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September 14, 2016


353 Final Twist


Final twist353 Final Twist

6x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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Well, this is the last of the pastries from my recent trip to the Korean bakery. A twist donut with granulated sugar on top. I almost took it out of the box but then I decided to keep it in there, along with the pastry tissue that had gotten a little greasy ... for the challenge of painting it all.

 


353FM Pablo Neruda Pillow Doll


Doll1353 Pablo Neruda Pillow Doll

8 inches tall

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Onto cotton fabric, I free motion stitched parts of the portrait and then painted watercolors onto the cotton. I stitched a cotton backing and added a small amount of stuffing to make it into a flat, puffy pillow-y doll. I free motion stitched through all the layers, to make certain parts of the pillow doll have dimension.

September 13, 2016


352 Tea and Treats


Treats352 Tea and Treats

6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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A second painting for today! Another dessert I got from the Korean bakery. Accompanied by hot tea. Mmmm. I tried with this work to apply a thicker application of paint. Can you tell?


351 Beauty of a Donut


Donut351 Beauty of a Donut

6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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This morning, I was thinking about painting apples but instead, I ended up at the Korean bakery in Garden Grove, where they have so many beautiful donuts and desserts. I bought this beauty of a donut and brought it home to paint it.  So much fun.

September 12, 2016


350 Baked Bravado


Bravado350 Baked Bravado

6x8 inches :: oil on gessobord

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My father is a musical conductor. One time I talked with him about how when he conducts, he is quite controlled with his arm movements ... calm and assertive without bravado. He pointed out that that is his point of view in terms of quality music conducting ... that bravado with over-flailing arms or melodramatic facial expressions is no substitute for solid musical ability ... as those things can actually detract from the actual music. Conduct calmly and assertively with every beat. The music will tell all.

I found myself using this analogy yesterday while teaching my painting workshop ... reminding participants that no amount of bravado (e.g., flailing arms) can take place of good old fashioned observation, careful color mixing, thoughtful brush strokes, and diligent practice.

I referenced a beautiful photo by @twiggstudios for this work. I guess I've become interested in the cake as a subject as of late. Such a pretty subject indeed. It was a pleasure to paint this work.

September 11, 2016


349 Purple Peppers


IMG_4820349 Purple Peppers

9x12 inches :: oil on canvas

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This is the demo painting I made during my workshop today. One of the participants had brought in two purple peppers from Whole Foods and I used them for this kind of unusual composition.

September 10, 2016


348 All is Calm


Still348 All is Calm

6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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This is the demo painting I made today, during my first day of my oil painting fundamentals workshop. Teaching is always a challenging process for me where strive to find a good balance ... making sure I have enough quality content to impart without overwhelming people with that information. I very much enjoyed all of the work that the participants did. If there's anything that they all learned, it's that painting is hard work. And when things feel challenging, it's staying calm and cool and taking one stroke at a time that will lead to success.

September 09, 2016


347 Taco


Taco347 Taco

9x12 inches :: acrylic on canvas panel

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I've been painting with acrylics for the last few days, mainly because all of my oils are packed up to use for a workshop I'm teaching this weekend. For this work, I enjoyed making some radical departures and decisions ... particularly in terms of colors for the cast shadows. The category for the work, you ask? Well it's a no-brainer, of course ...  it's representational abstract with magical tendencies. And I realize it's not a category that will please everyone. But as the saying goes, I cannot please everyone ... I am not a taco. :-)

September 08, 2016


346 Virgin


Virgin346 Virgin

8x10 inches :: acrylic on canvas panel

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There are flags displayed all over my town, promoting the Virgin of Guadalupe art exhibit that is coming to Bower's Museum next month. Those flags are what inspired this work.

September 07, 2016


345 Cake


Cake345 Cake

18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas

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I don't eat cake very much but I sure do like the imagery of a simple layered cake. And also I love saying the word. Cake cake cake cake cake cake. Cake.

 

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