Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Day 53

Since last week, I feel as if I'm in a little slump. Last night and tonight's paintings aren't bad, but I seem to have lost my edge since being off so long during the holiday season. I'm not going to be too critical of these works. I'm just going to push forward to work toward better days.

I do think I overworked this one. It's another scene from St. Albans. There is too much going on in it. Painting these scenes have to adhere to what I've learned about "simple is better" in these daily paintings. A lot of times I don't realize this until I've started painting and I always think I can fix it. My next piece will be something a little larger. Maybe an apple. I haven't painted one of those in a while.

By the way, there was an article in the Charleston Daily Mail today about my daily painting blog. Or should I say that my daughter Maddie had an article in the paper today. She managed to find her way into the photo that was taken in my studio. She'll be taking the newspaper to school tomorrow to show her class. Probably won't mention that the story was about her dad.

Sunny Bench

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Day 52

Number 52 was painful. Or should I say number 51 1/2 was painful. You see I was painting last night, but something happened on the way to a finished piece. It morphed into some hideous blob of misshaped strokes of paint. I wouldn't even insult the word painting by call it a painting. So, post hast (very post hast), I wiped it off to start over. I also decided to clean off my palette (a clean start, so to speak). To clean my tempered glass palette, I use a four inch scraper to remove the old paint from it. As I was wiping the blade clean with a paper towel, my thumb slipped. There Will Be Blood. What a great movie, not a great moment in my painting history. So that's what happened to 51 1/2.

By the way, last week started off with much promise. Two days, two nice paintings. Then my wife became sick. Funny, you don't realize how much your wife does around the house and with the kids until you have to start doing it. That killed the rest of the week for me.

I'm not unhappy with tonight's painting. As always, it could be better. My resident critic, Maddie, seemed to like it so that will have to suffice.


Early Morning Rose

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Day 51

Two days in a row of "feeling good" paintings. Hey baby! 

Today's and yesterday's paintings are from a series of photos I took this past fall. I actually drove past this house several times until the owners went inside. I still feel a little silly, or sinister, when I'm shooting reference photos. The few people that I have encountered while photographing their properties have been really nice. So, I don't know why I still feel like a stalker. I also don't know the proper photo etiquette when it comes to snapping images that don't belong to me. Hopefully I won't learn the hard way.

Late Day on the Porch

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Monday, January 21, 2013

Day 50

Sometimes after having a meltdown with a painting, I have a nice rebound. I think this was one of those rebounds. 

I'm very pleased with a lot of what's going on in this painting. I've been working real hard to improve my composition. I also re-accessed by last painting (which ended up in a bad place). What is it that I'm doing that doesn't please my painting alter ego "Maurice" (he's the one that throws paintings away)? Once again, I know where I want to go with my painting, I just keep stepping off the path and getting lost in the woods. Loose brush work, bright colors, somewhat realistic.

Speaking of paths, I named this one accordingly.


Path to Somewhere

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Day 49

Tonight was about having fun. I didn't want to sweat the details, so I quickly put together a couple things that I had laying around. I arranged the items and starting slapping the paint around. Since I haven't been very busy lately, the results were predictable. Not my best work, but sometimes you just need to have fun with it.

I'm dedicating this piece to a friend of mine.

Ken Vargas vs. A Sliced Apple 

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Monday, January 14, 2013

Day 48

Now that my extended vacation is over, please accept this painting as my first blog work of 2013. I decided to go head-to-head with my old nemesis Lemonhead. But this time minus the lemon. 

Coming off the holiday season, and an all too short vacation, they're calling me Mr. Lazy. I do find myself a little devoid of motivation right now. I know that if I can make it through this week I'll be fine. 

I would like to state here, that as good as 2012 was to my re-awaking inner artist, 2013 will see my work grow by leaps and bounds. I'm looking forward to August 19, 2013. That will be the one year anniversary of my painting blog. I can't wait to see how far I've come in a year's time.

Lemon Head Minus the Lemon

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Day 47

Hello weary travelers. We finally made it to the new year. I learned a very important lesson at the end of 2012, the flu will really knock the art right out of you! I've been out of commission for a few weeks. When I finally regained my health, I decided to start a larger painting. This piece is 24" x 48" and is from a series of photos I took around my town of Saint Albans during the peak of fall. I'll restart my daily blog paintings next week.

Fully Fall

24" x 48", Oil on canvas.