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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