Friday, December 31, 2010
Although these lemons above are still lemon-shaped, some of them (to come) are definitely mutated forms. I did see recently in Central Market some fruit called Buddha's Hand that was essentially a lemon, but was shaped like a cluster of narrow lemon fingers all emanating from a sort of palm. When my odd shaped California lemons are beyond painting, I look forward to some exploratory surgery.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
My first landscape. Although I like this genre, I haven't felt the pull of it until this last trip to L.A. All those palm trees jutting out from the tops of squashed together houses and the sky cut by wires and cables. And low heavy skies, very moody.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Back from LA....where everyone has a lemon tree in their back yards, or maybe an avocado or orange tree. It's so exciting to see the leaves STILL ATTACHED to the lemons!
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Whites! (Scary.) But this is the most wonderful glass, very thin and delicate. I love to look at it and hold it and drink out of it and paint it and whatever else I might could figure out to do with it.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Just one or two more of these...it's sort of like making batches of cookies, and tweaking one thing each time to see if you can improve or move the whole cookie recipe forward.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
This has been an interesting little series, I have learned a lot about composition. I tried to keep everything as simple as possible. I also moved the stuff around until it clicked in to an arrangement that was compelling and tied the color to the surface, emphasizing the flat square. It's been good ellipse practice too, so many of them in that one socket. On this one I did not overwork it and I was able to build the form and its transparencies as I went, rather than tensing up and figuring it all out beforehand. The painting experience was much better, more freedom. I am almost at 300 paintings -- oy vay!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
I can't help myself, another one. I turned the socket upside down here and used a round brush and thicker paint. I'm trying to find my way to something, but of course I don't know exactly what that is, just that the old way isn't enough of something, or maybe too much of it.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
This is an old clay whistle I bought in Mexico several years ago and painted for fun last week, so I offer it up as my post. I think it is a devil. I have always loved it - it is such a power packed little form, all madness. Today was actually a good painting day but nothing I did was worth much so I wiped. I learned lots, though. I have been painting that bastard white cup (day before yesterday) for months and it offers all sorts of problems: the cup itself is all ridges inside with a thick rim that fools my eye regarding the elipse, the handle is clumsy and fastened weirdly to the foot, and on top of that, it is white, or rather a creamy, grayish bleh. I think I appropriated it from a friend's house, thanks a lot, Kris, because it is very small and fits well in the hand if you are drinking a bit of strong coffee. It is a staple of my still life stash, and I return to it frequently to see if I have mysteriously acquired the skills yet to get it right. I've been at it again this week, and finally decided that the way to tackle it, is to break it down into small pieces: I don't have to keep going in a straight line until I get it, I can do it every morning as a warm up, and then wipe it, and if it takes 100 days, that's what it takes. So today's was pretty good! I am encouraged and thinking, pretty soon I will have a cup painting, and believe me, I will be crowing when that happens.
Oh yes, I used Cadmium orange in this...I had some on my palette from portrait work. It's such a different orange from mixing it, sort of a tough orange.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
More grappling with looseness, and also this is a glass bowl, not plastic, and the rim of it is completely square. Interesting result of doing that plastic bowl so many times: this one was so easily perceived, I could get right to it.