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