September 22, 2016

361 All Night

Half361 All Night

2.5 x 3.5 inches :: oil painting on encausticbord

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I've been so busy packing ... as I get ready to head off to Seattle bright and early tomorrow to teach painting for a couple of days. I was sweatin' bullets wondering if I'd make my painting today ... though I considered doing half a painting, I did a whole whole miniature painting ... of half an orange ... enjoying new ways to create strokes that exude the whole of who I am.

Give me all night
Give me the full moon
And if I can't take the whole of you
Give it to me anyway
Give me all night
'Till the last star fades
And if you can't take my heart and soul
Take it from me anyway ...


September 21, 2016

360 Milagros Brillantes

Brilliant360 Milagros Brillantes

6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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A rose in full bloom, coupled with a rose about to bloom. Milagros brillantes.

September 20, 2016

Anna Karenina x 3

AnnaI have not yet read Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. It's been on my list of things to read ... but it just hasn't made it up to the top yet. In a short story by Haruki Murakami, there is a protagonist who actually ends up reading Anna Karenina 3 times. She does this in an effort to combat her insomnia and with each reading, she picks up totally different nuances that she didn't pick up in her earlier readings.

This situation ... where we humans consume content but are unable to fully notice or fully remember what we've consumed ... has really bothered me. Like there's SO much content. Can I ever come close to conquering it all?! 

My book-loving friend Lorrie was recently telling me that she's been re-reading some of her favorites from the past ... Harper Lee, Margaret Atwood, etc., just to see how she would react to them now in this different season in her life. When she told me this, I thought ... "Wow ... imagine that ... going back and re-reading and re-experiencing loved books from the past rather than trying to race against the clock to conquer the never-ending amount of content ... from classics to contemporary.

So maybe I won't ever get to Anna Karenina. Maybe I'll allow myself to remember that I'm a human, not a robot ... and enjoy the process of just interacting with content rather than conquering it. And if I do ever get to it, maybe I won't notice some things until I re-read it. And maybe I'll be able to focus on the best parts of the book-reading experience for me ... the feel, the smell, and the wonder of life-affecting words on real paper. Used hardcover edition whenever possible, please. Tell me, is there anything more wonderful to hold than that?

359 Depth of Field

Depth of Field

359 Depth of Field

10x12 :: oil painting on linen panel

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In photography, when you adjust the aperture to bring an object into sharp focus and then the rest of the frame less in focus, it is the depth of field that gets created. That's exactly what I was practicing with this painting ... to create a beautiful depth of field.

I referenced a photo by @nonihana_ for this work. I also used a new linen panel that my art friend/mentor gave to me and I absolutely loved painting on it. I plan on using linen more, after this positive experience.

September 19, 2016

358 Serious Fish

Fish358 Serious Fish

6x6 inches :: oil painting on gessobord

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I almost bought a whole fish at the Korean market the other day because I've been wanting to paint fish ... maybe I will do that someday but for this work, I referenced a photo from @voguekorea. As serious as Koreans are about our fruit, we are also quite serious about our fish ... the thing I ate plenty of while growing up.

September 18, 2016

357 Three Little Roses

Three roses357 Three Little Roses

6x6 inches :: oil on gessobord

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Three little roses. So simple, so complex.

Key Cozy Tutorial

KeycozyHeart key cozy tutorial. Crochet a heart as follows:

Ch3, join with sl st in first ch to form ring, ch3, (2dc, 3sc) in ring, ch1, dc in ring. Ch1, (3sc, 2dc) in ring, ch2, sl st in ring.

Place key on top of this heart.

Make another heart, place on top of key and stitch together.

September 17, 2016

356 Scribble Theory

Scribble theory356 Scribble Theory

16x20 inches :: acrylic painting on canvas panel

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There's a tree in the park I run in that I feel is sort of from a magical Haruki-Murakami-esque reality. It casts a "shadow" but upon close examination, it's not a shadow at all. It's like there's dirt that's wet all around it and then a piece of dirt that's completely dry, in the shape of a cast shadow. Same thing with the sidewalk. There's a slice of the sidewalk that looks like part of the cast shadow but it's not. It's just dry, where the other part of the sidewalk is not. Aside from that, everything else is normal. Hahaha. I took a photo of that magical tree and used it as a reference for this demo painting I made while teaching a private painting lesson today.

My perspective in getting a landscape painted is by scribbling the skeleton first, and then going into the scribbles and fine-tuning as needed. I call it my scribble theory.

September 16, 2016

355 Waiting

Onandon355 Waiting

6x6 inches :: oil painting on gessobord

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It's been a while since I've done a portrait. Felt good to do one today. I referenced a photo from @vogueindia for this work.

September 15, 2016

354 Hustle

Streets of ny354 Hustle

6x8 inches :: oil painting on gessobord

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I referenced a photo by @thesartorialist for this work. A study in the figure, the portrait, the hustle of the city.

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