Monday, June 30, 2008
So - here is a sneak peek at one of the paintings I am working on - it is 12" x 24" and I plan to so a series of 10 or 12 of these. Photo is not very good - but I will reshoot all of them and post them when I am done anyway. I am supposed to be "on vacation" - yeah, right. I am really trying hard to put together a show of larger pieces like this - as well as continue to organize and put together my studio space - still trying to make it all workable ---Happy Fourth of July!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Hey - Look at this! I am pretty pleased and excited about this. This drawing and painting is my first assignment in my Photoshop class. Of course it is a self-portrait but it doesn't look like me - other than the red hair and the purple glasses. I am not sure I really followed the instructions the way I was supposed to so I won't be too surprised if I get a bad grade. I don't care! This was fun and I am happy with it!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
So first and most important - THANK YOU to everyone who has purchased my daily paintings, who reads my blogs and sends me email. I love and appreciate you so much. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your support means so much to me and keeps me going.
Speaking of going...I am going on vacation until after July 4Th. Actually, this is not completely a vacation - I have several show/gallery opportunities coming up and I have to spend every minute I can painting for these, then a day or two off with family at the lake. These paintings will be larger work - more time and energy consuming. I will try to post a few to this blog as I complete them - but no promises!
I am feeling so overwhelmed right now - it seems that not only is my career as an artist taking off - it has almost exploded! There are too many opportunities and good things going on right now that I can't even list them - but I will try to keep you updated as I can - when I get a minute. In fact I just dropped my Web Designing class at the college because I just have too much going on. Finding a housekeeper is proving to be extremely difficult and more time consuming that I ever guessed it would be, as is getting AC estimates - so many little tasks and "to do" annoyances - they seem to just eat up time and energy. Oh well - it sounds like I am complaining and I am not - I am so blessed it's unbelievable at times. So enjoy your Fourth and
I will be back with my little daily paintings after that, don't wander off too far.
Have a great Independence Day!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
5" x 7"
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
So this is today's eBay listing. I painted it a few months ago. It sure is nice to have a painting or two to fall back on when I don't have a successful painting day. Not that I didn't have a successful day today. I had a FUN painting day today . Tuesday morning is portrait class at Studio 2nd Street which is just a great class, I love the people and the atmosphere. So I started out with this:
This is a tiny 2.5" x 3.5" value study of Stephanie, our model. She poses for us fairly often, she is tall and lanky and has hair that puts me in mind of Princess Leia from Star Wars. Just a simple thumbnail map for the portrait. After doing the thumbnail I started the sketch on my canvas and I'm drawing and working - nose to the grindstone - then I stepped back to see how I was doing and ...well.... check this out - GEORGE WASHINGTON!
Oh my gosh - I thought this was HILARIOUS! This is the initial sketch on 11 x 14 canvas and I couldn't do a better George Washington if he was sitting in front of me. It makes me laugh even now! Fortunately George faded away as Stephanie began to appear - sort of. It kind of looks like her but I really wasn't interested in getting a likeness - I want to play with color. I want to get the flesh tones right but I also want to PUSH the color - exaggerate it - have fun with it. Well - I did have fun and I am OK with this painting - a few things I want to tweak before I throw it up on eBay. Fun morning - here's the almost final painting:
Monday, June 16, 2008
#17 Speckled Egg - New Daily Oil Painting a Day
Acrylic on canvasboard
5" x 7"
(approx. 12.7cm x 18.75 cm)
I've been wanting to play and experiment for a while now, so I am taking some time to do it. This painting is from life. I do have a little blue speckled egg - but I really played with and pushed the color a lot. It was fun, and I want to do more. I hope you like it.
I am pretty much just copying today's blog from my eBay blog - I still have so much catching up to do and I am feeling kind of draggy again, like I am getting a cold, which would be really super weird for me. I mean I was just sort of sick in Santa Fe with a cold or something and I usually go at least a year and often two years between colds. I just don't get them, I don't get sick very often. I have plenty of aches and pains and tendinitis - but I don't get sick. So as eager as I am to get back to painting, I guess I'm going to take it easy a for a few days.
