Monday, August 19, 2013

Day 100

One year and 100 paintings. It's been quite a trip. Lots of activity along with stretches of nothing. I had to kill myself to reach 100 after my winter of discontent. It's really fun to look back at where I started and see where I'm at now. Though I still have a long way to go, I'm very happy at this time. 

I'm going to be taking a few days off before beginning another year. It just so happens that today was my blog anniversary and tomorrow is my wedding anniversary. 19 years of putting up with me. The lady is a saint who has allowed me spend my evenings painting while she took care of our girls. Thank you Elizabeth.

I painted this metal cup a few times in the past, but not recently. Putting it on a couple strips of colored paper made for a neat affect. 

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Striped Metal Cup

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Day 99

Well, I did it. This is 4 of 4. I thought I'd use the last of the apple I've painted over the weekend. This setup seemed way easier than it actually turned out to be. Lots of reflections on the cup was challenging. I'm going to need to re-shoot this one tomorrow in the daylight.

One more day and one more painting to finish. Yeah! 


The Rest of the Apples

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Day 98

I had painted a similar scene 6 months ago. I friend of my sister-law purchase it and I've missed it every since. Though it isn't a copy of the scene, it's fairly close. I'm happy with how this turned out. I'm also happy that I just need to paint one more piece tonight to reach my goal.

NOTE: I'm doing a test run to sell my blog paintings via Daily Paintworks. If you're interested in this piece, click the link below to purchase.

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Apple and Fork

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Day 97

This seemed like a good idea until I started painting the glass, which has small depressions throughout it. I kind of got lost in the detail a little. Oh well, moving on....

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Apple and Yellow Glass

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Day 96

This is 1 of 4 today. I know I said that yesterday, but I don't have a choice today if I'm to make 100 by tomorrow. I'm trying to resist the urge of just dropping in any old object and painting it. I want to adhere to good composition, interesting subjects, and having fun. I think this is only the second painting I've done with cloth as a subject. Very hard to paint, for me anyway.


Blue Cup With Spoon

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Day 95

OK, so I didn't quite make my goal for today, but tomorrow is another day. Or so I've heard.

This is old shave cup and brush that my sister loaned me. No, she doesn't shave, she just collects old things.

How About a Shave

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Day 94

Hopefully this will be 1 of 4 posts today. I have to go to a wedding later today, so we'll see. 

This is my favorite bird and a little pitcher my sister loaned me. Once again I was able to us one of my fabric samples. Yeah!

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Red Meets Orange

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Friday, August 16, 2013

Day 93

Over a year ago I tried to paint these fake purple flowers that I had purchased at Michael's. It was a disaster. I still have the canvas sitting in the corner of my studio reminding me of that not so pleasant memory. I know this one is smaller in size, but I feel a sense of accomplishment for the way this one turned out. 

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Green Vase and Purple

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Day 92

This will is the start of my multi-day posts in an attempt to reach my goal of 100 paintings by the 19th of this month. These cups are part of my "thrifting" day with my sister.

Group of Blues

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Day 91

The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away.

I may like this better tomorrow, but tonight I don't. Mr. Overpaint showed up and made me angry. All was going well, then I became detail boy. I really need to conquer this tendency to not be able to stop painting an area over and over and over. Ugh!

The Outcast

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Day 90

A moment of clarity.

I had a church related event with my daughter tonight. So when I came home I knew that I wouldn't have much time to paint. Being up against a looming deadline, I couldn't afford to miss a night. So off I went, painting quickly, but with a plan in mind. 

I've been struggling recently with my tendency to "over-paint" these blogs paintings. Working within a short time frame forced my hand today...and this turned out to be a good thing. 

I'm really happy with the finished product. Clean color, simple brush work and a nice composition. And, I got to use another fabric sample. Much simpler pattern and the colors work well with the red in the apples.


Happy Painting

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Day 89

This piece started out with a lot of promise. I still had some great tomatoes and apples to choose from. I also used one of the upholstery samples that I recently purchased. I was very excited. As I got further into the process, I started to think I should have started with a less complicated upholstery design. Once again, the small painting surface makes it difficult to paint the smaller areas and still have a fresh color approach.

