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 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.