In the early days of my blog, I had painted this metal bowl with a red apple reflecting against it. I thought the painting went well, but in hind site the composition was poor. Tonight, I thought I'd give it another go round. In the frig, we had these grape tomatoes that were about to take a long needed vacation on the Teel family resort island of El Trashcano. There's one thing about tomatoes, if you buy them, you better eat them quick. Adios muchachos.
Back to the tiny ones. I really struggled tonight to figure out what to paint. A lot of times, as I'm driving home from work, I'll start to think of ideas. Today's trip was full of traffic (for all my Washington, DC friends, yes, occasionally we have traffic problems in Charleston, WV). I didn't get home until nearly 6pm. I had to take my mini me, Maddie, to guitar lessons. Got home, ate supper, started painting around 8pm. I walked around the house looking for something, anything. I looked like an episode of The Walking Dead. Suddenly, there it was, inside the china cabinet, my wife's mother's china. A small tea cup. The last time I pulled something out of the cabinet to paint, I received the "You better not break that" look from the wife. I sneaked it downstairs to set up. Well, that's not really true. Because you see, I cannot hide anything from Inspector Elizabeth. She gave me her blessing. I think it turned out pretty good. Another simple, uncluttered composition.
I had a nice painting weekend. I started on Saturday and finished tonight. I thought I was ready to work on a larger piece so I took it up a notch, this painting is 16" x 20". I really like the way my small daily blog painting of this scene turned out, so why not go larger. I used the small painting as a color study. I adjusted the composition and added a little more detail.
One of things I really liked about the reference photo was the American flag hanging out front. I wasn't able to include it in the smaller version, so with the added room, I was able to put it back in. This scene just says summer to me, even though I shot it in fall. Empty rocking chairs, late evening sun. I also added a couple of empty bottles to the table to enhance the mood. I like how that adds to the quiet scene. It's as if these folks just walked into their home for the evening.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I just set a new 2013 record...3 paintings in a row. Yeah!
I had to work late today, so I nearly blew off painting this evening. (See, I told you I was weak willed). I didn't get started until around 8:30pm. It had been a long day and I really just wanted to hit the sack. The two halves of my brain got into it and the good side won. Well, not completely. A compromise was agreed upon. I would paint tonight, but the subject matter had to be something simple. Since I've been working with these paint tubes this week, the answer was, well "simple".
I'm very happy with the results, and the title. I'm so clever (gagging sounds follow).
Two nights in a row. Nice going big guy. This past Christmas I received a gift of paints straight from Paris, France. Charvin is the brand. They came in a neat little wooden box with a mini wooden palette. Great packaging. The labels on these tubes are very attractive and influenced me to "paint the paint". So that's what I've been using as my model the last two days. You'll see a few more before I move on to something else.
PS: Though I like the paintings I've done this week, I'm not at all happy with the photos of them. I've got to get better at that.
I've been really lazy and de-motivated since the holidays. I've tried several times to rekindle my painting passion and maintain it. If you've been following my blog, you've seen that I've not been too successful. It's not helping that I've taken a few steps backward since my layoff. It's a lot easier to keep up a consistent schedule when the painting is going well. The last two weeks have not went well. Tonight's offering is a "back to the basics" painting. I'm getting away from the photos and back to painting from life. I need to stick with this for awhile. Simple, uncomplicated compositions allow me to concentrate more on the painting process and planning my approach to each piece. Sometimes at night, I worry about how late it is or if I'll get to bed at a decent time. Keeping these simple will hopefully alleviate that issue. I also haven't been able to keep to my 1 hour painting time frame. I'm going to forget about that for now and concentrate on the painting itself. I think this will get me back on track.