I was NOT going to paint today–as a reward…hmmm…it felt kind of empty, really…but then again, I’m going to wait to see what percolates up…I’m cruising, in more than one sense of the word. (That reminds me, “Cruising” by Smokey Robinson = one of my favorite songs.)
I did it! 30 paintings in 30 days (with a couple cheats). I love how much I’ve improved…and all the times I stepped out of my comfort zone. I’m going to take some kind of breather…we’ll see what’s next!
The next to last painting of the challenge…About a year ago I attempted to paint some peachy pale pink roses in a mottled gray vase…I spent over a month on the painting…and I should have abandoned it a lot sooner. I’d love to try it again now that I’ve knuckled down and painted so much this year. That painting became so heavy…and this one that took so much less time, feels so light…and I prefer it. Of course it has all the tons of time I’ve put in behind it…just not all in one place!
I went out to paint the neighborhood, got set up, did a sketch…only to find my brushes were AWOL. So I decided white on white was enough of a challenge…garlic on a white plate on a white table against a white wall and a white creamer…had to stick that baby red onion in.
It was starting to drizzle but I set up anyway…and luckily, at least for me, it did not rain while I was painting. What drew me to this blackish building was the dark tree shapes in front, how the sky color comes forward in the strip of building…I like the abstract simplicity of this…a study in shapes of black, grayed purple, green, white and not much else. Plus, it’s a feeling of Santa Monica on a gray day.
This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time… set up my easel and paint the views I see after parking in one of these structures. I would’ve liked to have painted the ocean side view but it was too gray and hazy and didn’t look like much of anything so I went with these great colors and shapes of buildings.
Today was a gray day and I had the idea to paint the pomelos up close…so I went to the grocery store and bought these “cocktail grapefruit.” Come to think of it, I don’t know why they’re called that…I suppose they use them for cocktails, of which I have had few in my life. Trying to paint something round would make one re-consider that teetotaler position. Even though I teach how to create round forms in light and shade, and have for 20 years, it’s challenging to do in paint. I could do this everyday for 30 days and it would probably be worthwhile.
I was driving home and spotted this green tree with yellow globes against a red shadowed house on the corner and thought it might be fun to hang out on the corner, in LA, and paint it. It’s a relatively quiet corner, or at least it was, until a weed whacking whirring loud machine guy came by and wouldn’t you know that he had to go around the tree and the perimeter of the yard…so not only was the sound annoying but I was being pelted by flying objects….I don’t know about this plein air thing! Anyway, I think they’re pomelos…could be grapefruit?? I just like the yellow globes!
Another attempt at the view from my porch window.
Kind of a gray day yesterday, with lots to do…I think this mustard jar is sensual…round…and I like the way you can make paint look like mustard/food.