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February 23, 2017


448 Twice Daily


Brushes448 Twice Daily
6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I actually like to brush and floss ... but not as much as I love to rinse with the intense burn of Listerine, which I didn't include in the still life composition for this work.

February 22, 2017


447 Tea with Me


Teacups447 Tea with Me
6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I used two tea cups and a spoon from our kitchen to reference for this work. And incredibly, the more I practice painting still life, the better I paint faces. And the more I paint flowers, the better I paint dogs in water. And so on. A good reminder that lessons about this thing here are sometimes found way over there.

February 21, 2017


#resistancelog (Nicety Nice Edition)


NiceFascist45 loves people who are nice to him. He points out all the time that since (fill in the blank) was nice to him, we should love (fill in the blank). That (fill in the blank) could be someone like Sean Hannity ... or Mike Pence ... or Vladimir Putin. Fascist 45 also despises with a vengeance people who he thinks are not nice to him. And when he feels someone has been mean to him or his people, it's an all out attack ... from Meryl Streep, to Nordstrom, to the American media (including NYTimes, NBCNews, ABC, CBS, and CNN) as he goes for their jugular.

But what IS nice? What does that mean and what weight should nice have in setting domestic and foreign policy? If a kleptocratic terrorist like Putin is nice to Fascist 45 by complimenting him or hacking into our election to find ways to help Fascist 45 win ... does that mean that we ought to feel good about Putin just because he has been "nice" to Fascist 45? Be nice back to Putin who kidnaps, tortures and murders his political opponents and hacks into our election process?

And when Fascist 45 feels an American company isn't being nice to his daughter for no longer carrying her shoes, he uses a worldwide platform to go after that company, to single it out and harass them for making a business decision. And his disgusting son joins in by encouraging Americans to cut up our Nordstrom cards.

To me, being nice is synonymous to being courteous. It's letting a car merge in rather than speeding up to cut off that car for no reason. But just because courtesy is practiced on the freeway doesn't mean that world views become aligned. After all, true courtesy lets all cars (whether blue or red) merge in. That's courtesy.

Fascist 45 was elected to be the leader of the free world. When a journalist investigates facets of his world view as translated into policies and procedures, it's not because they are being mean. It's not because they are being nice. It's because it is their job to be relentless, rigorous and free.

Especially toward women, there's a lot of pressure to be nicety nice. To smile. To be kind. I can be all that. Especially on the freeway. Because that's the way I was raised. But when Fascist 45 and his team continue to champion a world view that dangerously steers our world into the dark ages,

I resist.

For me, resistance involves a lot of tears and heartache. It takes a lot of work. Thankfully, resistance also involves deep satisfaction in knowing that I am living life not obliquely, but honestly, and straight from the heart. Thank you to the many resistors who inspire me and help me feel the opposite of alone.

PS: My cute little black dress? It's from Nordstrom ... one of the best American companies known for their awesome customer service that employs thousands of American workers.

 

 


 

 


446 All I Need is Less


Is less

446 All I Need is Less
16x20 inches :: original acrylic painting on canvas board
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This is the second demo painting I made while teaching today, born out of my demo about how I approach figure drawing, which is always with the breasts then torso. Once that happens, everything else falls into place, including little black dresses. The sentiment is one that I feel so much lately, especially after having watched the documentary titled Minimalist ... about living a richer life by consuming less.


445 Boots


Paper doll445 Boots
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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This is the demo painting I made while teaching a private painting lesson today. I referenced a photo from the @freepeople catalogue and rather than do my usual drawing by using grids, I didn't use any grids at all and allowed myself to get abstract, exaggerated and kinda magical. So much fun.

 

February 20, 2017


444 Doggy Paddle


Doggy
444 Doggy Paddle
6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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This is my demo painting from today's private painting session that I taught. I've referenced this subject before for a painting ... such a beautiful dog doing his paddle. There is always so much to learn when practicing subjects that are partially submerged in water.

February 19, 2017


443 There, Not There


Therenotthere443 There, Not There
6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I woke up determined to make two paintings today. For this second work of the day, I practiced what I teach when I teach portrait work, which is to find ways to have the subject there, but not there.

It's all about accurate proportions with an economy of strokes that make the subject not so explicitly there but expressively and emotionally there. Not easy but something I love.


442 Petals and Kumquats


Rose and kumkwats442 Petals and Kumquats
6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I used the same rose I referenced yesterday but this time placed in a cute little yogurt jar, along with a bundle of kumquats from the deconstructed floral arrangement.

February 18, 2017


441 Garden Rose


Garden rose441 Garden Rose
6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I recently bought a beautiful arrangement of flowers from @lavendersflowers and decided to use just one of the beautiful garden roses from that arrangement to reference for today's painting. I've taken lots of reference photos of the actual arrangement as well as other photos of the arrangement that I deconstructed so I'm super happy that I have several other ideas for future paintings. Ideas for paintings. They are gold. And these days, my lifeline. And here's a little poem in honor of these days ...

IDEA FOR A PAINTING
I'll get up
cause I have an idea for a painting.
I'll get up
cause I saw those heels in the window winking.

And maybe with that idea
I'll paint things different.
And with those heels maybe
see you beguiled

I'll get up
cause I have an idea for a painting
for resisting
for fighting
for flirting
for living.

February 17, 2017


440 Coffee & Cashews


Coffee and cashews440 Coffee & Cashews
6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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Had such a lovely time teaching a private oil painting session to a person who has never oil painted before. We decided to keep it "simple" with a simple still life. Even so, compositions that appear uncomplicated have their own set of challenges, and it was a joy to see so much hard work and success unfold for this new painter.

 

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