Interesting journey I took, starting with portraits and self portraits, then still life, then florals, then flowers with landscape in the background, and ending with landscape. Which genre is your favorite–in general, and of mine in this collage?! Do you think they look like they were painted by the same person?
The gallery director seemed most enthusiastic about my cityscapes, so what the heck…I figured I would end this 30 day challenge with a roof top view. I schlepped my stuff up to the roof with B’s help…and almost fainted from the heat…I think it was about 87 degrees in the direct sun. But it was fun anyway.
Today was a magical day…and I managed to squeeze this painting in. I really love the hot orange against the grayer cooler colors of the background. The view from my living room is awesome!
I liked what happened with yesterday’s set up but felt cheated by the wind, so taking another shot at it today….with some changes: earlier in the day, yellow cloth, different plum, slight zoom out….there you go. I’m off to speak with some gallery owners. I want to bring my latest work, but the paint is too thick and just winds up on everything.
Well, credit the wind if this one has a fresh unfussy feeling…the whole vase nearly came crashing over in the wind, the shadows moved in…and you know, it was done! Really it wasn’t windswept while I was painting it…but I have to come up with a title somehow.
And the challenge rolls on…and they don’t call it a challenge for nothin’! I am beat–not yet! I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do today…something not too challenging…and wound up doing this little study of a couple of the palm trees I can see from my living room…the idea became to get the atmosphere…the palm in the distance vs. the one up close…and I wound up smacking some paint and playing with scratching…5 to go!
I have attempted this orange vase so many times…this is the happiest version! I looked at this painting and it reminded me that we just had the Equinox…holding on to summer, welcoming autumn…I’ve been color typed as both seasons…I seem to be always in the middle of the labels…Anyway, I love intense color, whatever the season!
I caught a little glimpse of what it’s like to get out of jail…Hallelujah! Done with jury duty! I was so stressed about it…drove right past the court…and the freeway took me miles away…just barely made it in time…to sit there all day and finally, yes!, they let me go! I couldn’t get right down to painting…and felt a lot of stress about whether I could even do it after everything I’d been through today…but I noticed as I was painting how much calmer I felt…not sure if it’s painting or just finally getting to my commitment to do it that brought on the peaceful feeling…or both…I was going to call this Jury Duty Bouquet…but just in case anyone wants to buy it, I’m re-naming it Freedom Bouquet!
I found out that the autumnal equinox occurred within 15 minutes or so of purchasing this new bouquet at the farmers market in Mar Vista: hence the title. I moved the white table to where the glass table is and set this up. It’s similar to the others I did this past week, but I think it has a real freshness to it… making progress….I was going to try to knock one more out today since the call I made this morning determined that I do indeed have to go in for jury duty tomorrow….I do hope and pray it’s just tomorrow! Anyway, I realized that I just don’t have it in me…and I still needed to do all the work involved in posting this…so maybe I’ll do one early tomorrow or late tomorrow or maybe I’ll just give in to life’s demands…we’ll see…a lot will depend on whether this jury duty thing drags on…I so wish it wasn’t going to interfere with this challenge, but oh well, that’s the breaks. 23 paintings in 23 days is still a pretty cool accomplishment, if I must say so myself!
Today was the last day of my show at Copperwood Artware–technically–but they’re going to extend it by one week…if you feel like seeing it…Today a group from the SCWCA drove down to visit the show…I loved all the comments of the group. I was late, the GPS sent me on half a dozen different freeways: 10, 60, 710, 91,605, 5 and I thought I might be driving all that way for nothing because they would leave before I arrived…but no, they were there, patiently waiting…we also went to the studio of another OC artist…and then I drove home before the group museum visit, knowing I wanted to try to get my painting #22 in 22 days in…I knew it would have to be a quick deal but since surrendering to this process, I have found I do some pretty cool stuff when I’m least in the mood…at least until I start. This one is pretty wild, but it’s my view of my view. There is a beautiful red leafed tree across the way that is burning against the white upper portion of the house it sits in front of. The tops of the green trees are lit up by the late afternoon sun. I used a lot of knife on this one.