August 15, 2016

339 Crate of Apples


339 Crate of Apples

9x12 inches :: oil on canvas panel

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I used a beautiful photo by @a_violet_dream to reference for this work. A crate of apples.

August 14, 2016

338 Easy Like Sunday

Calm338 Easy Like Sunday

9x12 inches :: original oil painting on canvas panel

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I told myself I didn't have to paint today, given how tired I am from so many things going on lately. But as soon as I told myself that, I just got this easy breezy idea to compose this little still life to paint it. And the work just seemed to paint itself. For about 90 percent of the work, I used a limited zorn palette.


August 13, 2016

337 Barbara in August

Barbara337 Barbara in August

9x12 inches :: oil on canvas panel

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For the most part, the portraits I paint are done using a photo reference. Today was a treat because I was able to reference a real person for this work ... one of the best live models I've had the pleasure of working with, Barbara. She is able to hold very long poses without ever blinking. Well, maybe she blinks but I certainly don't notice it. Referencing a real person is so very different than referencing a photo. I hope to do more of this sort of practice in the weeks and months ahead. It's difficult but it forces me to grow.

August 12, 2016

336 Eighty-Twenty

Apple pencils flower336 Eighty-Twenty

12 x 12 inches :: oil on canvas panel

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A tiny lunch-sized apple, a dried rose in a jar, and my art pencils all lovingly used to the last inch or two that are too cute to throw out. That's what I composed today and painted. For about eighty percent of the work, I used a limited zorn palette. And then for the final twenty percent, I pulled out a couple of additional colors to finish. That's allowed, right? Right!

Wishing everyone a beautiful weekend.





August 11, 2016

335 Flower Girl

335 Flower Girl335 Flower Girl

6x8 inches :: oil on stretched canvas

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This morning, I started experimentally moving around some of my dried flowers and drawing sketches around the flowers. It was a whole lot of fun ... and in my thought bubble, it read ... "stop playing and get to work." 

I became increasingly rebellious toward my thought bubble and decided to keep experimenting and playing and using one of the flower and pencil sketches to reference for this work. I painted the flower as a still life object. Then I pushed the pause button to go meet my artist friend/mentor for lunch.

We had a great conversation ... about so many things, including the big question of why a person paints. One thing I walked away with is that playing and experimenting IS frequently part of work. No need to rebel, per se. Rather, to embrace.

I came home after lunch and then used a brush and palette knife to reference the sketch and paint the girl to surround the flower.

In terms of why I paint ... I'll save that for another longer post.

August 10, 2016

334 Fun-Sized Apples

Two apples334 Fun-Sized Apples

4x4 inches :: oil on acrylic on canvas

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When I saw these cute little apples at my grocery store the other day, I thought they were crab apples. But upon closer inspection, I saw that they were slightly larger than crab apples. And the sign said "lunch size." Like for brown bag lunches. I used two of them as reference for this very very small work. A fun-sized canvas for fun-sized apples!

August 09, 2016

333 Smack Dab

Sdzoo bird333 Smack Dab

12 x 12 inches :: original oil painting on canvas panel

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I used a photo of a bird from the San Diego Zoo as presented by @map_wildlife as reference for this work. Really enjoyed painting this little guy. Though the bird is smack dab in the middle of the composition, which violates some thoughts about dynamic compositions needing to not be smack dab in the middle ... in this case, I think it works. Part of it has to do with the shapes of the different values in the backgrounds.

Painting this subject from the San Diego zoo made me think that I need to go to my local Santa Ana zoo to take some photos of their birds and monkeys to paint. There. I've said it. It's officially on my short list of things to do.

August 08, 2016

332 Drops of Jupiter

Jennylarge332 Drops of Jupiter

24 x 24 inches :: oil on acrylic on stretched canvas

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Last night I went to see Train in concert. It was so much fun! I took a selfie during the night and used that photo as reference for this work which has resulted not in an exact likeness but reflective of an essence that I'm happy to see. I've always been a fan of music with strong story-telling lyrics and I enjoy immensely how the stories that Train tell through their songs infuse bits and pieces of pop culture in cute and sometimes hilarious ways.

I also had the pleasure of meeting lead singer, Patrick Monahan, who was such a lovely, down-to-earth person ... who so generously complimented my necklace with a kind of inquisitiveness ... which made me feel like ... like ... I had drops of Jupiter in my hair and that I could sail across the sun ...

Now that she's back in the atmosphere
With drops of Jupiter in her hair, hey, hey, hey
She acts like summer and walks like rain
Reminds me that there's a time to change, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, heySince the return from her stay on the moon
She listens like spring and she talks like June, hey, hey, hey

But tell me, did you sail across the sun?
Did you make it to the Milky Way to see the lights all faded
And that heaven is overrated?


August 06, 2016

331 Eggs and Tabasco

Eggs and tabasco331 Eggs and Tabasco

6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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I love eggs. Poached is my favorite way but I also like them hard boiled, over easy, and scrambled. And always doused with Tabasco sauce. Best. Condiment. Ever, right? Right, you are!

I composed this still life with eggs from my fridge, bowl from my cupboard, and sauce from my table. :-)

August 05, 2016

330 American Wall (Made in China)

American Wall330 American Wall

24 x 18 inches :: oil on acrylic on stretched canvas

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I've been hearing a lot of ironic talk these days about walls ... about how America needs to build them to keep "them" away from "us."

"We build too many walls and not enough bridges."  —Isaac Newton

American wall2


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