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.