It also didn't help that I couldn't get a decent photo afterwards. Oh well, win some, lose some.

Meeting of the Reds

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Monday, August 12, 2013

Day 88

I needed to take a few days off at the end of last week and the weekend. I tweaked my back, so no painting. This has put my stated goal of reaching 100 paintings by August 19th, my one year anniversary, in jeopardy. If you do the math, I'm going to come up a little short. So what's a fellow to do...cheat! I'm going to double up on a couple days and try to make it anyhow. As I sit here typing, I'm lamenting that two and a half month break I took during the late stages of winter. 

Well, I can only do the best I can and be happy with it. 

I went "thrifting" (second-hand shopping) with my sister last Friday and picked up a couple of new items. I also was able to purchase an assortment of upholstery samples which will make great backgrounds and foregrounds. Very happy with those. I had to shoot this painting late and I've picked up a lot of glare on the right side. I'll need to re-shoot this later.

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Crazy Tomato Head

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Day 87

The family went out for dinner to "celebrate" the start of a new school year. When we returned home at 7:45pm, I didn't really feel like painting. I slumped in my chair in front of the TV and started to formulate all the different reasons I could use to not paint. At 8:15pm, the good part of my brain made a rare appearance and I found myself staring at a blank gesso panel. 

What to paint? Cups, no. Fruit, we were all out. Looking through my collection of stuff, I pulled this ceramic bird out for double duty. I'm happy with the results. Sometimes pushing yourself when you don't feel like it, works out well.

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It's a Bird

6" x 6" Oil on gessobard

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Day 86

This is my wife's WVU coffee cup. I thought since football season was approaching, now would be a good time to paint something with a Mountaineer logo on it. It's also been awhile since I painted a cup, lol.

PS: This "lol" thing is great. You can send someone a nasty email, or make a rough comment on something, put the "lol" at the end and it seems to mask the emotions. So, with that being said, "Have a @*!#^& day, lol".

Go Mountaineers

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Day 85

Who would have thought something so small, could fight so well. These cherries kicked my a$$ last night. At one point I sent my daughters upstairs because they were "interrupting my concentration" and it was affecting my painting. In reality I was lost in the detail again and the painting was going nowhere.

So I put down my brush and took a few steps back and spent a good 5 minutes just looking at this monster I had created. "Ah-hah, I had forgotten to squint!" Squinting removes the detail and helps to simplify the subject. So instead of dropping this into the trash can, I just started painting over my mistakes. You'd think after nearly a year of these daily paintings I wouldn't forget to squint.

After finishing I apologized to my girls and let them know that it wasn't "their fault" that my painting wasn't going well.

To finish off the evening in grand style, I ate these trouble-makers. That will teach them a lesson. 

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And in This Corner...

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Day 84

This is a close up of a black cherry. I overworked this a little, but I'll continue to try and keep it simple as I paint a few more of these before they either go bad, or become eaten. Cherries this time of year are very tasty, so I better work fast.

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Lonely Cherry

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Day 83

Needed to take a break from the vacation stuff. This is a good time of year for peaches, so after a trip to the grocery store, this is the "fruit" of my labor.

Peachy Still Life

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard

Friday, August 2, 2013

Day 82

For an artist, hanging out at the beach can be an exciting color-filled experience. Now I realize that anyone can appreciate bright colors, but an artist starts to see these colors as an opportunity to crack open that new tube of paint purchased a few months/years ago. The colors that don't usually come up in everyday studies. Though I've tried to stick with a limited palette for these daily paintings, I was able to finally use my 2 year old, brand new tube of Transparent Oxide Yellow. Oh baby! What I found out is that it's really about the same as Cadmium Yellow Light, which I use about everyday.

Still being relatively new to painting, I have purchased some crazy paint colors over the years. But when I started these daily paintings I made a concerted effort to work with just 8 colors, they are: Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Red Medium, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Umber and White. So basically a warm and a cool version of each color.

PS: I miss the Pro Art & Framing Center that was located on Summers Street in Charleston, WV. It closed over two years ago. Hello Mr. Trail, wherever you are.

My Kingdom For Some Shade

6" x 6" Oil on gessoboard.