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Sunday, June 15, 2008
Today is Father's Day and the thing that Rick wanted was for me to FINISH this painting and go hang it in his office. Kind of sad isn't it - I already took it to his office once and called it finished - but then I made him bring it back home so I could work on it some more. I am pretty darn happy with it now - today - this moment in time. No promises I'll still be happy with it in 10 minutes though. I brightened up some colors and darkened down some areas and brought some lights back out. Done! I am a bit disappointed in myself in that I missed a day of posting on eBay last week. It feels really crummy - I'd been doing so good...but it was for a good cause. I am till working and arranging studio space and making good progress, so this week I can get back to painting and do it in a pretty nice atmosphere. Still have to resolve the lighting issues though. OK - I am off to Rick's office to hang this thing and I promise you will not see or hear about it again - maybe ;-)
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
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So...I was already into this mess when it occurred to me to take a before photo. This is an almost before - actually it looks better now - in these pics - than when I first started, because I have already boxed a bunch of stuff up. I got all of Rica's books and stuff off the shelves and boxed up, that should give me a whole empty book case for my art supplies. This is my acrylic/mixed media studio, and my nap room. LOL.
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Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Okay - Okay - maybe not really devastating blows - but a couple of disappointments. One HUGE. I found out today that a painting that Vanessa did of a blue-eyed clown - that I really, really loved and traded one of my paintings, for accidentally got sold out of a show in LA. Now I am not a fan of clowns AT ALL - but I just loved this tiny little painting. Really - click the link and look at it. I am SOOOOO bummed. The only good thing about it is I will still get a Vanessa Lemen painting and everything thing she does is super awesome. Really - go check out her site. The other big disappointment is the girl that I had hired to come clean was a no show. No call, nothing. I thought she would be reliable - but obviously not. So I spent all afternoon cleaning - which has set me back a bunch, and still didn't get done. I wanted to have pictures of my studio all cleaned up and nice to show you - plus I am chompin' at the bit to get some mixed media work in. Darn it - maybe tomorrow.
Monday, June 09, 2008
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But the real news is my studio. Rick and I worked over the weekend in the garage, and my oil studio, and we are getting started on my Acrylic/mixed media studio. Tomorrow - maybe pictures of how far we've gotten. Painting in there today was wonderful - except for the lighting. I am thinking it is the lighting but I am concerned about my eyes - I am having trouble seeing well lately no matter what the lighting is.
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Friday, June 06, 2008
Isn't this Tufted Titmouse ACEO by Mike Beeman adorable? I bought it!
Boy, I am out of energy and my brain feels fried. I just signed up for Auctiva and InkFrog. Both are eBay auction management sites which I hope will save some money in fees and also help streamline the whole process. Mike runs Auctiva on his siite whih looks pretty cool, and I figure he knows what he's doing. Then my friend Linda - who is an antique dealer runs InkFrog and she really know what she is doing too - (She bought a $2.00 Craftsman style tile a few months back at an estate sale. She contacted Antique Road Show about it and ended up selling it with them for $12,000 !!!! - how cool is that?) So I am trying both Auctiva and InkFrog because I sure as heck don't know what I am doing - yet. I think I already like Auctiva better, and it is free. I am also excited because I won the auction for the Titmouse ACEO painting by Mike Beeman. You can some of his bird paintings on YouTube here.
OK - once again - I've had it - I'm heading for bed.
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Thursday, June 05, 2008
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Tuesday, June 03, 2008
This is one of my favorite things in the whole world. Jasmine - in full bloom and fragrance, especially in the evenings. The fact that they are intertwined in a palm is just a bonus. I always wanted to live somewhere that palm trees grew and by golly - here I am. It just doesn't get much better than this. It is just wonderful. Little white stars floating in a sea of deep green.
Here is today 's daily painting. It just makes me laugh. I can't believe how many bad decisions I made in this painting. A yellow glass vase sitting on pink paper on a gray table top in my black shadowbox with a blue flower. Man - I did not think that one through at all. Actually it was fun to paint - and as if there wasn't enough crazy nonsensical color the yellow glass mixed with the pink paper makes orange highlights and reflections. Lesson learned: pay attention and think about what your doing! Ha ha ha ha
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Monday, June 02, 2008
Oil on canvas mounted on Masonite (I think)
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