switch from a canvas board to press board. I like the smooth finish of the board. This one was a lot easier than I thought, though yesterday I did start a 20" x 28" version that I wiped off this morning. I've learned that if "it's not working, it's not working". Save yourself the headache and just start over. I simplified the composition and went with a smaller size.

Yellow Tulips

12" x 12". Oil on board.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Day 8

My sister Cathy has a lot of antique glass and kitchen related items. She offered to let me borrow a few things for my painting endeavors. One of the things I borrowed was a restaurant ketchup dispenser. Lots of chrome. Really neat looking.

Sometimes as you're painting, you have a few "ah, ha" moments. I had one while I was working on this piece. Half way through I thought "Ah, ha, this antique ketchup dispenser is way too complicated to paint on this small scale." 

Chrome, Glass and a Bulb.

6" x 6", oil on canvas board.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Day 7

I may need to re-shoot this piece. I've been trying to get these painted before nightfall so I can shoot them outside in natural light. Got started late on this one, so I had to shoot it inside. The colors are a little washed out.

PS: I found out tonight that one of my paintings (Chloe and the mangos) made it into the Tri-State Arts Association Juried Exhibition for 2012. The exhibit will be at the Huntington Museum of Art starting on September 8th. I'm pretty stoked about it.

Happy Apples, Grapes and Banana. 

6" x 6", oil on canvas board.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Day 6

OK, I'm feeling good about this one. First, I finished it in just over one hour. Secondly, I didn't have to restart it. 

I making my way through the refrigerator. Luckily, the wife went to the store yesterday. So tomorrow I'm going to get real crazy and paint some bananas.

Yesterday's Pepper

6" x 6", oil on canvas board

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Day 5

So, obviously this isn't day 5. As I go through the process I retain the right to adjust expectations accordingly. 

I think I made a slight breakthrough today. This piece is much more spontaneous and clean. I'd like to note that this was the third version of this painting today. The first two died a horrible death. I was determined to paint until I was satisfied.

I'd also like to mention that I entered a couple of paintings in a juried art show this weekend. My first ever attempt. Wish me luck.

Side note: part of the reason I'm a few days behind on my paintings is that I had to build a frame for a 48" x 36" piece that I entered in the show. If you've ever had to purchase a frame for a canvas that large, you'll understand why I built my own.

Pepper and Pears

6" x 6", oil on canvas board

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Day 4

Note to self, "Don't paint small detailed objects. Stick to simple shapes in these small paintings".

Ouch! Another rough night. This was a cup shaped like a monk. Couple more nights like this and I might start questioning my sanity. I didn't think it was possible, but I think I'm getting worse.

I present "Lemonhead and friend".

6" x 6", oil on canvas board

Life-stuff happened

Well, I knew this would happen, I just hoped it would be a little further along than day 3. Not that I'm making excuses (because I am), but I had kids stuff (open house) going on and our new puppy, Chloe, ate some citronella plants that were growing on our back deck (well, at least she got her vegetables in) and proceeded to recreate a few scenes from the Exorcist, including the green color. 

In the spirit of posting a painting a day, I've dropped in a painting I recently completed with the aforementioned Chloe in it. This one is 48" x 36", titled "Chloe and the Mangoes".

48" x 36", oil on canvas

Monday, August 20, 2012

Day 2

I thought I was going to miss my commitment today. Worked late, took Maddie to guitar lessons, did evening walk with my wife (our 18th wedding anniversary) and finally got to painting.

You'd think the art gods would gift me a break, not happening. Another struggle. I'm very unorganized when I'm painting. It's hard keeping my colors clean. I also realized that I need some mid-range flat brushes. Mine are either too large or too small. I'll pick up a few new ones tomorrow.

PS: My wife thought my first painting was a bowl and fortune cookies. Moving forward.

This one is titled "Orange and dog"

6" x 6", oil on canvas board.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Day 1

They say practice makes perfect. 

I recently stumbled upon a series of blog sites from different artists who have committed to themselves to create one painting a day (small 6" x 6" loose works). Though I'm the full time Creative Director at Progressity, and have a family (wife and two girls living at home), I've decided to take the plunge.

I've been painting off and on for most of my adult life (mostly off) but I've really started to become serious about my artwork (old age is creeping up). Last year my sister-in-law, Kathleen DuBois, encouraged me to make an appointment to meet with a local artist here in Charleston, Barrie Kaufman. Barrie inspired me to start painting on a more regular basis. With her help, I've come a long way. But the journey for me has just begun. I have a long way to go before I can be the artist I want to be.

So here I am. I don't expect followers or art critics to flock to my blog. I just want to hold myself to the pursuit of these daily paintings. I think having to post these will help me. I realize "everyday" is not possible (life, kids and stuff), but having this blog as a place to post images and thoughts will hopefully keep me going.

One more thing, one of the artists I managed to stumble upon is Carol Marine. Love her work. She makes painting look so easy. Today was my first go round. And boy let me tell ya, it's not easy.

Year one, here I come.

TahDah! My first piece. I think I'll call it "Oranges and Bowl", very catchy.

6" x 6", oil on canvas board.