I spied this set up from the other room–a counter top shelf in my kitchen area opening, with a medley of produce….and maybe I added something or other.
This was based on a request by a customer at one of my galleries who wanted the piece in a different format. I wouldn’t necessarily usually do this, but it seemed like a fun enough challenge. I used my other piece and the photo I took that day and I’m pleased with the result. Haven’t heard yet if it’s a sale, so for now, it’s still available.
I was contemplating creating another still life set up, but this accidental arrangement caught my eye so I went for round 3 of these players.
The interesting thing for me about this piece is that I came very close to wiping it off…not even sure why I didn’t. I forced myself to put it up on Instagram and it was instant love….so what do I know? It encouraged me to try another version today which I will post tomorrow.
It’s a fittingly gloomy Halloween today, but when I painted these at the beginning of the week, it was a sunny autumn day. Marigolds are so cheerful, and yet considered “the flowers that attract souls of the dead to Day of the Dead celebrations”(right off the tag on the plant)– well, they are pretty attractive. May they warm your day whatever you are celebrating.
This is from Thursday. Still riffing off the fall colors…and produce on a dish towel. I went to a yoga class the next day and noticed the walls were painted similar colors. It’s funny the things painting will have you noticing. This was indoors in my studio.
I painted this last Thursday when I realized I had a free day for the first time in a long time and could paint if I wanted to…if I skipped one of my favorite yoga classes and a much needed mani pedi. I went to Whole Foods to pick out some flowers and had to return them when I arrived home to find them falling apart. But they made it right. And I got going. I hadn’t painted this large in a long, long time and I found myself wanting to use my brushes which I also have not done in a very long time. It all came back to me…only better after my time away. I had found a scarf at Whole Foods a couple weeks ago (can you tell I live there?) that bespoke all things autumn to me….and the colors of the season are inspiring me. Now if I could just find another free day. Last night my students asked what I do besides teach that one night a week. It’s hard to explain…but I find that there are many things that take up my time. Do you know what I mean?
This was from last Sunday morning. We drove downtown and then wound up in Chinatown. It was a gray morning and the car stalled as it was backing into the parking spot. I set up, no one seemed to be around…and 15 minutes later, the street sweep vehicle was heading right towards me. Mercifully, he just kind of stopped short of where I was set up. I finished. The car stopped and started…and I made it to the drop off for the show and competition with 10 minutes to spare. We sat around Bottega Louie eating brunch until around 3:30, then made our way to the bank building where the show was…And I wound up winning first prize in LA’s first Plein Air Festival. And then we had to sputter our way home. But it was still a great day.
Downtown LA Plein Air Festival again–this time with B doing the driving while we scouted locations. Passed by an incredible area of fabric stores–unlike anything I’ve ever seen and had no idea it was there after 30 years of living here. At around 9th and Santee. Looked like I imagine Istanbul looks. Anyway, not too far from there we found a relatively quiet street with a meter at $4/hr. So I set up. Sometime during the process some kids came by and gave me a compliment. Next thing you know, one of them literally skateboarded into my set up sending my turps, paints, etc. flying. Luckily, neither I nor my painting were hurt, unless a near heart attack counts. Have I mentioned that plein air painting is not for the faint of heart? At some point, an African American gentleman wearing a suit and driving a black Mercedes pulled up and got out to talk to me. He said he wished he had a gift. I tried to tell him it’s more about hard work, but people never want to hear that, so he took off. I painted this building many years ago from an office building window and one of the lawyers that worked there purchased it, so of course I have a fondness for it…and besides, it’s a cool color to play with, kind of like pistachio ice cream.
News flash: I typed this up on Saturday night but was too tired to post it with the image. Since then this piece won me First Prize in the First LA Plein Air Festival that ended this Sunday and hundreds of dollars of art supplies. Yippee!
So the LA Plein Air Festival is going on for four days. I must admit I felt some resistance/trepidation about going downtown, trying to find someplace to paint, trying to find someplace to park that wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg, trying to find the check in point. A good sign: a student who had taken my class twice was out front…and an even better sign, I pulled up to parking right in front of the store! It was mercifully less hot than it’s been lately but still hot. I parked and asked if I could paint in the lot. I just couldn’t deal with schlepping all my stuff to the street. I still need to get my supplies more manageable. Anyway, it was a great plan and someone else tried to steal it, but then left and other than that, I didn’t really see any of the other painters–something like 100—who supposedly were painting up and down Spring. Some homeless guy started hurling insane accusations at me but I just ignored him and fortunately, he shuffled on. One guy passed by and the stench was one of the most intense I’ve experienced…and I grew up in NYC. So it’s not for the faint of heart. And I wouldn’t have even thought to do it. Gottta love that people come up with these cool things to do. I may skip tomorrow and just go Saturday and Sunday. We’ll see.