Tuesday, October 30, 2012

# 232: Golden Hibiscus

6" x 6" oil on canvas

I felt a little better painting this today. I have been a  bit of funk, wondering what and why and how to paint.  I have been too hard and not enjoying it very much. So with this I jsut tried to be open to creating something fresh and to capture the beauty of the paper petals. Keeping it simple.

Why do we sacrifice so much energy to our art? Not in order to teach others but to learn with them what our existence, our organism, our personal and unrepeatable experience have to give us; to learn to break down the barriers which surround us and to free ourselves from the breaks which hold us back, from the lies about ourselves which we manufacture daily for ourselves and for others; to destroy the limitations caused by our ignorance and lack of courage; in short, to fill the emptiness in us: to fulfill ourselves. Art is neither a state of the soul (in the sense of some extraordinary, unpredictable moment of inspiration) nor a state of man (in the sense of a profession or social function). Art is a ripening, an evolution, an uplifting which enables us to emerge from darkness into a blaze of light. Grotowsky pages 211 – 218.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

# 227: Red Refreshments

6" x 6" oil on canvas

Working through some of the color harmonies. This one, in the split complementary range.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

# 225: Shy Mandarin

6" x 6" oil on canvas
Oh how I struggled with this! My still lives have been very simple lately because I am focusing on color harmonies. Another triad, but this time of the secondary colors. It is an unusual palette for me. Even though I couldn't seem land this painting, I do enjoy the triad effect.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

# 224: Katrina

12" x 9" on canvas panel

Another 3 hour session extended to a 4th hour of over-working and "fixing" without the model. Still there were some good moments. Katrina is a great model and is capable of holding a lovely S-curve for 25 minute stretches

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

# 223: Pomegranate and Blue

6" x 6" oil on canvas

I was out of commission for a few days with a nasty sinus infection and then proceeded to have a couple of bad painting days  (the evidence of, I choose not to share at this time) and then had a camera breakdown. Those are my excuses of not posting for almost a week.

I have been attempting to paint pomegranates and I am mystified as to why they have been causing so much anguish. They end up looking like bright red alien eggs. Anyways this one turned out OK....still a little alien, but OK.  Perhaps the triadic color harmony helped.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

# 222: Blue Bottle

6" x 6" oil on canvas

I realized the other day that I hardly ever paint anything that is blue and so I decided to take on the blue glass subject again. It is difficult to keep blue fresh and bright especially in the ultramarine and cobalt range. I did enjoy the palette however and so I will give it another attempt tomorrow.

Monday, October 1, 2012

# 221: Funky Red Shoes

6" x 6" oil on canvas

These Earth shoes are hand-me-downs from a good friend of mine. They did not fit her tight, but on my feet they fit perfectly and I love wearing them.
My friend will be gone for three months. She is an academic and was granted a fellowship in Vienna (She is pretty smart). Anyways, I am already missing her and her family, though they only left yesterday. And so I decided to celebrate our friendship by painting her shoes.