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.
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.
These roses seem less hardy than the previous bunch…and it’s been super hot and I didn’t think they would hold up well on the porch, so I brought them into the studio….the advantage of which is the light is not such a tyrant of the time allotted so I went a little larger…
We went to the Pacific Palisades farmers market and there were these gorgeous unusually colored roses–lavendar and a latte color brown and I brought them home and filled 3 vases with them. I’m inspired so expect to see more of these!
It started out as such a gray foggy day that I was thinking about painting indoors…and then the sun popped out…and this was painted in the noon day sun…where I was melting on the porch. The mums and daisies came from a trip to Trader Joe’s again last night.
Here’s a photo of me in the sun.
I got so much attention for the self portrait at 19 that I thought I’d try painting a younger version of myself from a digitized photo again…Oy, a much different experience. The one yesterday almost painted itself. Today, it took 3 times as long, I wiped it out to start over after the first 2 1/2 hours, and I still want to mess with it many hours later…but I just can’t anymore. I struggled with many of the issues that make teachers warn students about using photos. At least I’m not smiling into the camera…that makes a very cheesy painting…but I was too attached to the features, since they’re mine, or were once…and I struggled to keep the painting a painting! Then taking the photo was hard too…and the truth is I worked on it a little bit more but the later photo is just too dark so this one is going up. Anyway, back to the subject: me, at 17, waiting at the bus stop as a Cornell freshman, decades ago. The photo has that pinkish/purplish fade…that is beautifully harmonious and hell to paint!
Well, I literally rolled out of bed to paint this…Bert looks so pretty when he’s sleeping…I didn’t do him justice. Of course, sometimes he just looks funny with his face smooshed on the pillow. It is hotter’n blazes here so I painted this without clothes on…is that TMI? It was nice to get this painting out of the way so early in the morning…Reminds me of Gauguin, if I must say so myself…ha, the female Gauguin.
I realized last night that the place I most often think of painting Bert is in the dining area, which I had painted a mustard color a long time ago when I thought I was an Autumn…anyway, it brings out the mustard in Bert’s skin and the lighting does too. We decided to get up early this morning so I could paint him before he left for work…which is impressive because we don’t do early mornings around here. I noticed a rim light coming from the morning light through the porch windows that made it even cooler–in more ways than one (a painting joke).
I must say I got such a great response to yesterday’s painting that I couldn’t resist trying it again…although I did re-arrange the stuff. When I settled on this, it occurred to me that it appeared as though the two tomatoes in the middle were getting married and the flowers were like the chuppah (Jewish wedding canopy). The other veggies are the “dearly beloved gathered here today.” I guess I’ve seen too much animation lately. We went to see “Turbo” and even in a film where snails speak English, the tomatoes had nothing to say.